March 2020 Alumni and Friends Newsletter
I am writing in a time when we are actively creating a “new normal” that has and will continue to affect the way we teach, learn, design and create. It is happening by the minute here in the College of Art and Architecture as it is throughout the world. We have exceptional faculty who have risen to the occasion and redeveloped their courses for remote delivery, we have awesome staff who are working from home to ensure we all keep moving forward, and we have inspiring students who are already adapting to new formats, assignments and ways to keep connected.
A new normal also began 100 years ago, in 1920, when women earned the right to vote. Keeping on that theme, March is a special month in America, one in which we celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of women throughout history. Women have made lasting impacts on the fields of art and architecture, from Zaha Hadid to Frida Kahlo, Elsie de Wolfe to Jane Silverstein Ries. Here in the University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture, we, too have some amazing women’s success stories to tell.
Like Delphine Keim (pictured above in the studio), professor of graphic design, who was recently published in Designer magazine. Delphine's article, “Preparing the Ground: Managing Complexity in Design Collaboration with Students and Communities,” offers lessons to faculty interested in conducting design outreach collaborations with students and communities. Keim also has artwork currently on display at the Boise Art Museum, alongside U of I’s Casey Doyle and emeritus faculty member Sally Machlis. Read the article from Boise Weekly, which highlights contemporary visual art statewide.
We’d also like to celebrate the nomination of CAA’s Advisory Council members Jennifer Lastra, CEO of 360 Immersive, LLC in Boise, and Kate Holgate, creative director and vice president of Stoltz Marketing Group in Boise, to Idaho Business Review’s 2020 Women of the Year.
This year’s ceremony recognized women leaders past and present. You can learn more about each of this year’s inspirational honorees online.
In closing, as the world continues to confront the outbreak of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, I want to ensure you that the university continues to closely monitor the situation.
As I briefly mentioned earlier, CAA faculty worked diligently over Spring Break to transition classes to online instruction following an announcement made by President C. Scott Green that the university was halting in-person classes for the remainder of the semester. We are all working together to continue teaching, learning and creating.
Here in CAA, we have incredible faculty leaders, like Lilian “Lil” Alessa, co-director of the Center for Resilient Communities. In partnership with the National Institutes of Health and Office of Science and Technology Partnerships, Lil is helping lead a national effort to better understand the spread of malicious disinformation that affects social resilience and stability in our nation. You can read more about Lil’s efforts in the Lewiston Tribune.
Learn more about what U of I is doing to keep our students, faculty and staff safe across the Gem State.
Stay safe and well everyone. And may this new season provide endless opportunity for creativity and hope, in spite of trials, tribulations and circumstance.
Shauna Corry, Ph.D.
College of Art and Architecture
The 50th Edition of the Idaho Concrete Masonry Association-sponsored Architectural Design Competition was held March 6 on the Moscow campus. Students were tasked with conceptualizing the design of a new Airport Terminal for the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport. The competition required the use of concrete masonry in the building.
Fifty-two students participated in the competition, which was a celebration of design and creativity. (It was our largest participation to date.) Thirteen finalists (pictured below with the judges and mentors) were judged, and three were recognized for their exceptional attention to detail and clear design focus.
Congratulations to our winners: (first place) Mariah Soriano, (second place) Kevin Brzezicki and (third place) Claire Trout. We’re impressed every day with the wonderful and innovative designs from our students.
Pictured below is the winning design by Mariah. The judges were impressed with the simple form of Mariah’s design, adding that it felt like it was meant to exist in the landscape it was designed for. The design originated from the feelings Mariah experienced when listening to the song “Here Comes the Sun,” and was intended to feel bright and carefree.
Service Learning with CAA
West of the Columbia and Selkirk mountains and east of the Cascade mountain range lies Okanogan Valley, Washington. The ecoregion is brimming with biophysical features created by glaciation and is filled with cultural heritage as the valley is home to the Syilx, or the Okanagan, people.
The Okanogan Council of Governments/Regional Transportation Planning Organization has retained Otak, an interdisciplinary planning and design firm, to develop an action plan for main street-highways and nearby downtown settings in Okanogan County.
A principal of Otak and a member of our CAA Advisory Council, Mandi Roberts, invited our Landscape Architecture Program to create a vertical studio to provide a service-learning project for the local communities within Okanogan County. Several of these towns are well developed with several blocks and unique character-defining elements. The action plan will serve as a catalyst for developing main street-highway projects including pedestrian and bicycle enhancements to create complete streets, safety enhancements to improve school walk routes and more.
Within this studio, students were given the opportunity to contribute to a service-learning project which activated previous student knowledge to contribute to the multimodal network within the Okanogan Valley. The learning experience from the studio provided students with a place-based opportunity to give back to communities within our region. Read more about this incredible learning opportunity.
In the News
Grandiose Plans Offered for Future of Lewiston’s Bollinger Center
Interior Architecture and Design students proposed monumental re-purposing plans for the historic Lewiston Civic Theater. Students were encouraged to dream big after the Lewiston task force enlisted them to offer their versions on how to remodel the former church and theater. Read more.
Check it Out!
Visualizing an Ancient Giant
A group of virtual technology and design (VTD) students are bringing a set of mammoth bones to life through art. Discovered in 1966, the approximately 11,700-year-old skeleton was found in Soda Springs. The VTD class, Design Studio: Visual Mammoth, led by Instructor Zeth DuBois, is consolidating data concerning the fossils and creating study tools for a real client, a University of Idaho geology course taught by Instructor Renee Love. Read more.
29th Annual High School Art Exhibition EARTH: Concepts on Climate: Exhibiting Digitally Beginning April 24
U of I has explored the theme of climate change with visiting scholars and speakers throughout the year, and we know that youth around the world have been very engaged in this global conversation. This competition theme provided an opportunity for students to be self-reflective or to be observational of their world.
In response to closures related to COVID-19, the High School Art Exhibition will be presented online. The online exhibit will open on Friday, April 24. Please check back online for a link to the exhibit closer to that time.
We look forward to showcasing the amazing creativity in our high schools!
Early Bird Registration for Summer Design Days is Still Open
During Summer Design Days, June 24-27, students will explore a wide range of art and design disciplines through hands-on projects and informal lectures. View workshops and sign up today! Early Bird Registration ends Wednesday, April 15.
CAA currently expects to offer Summer Design Days as planned. However, the health and safety of our participants and staff are our top priority. We will follow CDC recommendations to make a final determination no later than mid-May on whether Summer Design Days will proceed as planned. We will provide a full refund if Summer Design Days has to be canceled or if students are unable to attend because of issues related to COVID-19.