Creative Arts Awards

The Division of the Arts provides research support to faculty, staff, and students in the arts. Each spring, the Division of the Arts recognizes achievements and service, and supports creative projects and research. The call for applications and nominations is released in early fall with a deadline in December. The Division of the Arts offers six annual awards and one bi-annual. Grants are split into three categories: Faculty Arts Research, Staff and Faculty Arts Outreach, and Student Arts Research and Achievement.

2021 Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2021 Awards in the Creative Arts! Full bios are available here.

  • Creative Arts Award
    Darcy Padilla, Associate Professor, Art Department
  • Emily Mead Baldwin Award in the Creative Arts
    Daniel Grabois, Associate Professor, Mead Witter School of Music
    Mark Hetzler, Professor, Mead Witter School of Music
    Michael Peterson, Professor, Art Department & Graduate Program Director, Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies
  • Joyce J. and Gerald A. Bartell Award in the Arts
    Jen Plants, Faculty Associate, English Department
    Ben Reiser, Wisconsin Film Festival Director of Operations, Department of Communication Arts
  • Edna Wiechers Arts in Wisconsin Award
    Aaron Granat, Associate Lecturer, Department of Communication Arts
  • David and Edith Sinaiko Frank Graduate Fellowship for a Woman in the Arts
    Ava Shadmani, Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) candidate, Mead Witter School of Music
    Lawren Brianna Ware, DMA student, Mead Witter School of Music
  • Lyman S.V. Judson and Ellen Mackechnie Judson Student Award in the Creative Arts
    Sarah Brailey, DMA candidate, Mead Witter School of Music
    Timothy Yip, DMA candidate, Mead Witter School of Music
  • Graduate Student Creative Arts Award
    Quanda Johnson, Ph.D. candidate, Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies
    Nick Moran, Master of Music (MM) student, Mead Witter School of Music
    Anders Nienstaedt, Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidate, Art Department
    Chris Rottmayer, DMA candidate, Mead Witter School of Music
    Midori Samson, DMA candidate, Mead Witter School of Music
    Roberto Torres Mata, MFA candidate, Art Department

Thank you to this year’s committee: Sue Zaeske (chair), Division of the Arts; Jennifer Angus, Design Studies; Anna Campbell, Gender and Women’s Studies; Anthony DiSanza, Mead Witter School of Music; David Furumoto, Theatre and Drama; Florence Hsia, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE); and Leslie Smith III, Art.

Awards

Faculty Arts Research

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Creative Arts Award

Funded through the generosity of the Bassett and Evjue Foundations, the Creative Arts Award (established in 1995) recognizes and honors extraordinary artistic projects and endeavors of the highest quality carried out by tenured members of the UW–Madison arts faculty.

The award provides $30,000 of general research support to a faculty member in the creative arts.

Recipients of the Creative Arts Award

  • Darcy Padilla (Art, 2021)
  • Fred Stonehouse (Art, 2020)
  • Stephen Hilyard (Art, 2019)
  • Henry Drewal (Art History, 2018)
  • T.L. Solien (Art, 2017)
  • Nancy Mladenoff (Art, 2016)
  • Mark Hetzler (Music, 2015)
  • Lisa Gralnick (Art, 2014)
  • Wei Dong (Design Studies, 2013)
  • Jennifer Angus (Design Studies, 2012)
  • John Hitchcock (Art, 2011)
  • Aristotle Georgiades (Art, 2010)
  • Jin-Wen Yu (Dance, 2009)
  • Laurie Beth Clark (Art, 2008)
  • Judith Claire Mitchell (Creative Writing, 2007)
  • Norma Saldivar (Theatre and Drama, 2006)
  • Catherine Kautsky (Music, 2005)
  • Thomas Loeser (Art, 2004)
  • Nietzchka Keene (Comm Arts, 2003)
  • John Stevens (Music, 2002)
  • Patricia Boyette (Theatre and Drama, 2001)
  • Steve Feren (Art, 2000)
  • Uri Vardi (Music, 1999)
  • Li Chiao-Ping (Dance, 1998)
  • Phillip Zarrilli (Theatre and Drama, 1997)
  • Linda Essig (Theatre and Drama, 1995)

Emily Mead Baldwin Award in the Creative Arts

The Emily Mead Baldwin Award in the Creative Arts (established in 1997) recognizes and honors extraordinary artistic projects and endeavors of the highest quality carried out by tenured members of the UW–Madison arts faculty.

This award provides $20,000 of general research support to a faculty member in the creative arts, which will be allocated over the course of two years in $10,000 increments.

