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Robert H. Lieberman set out to paint a portrait of modern-day Cambodia with his new documentary, “Angkor Awakens.” As a people, Cambodians are struggling to understand their past under a violent regime and its legacy of social unrest, while its growing young population is hopeful for the future.

“There’s a tension under the surface in Cambodia. People are smiling, but it often takes very little to lead to a violent event,” said Lieberman, a senior lecturer in physics since 1980.

With support from the Cornell Council for the Arts, “Angkor Awakens” was produced by Ithaca-based Photosynthesis Productions, headed by Deborah Hoard, MPS ’78, one of 15 Cornellians involved in the film; others were interviewed or did historical research, music and post-production work.

The new film follows the international success of Lieberman’s documentary, “They Call It Myanmar,” a 2012 New York Times Critics’ Pick. His current project is an animated feature adapting his 2015 novel “The Nazis, My Father and Me,” being made in Paris with “The Triplets of Belleville” producer Didier Brunner.

Cornell Chronicle - September 29, 2016 - 'Angkor Awakens' explores Cambodia's hope, traumatic past

Image: Robert Lieberman/provided

Palestinian-Syrian playwright Rama Haydar’s “Desert of Light” is a tragicomic and human portrayal of the refugee crisis in the Middle East – and “a very inside perspective of the brutal experience of war and the impossible dilemmas that have faced these refugees,” said Department of Performing and Media Arts (PMA) assistant professor Rebekah Maggor, the play’s co-translator and director.

The main characters are two young Palestinian-Syrian refugees, trapped along with 18,000 others in the Yarmouk refugee camp under siege outside Damascus, Haydar’s home city. Before civil war broke out in 2011, the “camp” was an urban neighborhood for 160,000 Palestinian refugees.

“Desert of Light” is the first in PMA’s yearlong series of works by women playwrights, and is part of the Cornell Council for the Arts’ 2016 Biennial, “Abject/Object Empathies.”

Cornell Chronicle - September 23, 2016 - Palestinian-Syrian refugees focus of play 'Desert of Light'

Image: Lens Yound Dimashqi

Underneath the Sibley dome, adjacent to the College of Architecture, Art and Planning Dean’s Office, is Polyphony. It is an interactive art installation designed by Liu (Leo) Jingyang ’15, Shining (Christina) Sun ’17 and Yue Gu ’16 — all current or former architecture students. To say that the project sounds interesting — “an interactive audio-visual installation that generates a simultaneous feedback loop between performance, image and sound” — is to say little about the installation. Yet, how does it actually look, sound and perform?

The inspiration for the project came from a variety of sources, but also seemed to be a product of organic, artistic growth. Sun comes from a family of art collectors. She hosted her first exhibition at 17 years of age, in Shanghai. She met her teammates at Cornell; Gu was her partner for Prof. Jenny Sabin’s robotic fabrication studio, while Leo was the teaching associate. Drawing ideas from Prof. Sabin’s work on digital fabrication, the trio was “interested in designing interactive experiences through design algorithms,” said Jingyang. Prof. Sabin was the main advisor and mentor for Polyphony.

Despite the challenges, the exhibition was a definite success. The trio is now planning to show Polyphony at a gallery in New York City. As interactive installation is coming in vogue in contemporary art and the use of technology as an aesthetic tool is as prevalent as ever, we can expect to see many artists venture into digitalization and virtual reality. Architecture students, like the team of Polyphony, tend to understand the interplay of beauty and engineering like no one else does.

Cornell Daily Sun - September 11, 2016 - Art You’re a Part of: Polyphony at the John Hartell Gallery

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The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) 2016 Biennial, “Abject/Object Empathies,” will feature 12 new projects by invited artists, Cornell faculty members and students. Most of the works will be presented on campus between Sept. 15 and Dec. 22, all on the theme of the cultural production of empathy.

A video projection at various sites across campus will kick off biennial events, and artist-in-residence Pepon Osorio will launch his participation with a public talk Sept. 15 at 5:15 p.m. in Milstein Hall. He joins fellow biennial artists and invited speakers Sept. 16 for a daylong series of “Biennial Conversations,” including an Intergroup Dialogue Project workshop. Visit CCA's biennial page for a full schedule of events and project locations.

The biennial is designed to bring contemporary artists and Cornell researchers together to produce new works that have a lasting impact for faculty and students.

Cornell Chronicle - August 25, 2016 - Cornell Council for the Arts 2016 Biennial to focus on empathy

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The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) has awarded grants supporting 40 projects to be presented or performed during the 2016-17 academic year.

