4 minutes, 33 seconds contest
The 4 minutes, 33 seconds contest highlights UGA student research in the arts and provides an opportunity to win prizes and to share creative inquiry with peers, faculty, administrators, and alumni throughout the university community.
Call for Participation
4'33" Spotlight on the Arts LIVE Research Competition
Deadline: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 5 p.m.
This competition highlights UGA student research in the arts and provides an opportunity to win prizes and to share creative inquiry with peers, faculty, administrators, and alumni throughout the university community. The competition is open to any graduate student, or undergraduate student working on an advanced project, who is conducting research related to the literary, visual, or performing arts or artists.
4'33" Research Presentation: oral presentation no longer than four minutes and thirty-three seconds in length. Live presentations will be held on Wednesday, November 16, from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Athenaeum (387 W. Broad Street). The first prize winner will receive $433. All applicants must be available to attend the live presentation.
To apply send the following information in one pdf document to email@example.com by Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m.:
Name and major degree area
Name of faculty advisor
Description of your research in the arts (300-500 word maximum) which can be accompanied by up to 3 images. A jury will read these descriptions and select who will move on to the live presentation round.
Description should clearly explain the significance and originality of your research.
Research in the arts may include historical, theoretical, and critical research that students are undertaking either to inform their scholarly writing or their own artistic activity in any art form or combination of art forms, including (but not restricted to): visual art, music, theatre, dance, film, literature, media arts, or performance art.
Presentation may be accompanied by Powerpoint slides as necessary. Media should be used to support and illustrate the presentation, not as a substitute for it.
For FAQ and a list of past winners, see below.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is research in the arts?
Research in the arts is a process by which we identify an inquiry and strive towards the production of new knowledge. This may be research conducted towards the synthesis of a thesis or research paper, or a creative project that you have executed at UGA or in the community.
Do I need scholarly citations on my poster or in my presentation for my project to count as "research"?
Not necessarily. Your presentation/poster could reflect a project surrounding an inquiry or problem that you have striven to solve based on experimentation. Your presentation/poster could also reflect research you have completed for a degree thesis or other research paper. Show that you have asked a critical question, developed a methodology, and shared your resulting knowledge in some way.
Is my project/research eligible?
If you had a research question about the arts, or that you sought to answer through the arts, your project is eligible for the 4'33" Spotlight on Arts Scholarship Competition. State your research questions clearly, the steps you have taken to investigate them, and the ways in which your project is innovative. If your project demonstrates critical thought and problem solving, it is eligible!
Why submit a proposal?
The UGA community wants to hear about the topics students feel are meaningful and urgent. Engage with other people doing research in the arts and make your voice heard on topics important to you. Prize winners will also receive a monetary award.
I am an undergraduate student with a unique project or research topic. Can I submit my proposal even though I am not in CURO?
Absolutely! We want to hear about all students' innovative research and projects.
Why is it called the 4'33'' competition?
4'33" is an homage to John Cage's landmark composition 4'33".
For any further questions, please contact Katie Geha, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous 4'33" Winners
4’33” Research in the Arts Award Winner
MFA in Narrative Nonfiction
Faculty Advisor: Patricia Thomas
"From Bilali to Bailey"
Jonathan Mitchell Vance
4’33” Research in the Arts Finalist
PhD Candidate, Computer Science
Faculty Advisor: Khaled Rasheed
"An Atonal Algorithm and AI Articulation"
View Presentation Online
4’33” Research in the Arts Finalist
Major Degree Area: DMA Cello Performance
Jason Woodworth-Hou, winner of the 2020 4"33" Research in the Arts Competition.
His presentation was entitled "Redefining Animation: How They Shall Not Grow Old
Redefines Truthmaking Through CGI Animation."
Other competition finalist include:
Annie Simpson, MFA Studio Art
Atalanta Siegel, MFA Acting
Morgan Tate, PhD Social Studies Education
Nicollette Frank, PhD Elementary Education
Paula Reynaldi, MFA Studio Art
Robyn Acetta, MFA Acting
Sarah Shermyen, PhD English
SungEun Min, PhD, Educational Theory and Practice
Viviane Klen-Alves, PhD TESOL and World Language Education
Pictured are the participants in the 2019 4 minutes, 33 seconds competition. The winner of the oral presentation was Kathleen McGovern (pictured below with guest judge Kishi Bashi). McGovern is a Language and Literature Education Ph.D. candidate in the College of Education.
Pictured with Graduate School Dean Suzanne Barbour (center) are (l-r) Samantha Lynn Hudson, an MFA student in dramatic media; Rhia Moreno, a doctoral student in language and literacy education; Kuo Zhang, a doctoral student in the language and literacy education program; and Bridget Dooley, a doctoral student in creative writing. Last November, Kuo won the 4'33" competition in the presentation category, and the other three received awards in the poster competition.
Pictured is the award winner in the presentation category Ally Christmas, a master
of fine arts student in the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Poster exhibition winners include: Madison
A. Hogan, Undergraduate Major, Department of English; Abigail Kosberg, MA Art History, Lamar Dodd School of Art; and Marlon Burnley, MFA
Acting, Department of Theatre and Film Studies.
Pictured are the participants in the 2016 4 minutes, 33 seconds competition. The winner of the oral presentation was Meg Hankel, and recipients of the first annual poster competition included Arron Foster, Damon Postle and Kaleena Stasiak.
The 2015 winners of the presentation competition are pictured with Georgia Museum
of Art Director William Eiland, who served as emcee. Theresa Chafin (left) is a grad
student in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and Beth Fadeley (right) is an art history student in the Lamar Dodd School of Art.
Graduate students K. Scott Eggert (left) of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and Karen Sweeney Gerow (right) of the Lamar Dodd School of Art are the winners of the inaugural 4 minutes, 33 seconds: Spotlight on Scholarship competition. They are pictured with then-Vice Provost Russ Mumper, the emcee of the event.