Recipients of the Emily Mead Baldwin Award in the Creative Arts 

  • Daniel Grabois (Music, 2021)
  • Mark Hetzler (Music, 2021)
  • Michael Peterson (Art/Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies, 2021)
  • Leslie Smith III (Art, 2020)
  • Peggy Choy (Dance, 2019)
  • Johannes Wallmann (Music, 2019)
  • Andrea Harris (Dance, 2018)
  • Cherene Sherrard-Johnson (English, 2018)
  • Lisa Gralnick (Art, 2017)
  • Beverly Taylor (Music, 2017)
  • Ann Archbold (Theatre and Drama, 2016)
  • John Hitchcock (Art, 2016)
  • Mary Hark (Design Studies, 2015)
  • Judith Claire Mitchell (English, 2015)
  • Joseph Koyykar (Dance, 2014)
  • Fred Stonehouse (Art, 2014)
  • David Furumoto (Theatre and Drama, 2013)
  • Uri Vardi (Music, 2013)
  • Stephen Dembski (Music, 2012)
  • Jesse Lee Kercheval (Creative Writing/English, 2012)
  • Nancy Mladenoff (Art, 2011)
  • Christopher Taylor (Music, 2011)
  • Amy Quan Barry (Creative Writing/English, 2010)
  • Anthony Di Sanza (Music, 2010)
  • Stephen Hilyard (Art, 2009)
  • Douglas Rosenberg (Art, 2009)
  • Patricia Boyette (Theatre and Drama, 2008)
  • Lorrie Moore (Creative Writing, 2008)
  • Jennifer Angus (Environment, Textiles and Design, 2007)
  • Gail Simpson (Art, 2007)
  • Wei Dong (Environment, Textiles and Design, 2006)
  • Laura Elise Schwendinger (Music, 2006)
  • Diane Sheehan (Environment, Textiles and Design, 2005)
  • TL Solien (Art, 2005)
  • Jin-Wen Yu (Dance, 2004)
  • Sonya Clark (Environment, Textiles and Design, 2004)
  • Li Chiao-Ping (Dance, 2003)
  • Carol Pylant (Art, 2002)
  • Laurie Beth Clark (Art, 2001)
  • Stephanie Jutt (Music, 2000)
  • Douglas Hill (Music, 1999)
  • Nietzchka Keene (Comm Arts, 1998)
  • Javier Calderon (Music, 1997)
  • Thomas Loeser (Art, 1997)
  • JJ Murphy (Comm Arts, 1997)

Staff and Faculty Arts Outreach

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Joyce J. and Gerald A. Bartell Award in the Arts

The Joyce J. and Gerald A. Bartell Award in the Arts (established in 1992) recognizes and honors the achievements of UW–Madison faculty and staff across a broad range of activities and services in the creative arts including the areas of outreach, public service, and/or other enterprises involving the larger community.

The award is for $6,500 and may be used for teaching, research, and public service activities.

Recipients of the Joyce J. and Gerald A. Bartell Award in the Arts

  • Jen Plants (English, 2021)
  • Ben Reiser (Comm Arts, 2021)
  • Sherry Wagner-Henry (Bolz Center for Arts Administration, 2020)
  • Carolyn Kallenborn (Design Studies, 2019)
  • Jamie Henke (Continuing Studies, 2018)
  • Ron Kuka (Creative Writing, 2017)
  • Jim Healy (UW Cinematheque, 2016)
  • Kate Corby (Dance, 2015)
  • Paul Sacaridiz (Art, 2014)
  • Tyrone Greive (Music, 2013)
  • Li Chiao-Ping (Dance, 2012)
  • The Pro Arte Quartet (Music, 2011)
  • Michael Bridgeman (Wisconsin Public Television, 2010)
  • Patrick Sims (Theatre and Drama, 2009)
  • Sarah Marty (Continuing Studies, 2008)
  • Chelcy Bowles (Continuing Studies/Music, 2007)
  • Anne Lambert (Chazen Museum of Art, 2006)
  • Tino Balio (Communication Arts/Arts Institute, 2005)
  • Janet Jensen (Music, 2004)
  • Ralph Russo (Wisconsin Union Galleries, 2003)
  • William Ney (Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies, 2002)
  • Dennis Dorn (Theatre and Drama, 2001)
  • Harv Thompson (Continuing Studies, 2000)
  • Phil Hamilton (Art, 1999)
  • John Barker (History, 1998)
  • Emily Auerbach (English/Continuing Studies, 1997)
  • Karlos Moser (Music, 1996)
  • Leslee Nelson (Art/Continuing Studies, 1995)
  • Ronald Wallace (English, 1994)
  • Michael Goldberg (Wisconsin Union Theater, 1993)
  • Richard Wolf (Continuing Studies, 1992)

Edna Wiechers Arts in Wisconsin Award

The Edna Wiechers Arts in Wisconsin Award (established in 2012) seeks to enrich cultural offerings and inspire future artists in Wisconsin communities underserved by the arts. The award supports faculty or staff in the creation of new art works in areas both emerging and traditional and/or the presentation of new or existing works of art across the state.

The award provides support in the amount of $3,500.

