The Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration seeks proposals from faculty in all departments to be mentors for a Graduate Research Fellow. Graduate Research Fellows are paid to assist faculty in their research. The Shapiro Center will support incoming graduate students for the 2016/2017 academic year.

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2016–17 Shapiro Fellows

The Graduate Research Fellowship Award encourages research culture and provides intellectual and financial support to first year graduate students. The Fellow supports faculty in their research creating opportunities for mentorship and professional development in research based art practices for incoming graduate students who are selected through the admissions process.

Kathryn Schaffer (Faculty), Fellow Nathan Phillips and Fellow Billie Pate's Abstract Physics will tackle questions of visual representation and communication as they apply to the physics of light. Professor Schaffer is working on a text on the subject, envisioning artists and designers as a primary audience. The challenge in this effort is figuring out how to convey abstract and technical physics concepts through drawings rather than mathematics. Leveraging the resources available within an art and design, their research will focus on analyzing visual representations related to light. They will build a critical vocabulary for describing visual representations in physics, and directly apply what they learn to design new explanatory approaches.

Cathy Moon (Faculty) and Fellow Jessica Sandacz’s research focuses on the development, assessment, and evaluation of a network of Chicago Art Hives, which are free community art studios focused on social inclusion and community resilience. As part of the facilitation of these community-based sites, they will document and evaluate the success of these programs through a range of qualitative and quantitative data sources and analytic strategies.

Linda Keane (Faculty) and Fellow Kirinia Von Slomski’s River Walking & Soundscape Ecology is a creative research practice that involves listening, and recording, while moving through a place at a walking pace along the Chicago River.  Their field of inquiry is concerned with the ecological, social cultural contexts of acoustic environments having three components of research: recording, visualizing river health, and creating sound mapping installations with Chicago River. 

Mary Patten (Faculty) and Fellow Greg Ruffing’s The Continuing Story: The Ferd Eggan Archive Project works to organize, preserve and promote an archive of the life’s work of Ferd Eggan. Fred was a writer, teacher, activist, multimedia artist, and tireless advocate for people with HIV/AIDS. His creative output included experimental films, audio CDs and prolific writing. He published numerous articles, essays, poetry and fiction, including two books. 

Carron Little (Faculty) and Fellow Madalyn Brooker, produced a manuscript collating 12 critical articles discussing public performances from the Out of Site Series, from different perspectives on public performance. The manuscript is now in the production of the publication phase and they are editing the manuscript; fact checking critical analysis, then submitting it to publishers and working with designers.

Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford (Faculty) and Fellow Rebby M. Montalvo will develop a body of work called Neomancing the Vegetables. The body of work will use groupings of objects to explore haptic intelligence, everyday geographies, biomimetic and monuments. Major themes of the project will include biomimicry, feeling feelings for robots, and Artificial Intelligence. The research will assist with robot empathy, kinetics and sculpture, as one part of the body of work being developed collaboratively with Professors Sangbae, Kim, Rebby and Jeremiah. They will use Kim’s robot cheetah developed at MIT to examine different iterations of movement and activity, skinning the exoskeleton of the robot using different materials and processes including vacuum forming and different printing methods from silicone inks.