Robert Ivy Receives Well-Deserved Polk Noel Award for Lifetime Achievement

Robert Ivy is a man who has accomplished a lot in his time on this earth. He has become a recognized architect, received many design awards, has written papers and books, and has even taught. His highest honor he has always said is being able to serve in a leadership position with the AIA, which allows him to guide and influence the careers of established architects as well as support and uplift the ambitions of aspiring architects all over the country. In addition to his accomplishments around the country, he has done great things in the state of Mississippi, and has brought a lot of positive attention to the magnolia state through both his personal philanthropy and his professional prowess. Robert Ivy, who serves as the executive vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects has now not only been honored by being chosen as a recipient of the Polk Noel Lifetime Achievement Award, but has the added distinction of being the first ever architect to have this prestigious award bestowed upon them. More about of Robert Ivy at Huffpost

The Polk Noel Lifetime Achievement Award is given by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, and honors artists and art patrons who are connected to the state of Mississippi. The award recognizes living individuals whose body of work over their lifetime has been extraordinary in the support or the arts, or in the performing and or creation of art. Mr. Ivy now joins a very exclusive group of persons that have brought to the state of Mississippi a passion for the arts and have shared that passion with others. Previous recipients include artist Walter Anderson, writer Eudora Welty, and perhaps most famously actor Morgan Freeman.

Ivy has always held a special place in his heart for Mississippi, he earned his B.A. in English from Sewanee: The University of the South, before attending Tulane where he earned his Master of Architecture degree. He has also always had a passion for being of service to others, as is proven by his career in the U.S. Navy, where he served as an officer before becoming an architect in the civilian world. He has always worked with philanthropic groups, both those connected to the architectural community, and those who serve the betterment of man on the whole. Despite his busy professional life, and his work in philanthropy Robert has always found time for personal passions, and for his family.

The Polk Noel Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed in a ceremony honoring both Robert Ivy and stained glass artist Andrew Carey Young on June 2. It is an honor that will no doubt be the crowning achievement of Robert Ivy’s Career, but will certainly not be his last accomplishment to be sure.

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Alex Pall and the Chainsmokers Set Themselves Apart

Since the 2016 release of their unique single “Closer”, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart have set a precedent. They will not be a typical DJ duo, and they will not produce simple dance music. “Closer” featured Andrew Taggart on lead vocals, a fresh touch in an industry where artists leave vocals up to other artists. “No one else was doing it, Pall said in an interview, “So we said why not”. Since closer the duo has worked to emerge more and more from the booth, involving themselves in songwriting, putting a message in their songs. The Chainsmokers want to connect with their listeners, and their songs speak to them. Their recent release “Sick Boy” is the newest example of their evolution. The song carries a slightly darker message than most EDM music bears, focusing on the perils of social media in a society over dependent on its use.

 

“Sick Boy” targets the addiction people have to social media, remarking on how it syphons identity, and touching on the duo’s on frustration with overexposure. As celebrities they are constantly in the spotlight with no real privacy to be found. “Sick Boy” and singles like “Closer” are examples of the duo’s involvement in song writing. One of many elements that set the duo apart from the rest of the genre. Another element is Andrew Taggart providing the lead vocals. Usually when it comes to the human element within EDM, DJ’s look to other artists. According to Pall the group does not want to make typical dance music anymore but create a body of work that focuses on their identity as artists. “Its really exciting to witness our music find emotional connection in our listeners” Pall said, stating that the group makes music for themselves first. The special relationship they have with their listeners comes from the connection created. The Chainsmokers write what they think, and the listeners show they think the same way.

 

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