Doctoral candidate Julia Kershaw has received a Fulbright Student Award for dissertation research in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The award will support research over a 9-month period beginning in February 2023. Julia is conducting her research at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, in the Department of Art History and Criticism, where she will work with Professor Patricia Corrêa. The university offers an extensive library collection and archives which will benefit Julia’s research about the work of artist Lygia Clark.
Julia also plans to conduct research at the archives and collections at the Museum of Modern in Rio de Janeiro and the Lygia Clark Cultural Association in addition to the Museum of Contemporary Art of Niterói. Julia will also travel to Brasília and Belo Horizonte.
Julia is very thankful for the support and encouragement of her directing professor Dr. Tenley Bick, the Department of Art History, and the Office of National Fellowships throughout the application process.
Dr. Bick writes:
Julia is an astounding researcher and brilliant emerging scholar who is forging new directions in global postwar and contemporary art history through her work at its intersections with Brazilian and Lusophone Studies, urban studies, and architectural history. I am thrilled with the Fulbright’s recognition of her work to date and dissertation in progress, and of the promise her scholarship holds: to change how we think about one of postwar and contemporary art history’s most important artists, Lygia Clark, and hence broader narratives in our field. As a Fulbright recipient, Julia will be an impressive and dedicated ambassador for FSU and the US, as she continues to uncover Clark’s persistent, but previously unknown and under-examined, engagement with modern and Indigenous architecture in and out of Brazil.
Administered by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Student Awards program offers grants for recent college graduates, graduate students, and young professionals to study, research, and/or teach English in participating countries around the world for one year. Julia is one of ten outstanding Florida State University students who were awarded Fulbrights for the 2022–23 academic year.