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Dr. Heather Holian travels to Bonn, Germany to attend Pixar Exhibit

By Dr. Heather Holian, Professor of Art History

In April 2012, I received a Kohler Award to supplement my 2011-2012 Regular Faculty Research Grant, and I was able to spend three days in Bonn, Germany (July 5-8, 2012) where I attended the opening of the travelling Pixar exhibit, Pixar: Twenty-five Years of Animation, at the Bundeskunsthalle, the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany located in Bonn’s Museum Mile.  During my stay, I spoke to Pixar archivists and preparators, attended a lecture by the Pixar administrator who organized the exhibition, and viewed the show on two different days, taking extensive notes on the exhibition design, didactic content, choice of works, and overall public presentation of the art and studio. I also visited the Gallerie Arludik in Paris, France, where numerous Pixar artists have exhibited their personal work.

In the long term, these materials will contribute to conference papers and, perhaps more importantly, my book-length Pixar project, which investigates the collaborative process of the animation studio. In the short term, I have already integrated this research into my application for a 2013-2014 Research Assignment and an American Council of Learned Societies 2013-2014 Fellowship application. I want to thank the Committee on Discretionary Funds of International Programs for their generous support of my work.

PIXAR subway advertisement Crowd at Museum for PIXAR exhibit

Museum patrons wait in line at the private opening of the exhibition

An advertisement for the Pixar exhibition in one of the subway stops en route to the Bundeskunsthalle


Faculty funding for international activities

A portion of the Kohler Fund, established in 1991 with a bequest from the estate of Phyllis Penn Kohler, class of 1930, is dedicated to supporting faculty internationalization efforts in six areas (research, teaching, internationalizing the curriculum, student programs, special projects and institutional linkages).  Faculty are encouraged to submit proposals by the deadline that falls ca. six weeks before the proposed event or travel. To facilitate faculty submissions the Committee now has four deadlines per year for all six areas. Next semester’s deadlines are January 18 and March 22. Details about the procedure for applying and the forms needed can be found the IPC website at http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/fundingopportunities.html. To see others who received a Kohler in the 2012-13 fiscal year, click here. We look forward to receiving and reviewing this year’s proposals.

The International Travel Fund (ITF), created by the Provost’s Office, supports ca. fifty UNCG faculty members per year to present their work at international conferences outside North America.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and processed typically within two weeks of receipt.  Owing to the popularity of this fund, faculty are highly encouraged to apply as soon as they receive notification that their presentations have been accepted. Faculty may apply once per year every two out of three years.  To see who received funding for international conferences for the 2011-12 fiscal year, click here and for those who have been awarded this year to date, here. Details about applying can be found at the following website: http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/travelfunds.html.

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