School of Art prof one of 66 artists to win Creative Capital grant

February 15, 2013

Gregory Sale, a multi-disciplinary artist and assistant professor of intermedia in the ASU School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, was one of 66 artists to win a Creative Capital grant in the category of emerging fields for his cutting-edge work in socially engaged art.

More than 2,700 applicants applied for the 2013 round of grants that totaled more than $4 million. Sale is the only grantee from Arizona in this round of funding and he is one of 25 artists representing 17 projects in the emerging fields category. Download Full Image

“I am thrilled,” said Sale, who won the grant for his "Sleepover" project after a rigorous, nine month-long, three-stage selection process conducted by Creative Capital, an organization that employs venture-capital principles to help artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices. “This elevates my work and socially engaged art practice to a new level of visibility and acknowledgement.”

Sale’s "Sleepover" project addresses the challenges of people re-entering society after periods of incarceration. In his application, Sale proposed that “a core group of diverse stakeholders would work together over time in shared, intimate spaces to reconsider their understandings of re-entry and their relationships to one another.”

"Sleepover" is an extension of Sale’s "It’s not just black and white project" which aspired to give voice to the multiple constituents in the Maricopa County area corrections, incarceration and criminal justice system. Sale used an ASU Art Museum gallery space to develop and display visual and mediated exhibitions, dance, painting and other staged events, discussions and readings. He took an extension of his project to Pennsylvania where he conducted artistic workshops with inmates sentenced to life-without-possibility-of-parole at the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution in Graterford and to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia where he exhibited a suite of collaborative works on paper.

The grant includes not only financial support of the "Sleepover" project, but also extensive professional development and training services, according to Sean Elwood, director of programs and initiatives for Creative Capital. “We engage artists like they were a small business and we are the venture capitalist,” Elwood said. “We stay with the project throughout its lifetime. There is no time limit and in fact we have stayed with some of the artists past their premiers and project completions.” Programs offered to this year’s group of artists are strategic planning, marketing and website experts to the introduction to possible long term funding and support resources. The foundation was described in a Jan. 11, 2013 article in the Wall Street Journal as “a venture capital fund for the avant-garde.”

“The Creative Capital artist granting process is one of the most rigorous and competitive currently in place for contemporary artists,” said Adriene Jenik, professor and director of the ASU School of Art. “That Gregory Sale has been awarded an emerging fields grant this year is a significant confirmation of the vision, excellence and depth of engagement in evidence in his socially engaged arts practice. I believe he is one of the artists today who are defining the limits and potentials of this field and the grant monies, publicity and other support will help extend his practice to new contexts.”

Creative Capital was started in 1999 by Arch Gillies, then president of the Andy Warhol Foundation. Included among the members of the founding board of directors was Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, executive director of ASU Gammage and assistant vice president of cultural affairs at Arizona State University, who remains on Creative Capital’s board of directors.

“Gregory Sale is an inventive, creative artist which is exactly what Creative Capital aspires to support,” Jennings-Roggensack said. “We aspire to support innovation and adventuresome artists from across the country. The beauty of this is it’s a place where artists can go who are pushing the envelope in all of their art forms and Gregory is certainly one of those artists.”

ASU Study Abroad Office offers new programs

February 15, 2013

With the addition of 11, brand new faculty-directed summer study abroad programs, the ASU Study Abroad Office (SAO) is continuing to expand international opportunities for ASU students.

The new programs have been developed for New Zealand, Malawi, Korea, Spain, Morocco, London, Washington D.C., United Arab Emirates, France, Italy, China and Australia. The office also added new exchange programs in Turkey, China and Germany.  Download Full Image

ASU students now have the option of 310 different study abroad programs in more than 60 countries – ranging from as little as one week to as long as a full year, taking place during the summer, fall, spring, academic and calendar year.

With such a wide range of program options, students from any major can earn ASU credit while studying abroad.  Students who have studied abroad also significantly stand out to employers in any job field.

