Two University at Buffalo architecture faculty members have been awarded grants through the Artist Fellowship Program of the New York Foundation for the Arts. The program is open to artists at all stages in their careers, and each fellow or team receives an unrestricted cash grant of $7,000 to use in any way to further their creative work.
Associate Professor Joyce Hwang and Clinical Assistant Professor Dennis Maher were both named fellows in the Architecture/Environmental Structures/ Design category. They are among only 91 artists or collaborative teams selected from nearly 3,000 applicants statewide.
Hwang will use the award to continue work on “Habitat Wall,” a sculptural habitat for birds and bats that addresses the condition of habitat loss in cities.
Maher will use the prize to continue work on his Fargo House, an experimental art/architectural project he has been developing within a house formerly slated for demolition on Buffalo’s West Side. The home’s interior is filled with imaginary cityscapes crafted from objects Maher picked up at thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales and demolition sites.
Samina Raja, a food systems researcher at the University at Buffalo, has won the 2014 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning. The 2014 award, given by Cal Poly Pomona’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning, recognizes scholars engaged with the theme “We Are What We Eat: Food Systems and the Healthy City.” She will receive the Dale Scholar Prize, which includes $5,000 and spending 2ø days at Cal Poly Pomona, meeting with students and speaking at a colloquium.
Raja, an associate professor of urban and regional planning, is founder of the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab at UB and a community leader on food issues.
In Western New York, her work has included working with government officials and residents of Buffalo to identify how low-cost changes in the design of the city could encourage more healthful eating and more physical activity.