Fulbright Recipient Spotlight: Kaelne Koorn, Art History, Mexico

Kaelne Koorn, from Virginia Beach, Virginia, received her Bachelor of Arts in art history and Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography degrees from VCU in 2015. During her Fulbright year, Koorn will be studying the Asian marketplace in the colonial Plaza Mayor of Mexico City and its contribution to the development of a unique and multicultural Mexican artistic style. Beyond Fulbright, Koorn plans to join a graduate program in the study of colonial Latin American art, specializing in the theme of the evolution of style and the incorporation of multicultural motifs.Kaelne Koorn 3

What is your research focus or proposal for your Fulbright award?
I will elaborate on my studies of the Asian marketplace in the colonial Plaza Mayor of Mexico City and its contribution to the development of a unique and multicultural Mexican artistic style.

What initially drew you to apply for the Fulbright?
I loved learning about both Latin American and Chinese art in my classes at VCU.  When, during my research about the point of contact of the two, I realized that many of my favorite articles were written by professors and researchers at UNAM in Mexico City, I knew that the best way to learn more would be to get away from the literature for a bit and immerse myself in the art, culture, and academics of the historic New Spanish capital.

What do you plan on doing after your Fulbright year?
I will join a Master’s program in the study of colonial Latin American art, specializing in the theme of the evolution of style and the incorporation of multicultural motifs.  I plan on publishing my work and continuing to research and teach in the future.

What advice would you give to future applicants?Kaelne Koorn 1
Find a subject you love and truly want to commit to.  If your family can convince you not to travel because it might be a little scary, then that’s not the subject for you.  Also, take full advantage of the angels among men in the NSO office–they go above and beyond to make sure that you succeed.  If you don’t manage to get one particular grant, they’ve got three more lined up for you to try.

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply for a Fulbright? 
Kaelne and her ten fellow recipients from VCU worked with the National Scholarship Office (NSO) at Virginia Commonwealth University. The NSO works with VCU alumni, graduate students, and undergraduates who wish to compete for prestigious national and international scholarships, such as Fulbright.  If you are interested in applying for Fulbright or other nationally or internationally competitive scholarships, please contact the NSO at natlscholar@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6868.

How many students from VCU are awarded the Fulbright? 
With this latest group of Fulbright Student Scholarship recipients, 42 VCU students and recent alumni have been offered Fulbright awards since the National Scholarship Office was created in 2005.

Can you tell me more about the Fulbright?
Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. Sponsored by the United States Department of State, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Learn more at us.fulbrightonline.org.