2018-2019 CCA Grants

Denise Green

An eclectic exhibition that emerged from a simple and vague prompt: texture. This exhibition is about how fashion and textile objects provoke questions beyond their selvedges and seams.

William Jihrel Smith

An exhibition of painting and sculpture exploring ideas of lightness and darkness; black and white; presence and absence; application and removal; and the ways and which they operate in and for art spaces.

Katherine Williams

An exhibition that connected students and addressed the social climate at Cornell. Our collaboration initiated a dialogue on campus about the issues we individually and collectively face and expressed these through design and art.

Presented by CCCP

TAK ensemble played works focusing on perceived duration, time manipulation, and the effect of sound on temporal experience. This event included a concert and preview lecture/concert at the Telluride House. The musicians discussed the process of creation and an offered an opportunity for others to understand each composer’s constructed landscape.

The Open Room
Linqi Dong

At a pedestrian intersection of the Arts Quad, a circular assembly of mirrors frosted at eye level. Your passage slows down, physically and psychologically, as you immerse yourself in the shifting and authentic beauty of the surrounding space.

Palonegro: CD Release Concert

Palonegro, one of Ithaca’s favorite ensembles of music from Latin America and the Caribbean, released its first CD in this unforgettable concert.

An Evening at the Caffe Cino
Samuel Blake

This performance aims to explore the legacy of the Caffe Cino as both a pioneering space of Off-Off-Broadway theatre and as a site of queer performance and queer social life.

Lieder Ohne Worte: Songs Without Words
Shin Hwang

Japanese violinist Noyuri Hazama, baroque cellist and violist da gamba musician Eva Lymenstull, and keyboardist Shin Hwang explore the singable works of Shubert and Beethoven centered around the composer’s inspiration from the Lied (Germanic songs).

Feminist Directions: Performance, Power, Leadership
Sara Warner

The history of feminist performance is one of radical storytelling, of showing how the personal is political and of carving out spaces in which women can feel, in the words of Holly Hughes, “at last, fully human.”

Atelier 320: War Shapes (Feat. Powerdove)
Jumay Chu + Byron Suber

Directed by Jumay Chu and Byron Suber, the Locally Grown Dance (LGD) will perform with live music featuring Powerdove, with senior vocalist Annie Lewandowski, senior lecturer is the Cornell Music Department.

From Here
Mia Campolo

From Here marries traditionally masculine silhouettes and feminine styles in an attempt to disavow the ill-conceived notions of the “feminist” wardrobe. This exhibition blurs the line that segregates “feminine” and “masculine” clothing in an attempt to redefine what it means to dress like a feminist.

Oh Boya! / Natural + Synthetic
Olivia Haynie

Creating an experimental fashion collection, Olivia Haynie merges natural and synthetic materials and explores their relationship in the form of wearable pieces.

Aliens, Code-Shifters, and Rude-Mapping
Presenting: Jaret Vadera

Jaret Vadera will discuss key arcs, propositions, and questions guiding his practice. Vadera’s practice is influenced by cognitive science, post/decolonial theory, science fiction, Buddhist philosophy, and the study of impossible objects.

Performativity, Theater, and Sound
International Contemporary Ensemble

ICE and Cornell composers will work to toy with different notions of sound production and the volatile relationship between performativity, theater, and sound.

Barn Warming: A Celebration of Dilmun Hill
Building Community / Evan McDowell

Celebrating the completion of Dilmun Hill’s new storage barn by making a set of furniture and shelving units for use during CSA pickups and events held by the student-run organic farm.


PULSE is Yamatai’s annual concert that features the Japanese art of taiko drumming.

Whispers from the Field
Annie Sheng

Aural, visual, and interactive anthropological and literary project featuring original ethnographic poetry and creative prose, presented and performed in a chapbook, visual display, and reading event.

New Music for Gamelan and Strong Quartet
Christopher Miller

The Momenta Quartet and master Javanese musician Darsono Hadiraharjo join forces with the Gamelan Ensemble, directed by Christopher Miller.

The Unforgiving Mould
Sophia Starling

New work from Sophia Starling MFA’19, The Unforgiving Mould, questions perception through the use of weight, scale and materiality in the search of the uncanny or unspecified.

Contact Points
Marianthi Papalexandri Alexandri

A kinetic sound installation that seduces and puts physical forces in action with a captivating elegance. The sounds are produced when certain motor-driven flexible “tentacles” come in contact with fixed metallic pins, striking different tones in an emergent, errand manner.

Jonathan Pao + Jialin Ke

We invite the audience to take a few minutes to wear a pulse sensor and interact with a music controller that produces nature sounds, which were collected from various disappearing sources.

Urban Pentimenti
Li Bai

Ancient layers of urban landscape intertwine and cascade on the surface; pentimenti affect the human experience of landscape resembling narratives in Invisible Cities.

A Cliff
Bruno Cançado

A solo exhibition focusing in sculpture and photography, exploring the physicality of things and the socio-cultural memory inherent in materials and shapes. The exhibition is an investigation of the relationship between architecture and nature.