James F. Jakobsen Award Winner Spotlights, 2011

Congratulations to the 2011 Conference Winners!

At the 13th Annual James F. Jakobsen Conference, the following University of Iowa Graduate and Professional Students won awards for their graduate work. Please browse their profiles and get to know winners a little better.

Johanna Kirk

Johanna Kirk
Home State: 
Home Country: 
What are some of your interests outside of school?: 
Dance; studies in Anatomy, Neuroscience and Embryology; cooking; being in nature
Who is your most significant mentor?: 
My parents taught me the joy of curiosity and inspired me to dive into life as an optimistic seeker and enthusiastic liver.
What is your favorite Iowa City/Coralville Restaurant?: 
Leaf Kitchen
Are there any challenges you have faced as a graduate student at Iowa?: 
The weather!
Previous Degrees Earned
Previous Degree [1]: 
B. A.
Degree [1] Area of Study: 
Dance, Art History
Degree [1] Institution Name: 
Columbia University
What degree are you currently seeking?: 
M. F. A
Area of Specialty: 
Brief thesis project description: 
Exploring pregnancy as a natural choreography of the female body.
Who is your Thesis Advisor?: 
Armando Duarte
Why did you decide to go to graduate school?: 
To have the luxury of time and space to let ideas percolate and incubate.
Why did you choose The University of Iowa for your graduate studies?: 
The funding.
What are your long term goals beyond your graduate degree at Iowa?: 
To remain inspired in my work and be in spaces that allow me to share it with others and remain a student myself.
How has your experience at Iowa allowed you to achieve your goals?: 
I have discovered my great love of teaching and interest in working with "nontraditional" communities and other departments to create specific and honest artistic documents.
Significant Honors and Achievements
Significant Honors [1]: 
Iowa Arts Fellow
Significant Honors [2]: 
Travel Grants
Significant Honors [3]: 
Course Innovation Grant
What year did you win an award at the Jakobsen Conference?: 
What do you enjoy most about the Conference?: 
The vast range of topics and processes shared and honored.