Chavasse Prize

The Chavasse Prize is for an undergraduate student enrolled in the College of Engineering, the A. Alfred Taubman School of Architecture + Urban Planning, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, or the School of Information who is interested in developing a greater understanding about the role that interdisciplinary connections between art, design, technology, and creative expression can play in developing systems thinking and performance art and research in both a physical and digital environment. Students receiving the prize will spend approximately 24-30 hours over 12 weeks of the Fall semester participating with Professor Amy Chavasse, SMTD and her Dance 434/534 students.

Students for whom this residency would be ideal are those who:

  • are interested in learning about the creative process, including physical and digital observation and composition
  • are open to learning about improvisation as a performing art
  • are self-directed, responsible, and eager to learn
  • are motivated to explore interdisciplinary possibilities
  • can attend most course meetings for Dance 434/534, TTH 2-3:30pm or MW 2-3:30pm, Dance Bldg, North Campus

The student may expect to gain through this residency:

  • access to a dance studio environment and mentoring from an established and practicing artist and teacher
  • the opportunity to activate their creative potential and problem-solving through observation, awareness cultivation, discussion, writing, and movement
  • active engagement in conversations and a deeper understanding about interdisciplinary work

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 through their own disciplinary focus. The successful applicant will receive $1,000 in support of their time, materials and creative work.

Applications for Fall 2021 are due by May 28, 2021

Chavasse Prize Recipients

  • Elijah Richards, Engineering, Fall 2019
  • Ellie Ward, Art & Design, Fall 2019