Mount Union College Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Scholarship

April 15, 2010

Nancy Hart, assistant professor of art at Mount Union College, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to attend the Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar in Bulgaria.

Hart was selected as one of only 16 educators who will be attending the summer seminar in Bulgaria. Those selected include high school teachers as well as college and university professors.

"It is quite an honor to be selected," said Hart, who submitted a proposal to the Fulbright Program last fall. "Receiving the Fulbright scholarship is really a dream come true for me."

The Fulbright Program, recognized as the U.S. government's flagship program in international educational exchange, was proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by then freshman Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Since the program's inception, more than 85,000 U.S. Fulbrighters, from a variety of academic and professional fields, have traveled abroad for educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

The summer Fulbright program in Bulgaria will focus on "Bulgaria and the New Challenges of the 21st Century." Hart will also be expected to collect research for a project that will be related to her area of expertise - art. Hart says that she would like her project to have a community outreach component and plans to integrate it in her curriculum at Mount Union.

In addition to receiving the Fulbright scholarship, Hart also received a Faculty Initiative Development Grant. This grant is awarded through the Mount Union College foreign language department and will enable Hart to also travel to Turin, Italy this summer, where she will study Italian language and Italian Renaissance gardens. Hart received this same grant last summer and spent time in Italy. When she returned to Mount Union in the fall, she presented some of the work she produced in Italy at a faculty art show. She returned to Italy in December to present two exhibitions of her work.

"I was able to establish connections with the galleries in Italy and I hope to continue that work this summer," said Hart. "I would like to be able to bring some of their work to our Crandall Gallery in the future."

A member of the faculty at Mount Union since 2001, Hart earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She earned her master of fine arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Hart has served as visiting assistant professor in the visual arts department of Pennsylvania State University and as adjunct faculty in the art foundation program and the painting and printmaking department at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, she has served as adjunct faculty member for the department of humanities and sciences for J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Virginia and as a lecturer in the department of housing and design at the University of Maryland.

Hart is affiliated with various professional organizations, including the Artspace Gallery, the College Art Association and Foundations in Art.

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