UVa student wins National Berlin Wall Art Contest!

Andrew Salmon's National Wall Art Contest Winning SubmissionCongratulations to Andrew Salmon who has won the Nationwide Berlin Wall Art Contest held by the German Embassy.  UVa today has a full article on the victory, which is excerpted here:

The embassy letter notifying Salmon of the award said, “The competition was very stiff, the jury found your sculpture uniquely impressive in both its conception and execution. You managed to communicate the emotional and physical brutality of the wall without resorting to the easy iconography of the cold war. The jury was also impressed with the fine details you included in this relatively large scale work.”

Salmon, who is from Arlington, won a four-night trip to Berlin for two, which he plans to take during U.Va.’s spring break in March.

“Berlin is one of the art capitals today. I am really fortunate to get to go there,” he said.

In addition to art, Salmon plans to take in the city’s architecture, including visits to the Reichstag, the new German Parliament designed by architect Norman Foster; and the Jewish Museum, designed by Daniel Libeskind. “The modern architecture is extremely sculptural, incorporating concepts of light and transparency,” Salmon said.

Salmon created his design in studio art professor William Bennett’s Introduction to Sculpture class. Each student proposed a design and the class voted on two, which were then submitted to the University’s Berlin Wall project. The class worked as a team to create Salmon’s sculpture, a 4-foot by 8-foot wall panel plaster casting created from a clay mold that weighs nearly 1,000 pounds. The piece was displayed in the McIntire Amphitheater.

“My intent was to create a feeling of the wall coming down, but still being present,” Salmon said.

Salmon’s sculpture and small works created by other class members will be on display at Hereford College starting in February.


J-Term Pictures find Permanent Home

The Photography of J-Term in Berlin Students has found a permanent home in the hall-way between the Graduate and the Department Office on the 5th floor in New Cabell Hall. Thanks to Gina Hutton we were able to get permission from the Fire Marshall to install almost all the pictures there. We will soon also make a plaque which will name the artists and the background-story to the images. I think this is a wonderful way not only to make our department more appealing, but also to show guests what wonderful work we are doing here.
So please congratulate the artists Tori White, Chris Post and Katie Kyle!

Center for German Studies holds Essay Competition

The Center for German Studies holds its annual essay competition in the Spring 2010. In the spirit of Freedom Without Walls, the Center invites you to draw from the large heritage of German culture to investigate what is alive and relevant for present-day society.

For example: An engineering student may want to write on a German scientist such as Einstein whose legacy informs current research in the field. An architectural student may see the influence of the “Bauhaus” in present-day art and design. A student of economics or political science may want to investigate Germany’s role in the current geo-political configuration. Rather than simple-minded glorification, one might also investigate negative influences such as patterns of anti-Semitism from the past that never seem to die. On the other hand, Germany’s “Green Movement” is forward-looking, and you could explore how it helps us rethink our own approaches to the environment and how to save the planet forour generation and those to come. Your essay may draw on a seminar paper you wrote here at UVa, and should be five to eight pages long (double-spaced). The winners will be announced during the third week of April.

For more information click here.

German House Celebrates Oktoberfest & Freedom Without Walls

The Max Kade German House at UVa will hold its annual German House Oktoberfest on Friday, October 23, 7 pm in the Bice House Lounge on 583 Brandon Ave.

Join them for a night of fun, games, and German food! This year the German House will also endorse our topic Freedom Without Walls and provide ample opportunity for discussion and communication. FWW shirts, pens and markers will be available.

Contact Astrid Kaemmerling (ack2ac@virginia.edu) or visit the UVa German House website for more information.

Wall Art Contest: the spectator is the winner

During the Freedom Without Walls Gala the distinguished jury for the Wall Art Contest had the honor to award the individual artists. Provost Elizabeth Turner, chair of the jury, pointed out that the true winners of the event were the hundreds of students who could witness the creation of the artwork on site in the Amphitheater last week. She congratulated everybody involved with the project for a truly unique event. Obviously, the Jury had a very hard time deciding on a winner. That is why all of the artists received a certificate with an honorable mention that stated precisely what the Jury thought was the strongest aspect of each piece. The overall winner was chosen based on the way in which the artwork communicated the spirit of the entire week-long project and how it showed strength in all the aspects the jury considered significant.

The awards are:

Ross Michael Thomas: Honorable Mention for best elaboration on the Graffiti and Street Art theme
Olga Zeveleva: Honorable Mention for best painterly composition and elaboration on the city scape theme
Maria Christina Jividen: Honorable Mention for best elaborating the theme of the wall as intergenerational site of memory
Nicole Ashley Poltash: Honorable Mention for most imaginative exploration of the materiality of the “Mauer” as object
Ellen Frances Falci: Honorable Mention for excellence in graphic design and command of space
Katharine Elizabeth Stabler: Honorable Mention for best elaboration on the motif of internationality and freedom

Andrew Michael Salmon: Best Group Project
Lauren Elaine Chilton: Best Overall Project

Miller Center holds Conference on Wall Fall

The Center for German Studies supports the efforts of the Miller Center:
The 2009 William and Carol Stevenson Conference: October 25 & 26
When Walls Came Down: Berlin, 9/11, and U.S. Strategy in Uncertain Times

The Miller Center’s GAGE program will bring together former policymakers and leading scholars to recount, analyze, and reflect on how U.S. leaders have navigated periods of international uncertainty in the recent past. More importantly, they will also examine how to better anticipate, understand, and manage a dynamic global arena in the years ahead. This conference will be webcast live and archived on the Miller Center web site, and portions of it will be open to the public. More information, including schedules and participants, will be available at www.millercenter.org. To listen to the conference talk, download the following audio file from the Miller Center.

Thursday Oct. 1: J-Term in Berlin Exhibit

Come out at 6:30 pm to the Newcomb Gallery to see the 2009 January Term in Berlin students present an exhibition and share their experiences with the Wall in pictures.  Harold Mock of the History Department will give a talk about the Wall and its historical implications.  His introduction should be particularly interesting in light of Professor Fuehr’s talk last Tuesday. More information about UVa’s annual J-Term in Berlin is available in this brochure, which includes a course description and itinerary in Berlin.