OpenGrounds Selects Four Graduate Students as Art and Environmental Action Scholars

Four graduate students, working on three projects, were selected by OpenGrounds to receive $10,000 scholarships to work with faculty mentors to develop and implement new ideas in art and environmental action. The scholarships are funded through a grant from the Jefferson Trust and will support projects undertaken in 2014. The following students submitted winning proposals:

  • Gwendolyn McGinn and Rachel Vassar, both Master of Landscape Architecture Candidates, "The Infrastructural Wild"
  • Jon Bellona, Ph.D. candidate in composition and computer technologies (Department of Music), "Carbon Feed"
  • Erik DeLuca, Ph.D. candidate in composition and computer technologies (Department of Music), "Community Listening in the Isle Royale National Park"

Honorable mention projects that will be advised by OpenGrounds were submitted by Clint Lees, fourth-year undergraduate student in architecture; Caitlin Crawford, third-year undergraduate engineering student; and Amanda Coen, Master of Landscape Architecture student.

For further information about the projects and the Art and Environmental Action initiative, visit, and see the OpenGrounds website ( for further information on ongoing and upcoming happenings at OpenGrounds.