ITP Student MaryAnn Talavera Is a 2021 HEAR US Awardee

Thursday, Apr 1, 2021

A 3D virtual landscape that depicts salon chairs, a giant hair pick, bottles of lotion, a girl with an afro hairstyle, and a Seventeen magazine with a Black model on the cover.

Screenshot from the preview of "Root," courtesy of MaryAnn Talavera

Launched in December 2020, the inaugural HEAR US Awards (Helping Elevate and Recapitalize Underrepresented Stories), were designed to celebrate and advance student projects that center BIPOC voices and stories, and to fund students actively working to combat systemic marginalization in the creation and leadership of artistic and scholarly works. 

The year's 13 HEAR US awardees were selected through a rigorous, multi-step process by a panel of professional artists and scholars, including several Tisch faculty members. ITP student Maryann Talavera was selected for her thesis project, ROOT.