Student receives a New York City art experience this summer

A junior in Architecture and Community Adviser, Evan Harrison, has been awarded the Geoffroy Residence Hall Art in State Buildings Project New York Internship. The Department of Residence, in partnership with University Museums invited applications from ISU students who reside in the residence halls or apartments to apply for the award. This award gives Evan the opportunity to work with Mickalene Thomas, a contemporary artist who was selected and commissioned for the art in state that will be placed in Geoffroy Hall.

The application process included answering several questions, uploading a current resume and the option to upload a work sample that would reflect why that applicant is a good candidate for the award.

“Selecting the wining recipient was very difficult. However, Evan’s ability to address key aspects of the public art statement and to articulate clearly the intersection between art and inclusive community resonated with committee members” said Kurt Earnest, Coordinator for Residence Life and Geoffroy Building Committee Member. “Whenever there is a new public building, a percentage of the construction fund is geared toward art and we are happy to provide this great opportunity to Evan.”

The internship award package includes up to $5,000 in funding for air travel to and from New York City, lodging, transportation and food for the week. A part from specific internship tasks that will be assigned by Mickalene and her staff, Evan will be documenting his experience through photos and reflective journaling. Upon returning, Evan will make a presentation about his experience to ISU students and staff as part of University Museums’ fall 2017 semester programing.