Bennett-Eglash Prize

Audrey Bennett is a graphic design scholar who studies cross-cultural and trans-disciplinary design that make use of images that permeate global culture and impact the way we think and behave. Ron Eglash‘s work in this area examines how digital fabrication, AI and other innovations can be used to nurture and sustain generative justice.

The Bennett-Eglash Prize is designed for an undergraduate student currently enrolled in the College of Engineering, the A. Alfred Taubman School of Architecture + Urban Planning, the School of Music, Theatre, & Dance, or the School of Information who is interested in interacting with art and design practice, collaborating around creative process, and exploring the links between technology and fiber arts. No previous art, design or coding experience is required, although curiosity and a willingness to explore are essential!

Students receiving the prize will spend approximately 24-30 hours over 12 weeks of either the Fall or Winter semesters (September-December or January-April) participating with Professor Audrey Bennett and Professor Ron Eglash, whose studio practice is working at the intersection of cultural art, computational thinking, electronics integration and fiber arts. The resident student will gain a greater understanding of arts research methodologies and creative production as they occur in this interdisciplinary space, and  the role the arts can play in diversity and equity in STEM education. The student is expected to produce a final creative work of some kind that reflects, builds on, explores, integrates or traces their experience in the residency and their own disciplinary focus.

Bennett-Eglash Prize Recipients

  • Kilala Ichie-Vincent, Architecture, Fall 2020
  • Mariana Ortiz Luna, Engineering, Fall 2020
  • Cameron Wilson, SMTD, Fall 2019
  • Brianna Kucharski, Architecture, Fall 2019