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bfa senior lele bonizzi wins talent of the year at 2024 robins awards

Apr. 5, 2024

Left: BFA seniors Kennedy Fry, left, and Lele Bonizzi, right, at the 2024 USU Robins Awards where Fry was nominated for Scholar of the Year and Bonizzi received the Talent of the Year award. Right: Lele Bonizzi receives the Talent of the Year award, as announced by Caine College of the Arts Dean Nicholas Morrison.

Congratulations to USUPhoto BFA senior Lele Bonizzi, who has been named 2024 Talent of the Year at the USU Robins Awards. The Talent of the Year award is presented to the individual who demonstrates an outstanding mental endowment or superior capacity in the field of music, art, or theater. The Robins Awards are the most coveted of all Utah State honors, and the awards night is the year’s most prestigious event.

Eleonora Lele Bonizzi (they/them) is an Italian fine art and documentary photographer. Lele holds a cinematography certificate from UCLA and is a BFA candidate in the Department of Art + Design at Utah State University. Their photographic practice is centered on the artistic exploration of critical social issues, with particular emphasis on LGBTQ+ rights and immigration.

In 2023 Lele received a USU Caine College of the Arts Summer Arts Research Grant for their photographic project, "Ananda Marga through the Lens of Malta,” which directly supported the work of three Maltese non-profit organizations. Lele currently serves as a USU Department of Art + Design Undergraduate Teaching Fellow, and they are a member of the Bear Lake Needs Assessment project team to document issues surrounding the sovereign lands of Bear Lake, Utah. As a 2024 USU Peak Fellow, Lele will document the work of the Brazilian non-profit organization, Maes Unidas, which provides support for young single mothers living in extreme poverty.

Lele has exhibited their work nationally and internationally. They are a recipient of a Ralph T. Clark Photography Scholarship and Estel & Leah Mouritsen Scholarship and winner of the 2024 USU Department of Art + Design Talent of the Year.

Congratulations also go to USUPhoto BFA senior Kennedy Fry, who was nominated for Scholar of the Year at the Robins Awards.   

We are so proud of all our students’ accomplishments this year, and you can see the results of their hard work in the 2024 BFA exhibition, Unleaded, open through Apr. 12 at USU’s Tippets and Eccles Galleries.

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