There are several funding options for studying abroad, such as financial aid, community-based funding, scholarships, and grants, including the SAO Travel Grant. Last summer/fall, ASU students received $195,600 in scholarships and grants. Students can learn more about funding options through SAO’s bi-weekly Financing your Study Abroad workshop.

The deadline to apply for summer 2013, fall 2013, and academic year 2013 programs is March 1. To find out more information, visit the Study Abroad Office website at, attend a Study Abroad 101 Info Session in Tempe Center room 150 every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., or view the Study Abroad 101 online here.

Students can choose from three different types of study abroad programs: Faculty Directed Programs, Exchange Programs, or Partnership Programs.

Faculty-directed programs are led by ASU faculty members, and participants are a small group of students. The programs are typically three to nine weeks in the summer with housing and excursions arranged for the group.  Students develop strong relationships with the faculty member and a close-knit group of fellow students.

One unique faculty directed program, Energy, Sustainability and Development Across the Mediterranean, allows students the opportunity to study abroad on two different continents in three weeks. Students travel to Spain and Morocco to focus on current sustainability, energy and development issues spanning the two continents. One highlighted project is the Desertec program in Morocco, an initiative that aims to provide the North African desert with solar power generation and pipe electricity under the Mediterranean to supply Europeans with renewable energy.

Jannan Poppen, the international coordinator for the program, noted that “by meeting the people behind the project and those it will affect, participants will gain an understanding of the social and environmental impacts of Desertec and other development projects in the region. The interdisciplinary program will offer an opportunity for students to analyze issues in a comparative context and experience the diverse Mediterranean region.”

Exchange programs are a more autonomous style of study abroad program. Students enroll directly at a foreign university for a semester or year abroad and take classes with local students. This means some programs require proficiency in a local language; however, there are many options to take courses in English as well. Students have the freedom to choose their own housing – residence hall, apartment, homestay (living with a local family), etc. – and have the independence to travel throughout the country or nearby countries whenever they are not in class.

Nanyang Technological University in Singapore offers an exchange program for students studying business, engineering, fine arts, foreign languages, humanities, life sciences, physical sciences or social sciences, and is consistently ranked as one of the best schools in Asia.

Sean Hanson, an ASU student majoring in computer science who recently studied abroad at Nanyang Technological University, regularly encourages other students to study abroad. He explained that “if they (the student) like longboarding, maybe I would propose how they’d feel about longboarding down the Andes or the Alps. If they like to read, I would propose that they visit the homes of their favorite authors. A study abroad experience is anything they make of it and if they dream of doing something, a study abroad experience is an excellent opportunity to realize that dream. A study abroad experience is also an opportunity to distinguish oneself from the competition in a given field.”

Partnership programs are offered by non-university organizations and universities that have an official agreement with ASU. Partnerships are similar to exchange programs; however students are usually supported by in-country staff from the partnership organization throughout their time overseas. Internships are also possible through partnership programs.

One partnership program that offers a variety of opportunities to students with at least two semesters of college-level French is the CIEE Language and Culture Program at Suffolk University  in Dakar, Senegal. Through this semester or yearlong program, students experience complete cultural immersion through a homestay and have the opportunity to complete internships, enroll in classes, befriend a French-speaking conversation partner, participate in cultural activities, and learn through a weeklong visit to rural areas.

Explaining the exceptional opportunities that exchange and partnership programs offer to students, Katie Curiel, international coordinator, said, “ASU students can pursue their academic, paraprofessional, and personal goals in a variety of exchange and partnership programs throughout the world. These programs present amazing opportunities for not only in-depth exploration of the world and the host culture(s), but also in-depth exploration of one’s self. Study abroad participants’ lives are transformed through their experiences abroad and the various people they meet from around the world, both in and out of the classroom. Study abroad should be on every ASU student’s ‘bucket list’!”