Graduate Center Student Awarded 2020 Fulbright Fellowship to Study Art in Germany

Samantha Small (Photo courtesy of Small)

Graduate Center Ph.D. student Samantha Small (Art History), was awarded a 2020 Fulbright Fellowship to support her travel and work in Germany, where she will research the fin-de-siècle German Symbolist movement in the visual arts.

Her work will focus on the Munich-based artist Franz von Stuck (1863–1928). By examining how von Stuck’s widely exhibited mythological and religious paintings and graphic art was received, she plans to show how the artist contributed to debates on Germany’s identity and was influenced by developments in the natural and social sciences following the country’s unification.

After completing her dissertation, Small intends to work as a curator for museums, and to curate an exhibition on German Symbolism. She has an extensive curatorial background, including working as a curatorial assistant at the Guggenheim Museum for close to five years. At the Guggenheim, she worked on exhibitions including the 2018 Giacometti exhibition (Giacometti); the 2018 traveling exhibition and catalogue The Thannhauser Collection: French Modernism at the Guggenheim; and Doug Wheeler: Synthetic Desert (2017), a sound installation.

Before coming to The Graduate Center, Small earned a master’s in art history from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. She has previously pursued her love of travel by living in Budapest for a year after completing her B.A. at George Washington University.

Small is one of four Graduate Center students to be awarded a Fulbright award this year. The program provides research and teaching awards to support two to 12 months of work in more than 125 countries.

Submitted on: MAY 1, 2020

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