APSU art students Macon St. Hilaire, Matt Watkins, and Nicole Santoyo each received Presidential Research Scholarships. Details on their projects are below.
Macon St Hilaire received a scholarship to complete research for her art history project “<Opus Anglicanum>: The Work of the English, Preserving the Bequest of Medieval Embroidery and the Craftswomen Who Made Them.” As an artist, Macon’s artwork has explored legacy and success using the study of Art History and historical studio practices. Research into the Bayeux Tapestry, an example of 11th-century embroidery illustrating the events leading to the Norman Invasion of England, led her to other embroidery works collectively called <Opus Anglicanum>. Translating to the “Work of the English”, <Opus Anglicanum> were expertly crafted embroideries that became highly sought after in church collections creating an economic commodity for the crafters. Her research will uncover the role women had in the creation of <Opus Anglicanum> and how they were exposed to the aesthetic they utilized in the creation of the embroidery that closely resembles other examples of surviving Medieval and Gothic artwork. She plans to travel to London next year to conduct first-hand object and archival research.
Matt Watkins intends to make sculptural models of knots for his PRS project. Knot theory is a field of mathematics that he has been researching independently. Through the process of sculpting knots Matt will be able to visualize mathematical data currently being developed by knot theorists in three dimensions. Courses specializing in knot theory are not currently offered at Austin Peay State University and the opportunity to participate in the Presidential Research Scholar program allows him to further investigate this field.
Matt’s project also gives me an opportunity to work collaboratively with Dr. Ramanjit K. Sahi
in the Mathematics Department. We will be co-mentoring him on this project
Nicole Santoyo‘s project “Southern Epic” attempts to examine the peculiarities and strange beauty of Tennessean life without resorting to romanticized cliches and stereotypes. This project aims to be the antidote to the sanitized works of the American Regionalist artists of the 1930s, and provide a fresh and dynamic look at the contemporary South. A series of paintings will be presented as the result of exploring the community and gathering visual imagery and experience.