Through its Individual Grant Program, the CCA offered 15 grants of $2,500 each to Cornell faculty, departments and programs, and 25 grants of $1,000 each to students and student organizations. Proposals were reviewed and selected by a panel of arts faculty.

Cornell Chronicle - May 12, 2016 - Cornell Council for the Arts supports 40 new projects

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The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) is seeking members of the campus community with new, experimental and exceptional art projects to apply for project grants this semester.

The CCA Individual Grant Program offers $1,000 in direct financial support for up to 25 projects by Cornell students and student organizations, and $2,500 for up to 15 projects by faculty, departments and programs. Applications are being accepted until Friday, April 8, for projects to be presented in fall 2016 and spring 2017.

Cornell Chronicle - March 15, 2016 - Cornell Council for the Arts accepting project proposals

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At the 32nd Annual Cornell Fashion Collective (CFC) Runway Show, more than 100 student models, cast from across campus, will walk the runway wearing the original creations of 34 student designers for an expected crowd of more than 2,000 students, faculty, alumni and fashion fans.

When the lights go down at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 12, in Barton Hall, it’s a chance for CFC designers to shine – from first-year students presenting a single look to seniors who construct a full line, hoping their creations will propel them into the fashion world after graduation.

Cornell Chronicle - March 7, 2016 - Cornell to strike a pose at 32nd runway show March 12

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An innovative creative project by Korean-American artist Kimsooja with Cornell scientists and students is the subject of a new Art21 documentary.

“A Needle Woman: Galaxy was a Memory, Earth is a Souvenir” represented a new direction for the artist and provided an entirely novel process of discovery for the scientists involved. The piece, created for the Cornell Council for the Arts’ (CCA) inaugural biennial, “Intimate Cosmologies: The Aesthetics of Scale in an Age of Nanotechnology,” was installed in September 2014 on the Arts Quad.

Cornell Chronicle - December 1, 2015 - Art series highlights creative discovery in 'A Needle Woman'

Image: Lindsay France/University Photography

Violinist Ariana Kim, assistant professor in the Department of Music, showcases works by pioneering american women composers in debut solo album, 'Routes of Evanescence.'

Kim, who began playing violin at age 3, says she hopes the album will bring a new understanding of and deeper appreciation for post-tonal music.

Cornell Chronicle - November 18, 2015 - Ariana Kim records 'powerful' works by women composers

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The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) awarded grants earlier this year to support 33 art projects being presented on campus in academic year 201516.

Cornell Chronicle - October 14, 2015 - Cornell Council for the Arts awards 33 project grants

Image: Burak Arikan’s Tension series, depicting aspects of data networks.

The CCA would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to CCA 2014 Biennial Artist-in-Residence Kimsooja for being selected to receive the 2015 Ho-Am Foundation Prize. The prize, won in the past by video artist Nam-June Paik, is presented each year to individuals who have contributed to academics, the arts, and social development, or who have furthered the welfare of humanity through distinguished accomplishments in their respective professional fields.  The Ho-Am Prize in each category consists of a certificate, a gold medal and 300mil. Korean won. Read more: hoamprize.samsungfoundation.org

Although she has lived and worked in the United States since the 1990s, KImsooja was born in Korea and has traveled and worked on large projects there that trace some of her early experiences that have influenced her installations, performances and videos.

We are proud to have had such a distinguished and accomplished artist contribute to the arts at Cornell.

The PBS show, which is currently in the making, will focus on the installment, titled “A Needle Woman: Galaxy was a Memory, Earth is a Souvenir,” as well as its unique design and creation.

Cornell Daily Sun - February 19, 2015 - Arts Quad Sculpture Will Be Featured in PBS Documentary

Image: Erin Emerson/CCA. Close-up of Kimsooja's "A Needle Woman" after its installation on the Arts Quad in September.

A temporary art installation on campus, part of the Cornell Council for the Arts’ (CCA) inaugural biennial last fall, will be the subject of an upcoming PBS documentary.

Cornell Chronicle - February 12, 2015 - Biennial's art and science collaborations earn acclaim

Image: Jason Koski/University Photography. Materials science and engineering professor Uli Wiesner, artist Kimsooja, CCA Director Stephanie Owens and architect Jaeho Chong with Kimsooja's "A Needle Woman" after its installation on the Arts Quad in September.

