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.

Allison Welch

Allison Welch
Hometown: 
Beaverton
Home State: 
Oregon
Home Country: 
USA
What are some of your interests outside of school?: 
Drinking mochas, antiquing, knitting & weaving, swimming, bicycling, laughing loudly
Who is your most significant mentor?: 
Jim Snitzer and David Dunlap! Both of these professors read and react to my work with the utmost honesty, and have taught me to defend, explore, and play in the process.
What is your favorite Iowa City/Coralville Restaurant?: 
El Banditos
Are there any challenges you have faced as a graduate student at Iowa?: 
It's a challenge just to figure out what challenge to write about, but the one that comes to mind is when I had no MFA ideas on my radar as I was finishing my MA thesis (Necessity and Nostalgia). How my days were filled with worry! In desperation, I developed an old roll of film and found on it an image of Victorian reenactors. Now almost a year later, I am on a roll with two MFA projects in progress (Civil War reenactments and American Girl dolls).
Previous Degrees Earned
Previous Degree [1]: 
B. F. A.
Degree [1] Area of Study: 
Art, Photography
Degree [1] Institution Name: 
UW-Madison
Department: 
Art
What degree are you currently seeking?: 
M. F. A
Area of Specialty: 
Photography
Brief thesis project description: 
Necessity and Nostalgia is a photographic project about people's bedside tables. The photographs are arranged in order of age (ranging from a 9 year-old to a memorial for a passed mother), illustrating the complex relationship we have with possessions and memory.
Who is your Thesis Advisor?: 
Jim Snitzer
Why did you decide to go to graduate school?: 
I LOVE SCHOOL. I knew graduate school would give my work a giant massage - I have been pushed down, pulled up, and have evolved into a very happy photographer.
Why did you choose The University of Iowa for your graduate studies?: 
I applied to Iowa on a whim, but soon realized it was a gem. I am encouraged to collaborate with fellow artists and other departments, finding friends and answers in theatre, art history, and the Center for the Book.
What are your long term goals beyond your graduate degree at Iowa?: 
I am applying to assistant photography professor positions so I can continue extending my enthusiasm for photography to college students :)
How has your experience at Iowa allowed you to achieve your goals?: 
Iowa has taught me how to solve whatever is put in front of me.
What year did you win an award at the Jakobsen Conference?: 
2011
What do you enjoy most about the Conference?: 
I enjoy seeing what other graduates, emerging experts in their fields, are researching. Everything is fascinating.

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