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Acclaimed Cal State Long Beach Art Professor Awarded Prestigious International Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2015) — Fran Siegel, professor of art at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) was just awarded the prestigious international Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil for four months during the period of July 2015 through June 2016.  The Fulbright, one of the highest honors for scholars throughout the world, was her first.

“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.

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. Keep editing and reach out to colleagues in the host areas that you are considering,” she said.

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 said.

Siegel saw her large-scale paper collage work “Overland 14” acquired by Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) 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. Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA) 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 College of Art and Design, Roberts and Tilton, the Pasadena Armory, the Long Beach Museum of Art and the Laguna Art Museum. She received her bachelor of fine arts from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and her master of fine arts in 1987 from Yale University.

Siegel thanked the College of the Arts 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 currently 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.

Each year the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides about 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, the Fulbright program 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.