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Art Professor Receives Prestigious Senior Research Fellowship

Laura Katzman one of three honored by the Smithsonian Institution

5/2/2006 2:58:58 PM


Laura Katzman

LYNCHBURG — Associate Professor of Art Laura Katzman was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the Smithsonian Institution recently.

The fellowship is among the most prestigious and competitive of the grants awarded by the Smithsonian. Only three Senior Fellowships in Art History were given for the academic year 2006-2007.

The award will enable Katzman to be a scholar-in-residence at the newly renovated Smithsonian American Art Museum, where she will research her current book project on U. S. photographs who worked in Puerto Rico in the 1940s and 50s: Picturing Puerto Rico: American Photographs and the Making of a Modern Commonwealth. Senior Fellows are provided research access to the 16 plus Smithsonian Museums, as well as travel and office privileges.

Katzman is currently serving as chair of the Art Department at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College as well as director of the Museum Studies Program. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Henry Luce Foundation, the J. William Fulbright Commission and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art.

As a Senior Fulbright Scholar and Guest Professor of American Studies and Art History at the University of Hamburg, she taught, lectured and traveled throughout Germany, as well as Central and Eastern Europe.

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