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Engineering student among 2020-21 Arts NC State award recipients

Benjamin Davis
Benjamin Davis

By Mark Tulbert

The annual Arts NC State creative and performing arts awards celebrate NC State students who either create new work and/or perform in dance, music or theatre.

On November 5, 2021, Arts NC State recognized the 2020-2021 student artist winners in a virtual ceremony.

For the Creative Artist Awards, students apply by submitting an original composition in dance, music or theatre. The Performing Artist Awards recognize exceptional student performers, selected by arts program directors and faculty. All winners receive a cash award.

The awards are administered and funded by Arts NC State and were originally made possible from a generous grant from the NC State University Foundation, Inc. The Creative Artist Award is funded by the Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf Endowment for Creativity in the Performing Arts.

Benjamin Davis won the Creative Artist Award in music for his original electronic composition Stealing Stones, the title of which is a loose reference to people taking bricks from NC State’s walkways. He is in his senior year of electrical engineering at NC State. Davis has composed music for eight years, and began working with electronic media shortly before coming to NC State. Dr. Tom Koch, associate head of the Department of Music, describes Stealing Stones as “an enterprising work that combines traditional instrumental and media techniques with modern innovations in tuning, notation, and electronic and digital processes. The result is a creative and bold exploration of timbre with constantly shifting colors of kaleidoscopic brilliance.”

The full list of award recipients can be found here.

This post was originally published in DASA.