LAWRENCE — The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas has announced the 2018 recipients of the Jack and Lavon Brosseau Creativity Awards. Established by benefactor Lavon Brosseau in 2011, the awards honor thought-provoking creative work in the categories of writing and diverse media from undergraduate students in any field.
Recipients were selected from 19 submissions by more than 20 individual students and collaborative groups. Submissions included musical compositions, poetry, painting, film, installations and research projects. They represented a range of disciplines, including English; Italian; Spanish and Portuguese; journalism; art history; visual art; architecture; film and media studies; environmental studies; women, gender and sexuality studies; peace and conflict studies, and African and African-American studies.
In the writing category, poet, researcher and first-generation college student Rachel Atakpa of Belle Plaine was recognized for two of her poems, “Psalm 73” and “Their Eyes Were Watching.” The selection committee was impressed with how Atakpa’s works enact themes of surveillance and chaos through the play and integration of form. Atakpa’s writing combines footnotes, quotations, typography and directions for the reader to complicate ideas and experiences and to critique social and political systems. Atakpa is a junior majoring in English and minoring in Spanish.
In the diverse media category, Daisy Crane of Columbia, Missouri, was recognized for her multimedia project “Altered, Ardent, Afraid: An Exploration of Trauma.” The committee noted how Crane’s body of work conveys various aspects of trauma that relate to the body itself and to the human experience. Crane’s collection of paintings and accompanying texts leads the viewer through her exploration of trauma and her own creative process. Crane is a fourth-year student majoring in visual arts and peace and conflict studies.
Kyndall Delph of Little Rock, Arkansas, received an honorable mention in the writing category for their anthology of poetry. Delph is a sophomore majoring in English with a minor in African-American studies.
An honorable mention in the diverse media category went to Hunter Harding of Montgomery, Texas, for his stunning capstone film project, “The Chase–EBYS (ft. Mark Robinson).” Harding is a senior majoring in film and media studies with a minor in journalism.
The Spencer Museum is pleased to recognize these students for their creativity and innovation. Excerpts from the recipients’ projects are available online.
Image: Daisy Crane, untitled, oil and tape on canvas. This image was included in Crane’s multimedia submission “Altered, Ardent, Afraid: An Exploration of Trauma.” Image courtesy Daisy Crane.