Fulbright U.S. Student Program
SAIC is the top producer of Fulbright U.S. Students in its category for the 2020-2021 year, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education.
About the Fulbright Program
U.S. student Fulbright fellowships are awarded by the U.S. Department of State for one year of study or research abroad for U.S. citizens. Seniors, graduate students, and alums are eligible to apply. The application process begins in May. Applications are due in September.
Congratulations to our current SAIC Fulbright awardee:
Aleksandra Matic, MA, Art History, Theory and Criticism, 2021
Host Country: India
The Artists of Nathdwara: Preserving the Tradition of Pichvai Painting
My Fulbright project to India is a collaboration with a multigenerational collective of pichvai artists in the temple town of Nathdwara (literally “Gates of the Lord”). Pichvai, with roots in Sanskrit meaning “displayed at the back,” are decorative textiles utilized by a Hindu devotional community called the Pushtimarg (literally “Path of Grace”) in their veneration of Lord Krishna. I intend to pursue one primary project, which will dovetail into several ongoing endeavors to provide information about the artists’ practice to ensure the legacy of future generations. The focus of my proposal involves working with a local filmmaker to produce a documentary based on the lives of pichvai artists, the history of their painting, and the town of Nathdwara.
Aleksandra (Aleks) Matic holds a B.A. in Art History from Lake Forest College and an M.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, focusing on modern and contemporary art from South Asia, Gender Studies, and Cold War Constellations. During an 18-year tenure at the Art Institute of Chicago, her roles included growing and revitalizing the member and donor travel programs and overseeing the museum's legacy society. She serves on various advisory councils and boards, including the Educational Travel Consortium, Core of Culture, and Artists of Nathdwara. She is a long-time volunteer at Center on Halsted and Howard Brown Health Center.
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