Fulbright and Grants Update for the Class of 2010
We are pleased to acknowledge a number of graduating students who are recipients of important awards in recognition of their achievement and promise:
The FULBRIGHT GRANT, created in 1946 to develop cross-cultural understanding and support international cooperation, is a prestigious award that funds a year of international study and research. RISD has had 52 recipients in the past 16 years. This year we have 6 recipients, including 3 alumni and 3 members of the Class of 2010:
Andrew Bearnot, majoring in Glass and graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art, is the recipient of a Fulbright Grant to study in Sweden where he will explore the contemporary relationship between Swedish glass craft and technology. In addition to the Fulbright award, Andrew has been named a fellow by the American Scandinavian Foundation and will spend the year following his Fulbright doing additional studies in Denmark and Sweden.
Matthew Perez, also from the Glass Department and receiving a Masters of Fine Art, has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to support his year-long study in Australia where he will explore annealing factors of “shape induced stress”, a symptom of complex and intricate glass sculptures.
Louis Rigano, an Industrial Design major receiving a Bachelor of Fine Art degree, has been named a Fulbright scholar and will spend next year in Japan where he will design and fabricate functional objects that pay homage to Japan’s history, merging these designs with modern needs, practices, and concepts.
Robert Williams, graduating with a Masters in Architecture, was named an alternate Fulbright Grant recipient for his proposal to comprehensively map the relationships among the diverse social, cultural, historical, and natural ecological processes constitutive of the Canadian Arctic.
GELMAN FOUNDATION TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP
Awarded to an undergraduate student, this fellowship funds proposals that are serious in purpose, designed to build on the applicant’s RISD artistic studies, and have a significant international component.
Arley Marks, graduating today with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture, is the recipient of the GELMAN FOUNDATION TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP. He will study and travel for 9 months in China, India and Malaysia to examine cultural, economic and artistic aspects of modern technology.
TOBY DEVAN LEWIS FELLOWSHIP supports people with exceptional ideas and abilities, fosters creativity and encourages new approaches to the arts, education, environment, civic, health and social services.
Megan Feehan, a graphic designer receiving a Masters of Fine Art degree today, has a keen interest in the fragility of typographic communication. Her work breaks into this fragility to reveal the collective agreements made with forms of language, while questioning the norms of typography by exposing underlying assumptions about typographic communication. She is recipient of the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship.