Chuck Ivy, a 2nd year Master of Fine Arts student in the Interdisciplinary Practices & Emerging Forms (IPEF) at the School of Art, came to the University of Houston with a background in music, computer science and photography. Ivy is blazing a trail of firsts within the Arts at UH. He is the first graduate student in the IPEF program and also the inaugural Artist in Residence at the Texas Learning & Computation Center Visualization Lab (TLC²) where he is researching 3D visualization technology for the creation of art.
Ivy describes himself a “new media, research artist”. He explains, “new media art is a moving target, each year there’s something new, and some new technology to make it. So a big part of my artistic practice is the ability to teach myself new technologies as they are needed.” While working with faculty from the School of Art last semester on sound art and interactive environments, a new format for artistic collaboration emerged. Working with Arts Professor Abinadi Meza, Ivy created an online radio station for sharing sound art; such as spoken word, field recordings, “noise” and other experimental music. This personal radio project expanded this semester, and the station he created with Professor Meza is the platform for the course ‘Collaboration Among the Arts: Transmission Arts’. This class is part of the IART curriculum offered by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, which emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration between students. About the collaborative experience Ivy says, “I can work with another creative student, with different skills and interests, and what we create together has the potential for being so much more than either of us could have done individually.” Ivy’s student leadership was acknowledged by a Scholarship from the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.
Upon graduation, Ivy would like to teach new media art at the University level, while also working with local arts organizations in Houston such as Aurora Picture Show, Houston Center for Photography, Fotofest, and Lawndale Art Center. He will present his 3D artistic research from the TLC² Artist in Residence reception on May 6 at 6:00PM in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Wortham Theatre lobby.