CAA has awarded five 2010–11 Professional-Development Fellowships in the Visual Arts to artists enrolled in MFA programs across the United States. The organization has also recognized the work of five additional artists with honorable mentions.
CAA will award each fellow a one-time grant of five thousand dollars. The fellows are Alma Leiva, Sheryl Oring, Brittany Ransom, Mina T. Son, and Amanda Valdez. Leiva is an artist working in photography, film, and installation at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Oring investigates technology and its role in society through projects that incorporate old and new media in UCSD’s MFA program. Working in new media at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Ransom probes the relationships and differences among humans, animals, and the environment in the form of interactive sculpture, possible prosthetics, wearable recording devices, and digital manipulations. Currently pursuing an MFA in documentary film and video at Stanford University in California, Son makes films on a wide range of topics, offering a glimpse into underrepresented and rarely seen subjects and individuals. And Valdez, an MFA student at Hunter College, City University of New York, investigates craft, abstraction, and recycling-based practices.