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Four From MICA Community Receive Notification of Fulbright Fellowships

Awards are for projects in India, Turkey, Tanzania and the Czech Republic

Posted 05.25.10 by mica communications

Jennifer Mullins, "Live Together, Die Alone"

BALTIMORE--Four members of the MICA community have been notified of winning Fulbright Fellowships for the 2010/11 year by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Jenny Mullins
'09 (Hoffberger School of Painting) has been awarded a Fulbright to India in the field of painting to study the effects of Westernization on Indian traditional and fine art. Ellyn Stokes '10 (printmaking) has been awarded the full grant to Turkey in the field of performance art to study traditional Turkish shadow puppetry. Stokes has also won a Critical Language Enhancement Award, which will bring her to the host country early for an additional period of intensive language study. Elizabeth "Lizzy" Brooks '10 (M.F.A. in Photographic and Electronic Media) will travel to Tanzania with her Fulbright in the field of photography to conduct research in Zanzibar about the Swahili concept of the spirit world. Photography faculty member Lynn Silverman has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach in the Czech Republic, at the J.E. Purkyně Uníversity in Ústí nad Labem and The Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

MICA has a strong track record of Fulbright success. In 2008, MICA was ranked No. 1 in the nation among specialty schools as a producer of Fulbright Fellows by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

MICA and the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) honor a selection of MICA's past Fulbright winners through MICA@BWI: MICA Fulbright Honorees, an exhibition of artwork by MICA's Fulbright award-winning alumni, students and faculty, Friday, June 18-Tuesday, Oct. 12, in the exhibition space of the upper level of the International Terminal at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

Recent winners have included Kate Dervishi '09 (painting), Andrea Chung '08 (Mount Royal School of Art), Kathryn Dambach '07 (painting), Rachel Faller '08 (fiber), Michael Sandstrom '07 (Mount Royal School of Art), Rose Cromwell '05 (photography), Eric Dyer '04 (Mount Royal School of Art), Iris Litwin '04 (printmaking), Nathlie Provosty '04 (painting), Marcus Ahlers '02 (Rinehart School of Sculpture), Rita Natarova '02 (painting), Andrea Skyberg '00 (fiber), Joanna Schwarz '99 (Hoffberger School of Painting), Christine Petersen '98 (general fine arts), Paul Gregg '95 (Rinehart School of Sculpture) and Thomas Xenakis '94 (Hoffberger School of Painting).

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics. Forty Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent Fulbright alumni include: Muhammad Yunus, Managing Director and Founder, Grameen Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; John Atta Mills, President of Ghana; Lee Evans, Olympic Gold Medalist; Ruth Simmons, President, Brown University; Riccardo Giacconi, Physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, Chairman and Founder, Bose Corporation; Renee Fleming, soprano; Gish Jen, Writer; and Daniel Libeskind, Architect.

Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Enrolled MICA students and alumni professionals interested in the Fulbright U.S. Student programs can contact the College's Fulbright Program Adviser Janet Mathias at jmathias@mica.edu. For further information about all Fulbright Programs, please visit www.fulbrightonline.org.


Image caption: Jennifer Mullins, Live Together, Die Alone, watercolor on paper stretched over panel, 2009.

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.