Sculpture students create immersive art experience for a Missouri documentary film festival
Five students in Associate Professor Alicia Eggert's Special Problems course, ART 4900, have come together as the Velvet Sol collective to create artwork for the 18th annual documentary film festival, True/False Film Festival, that takes place May 5–9, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. Comprising Velvet Sol are CVAD undergraduate sculpture students Haley Cook, Stephen Abernathy, Yara Jones, Paulina Santamaria and Joshua Tsang. Funded by the festival, the collective received $5,000 for materials and fabrication, plus additional funds for travel and shipping to the festival to deliver on a contract signed through the UNT Office of Research and Innovation.
Providing oversight of the project as the class's instructor, Eggert, who has created sculptures for previous festivals, is mentoring her students through the creation of more than 100 sculptures for the venue's outdoor, 500-person-capacity amphitheater plus a large sculptural inflatable archway for the entrance.
This year, the 18th annual True/False Film Fest will be a microcosm of its own artistic theme: The Nature of Uncertainty. Acknowledging and responding to a collective pandemic consciousness, the 2021 theme is a reminder that tumultuous times invite creative reimaginings. In that spirit, True/False 2021 will be an outdoor, communal celebration of resilience and the arts happening two months later than the fest's usual dates. True/False will inhabit the city's 116-acre Stephens Lake Park for an in-person experience that maintains awareness of current circumstances, meets a need for shared joy and delivers the world-class cutting-edge nonfiction film that is the hallmark of the festival.