Hancher, UI Libraries receive grants, Raghavan selected for Fulbright

Hancher, UI Libraries receive grants, Raghavan selected for Fulbright

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Gifts and grants spans the spectrum of disciplines

Hancher receives Art Works grant from National Endowment for the Arts

The University of Iowa’s Hancher has received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support two major projects during the 2014-15 Hancher season.

The funds will be used to support two extended residencies and performances, both investigating issues of war. Healing Wars, created by legendary choreographer Liz Lerman, will consider how individuals and societies recover from the damage of war. The performance will be the culminating event of a campus-wide collaboration that will engage students from a variety of disciplines.

The Kronos Quartet will return to Iowa City to present Beyond Zero: 1914–1918. The work was composed by Alexsandra Vrebalov with a film by Bill Morrison—commemorating the centennial of the outbreak of World War I. The program will also include a new work by Mary Kouyoumdjian, co-commissioned by Hancher as part of the quartet’s Under 30 Project. In conjunction with the concert, the Combat Paper Project will be in Iowa City. The paper-making project allows veterans to use their uniforms worn in service to create works of art.

Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,515 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $76 million in funding. Of those applications, 886 are recommended for grants for a total of $25.8 million. A complete list of the projects recommended for Arts Works grant support is available at arts.gov.

UI Libraries receives Carver grant to renovate exhibition space

The University of Iowa Libraries was awarded $500,000 by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust in support of the renovation of the Main Library Exhibition Space.

After the Learning Commons project was completed earlier this year, the current exhibition space became a self-contained area, opening up significant exhibition possibilities in a high-profile, easily accessible location.

The renovation will create a more suitable and secure space dedicated to displaying books, manuscripts, maps, documents, artworks, and more from the Libraries collections. The project also will create a rich, multi-media space for both traveling and permanent exhibitions. The renovated exhibition space will be modern, dynamic, and interactive thus lending itself to a wide variety of teaching, learning, and community outreach opportunities.

Construction is planned to begin this fall with a proposed completion date of spring 2015.

Raghavan selected for Fulbright Scholarship Grant

The UI College of Engineering's Madhavan L. Raghavan, Robert and Virginia Wheeler Faculty Fellow of Engineering, professor of biomedical engineering, and researcher at the Center for Computer-Aided Design and Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging, has been selected to receive a Fulbright Scholarship from the J. William Foreign Fulbright Scholarship Board.

The award will permit Raghavan to visit the University of São Paulo, Brazil in Spring 2015 to do interdisciplinary research at the laboratory of his collaborator there to study arterial aneurysms and to present talks/seminars on biomedical engineering.

Gifts and grants is a roundup of research grants obtained by University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students that spans the spectrum of disciplines—from science and social science to the art and humanities—that will be published in Iowa Now on a regular basis.


Debb Thumma, University Communication and Marketing, 319-384-0006


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