As part of the 2014 CCA Biennial, Korean-born conceptual multi-media artist Kimsooja has created a new work in close collaboration with architect Jaeho Chong and the Wiesner Nanomaterials Lab at Cornell University.

Art & Education - October 21, 2014 - New artwork by Kimsooja unveiled as part of the 2014 Biennial

Image: Provided. Rendering of Kimsooja's "A Needle Woman." 

The biennial theme intends to “show how artists address realms of human experience that lie beyond our immediate sensory perception,” CCA Director Stephanie Owens said. “Working with scientists and researchers makes it possible to produce art at the edges between disciplines … generating lots of productivity and new thought.”

Cornell Chronicle - September 11, 2014 - Art and nanotech converge in campus biennial

Image: Lindsay France/University Photography. CCA director Stephanie Owens (left) and professor Uli Wiesner look over a polymer sample in Wiesner's lab, which developed material for artist Kimsooja's "Needle Woman" project on the Arts Quad.

A campuswide exhibition next fall will explore the cultural and human consequences of seeing the world at the micro and macro levels, through nanoscience and networked communications.

Cornell Chronicle - December 5, 2013 - 2014 Biennial to explore nanotech as artistic medium

Image: Lindsay France/University Photography.  CCA Director Stephanie Owens, left, and artist kimsooja toured the Arts Quad Nov. 23, the intended site of the artist's installation project in the 2014 CCA Biennial.

March 07, 2013
ANDREW BORYGA: Undergraduate Artist Award recipient 2012-13

THE CORNELL UNIVERSITY ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD is a monetary citation presented annually to an undergraduate in arts and culture-related programs, who has demonstrated exceptional promise in their field. The CCA selects from within the university an outstanding undergraduate student who has demonstrated talent, dedication, and who has realized notable achievements in one or more artistic disciplines while at Cornell. Andrew is the 16th recipient of this award.

Cornell Chronicle - March 8, 2013 -  Writer Andrew Boryga '13 earns Undergraduate Artist honor
Cornell Daily Sun - March 28, 2013 - Andrew Boryga ’13 Wins Award for His Writing; Says His Work Is Inspired by His Upbringing

The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) is accepting applications through March 14 for its next grant cycle, supporting new creative projects to be presented during fall 2013 and spring 2014.

Cornell Chronicle - January 23, 2013 - Cornell Council for the Arts seeks project proposals

Image: Sound artist Ellen Fullman,  CCA-funded visiting artist residency

October 26, 2012
CCA grant winners to present arts projects at Cornell

From sculptural installations, exhibitions and performances to a symposium on DIY electronics, 41 art projects by Cornell artists and organizations will be presented on campus this academic year with funding support from the Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA).

Cornell Chronicle - Oct. 25, 2012 - CCA grant winners to present arts projects at Cornell

Image by Joanna Baucic  BFA '13, CCA grant recipient

August 07, 2012
Cornell Council for the Arts seeks project proposals

The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) is accepting applications for its next grant cycle, supporting new creative projects to be presented between October 2012 and the start of the fall semester in 2013.

Cornell Chronicle - Aug. 7, 2012 - Cornell Council for the Arts seeks project proposals

Image by Elizabeth Corkery, M.F.A. '13, CCA grant recipient

November 17, 2011
CCA Grants 45 Arts Projects

In November 2011 the Cornell Council for the Arts awarded grants to nine student organizations, 19 faculty and departments, and 17 students to complete and present art projects. For information on these projects a listing can be found under Events + Exhibitions.

Cornell Chronicle November 17, 2011 CCA Grants Awarded

September 09, 2011
Stephanie Owens, CCA Director 2011-14

Stephanie Owens, an artist, writer, curator and a visiting assistant professor of art in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP), has been named director of the Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) for a three-year term effective July 1, 2011, Provost Kent Fuchs has announced.

Cornell Chronicle September 9, 2011 Stephanie Owens named CCA Director

June 29, 2011
CCA Grants: 25 Years

CORNELL COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS: 25 YEARS OF GRANTS

In 2011, the CCA created a catalogue to document and give highlight to its Grant Program. The book includes over 1,700 art projects produced and presented by Cornell student, staff and faculty artists, departments, programs and student organizations from 1986-2011.  Limited copies of the book are available by contacting the CCA Office.