Recipients of the Edna Wiechers Arts in Wisconsin Award

  • Aaron Granat (Comm Arts, 2021)
  • Anna Campbell (Gender & Women’s Studies, 2020)
  • Liz Sexe (Dance, 2019)
  • J Myszka Lewis (Art, 2018)
  • Aristotle Georgiades (Art, 2017)
  • Lynda Barry (Art, 2015)
  • Helen Lee (Art, 2014)
  • Gerit Grimm (Art, 2013)
  • Scott Teeple (Music, 2012)

Student Arts Research and Achievement

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David and Edith Sinaiko Frank Graduate Fellowship for a Woman in the Arts

The David and Edith Sinaiko Frank Graduate Fellowship (established in 2000) is designed to support and encourage graduate students in the visual and performing arts who identify as a woman by providing them with an opportunity to present their work in public. It is not intended as a teaching award or an award for excellence in scholarship.

The fellowship carries a grant of $2,000.

Recipients of the David and Edith Sinaiko Frank Fellowship for a Woman in the Arts

  • Ava Shadmani (Music, 2021)
  • Lawren Brianna Ware (Music, 2021)
  • Midori Samson (Music, 2020)
  • Anna Siampani (Music, 2019)
  • Helen J. Bullard (Interdisciplinary Art & Science, 2018)
  • Maria Amalia Wood (Design Studies, 2018)
  • Leigh Garcia (Art, 2018)
  • Allison Roberts (Art, 2017)
  • Liz Anna Kozik (Design Studies, 2017)
  • Koala Yip (Art, 2016)
  • Emily Adams (Design Studies, 2015)
  • Suzanne Torres (Art, 2015)
  • Liz Heller (Art, 2014)
  • Katherine Lieder (Theatre and Drama, 2014)
  • Felice Amato (Art, 2013)
  • Sylvie Rosenthal (Art, 2013)
  • Kristin Hammargren (Theatre and Drama, 2012)
  • Julie Page (Music, 2012)
  • Lisa Frank (Design Studies, 2011)
  • Mary Perkinson (Music, 2011)
  • Ginger Lukas (Art, 2010)
  • Paola Savvidou (Music, 2010)
  • Heather Macali (Design Studies, 2009)
  • Naomi Schliesman (Art, 2009)
  • Chele Isaac (Art, 2008)
  • Pritika Chowdhry (Art, 2007)
  • BA Harrington (Art, 2007)
  • Michele Fields (Theatre and Drama, 2006)
  • Miel Paredes (Art, 2006)
  • Cedar Marie (Art, 2005)
  • Megan Lotts (Art, 2004)
  • Bea Drysdale (Art, 2003)
  • Eun-Jung Park (Music, 2002)
  • Rebecca Olthafer (Music, 2001)
  • Briony Jean Foy (Environment, Textiles, and Design, 2000)

Lyman S.V. Judson and Ellen Mackechnie Judson Student Award in the Creative Arts

The Lyman S.V. Judson and Ellen Mackechnie Judson Student Award in the Creative Arts (established in 1997) is presented to an undergraduate and graduate student in the creative arts “who has made the greatest contribution to the field(s) of study covered.”

The award carries a grant of $2,000. This award is offered every other year.

Recipients of the Lyman S.V. Judson and Ellen Mackechnie Judson Student Award in the Creative Arts

  • Sarah Brailey (graduate, Music, 2021)
  • Timothy Yip (graduate, Music, 2021)
  • Scott Campbell (graduate, Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies, 2019)
  • Shiloah Coley (undergraduate, Journalism, 2019)
  • John Hallett (graduate, Art, 2017)
  • Lyndsay Lewis (undergraduate, Dance, 2017)
  • Felice Amato (graduate, Art, 2015)
  • Christa Lewandowski (undergraduate, Theatre and Drama, 2015)
  • Olivia Baldwin (undergraduate, Art, 2013)
  • Nicholas Wynia (graduate, Art, 2011)
  • Sarah Mitchell (undergraduate, Dance, 2011)
  • Pete Rydberg (graduate, Theatre and Drama, 2009)
  • Kitty Huffman (undergraduate, Art, 2009)
  • Raymond Hsu (graduate, Literary Studies, 2007)
  • Kristof Wickman (undergraduate, Art, 2005)
  • Chris Walla (graduate, Art, 2003)
  • Ann Buechner (undergraduate, Creative Writing, 2001)
  • Sara Freeman (graduate, Theatre and Drama, 1999)
  • Moira M. Kelley (undergraduate, Music, 1997)

Graduate Student Creative Arts Award

Thanks to an allocation of the Anonymous Fund, the Graduate Student Creative Arts Award (established in 2020) supports artistic performances, exhibitions (including curatorial exhibitions), readings, and research necessary to develop arts programming.

The award carries a grant of $2,000.

Recipients of the Graduate Student Creative Arts Award

  • Quanda Johnson (Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies, 2021)
  • Nick Moran (Music, 2021)
  • Anders Nienstaedt (Art, 2021)
  • Chris Rottmayer (Music, 2021)
  • Midori Samson (Music, 2021)
  • Roberto Torres Mata (Art, 2021)