MAPC Student and Emerging Artist Research Travel Grant Recipients

June 2, 2016

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural MAPC Student and Emerging Artist Research Travel Grant! 

Recipients of this biennial award will present their research at the 2016 MAPC Conference at Indiana University Southeast & University of Louisville, October 5–8. 

A very special thanks to our panel of jurors:
Ina Kaur
Sean P. Morrissey
Nicole Pietrantoni


Undergraduate Award: Soren Carlson-Donohoe
Soren will intern at the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY while completing a suite of silkscreen and monoprints that stem from research on Levittown, NY, the first and largest mass-produced suburb in the US.

Featured: "Beautiful/Barriers", screenprint, 2016

Soren Carlson-Donohoe is an artist from Minnesota interested in the social and reproducible qualities of printmedia. Diagrams, models, and advertisements inform much of Soren's work. A recent graduate of Oberlin College, Soren will be assisting The Wassaic Project this summer as he continues to produce work and solidify his plans for graduate studies.


Graduate Award: Rachelle Hill
Rachelle will conduct research & experimentation in monotype and relief processes on fiber materials as an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center. This new body of work will also be exhibited in the fall at Northeastern Illinois University’s Fine Art Center.

"A Collective Memory (fiber scroll study)", screen-printed silk, thread, wood, 2016

Rachelle Hill is an artist and educator from Chicago and works as a teaching artist, that brings transformative arts education to Chicago youth with limited access. She is an active member of the art community in Chicago, serving as a board member for the Chicago Printers Guild. Rachelle is currently pursuing her MFA in printmaking at Northern Illinois University.


Emerging Artist Award: Sage Dawson
Sage will create a large-scale printed tent that aims to canonize seemingly lost architecture and motifs specific to her research at The National Building Arts Center in Saint Louis, MO. Utilizing serigraphy and collagraphy, imagery will be printed on the inside and outside of the tent, and will encourage viewer interaction.

Above: "Little Tavern”, Installation at Pyramid Atlantic, collagraphy, acrylic, wood, paper, 2016

Sage Dawson is an artist examining dwelling rights, land use, and the identity of spaces. Recent exhibitions were held at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, the City University of New York, and the Chicago Artists Coalition. Her work has recently been reviewed by Lori Waxman and at Hyperallergic. Sage completed a MFA at the University of New Mexico and is currently based in Saint Louis.

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