FOREWORD
The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) began in 1947, as a committee to plan an annual Festival of the Contemporary Arts that involved the collaboration of departments in the creative and performing arts.  This concept established the inter-disciplinary nature of the arts community at Cornell, and the Council for the Arts has remained a conduit for the creative activity of an ever-increasing population on campus. In 1965, CCA founder, Professor of Creative Writing James McConkey, initiated a grants program intended to offset expenses to Cornell artists creating independent work beyond the classroom or workspace.
In the 1980's, this program expanded dramatically, largely due to the support of Provost Malden Nesheim, whose goal was to bring visiting artists-in-residence, and support projects such as Expanding Cinema, the Canadian Arts Festival, Nabokov, Schubert, Haydn and Czech Festivals, and Minority and Feminist Perspectives in the Visual Arts and Humanities, as well as grants to Cornell artists across the campus; students, faculty, staff, and student organizations. The success of this new initiative was made possible by McConkey, Professor of Music Sonya Monosoff, and CCA Executive Director Anna Geske , who held the post from 1976-2001, succeeded by current program coordinator, Pamela Lafayette.
Since that time, in keeping with its mission, the CCA has piloted many programs to diversify and deepen its commitment to Cornell artists.  While these larger projects have taken different forms, as outlined in the appendix of this publication, the grants program remained a consistent source of independent and competitive funding for the entire Cornell community.
As we look forward to the future of the arts at Cornell, we wish to thank James McConkey, Anna Geske, Kenneth McClane, Steven Stucky, David Feldshuh, Stephanie Vaughn, Lamar Herrin, Sonya Monosoff, Paula Horrigan, Bruce Levitt, and Milton Curry, whose stewardship of the CCA steered the way for these listed artists to create, innovate and engage.
And so we celebrate and document the past 25 years.

Pamela Lafayette                                                  Judith Kellock              
CCA Program Coordinator (1991 – present)        CCA Interim Director (2008 – 2011)


With special thanks to Karen Chi-Chi Lin (Bachelor of Architecture candidate ’13) and Rose Sacktor (Bachelor of Arts candidate ’11), who assisted in compiling grant data.

The Council for the Arts website archives a partial listing of projects and images supported by the CCA (http://cca.cornell.edu).
 

A panel discussion, moderated by Cornell President David Skorton, and performances by Cornell faculty and guest artists including Bobby McFerrin, on the general topic “The Arts + Mental Health” will address the importance and impact of participatory and presentational art in the lives of the general population, and in particular, members of the academic community.

CORNELLPUBLIC: CCA @ NYC Program
In collaboration with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Bruno Walter Auditorium
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY

June 2 – 3, 2011

September 20, 2010
CCA Fall Poster 2010

CCA's POSTER 2010 features work by grant recipient Julie Phillips Brown (PhD '11 candidate, English Literature). Her current project, The Adjacent Possible, will be a booklength sequence of poems centered on problems of consciousness, inter-subjective relation, theories of emergence and Buddhist philosophy and practice. 

The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA), composed of representation from 12 University Departments/Units affiliated with the arts at Cornell University, supports the production of art, interdisciplinary creativity, and the synthesis between the university, Ithaca, and global locations. CCA is an advocate for interdisciplinary, collaborative, and experimental artistic forms.

JAMES SIENA (BFA '79): 2009-10 Eissner Artist of the Year Award recipient

THE EISSNER ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD is presented annually to honor an alumna/us who has achieved national and/or international success in the arts.  The recipient is presented with a glass art piece designed by glass artist Eric Hilton.

The award is named in recognition of Bruce and Judith Eissner’s generous Endowment for the Arts at Cornell.  Additionally, the CCA has named the artist lecture/presentation the “Class of 1963 Public Presentation."

 

PRESS PACKET

DORIAN KOMANOFF BANDY (BFA MUSIC '10): 2009 Undergraduate Artist Award recipient

THE CORNELL UNIVERSITY ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD is a monetary citation presented annually to an undergraduate in arts and culture-related programs, who has demonstrated exceptional promise in their field. The CCA selects from within the university an outstanding undergraduate student who has demonstrated talent, dedication, and who has realized notable achievements in one or more artistic disciplines while at Cornell. Dorian is the 14th recipient of this award.

Fall Poster 2009:  CCA Artist Grants | CCA Cornell Public | CCA@NYC | CCA Undergraduate Artist Award | CCA Cornell Eissner Alumni Artist of the Year Award

Image by Nhu-Thu Nguyen

JONATHAN WONG (BA '08): 2009 Undergraduate Artist Award recipient

 

JUNOT DIAZ (MFA '95): 2009 Eissner Artist of the Year Award recipient

PRESS PACKET

 

January 01, 2009
Spring 2009 Press Packet

Jon Wong Undergraduate Artist Award + Junot Diaz Eissner Artist of the Year

The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) - composed of representation from 12 university departments/units affiliated with the arts at Cornell University - supports the production of art, interdisciplinary creativity, and the synthesis between the university, Ithaca, and global locations.  CCA is an advocate for collaboration and experimental artistic forms that require special sponsorship and resources.

