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Two UB architects awarded competitive artist fellowships

A pastiche of dollhouses and found objects lining a wall

Dollhouses climb up the wall of University at Buffalo architecture faculty member Dennis Maher's dining room. A New York Foundation for the Arts grant will enable Maher to continue his work on his home, a project titled "Fargo House." Credit: Douglas Levere

Grants will advance the creation of a sculptural habitat for birds and bats, and allow for continued work on a home filled with imaginary cityscapes crafted from found objects

Release Date: December 4, 2013

“I am honored to be selected as a NYFA Fellow this year, and excited that the award will enable me to continue constructing an urban habitat project that I have had to put on hold until now.”
Joyce Hwang, associate professor of architecture
University at Buffalo
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A pastiche of dollhouses and found objects lining a wall

Dollhouses climb up the wall of University at Buffalo architecture faculty member Dennis Maher's dining room. A New York Foundation for the Arts grant will enable Maher to continue his work on his home, a project titled "Fargo House." Credit: Douglas Levere

in black-and-white of a multi-layered structure resembling a very tall bird house

As a 2013 NYFA fellow, Joyce Hwang will advance "Habitat Wall," an urban habitat project for bats and birds. Courtesy of Joyce Hwang

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Two University at Buffalo architecture faculty members have been awarded highly competitive grants through the Artist Fellowship Program of the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Associate Professor Joyce Hwang and Clinical Assistant Professor Dennis Maher were both named fellows in the Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design category.

They are among only 91 artists or collaborative teams selected from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants statewide.

The program is open to artists at all stages in their careers, and each fellow or team receives an unrestricted cash grant of $7,000 to use in any way to further their creative work.

Hwang will use the award to continue work on "Habitat Wall," a sculptural habitat for birds and bats that addresses the condition of habitat loss in cities.

“I am honored to be selected as a NYFA Fellow this year, and excited that the award will enable me to continue constructing an urban habitat project that I have had to put on hold until now," said Hwang.

Maher will use the prize to continue work on his Fargo House, an experimental art/architectural project he has been developing within a house formerly slated for demolition on Buffalo's West Side. The home’s interior is filled with imaginary cityscapes crafted from objects Maher picked up at thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales and demolition sites.  

"I've recently completed a large installation within Sibley Dome at Cornell University, and I'm excited to return the fragments of this work to the house, where they will be used to construct a new dome within the living space,” he said.

First launched in 1985, NYFA’s Artist Fellowship Program, has provided over $27 million in unrestricted cash grants to artists in 15 disciplines at critical stages in their careers. Awards are made in five disciplines a year on a triennial basis. Past recipients include the winners of five Academy Awards, five Tony Awards, eight Pulitzer Prizes and 17 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships.

NYFA’s 2013 Artists’ Fellowships are administered by NYFA with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation and one anonymous donor.

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