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2004 College of Fine Arts Creative Research Awards Announced

ATHENS, Ohio (March 10, 2004) -- Five Ohio University professors were recently selected as recipients of the second annual College of Fine Arts Creative Research Awards.

The awards, announced today by Dean Raymond Tymas-Jones, recognized the following College of Fine Arts faculty for their outstanding creative research proposals: Jorge Cacheiro, Associate Professor, School of Theater; D. Thomas Hayes, Assistant Professor, School of Film; Christine Heindl, Associate Professor, School of Art; Adam Knee, Assistant Professor, School of Film; and Steven Ross, Assistant Professor, School of Film.

Steven Ross filming in a Liberian orphanage.The College of Fine Arts Creative Research Awards are awarded on a competitive basis in order to stimulate and encourage creative and scholarly research in the arts. Awards are based on projects that will involve such actions as the creation of new arts; the interpretation, analysis, history and criticism of the arts; pedagogical studies with art participants; and the development of new art forms or new performances and exhibitions.

"I am pleased to announce the 2004 award winners, projects that represent the pinnacle of innovation and creativity this year," said Dean Tymas-Jones. "I am encouraged by the tremendous response we have had to this award and look forward to continuing this very important award program, moving the College?s mission forward."

The 2004 College of Fine Arts Creative Research Award recipients and projects:

  • Jorge Cacheiro: Prodigal Kiss (Beso Prodigo) is a project that will culminate in a world premier production, in Havana, Cuba, of Caridad Svich?s play Prodigal Kiss. The play has been described as one of the top ten American plays of 2000. Cacheiro has been invited by Cuba's Ludwig Foundation to direct this world premier production. Cacheiro writes: "Establishing an ongoing program of cultural exchange with the Cuban educational and professional art world exposes our faculty and students to the vibrant and absolutely unique mix of cultures that is so richly imbedded in Cuban art."

  • Christine Heindl's Folding, Mirroring, Crystallizing: a new series of images is a project using the computer to generate intricate and complex images for a series of new paintings. "I am interested in introducing an element of chance and intervention in my creative process," writes Heindl. "In working with the computer as a partner, I will be able to create a process that will transform an image in ways that would be impossible for me to do so using traditional drawing means."

  • D. Thomas Hayes's River of Courage is a documentary about living people making history. "For twenty years I have been documenting the national struggle of Palestinian people in Lebanon, Occupied Palestine and the United States," writes Hayes. His project will continue to "record the changes and evolution of the conflict through the eyes of individual Palestinians; Muslim and Christian, secular and religious people."

  • Adam Knee's project Contemporary Thai Cinema is an investigation of emerging filmmakers, genres and themes. The project will focus on "how Thai filmmakers have worked to simultaneously preserve the cultural integrity of their films, yet also make them viable for the international marketplace," writes Knee.

  • Steven Ross's Liberia: Lone Star Rising is a documentary that examines the complex issues of nation building confronting Liberia's transitional government, the international community, and the Liberian people. "Throughout the last twenty-five years, Liberia has been devastated by civil wars, massive government corruption, a collapse of its basic infrastructure, and a breakdown of social values," writes Ross. "With the departure of Charles Taylor in August, the inauguration of a new transitional government in October, and a pronounced commitment on the ground by the United Nations, the country is poised for renewal."

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