2008 McKeown Grant Awards

The McKeown Special Project Award was created to fund special artistic and research projects in the KCAI ceramics department. Students may apply for research-based travel or materials and supplies to support the creation of an otherwise cost prohibitive artwork. The application process mimics that of professional grant writing, offering students a skill-building experience in writing proposals as well as the opportunity to advance their work in studio and research.

The 2008 McKeown Grant was awarded to three students: Calder Kamin, Korla Luckeroth, and Casey Whittier

Calder’s awarded proposal for the McKeown Special Project Grant was to investigate contemporary art in New York City looking into the artist’s discovery and the role of the Chelsea gallery by meeting with Lumi Tan, director of Zach Feuer Gallery. Witnessing the professional artists and their work as a commodity at the Armory Show, the international fair of new art. To see and read more on Calder’s trip to NYC…click here To learn more about Calder and her work (and listen to her interview with Lumi Tan) visit her website at www.calderkamin.wordpress.com

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Korla was awarded McKeown grant funds in both 2007 and 2008, “I have, with the help of two McKeown grants, been able to travel around and document historic rural architecture and farmland that are still in use and some locals that are on their way out. Some of the states and provinces I have had the chance to do photographic research in are Minnesota, Michigan, Maine, Vermont, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick.”  To read more about Korla’s “Rural Architecture” project, click here and visit her website at www.korlaluckeroth.com. Below are images from Korla’s 2008 trip…

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Casey Whittier was awarded McKeown grant funds, “With the help of her McKeown Grant funds I was able to spend my last semester at the Art Institute focusing on the process and construction of my pieces without the burden of dwindling finances. My McKeown Grant money allowed me to continue to refine my transfer process and image development, to begin testing and using a new translucent clay body, and to continue experimentation with lighting and installation as well as the integration of other mediums such as cloth, paper and ice into my work. I not only found more appropriate light sources for my pieces, I was also able to focus more on the relationship between conceptual content and the presentation of the work. Receiving a McKeown Grant was a great experience and challenge for me.”

Below are images of Casey’s work as a graduating senior…for more information on her work and process, check out her blog at www.caseywhittier.wordpress.com.

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