Dodd Graduate Students Win at Spotlight on the Arts Research Competition

Dodd graduate students won three of four awards at the recent 4 minutes, 33 seconds: Spotlight on Scholarship event held in conjunction with the campus Spotlight on the Arts festival this past Friday, November 4th. This third-annual competition featured both poster sessions and presentations about research in the arts conducted by University of Georgia graduate students and awarded cash prizes for research to winners.

In the competition students had 4 minutes, 33 seconds to describe their research. The event is inspired by John Cage's landmark 1952 composition 4'33," which calls for a pianist simply to sit silently at a piano for exactly 4 minutes and 33 seconds. Cage's 4'33" challenged audiences to reconsider the function of art and the borders between traditional art disciplines and between artistic practice and philosophy.

Meg Hankel, an MA candidate in Art History, won the 4'33" competition with her presentation “Redefining New Objectivity: Albert Renger-Patzsch and Die Welt ist schön (The World is Beautiful)”  (Adviser Nell Andrew) in which she discussed her research related to her thesis about the 1928 German book of photography, Die Welt ist schön by Albert Renger-Patzsch.

Two Dodd MFA candidates in Printmaking & Book Arts took second and third place in the poster competition: Kaleena Staciak for “History in the Remaking” and Arron L. Foster for “Experimental Film, Motion Graphics, and Seriality.” 

Congrats to these Dodd Grads!

above image: spread from Die Welt ist schön by Albert Renger-Patzsch, 1928