Christian Benefiel

Finnish Project Support, 2011

Project on sustainable practices for artists at foundries. With an MFA in sculpture from the University of Maryland at College Park, where a large-scale foundry enabled him to develop expertise in metal-casting processes, Benefiel developed the world’s first foundry powered by methane gas from a landfill in North Carolina. He notes that “toxic and dangerous processes remain common for artists.” While teaching at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Benefiel also built a small sustainable foundry there.

Julia Stein

Finnish Project Support, 2010

Multi‐media performance project on exploring the boundaries between the psychological and physical worlds. While in Finland, Stein developed several performance events related to this project, either alone or in collaboration with others.

Alicia Viani

Finnish Project Support, 2010

Project on mental health aspects of the sexuality of adolescent girls. Viani’s research resulted in an unanticipated development, as her qualitative interview techniques increased the participants’ self-awareness and confidence.

Mark McKnight

Finnish Project Support, 2009

Photographic project on Finland’s bee populations and honey farmers

Deborah Turner

Finnish Project Support, 2009

Project on orally‐based information practices in Finnish information institutions. Turner holds a PhD from the University of Washington.

Celia Kujala

Finnish Project Support, 2008

Project on the effect of education on health

Carrie Schneider

Finnish Project Support, 2008

Photographic project entitled “Hot vs Cold: Embodying the Finnish Landscape.” At the time, Schneider was at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her project “Elaborate Flirtations” was exhibited at Helsinki’s Galleria FAFA and reviewed by Scandinavia’s largest daily paper. While in Helsinki, Schneider presented a gallery talk and two screenings and produced a catalog featuring an interview with Helsinki artist  Salla Tykkä. A solo exhibit was scheduled for January 2009 at the Finnish Museum of Tykkä and Museum of Photography.

Liesl Yamaguchi

Finnish Project Support, 2007

Project on female Finnish political leaders. At the time, Yamaguchi was a graduate student at Columbia University.

Katherine Wilson

Finnish Project Support, 2007

Materials study of wood and other materials at the Helsinki University of Technology. At the time a graduate student at the University of Virginia, Wilson also designed and built a chair while in Helsinki.

Michael Jakab

Finnish Project Support, 2006

Project entitled “Mobile Narratives,” a graphic design and video project involving a series of “micro-movies” on contemporary Finnish culture.