May 30, 2008

Cornell Council for the Arts honors Jon Wong '08

The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) has named Jon Wong '08 the recipient of its 2008-09 Undergraduate Artist Award, given to Cornell students for their academic and artistic achievements.

Wong, who graduated with a dual B.A. degree in dance and psychology from the College of Arts and Sciences, was cited for his breadth of achievements and uniqueness of expression as a dancer and choreographer, and a leader in his discipline.

This is the 12th such award given annually by the CCA to students demonstrating distinction and excellence in the arts. The award includes a $1,000 prize. Candidates for the award are submitted by their departments for consideration, and the final recipients are selected after review by a CCA committee comprising chairs of the arts departments at Cornell.

An award presentation and reception, in conjunction with a performance by Wong, will be held at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts at a date to be determined during academic year 2008-09.

"He's been a very important part of the dance program since he first came to Cornell and joined our department," said Jumay Chu, a senior lecturer in theater, film and dance. "He's been an inspiration and a stunning example of what's possible for an artist who comes through our program, a steady role model for all our students and a terrific source of inspiration for our faculty."

Wong has performed in dance concerts throughout his Cornell career, and he choreographed shows for the Schwartz Center's main stage and the Class of '56 Dance Theatre, Chu said. He also showed intellectual rigor, creativity and an eagerness to experiment in his course work.

Also nominated for the 2008-09 Undergraduate Artist Award was Spencer Lapp, B.Arch. '09. Students nominated for the award receive a certificate from the CCA and recognition from their department.