Awardee Database


Amanda Tasse

Project in neuro-cinematics, the study of perceptual processes in response to cinema. Tasse’s Roth Foundation award enabled her to travel to the University of Lapland and the Midnight Sun Film Festival for her research. She is at the University of Southern California.

Lauren Holmes

Project on the government infrastructure that has supported the export of Finnish music since World War II. While in Finland, Holmes conducted interviews with leading Finnish composers and musical organizations for her doctoral work on Music and the Nation- State: Finnish Music from Nationalism to Post-nationalism at Yale University.

Christian Benefiel

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

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

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.

Carrie Schneider

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 Tykk√§. A solo exhibit was scheduled for January 2009 at the Finnish Museum of Tykk√§ and Museum of Photography.

Katherine Wilson

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.

Maile Chapman

Project: a historically-based novel weaving threads from medicine and public heath, institutional architecture and women’s healthcare. At the time, Chapman was at Syracuse University.

Tomas Matza

Project on the challenge to Finnish national identity posed by globalization. At the time, Matza, a recent Princeton University graduate, was developing a career as a journalist.

*The Prix Coindreau Prize, The Jeanne Varnay Pleasants Prize for Language Teaching, and the CASVA-Henry & Judith Millon Award are currently inactive.