2010 Project Development Grants

ICE awarded $10,000 in the form of Project Development Grants during the 2009-2010 academic year. Applicants were required to submit proposals for innovative, interdisciplinary creative projects with strong potential for additional support from federal, foundation, and specialty funding sources.

Proposals were reviewed in order of receipt during an open call period and evaluated based on intellectual and artistic merit, degree of innovation, extent of collaborative and interdisciplinary activity, especially between UGA departments, feasibility under sponsorship of ICE, and potential for future funding and development. Additionally, selected proposals are required to complete at least one application for external funding to fulfill the requirements of the award.

The selected projects are as follows:

Exploring Student Development in the ‘Third Space’ Between Art and Engineering
This project is set in the context of an interdisciplinary studio for art and environmental engineering students and builds on work accomplished in the Synthesis of Engineering and Art for Innovative Education project that was funded under the National Science Foundation (NSF) Course Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement program. The work proposed here focuses on developing the theoretical concept of a third, interdisciplinary area of learning that emerges from, but transcends beyond the shared domains of art and engineering, a notion that surfaced as a new theme from the data collection and analysis in the NSF project. ICE will support development of the project and an application to NSF Fostering Interdisciplinary Research on Education program.


Joachim Walther, lead applicant
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering

Nadia Kellam
Assistant Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Tracie Costantino
Assistant Professor, Lamar Dodd School of Art

Bonnie Cramond
Professor, Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology
Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development

Violet and the Gordian Unknot: A short animated film about knots
The project will create a fun animated short film about knots and knot tightening, starring an inventive little girl who manages to tie a very special knot in her shoelace and a mathematically inclined snake named Colin who helps her understand knot theory. The movie will be a combination of the new knot tightening animations developed by a research group in the Department of Mathematics over the past few years with new character animation developed in collaboration with a team from the animation program in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies. ICE will support development of the project and an application to the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Jason Cantarella, lead applicant
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics

Geometry VIGRE research group

Matt Mastin
Whitney George
Michael Berglund
Al LaPointe
Ellie Dannenberg
Jacob Rooney

Theatre and Film Studies students

Josh Marsh
Alliene Bouchard
Jamie Sichel
Heather Byrd
Katie Robert
Scott Higgs

Sound Imaging: Sonar and Art
The project is a collaboration between artists and scientists who use sonar to image experimental works of art placed in aquatic environments. ICE supported an earlier version of the project that used remote sensing technologies such as ground-penetrating radar (GPR), electromagnet conductivity (EM), and sonar – methods developed in the scientific world but rarely used by artists. ICE will support development of the project and an application to the Harpo Foundation.


RG Brown, lead applicant
Professor, Lamar Dodd School of Art

Ervan Garrison
Professor, Department of Geology

Daniel Celluci
BFA candidate, Lamar Dodd School of Art

Members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SKIO).

Our New Silence
The collaborative project remixes, reinterprets, and incorporates field recordings of traditional Indonesian music to create new compositions. ICE supported an earlier version of the project that provided select local and UGA musicians with carefully prepared segments of traditional Indonesian music, leading to new musical compositions for a variety of performances on the UGA campus and around Athens. ICE will support development of the project and an application for a MAP Fund grant.


Kai Riedl, lead applicant
Instructor, Department of Religion

Jean Kidula
Associate Professor, Hodgson School of Music

Various artists from the Athens and Indonesia.