U-M ArtsEngine, an initiative that supports interdisciplinary research across the arts, design, engineering, information sciences, and technology, recognized several Taubman College students with honors and awards this spring.
ArtsEngine’s mission is to provide a framework for creative and collaborative engagement for students and faculty through interdisciplinary teaching, learning, research, and community. Their awards and grants support projects integrating the arts or design with other disciplines that are significant for advancing disciplinary practices, perceptions, or capabilities.
The award-winning projects and students are:
Science as Art People’s Choice Winner: Yashas Aprameya, B.S. Arch ‘25
World Wide Web is a commentary on the global shift towards the internet and technology as a whole during the COVID-19 pandemic. An old classroom globe was transformed using a combination of white tempera paint, Photoshop, and Python into a moving, circular image of a map. The project showcases the ways in which we have been connected to one another through science and technology during the pandemic.
Science as Art Honorable Mention: Ting-Sung (Sam) Cheng, B.S. Arch ‘25
Génesis integrates the hypothesis of creation with the artist’s imagination. To illustrate people’s wild curiosity with uncovering truth and its contrast with the vastness of the universe, the sizes of common structures have been redefined to illogically unnerve the relationship between each object. The work speaks to windows between reality and fantasy, the continuity of time, and the never-ending desire for universal truth.
The annual Science as Art competition features student artwork inspired by and demonstrating scientific ideas and principles. Awards are given for a range of categories across a wide range of media. Student works express a scientific principle(s), concept(s), idea(s), process(es), and/or structure(s), and may be visual, literary, musical, video, or performance-based.
MicroGrant Recipient: Vishnupriya Napa Ravikumar, M.U.R.P./M.U.D. ’24; McKenna Sabon, B.S. Arch ’22.
Student MicroGrants award up to $1,500 in support of interdisciplinary student projects which incorporate the arts as a central theme or component.
Arts Integrative Interdisciplinary Research (AiiR) Grant Award Recipients: Chun-Li (Julie) Chen, M.Arch ‘22; Vishnupriya Napa Ravikumar, M.U.R.P./M.U.D. ’24
The AiiR Grants award up to $3,000 to support graduate student research projects that integrate the arts or design with other disciplines, especially those in engineering and the sciences.