Image by Karen Brummund, CCA grant recipient

To inaugurate the CCA CornellPublic commitment to bring major Contemporary Artists installation to Cornell - the CCA invited artist Patrick Dougherty to create a series of public sculptures on Sheldon Court Plaza, Collegetown. The Installation will be on view from Sept 21, 2006, until May 2007.
Still Photography: Julie Magura; Video Production: Peter Carroll Productions. Project Sponsors: STELLA'S / OLIVIA  and the Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca

Fall Poster 2007: CCA Installations - CCA XDesignGroup - CCA Urban Ideas Competitions - CCA CornellPublic - CCA Grants + Awards

Image by Lindsey Glover

January 01, 2007
Spring 2007 Press Packet

XDesigngroup 2006 + Patrick Dougherty / CornellPublic Installation Media Releases

January 01, 2006
CCA Fall Poster 2006

CCA Installation | CCA Symposia | CCA Lectures | CCA XDesigngroup | CCA Grants + Awards

Image by Kathleen Hawkes, CCA grant recipient

August 01, 2005
CCA Fall Poster 2005

With a founding vision of placing Cornell at the forefront of creative inquiry that is multidisciplinary and socially engages, the CCA's new initiative for catalyzing public discussion -- CornellPublic -- will be launched.  CCA Grants + Awards - These programs enable a wide range of arts projects to be realized by undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and various academic and research centers.

Image by Carrie T. Chalmers, CCA grant recipient

CornellPUBLIC initiative is linking Cornell with industry sectors that include furniture design, industrial design, product design, pop-up retail, indoor and outdoor kiosk design, embedded information systems, and linkage between technology, information, production and fabrication/manufacturing.

At the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF / Jacob Javits Center, NYC) 2006, the first year of the initiative, Cornell was represented by a conceptual installation by 10 undergraduate students in architecture, and was led by Project Leaders Roberto Bertoia and Andrea Simitch.  One of the pieces was featured in a May 25, 2006 "New York Times" article on the best nine pieces from the ICFF. 

January 01, 2005
CCA Spring Poster 2005

Through Individual Artist and Project Grants, the Cornell Council for the Arts supports artist projects and creative work in the genres of visual + media arts, performance + music arts, creative literary arts, and space + installation arts.

Image by Elidor Mehili, CCA grant recipient

August 01, 2004
CCA Fall Poster 2004

Beginning in Fall 2004 and continuing through Spring 2006, the Cornell Council for the Arts funded major grants and hosted CCA Director's Forums related to the theme, "Tolerance + Territory."

Image by Catherine Callahan, CCA grant recipient

Feathergill - Katsumata - McDougal - Pash - White - Zane
Every four years the Cornell Council for the Arts curates an exhibition that displays the very best quality and artistically distinguished work from its student grants program over the preceding four years.  The call for work is open to all Cornell alumni artists and staff members who have received an Individual Student / Staff Artist Grant from the CCA.

January 01, 2004
CCA Spring Poster 2004

Through Individual Artist and Project Grants, the Cornell Council for the Arts supports artist projects and creative work in the genres of visual + media arts, performance + music arts, creative literary arts, and space + installation arts.  The CCA also sponsors the CCA Director's Forum.

Image by Medina Lasansky, CCA grant recipient

August 01, 2003
CCA Fall Poster 2003

Art and Politics:Politics and Art
Political identity is and has been a central concern of visual, performing and creative artists whose goal is to make the everyday experience the site of political, social, and cultural contest.  Art and Politics is a collaborative initiative that supports independent and group-related art projects that occur outside of any course-related requirements.

Image: Detail from "Touch" video by Janine Antoni, courtesy of the artist and the Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York

January 01, 2003
CCA Spring Poster 2003

Art and Politics:Politics and Art
Political identity is and has been a central concern of visual, performing and creative artists whose goal is to make the everyday experience the site of political, social, and cultural contest.  Art and Politics is a collaborative initiative that supports independent and group-related art projects that occur outside of any course-related requirements.

Image by Camilo Jose Vergara

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