Cranbrook Academy of Art Named a Top Producer of Fulbright Students

The Chronicle of Higher Education has once again ranked Cranbrook Academy of Art as a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students. With three grants received last year, Academy students have now received a total 25 grants over the past 11 years.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,800 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in over 140 countries throughout the world. Lists of Fulbright recipients are available at here.

The three projects by Academy students that received grants last year include:

Ryan Debolski (Photography ’14)
Debolski will travel to Oman to compile a photographic series examining architecture and the relationship it has with the identity of the Musandam Peninsula as a geographic enclave. Debolski hopes that by studying formal structures and informal characteristics of segregation, the role architecture has in defining socio-politico boundaries will become apparent in our landscape and urban environments.

Kelley O’Brien (3D Design ’14)
O’Brien will travel to Quezon City in the Philippines, home to one of the largest landfills, in order to study the specific effects the dumpsite has on the built environment. She will document various informal settlements where the re-use of materials and waste are a prominent architectural element within the design of structures, exploring the connection between design and the culture of the urban poor.

Juan Torres (Architecture ’11)
Torres will travel to Denmark to use his knowledge of the history and craftsmanship of contemporary ceramics and brick making to develop a modular system of architectural units that can become interactive public sculptures. He will seek to understand the positive impact that a low-production and craft-oriented approach can have for instigating and creating strong social bonds.

For the press release about their projects, click here.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright. Cranbrook Academy of Art is listed in the “Specialized Institution” category – see the complete list here.

Top image: Ryan Debolski

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