2013 JGS Award Winners

  • Marggines Abreu, College Unbound

    The first camera I ever received was one of those silly disposable ones when I was in the second-grade, I took pictures everywhere I went; of everything I saw. It made me feel like I was a famous photographer and the world was my model. Since then I have loved the fine art photography. Moving Read more...

  • Hector S. Bautista Aniceto, Macalester College

    I always knew I was an artist. Since little, I dreamed of becoming a film art director. However, coming from a family of very low economic resources, I was encouraged to pursue a career in one of the STEM fields instead. When I first came to Macalester College, I wandered between Biology and Economics during Read more...

  • Andre Bradley, Rhode Island School of Design

    As a Master’s student in the Division of Fine Arts Photography Program, my work involves a kind of ethical dance between the academy/art work and the street, which is where I see it’s connection to Imagining America’s commitment to publicly engaged art and scholarship, except that I am bringing a form of public into the Read more...

  • Teréz Iacovino, University of Minnesota

    This past spring I enrolled in a class being offered through the department of art at the University of Minnesota, called “Slow Art and the Green City,” taught by Professor Christine Bauemler.  The course was advertised as an introduction to socially engaged art and the ways in which artists become facilitators of social change through Read more...

  • Shavondria Jackson, Xavier University of Louisiana

    My interest in Photography came to me when my mother purchased my first Polaroid, JoyCam for my eighth birthday. Upon receiving the gift, I became curious and grew a passion for exploring community, family, and individuality. As I developed more skills with the Polaroid camera, I experimented with family identity within African American communities. My Read more...

  • Ryan Metzler, Occidental College

    I am currently pursuing my undergraduate education at Occidental College’s Media Arts & Culture Program. My work is informed by the belief that media makers have a responsibility to collaborate with and integrate marginalized communities into documentary films and other media projects in order to transform problematic representations. After receiving a research grant, I am Read more...

  • Natalia Pilato, Pennsylvania State University

    As a PHD student in the Art Education Program and a community-based artist and activist, my aim is to enrich community through collaborative arts. From conception to execution, publicity to painting, installation to celebration, community participants become involved in the mural making processes. Everyone has a voice. The ideas of artists, students, teachers and community Read more...

  • Cameron Quevedo, University of Washington Seattle

    As a graduate student and documentary filmmaker in the Native Voices Indigenous Documentary Film Program, I am engaged in community-based media production and have come to experience firsthand the inspirational yet complex realities of community-campus partnerships. In the summer of 2012 I collaborated with researchers from the Universidad Veracruzana, traditional musicians from the region of Read more...

  • Edgar Reyes, Maryland Institute College of Art

    Currently I am pursuing a MFA Program in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with the goal of assisting others in developing new skills sets and the courage to transcend their own hardships. For my artist residency this past year I was fortunate to work as the lead facilitator for the Baltimore Read more...

  • Ngoc-Tran Vu, New York University

    It is my ambition for my art to provoke thoughts and questions surrounding identity, community, accessibility, and humanity. As a first generation Vietnamese-American visual artist, scholar and cultural worker, I am passionate about the arts and using its tools to express and create a consciousness around social justice issues.  My main tool is the camera Read more...

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