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AVPA Now Accepting Faculty Grants Applications

Published on 9/6/2019 12:00:00 AM
The AVPA strives to increase resources to existing TAMU performing and visual arts departments; to supplement existing campus arts offerings by producing diverse, innovative, and prominent performing and visual artists; and to facilitate coordination between the TAMU campus, arts organizations at peer and aspirant peer universities, and within a larger community of artist/scholars. The AVPA supports practice-based research, and understands the development of performing and visual arts projects as epistemologies in their own right as well as aesthetic endeavors. Grant proposals are expected to support the priorities of AVPA. The AVPA now offers three competitive grants:  AVPA Course Development Grant, Arts Enhancement Grant and the ‚ÄčAVPA Theme Call:  Technologies of Art Grant.

In order to directly engage undergraduate and graduate students with the AVPA mission and programming, the AVPA offers Course Development Grants to develop new courses or adapt existing courses that evidence a commitment to integrating practice and research as well as take AVPA-sponsored productions, performances, or exhibitions of creative work as a central component of the course curriculum. Special consideration will be given to proposals that specifically address interdisciplinary teaching and research. Up to three grants will be awarded in each granting period, or up to six grants per year.
The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) offers Arts Enhancement Grants to provide support for TAMU faculty research (including education-based activities that directly relate back to the classroom), production, performance, or exhibition of creative and scholarly activities. The supported activities should enhance the student’s educational experience in the arts at TAMU. These grants may be used to support short-term projects but are also intended to provide seed monies for longer-term projects that may be able to obtain external funding for long-term support.
Texas A&M University undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to receive the AVPA Student Travel Grant. Students must be in good standing with the University. The AVPA Director and the AVPA Advisory Board will adjudicate grant applications.
Scientific and technological breakthroughs—from the pre-historic discovery of pigment, to the advent of the camera obscura in the renaissance, to a 20th century defined by the massifying technologies of radio and television, to a 21stcentury that sees digital innovations every day—have always informed new directions in art.  Technology is woven into and constitutes each mediums in which an artist works: silver plate, film, digital graphics and sounds, sensing, and kinetic systems, to name a small sample.  Simultaneously, art enhances scientific and technological innovation: da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man brings the artist’s pen to bear on the study of anatomy; Hedy Lamarr (an actor) and George Antheil (a composer) invented a radio guidance system for torpedoes; and pioneers in video games and virtual reality also produce training simulators for the US Department of Defense and border surveillance systems for Homeland Security. These examples should remind us that at the intersection between art and technology we do not find only objects, but also people, bodies, and new avenues to think our social and political fields. These intertwining relationships prompt a number of important research questions, including:
  1. How do technology and the mediums and processes of art making define each other?
  2. What are the consequences of technology’s impact on art and art’s impact on technology?
  3. How do art and technology create, transform, and situate audiences?
  4. What bodies are imagined or obscured where art and technology collide?
  5. What networks can be mapped between scientists, technologists, and artists, and what do those terrains reveal?
  6. How does thinking at or along, and through, the intersection of art and technology propel the arts in new directions?
  7. In what new ways can art intervene in the trajectory of technological development?
  8. Do new technologies add layers and complexity to the arts, or are they undamentally transformative of our aesthetic systems?
  9. Do advances herald new utopias or new nightmares?
The AVPA calls for projects that address these and other related questions which explore technology-oriented art endeavors in any historical or contemporary period. The goal of this call is to understand and contextualize artists and their works and to reflect on the fundamental questions raised by the changes technology wreaks. Proposals can be research based and/or practice based.

Awardees of this call will potentially be invited to contribute to a journal publication in 2020.
Texas A&M University faculty from the Colleges of Architecture, Education & Human Development, and Liberal Arts are eligible to be the PI for the AVPA grants. We encourage interdisciplinary proposals including faculty in Colleges not affiliated with the AVPA. A faculty member’s name may not appear on more than one application. No more than two grants may be awarded to any faculty member in any three-year period. Grant decisions are merit based. However, priority will be given to new applicants and/or new projects when proposal quality is equal. The AVPA Director and a 3-person subcommittee drawn from the AVPA Advisory Board will adjudicate grant applications. Board members who submitted a grant proposal will be excused from the entire grant review process. Grants may not be awarded to the Director of the AVPA.

Granting Schedule:  There are two granting periods per academic year.
Fall Submission
Opening date for the submission of proposals: September 9
Applications due: October 15
Notification of awards and grants: November 15
Spring Submission
Opening date for the submission of proposals: March 7
Applications due: April 1
For questions regarding each funding opportunity and to request an application should be emailed to the Department:  Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts