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2009 MICA Graduate Wins Fulbright to Germany

Kate Dervishi ’09 Will Spend Year in Berlin Studying German Expressionist Cinema

Posted 06.05.09 by MICA Media Relations

Thanks to the Fulbright, my only responsibility is to my painting, which is such a rare opportunity. 

BALTIMORE--Recent MICA graduate Kate Dervishi '09 (BFA, painting) has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Germany for the 2009-10 academic year. Dervishi will spend a year in Berlin to study German Expressionist cinema and its relationship to painting.

"My painting is extremely theatrical," Dervishi said. "I hope that my Fulbright experience will lead to some sort of conclusion about the drama that is already present in my work."

Dervishi, the daughter of Randall Dervishi of Grosse Pointe, Mich., will conduct research at the archives of The Deutsche Kinemathek, which contains images and other rare material, and work with a faculty mentor at Universität der Künste, where she will informally audit a class.

"This experience will breathe a whole new life into my work, completely rejuvenate it," Dervishi said. "Thanks to the Fulbright, my only responsibility is to my painting, which is such a rare opportunity."

MICA has a strong track record of Fulbright success. In 2008, the College was ranked first nationally among specialty schools as a producer of Fulbright Fellows in an analysis by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Recent winners included Andrea Chung '08 (MFA, Mount Royal School of Art), Kathryn Dambach '07 (BFA, painting), Rachel Faller '08 (BFA, fiber), Michael Sandstrom '07 (MFA, Mount Royal School of Art), Rose Cromwell '05 (BFA, photography), Eric Dyer '04 (MFA, Mount Royal School of Art), Iris Litwin '04 (BFA, printmaking), Nathlie Provosty '04 (BFA, painting), Marcus Ahlers '02 (MFA, Rinehart School of Sculpture), Rita Natarova '02 (BFA, painting), Andrea Skyberg '00 (BFA, fiber), Joanna Schwarz '99 (MFA, Hoffberger School of Painting), Christine Petersen '98 (BFA, general fine arts), Paul Gregg '95 (MFA, Rinehart School of Sculpture), and Thomas Xenakis '94 (MFA, Hoffberger School of Painting).

MICA students and alumni who are interested in applying for a Fulbright should e-mail Janet Mathias, MICA's Fulbright Program Advisor: jmathias@mica.edu.

For more information about MICA's Fulbright winners, call 410-225-2300.

Image caption: Kate Dervishi ’09, Untitled, oil on linen, 2008.



Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.