As featured on the 2016 SGCI website, here is the description for my receiving this award:
As an emerging printmaker, this award couldn’t be more thrilling. SGCI Conferences have been a huge source of inspiration during my undergraduate studies. I recently graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking. This award will help me as I set off into the world as an emerging artist and graduate school applicant. In addition to my artistic endeavors I currently work as a user interface designer. With the help of this fellowship I plan to explore imagery and visualizations of action relating to user interface design. I’m particularly interested in interface icons as objects and prints. These icons include symbols such as mouse roll-over icons and touch-command symbols. They allow you to simulate different actions digitally and receive information. I will explore the ways in which visualizations of these actions and the incorporation of symbols may contextualize in prints as a way of recording action. What about a user interface entices interaction? How does context and medium change the interpretation of an icon’s purpose and meaning? I will first explore these actions and icons as etchings, and then move on to incorporate other possible print media. Thank you to this year’s Southern Graphic Council International Awards Committee for this award, and to my mentors Tim Dooley and Aaron Wilson for supporting me.