CFA Undergrads Receive Oswald Research and Creativity Awards

Several School of Art and Visual Studies students took awards in the Oswald Research and Creativity awards, presented by the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Excerpt of story by Jessica Bowman-Jones, UKNow

The University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research recently recognized and awarded 13 students with the Oswald Research and Creativity awards. 

The Oswald Research and Creativity Competition was established in 1964 by then-President John Oswald as part of the university’s Centennial Celebration. The program is intended to promote creativity in all fields of study and provides annual awards in seven categories. The competition accepts reports of all forms of creativity and scholarship by undergraduate students.

Categories include Biological Sciences; Design, including architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design; Fine Arts, including film, music, photography, painting, and sculpture; Humanities, from creative and critical-research approaches; Physical and Engineering Sciences; and Social Sciences. All submissions are sent anonymously to faculty reviewers in related fields and are judged based on a rubric.

Awards in each category are: First Place: $350; Second Place: $200; and Honorable Mention, if applicable. Entries are judged on originality, clarity of expression, scholarly or artistic contribution, and the validity, scope and depth of the project or investigation.

This year's Oswald student award winners from the College of Fine Arts are:

Fine Arts 

  • Claire Thompson (art studio major), First Place, Mentor n/a, "Hag" (diptych)  
  • Brianna Armstrong (digital media design major), Second Place, Mentor n/a, "TO FREEDOM!"  
  • Courtney Smith (art studio major), Honorable Mention, Mentor n/a, "The death of USPS"

Humanities: Critical Research 

  • Haley Drake (art history and visual studies major), First Place, Mentor Dr. Miriam Kienle, "Touch Sanitation: Maintenance Art as Ecofeminism"
  • Aly Norton (art history and visual studies major), Honorable Mention, Mentor n/a, "The Guerrilla Girls: “Re-Inventing the ‘F’ Word” in the Context of Feminist Activism"