Faculty Research

Arny Nadler's recent work, Caveat, was funded by a faculty grant.

First Faculty Creative Activity Research grants awarded by Sam Fox School

Posted by Melinda Carter September 19, 2008

Five faculty members from the College of Art and the College of Architecture each received $5,000 to support a variety of projects from publications and video documentary to large-scale public sculpture. The grants are intended to promote faculty research and to help build a culture of support and recognition for creative activity.

Recipients were chosen from 19 submissions, representing almost half of the Sam Fox School's 39 tenured and tenure-track faculty.

"The Faculty Creative Activity Research Grants are designed to support the professional and creative activities that are distinctive to architecture, design and art," said Carmon Colangelo, dean of the Sam Fox School.

"The goal is to encourage creative projects and scholarship that assist faculty in pursuing their research interests, whether that results in a book, a film, a building design, a new work of art or a significant exhibition," Colangelo said.

Grants were awarded to:

D.B. Dowd, professor of visual communications
The grant will fund preliminary research for "The Graphic Sensibility: A Theoretical Foundation for the Study of Commercial Images," a book that seeks to chart and articulate a new disciplinary approach to images of cultural significance — including illustration, animation, comics and pictorial information design — that are resistant to traditional art historical methodologies.

Zeuler Lima, Ph.D., assistant professor of architecture
The grant will fund the use of new digital media as an analytic tool for studying significant built and unbuilt works by the pioneering yet often overlooked Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi. The final materials will be organized into boards for an exhibition at the Sam Fox School in fall 2008.

Igor Marjanovic, assistant professor of architecture
The grant will fund a portion of production costs for "Bertrand Goldberg's Marina City." The book — co-authored by Marjanovic and Katerina Ruedi Ray, Ph.D., director of the School of Art at Bowling Green State University — examines the history and impact of Marina City, a pioneering modernist development that has become an icon of mid-century Chicago architecture. Publication by Princeton Architectural Press is scheduled for 2009 to coincide with a major Goldberg retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Arny Nadler, assistant professor of sculpture
Nadler's recent works hover in scale between monuments and small buildings and typically consist of hundreds of pieces of steel cut and pieced together. The grant will fund fabrication of large-scaled work inspired by the engineering support structures — such as bridges and highway systems — that sustain the contemporary built environment.

Franklin Oros, associate professor of communication design
The grant will help fund production of a video documenting St. Louis' recently announced "10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness." The initiative was launched by Mayor Francis Slay and is supported by the city's Homeless Continuum, a system of more than 50 human-service agencies.