Zaneta Hong was awarded the 2018-2019 American Academy Garden Club of America Rome Prize. Zaneta will be joining a cohort of artists and scholars that will live and work in Rome beginning this fall 2018.
Zaneta was awarded the prestigious fellowship for her proposal, “Material Traceability”, where she will examine the latent and hidden histories of materials used in the manufacturing and construction of Roman architecture and landscape infrastructure. During her time in Rome, Zaneta will research how the applications of specific materials have shaped and been shaped by contemporary shifts in regional to global economies, cultural histories, and emergent technologies; with a focus on a singular material – one that is geologically and symbolically foundational to the history, present and future of Rome – Carrara marble.
Zaneta recently joined the School of Architecture in 2017 as an Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture, where she is also the Co-Director of META-field. Her research focuses on material ecologies and information-based digital practices; and in recent, she has taught a design-research studio on “Material Futures: Alternative Grounds”; a research seminar “Material Latitudes”; and has contributed to the landscape department’s Ecology-Technology curriculum.
For over a century, the American Academy in Rome has awarded the Rome Prize in eleven broad disciplines, including literature, musical composition, visual arts, design, architecture, and landscape architecture. Nine appointed juries representing a broad cross section of excellence in the various disciplines, judge the pool of candidates with the criteria to select candidates that are not only outstanding in their respective disciplines, but also “at a point in their careers where the Rome Prize is likely to be crucial to their future growth and development”. These highly competitive fellowships support advanced independent work and research in the arts and humanities. The Rome Prize and Italian Fellowship winners were presented on April 12, 2018, during the Arthur and Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium at Cooper Union in New York.
Zaneta is the most recent UVA landscape architecture faculty to receive the Rome Prize Fellowship; Brad Cantrell, Julie Bargmann, Michael Vergason, and Pete O'Shea are among the UVA Landscape Architecture faculty and alumni who have received this honor in the past.