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Volume 4    May, 2011

Visual and Cultural Studies Doctoral Student Named 2011 Wyeth Fellow
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New York: Jessica Horton is a doctoral student in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. Horton studies 20th-century Native American art, particularly that of artists influenced by the American Indian Movement in the 1970s. She is interested in how their work circulates world-wide.

"Showing how native artists work internationally can give us a broader picture of how globalization has occurred historically," says Horton. "Native people have been traveling overseas for centuries because of colonial exhibitions and missionary projects, and contemporary artists are interested in investigating the links between then and now."

Recently, Jessica was named a 2011 Wyeth Fellow by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. Wyeth Fellows are awarded to outstanding students in the dissertation phase of their graduate work.

"Jessica's dissertation project is well-researched, beautifully written, and promises to be a paradigm changer not only in Native American art history but in the broader study of contemporary art and visual culture," said Joan Saab, the chair of the University of Rochester's Visual and Cultural Studies Department.

The two year fellowship will enable Horton to spend the first year researching in Santa Fe, N.M., Italy and Australia. The second year will spent at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.  The location also enables her to access resources and professionals from other area museums, including the National Museum of the American Indian. 

"Jessica is multi-talented, vibrant, an exceptional writer and scholar," said Horton's VCS advisor and mentor, Professor Janet Berlo. She added that Jessica's  "commitment to scholarship is informed by ethics and intellectual inquiry of the highest order."

Wyeth Foundation for American Art

Jessica Horton Photo: ŠUniversity of Rochester

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