News || Apr 05, 2018
Congratulations to faculty members Palmarin Merges and Martin French who were each awarded $10,000 by the McGeady Faculty Development Fund at PNCA. This is the third year that the fund has offered this significant support for the researches and professional development of faculty at the college. Each year the Personnel and Tenure Committee of the Faculty Senate reviews faculty proposals and recommends the awards. The committee reports that, "The winning proposals were selected for, among other criteria, the clarity and coherence of the applications, their evidence of commitment to the applicant's discipline and/or field of research, and how their proposal was likely to contribute to the applicant's creative and intellectual development. Many more extremely worthy proposals were received than could be funded, and the jurying was exceptionally difficult."
For five years Steven and Linda McGeady have generously provided these awards in support of the creative potential and growth of member of PNCA's faculty.
Inspired by the Concrete Poetry of the Noigandres group and Bern Porter’s collage works and a desire to deepen her engagement with her Filipino heritage, Merges will create a visual syllabary of invented symbols based on the shapes and sounds of the ancient Philippine script ‘baybayin’ derived from Brahmic scripts of India. The award supports her travel to the Getty Research Institute and Sackner Archives for research in support of this project.
French will spend an extended period in Harlem in New York, building on working relationships he has developed over time with the Harlem Arts Alliance and Harlem Swing Dance Society, furthering his research into social dance and the Harlem Renaissance, as well as the work of illustrator and muralist Aaron Douglas. The second phase of his proposal focuses on the development of an editioned poster series and set of motion graphics drawing from his research.