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Two Alumni Receive Fulbright Awards for the 2012-13 Year

Recipients will travel to Hungary and Colombia to study installation art and painting

Posted 06.06.12 by mica communications

BALTIMORE - Trevor Amery '05 and Rita Crocker '06 of MICA have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

Trevor Amery, Portable Sauna, wood, bolts, clothing, towels, audio player, 2012Trevor Amery '05 (painting) has been awarded a Fulbright to Hungary in the field of installation art. He plans to create a body of artwork investigating space/object relationships based on the concept of the tiszta szoba (clean room): its role in the Hungarian notion of space, its impact on contemporary life and its disappearance during the evolution of the country's middle class. During his project, titled Hungarian Concepts of Space and the Disappearance of the Tiszta Szoba, Amery will work as an artist-in-residence at the University of Pécs while researching Hungary's different regional home styles. Amery hopes that learning about the tiszta szoba will further develop his understanding of cultural identity through visual interpretations of collective memory, history and ways humans inhabit space. Through this project, he plans to create and exhibit installations, sculptures and mixed media work, as well as develop opportunities for social interaction, and through this, cultural diffusion.

 "I am excited for the opportunity to explore this Eastern European country, which has a dynamic history of evolving space, identity and culture," Amery explained. "MICA's support has aided me in turning my goal of receiving a Fulbright to Hungary into an incredible reality and an adventure I can't wait to embark on."

American Homecoming, Korean Base, Colombian Funeral, graphite on paper, 2012Rita Crocker '06 (painting) has been awarded a scholarship to Colombia in the field of painting. Crocker's project, Aesthetic Influences of Paisa Art on Antioquian Cultural Identity, will examine the history and identity of Paisa culture, a distinctive cultural group in Colombia, from local perspectives. Through this research, Crocker hopes to develop a collective voice that can illuminate the depth and complexity of Colombian regional identity to a larger international audience. Crocker will engage with the northwestern Andean community of Antioquia to compile an archive of regional art and architecture while directing and making studio work at the University of Antioquia and Casa Tres Patios artist residency. During her fellowship, Crocker seeks to reexamine her perceptions of Latin American culture while making this significant material culture more accessible.

"Since 2009 I have been living in Seoul, immersed in East Asian contemporary culture," Crocker said. "I am excited to see how engaging with Medellín's artistic community and examining Paisa culture and artworks will change the imagery in my work and provide insights on concepts of cultural identity and authenticity."

MICA has a strong track record of Fulbright success. The Chronicle of Higher Education has ranked MICA a top three producer of Fulbright Fellows among art and design colleges for the last five years.

Recent Fulbright winners have included Katie Vota '10 (fiber), Jenny Mullins '09 (Hoffberger School of Painting), Ellyn Stokes '11 (printmaking), Elizabeth "Lizzy" Brooks '10 (M.F.A. in Photographic and Electronic Media), photography faculty member Lynn Silverman, 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), Rose Cromwell '05 (photography), Eric Dyer '04 (Mount Royal), 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), Christine Petersen '98 (general fine arts), Paul Gregg '95 (Rinehart) and Thomas Xenakis '98 (Hoffberger).

For further information about the Fulbright Programs, please visit fulbright.state.gov.




Image caption (top to bottom): Trevor Amery, Portable Sauna, wood, bolts, clothing, towels, audio player, 2012; Rita Crocker, American Homecoming, Korean Base, Colombian Funeral, graphite on paper, 2012.

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.