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Siegel Off To Brazil For Fulbright

Published: July 1, 2015

School of Art’s Fran Siegel was just awarded her first Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil and will spend four months–July through November–to teach and do research.

Siegel, a member of the university since 2002, was pleased by her distinction.

“I will be giving lectures about contemporary drawing in the Art and Art History Department at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and my research on Afro-Brazilian Egungun will be in collaboration with Museu Afro in Sao Paolo which will culminate in a drawing exhibition at the Fowler Museum at UCLA,” she said.

Each year the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 grants in more than 125 countries to support teaching and research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Scholars contribute not only to their host institutions but also their home universities and colleges. Recently, Fulbright has introduced new options to better accommodate the interests and commitments of today’s scholars, including innovations that increase flexibility, impact and scope of the program.

Siegel’s Fulbright, which combines support for both teaching and research, represents an opportunity that she encourages other CSULB faculty members to consider applying for.

“Do not rush it,” she advised when applying for a Fulbright. “Keep editing and reach out to colleagues in the host areas that you are considering.”

Siegel believes her fellowship application might have been successful because of the cultural interest in her project and the support from institutions in both the U.S. and Brazil.

“I have also had international exhibition experience, teaching in Italy for five years, representing the U.S. in a Biennial in Ecuador and residency fellowships in France, Spain and Italy,” she explained.

Siegel saw her large-scale paper collage work “Overland 14” acquired by Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art in 2013. She explained that the “Overland “ series represents her ongoing interest in using an accumulative process of collage and drawing to investigate how populations interact within urban environments. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art acquired another monumental drawing from this series this past year.

Before coming to CSULB Siegel taught painting and drawing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. In Los Angeles, her work has been seen at ACME, L.A. Louver, Otis, Roberts and Tilton, the Pasadena Armory, the Long Beach Museum of Art and the Laguna Art Museum. She received her BFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and her MFA in 1987 from Yale.

Siegel thanked the School of Art for its support. “I have been fortunate to be teaching at an institution that values the professional activities of its faculty,” she said. “I am also grateful to work with such supportive colleagues.”

Siegel’s work is included in the exhibition “Seeing the Light” in the Haaga Gallery in Descanso Gardens. A solo exhibition of her work is due in New York as well as an exhibition at the Fowler Museum which is related to her Brazilian research.