Student Accomplishments

This summer the college funded six CCA students’ artistic and scholarly research projects through the Summer Arts Research Program! The students’ accomplishments are detailed below.

Laura Wheeler Roderer & Kristin Barker present their research at Research on Capitol Hill.
Laura Wheeler Roderer & Kristin Barker present their research at Research on Capitol Hill. Their work explores using music and collaboration as a model for addressing the climate crises.

Elise Buck | Art + Design

Elise researched how interior design impacts the psychological well-being of the people who use a space through a literature review and personal interviews. She learned about specific techniques that are useful in space planning, how materials impact the comfort level of the user, and that there really isn’t one rule that will always guarantee success. She plans to showcase her work during the USU Research Week and Research in the Arts Day as well as on social media.

Danielle Casós | Music

Danielle conducted a research project considering how to prepare and perform recitative in operas. For this project she consistently worked on voice and acting techniques with a teacher, studied with a vocal coach, and began studying Italian with a tutor. This fall, she will be giving a presentation to the USU Voice Area about what she learned so that they can feel more confident when preparing recitative in the future.

Adam Hardy | Art + Design

Adam developed flameware (a kind of ceramic pot capable of being used on a stove top or grill). He explored a variety of materials and their properties in fired ceramics, and is well on his way to having some successful pieces. He plans to continue his research into making glazed flameware pots and show a collection of functional work to sell.

Jake Hogan leads rehearsal a rehearsal for a theatre piece.
Jake Hogan leads rehearsal a rehearsal for the ethnodramatic theatre piece Balancing Act: An Exploration of the Queer Religious Experience.

Jake Hogan | Theatre Arts

Jake researched the lived experiences of LGBTQIA+ individuals in Cache Valley, specifically relating to the experiences with religion and spirituality. Jake interviewed 10 individuals from the LGBTQIA+ population and transcribed their interviews. With his team Jake turned the participants’ verbatim words Jake prepared an article including the full text of the ethnodrama for submission to qualitative research journals. into a theatre piece that attempted to represent their experiences through performance.

Ayla Murray | Art + Design

Ayla conducted an in-depth research project exploring the potential clay body and glaze formulations for Mid-Range oxidation and reduction fired ceramics. What has manifested, physically, from this research is a large collection of clay bodies and glaze recipes that are compatible with one another, which Ayla is in the process of compiling into a booklet that will remain in the ceramic studio for future students to reference and further explore. Furthermore, Alya plans on extending her research project to take a closer look at the potential of mid-range soda firing, with the aim of publishing an article in Ceramics Monthly.

Catelyn Schmidt presents her research on animal motifs in native Great Basin artwork at the Student Research Symposium.
Catelyn Schmidt presents her research on animal motifs in native Great Basin artwork at the Student Research Symposium.

Matt Sloan | Art + Design

Matt spent the summer looking into a particular glazing effect that he had seen in historical clay vessels. He successfully programmed a specific ceramic firing process and tested modern materials to produce this effect in a repeatable way. He looks forward to showing off this hard work in his thesis show this spring.