Art Student Receives Fulbright Fellowship
Derek Frankhouser, BA’12, will conduct his research in Braunschweig, Germany, next year, thanks to a Fulbright Fellowship. The Fulbright program began in 1946 with the intent to increase the mutual understanding between the people in the United States and people of other countries.
Frankhouser will conduct his research on one of the largest collections of prints and drawings in Germany at the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum. Over 110,000 drawings, engravings, and etchings will be available to him to study the history of the graphic line, which will result in the creation of a studio project combining traditional drawing, printmaking, and digital animation.
“I will complete the project under advisement of mentors in the city's universities and will generate opportunities for communication and cultural exchange between the University of Missouri and these institutions through exchanges of student art work,” says Frankhouser.
Frankhouser is thankful for the generous gift of time and support from the Fulbright program that will enable him to develop his personal fine art practice. While there, he plans to respond to the influence of German culture on visual art and mechanical reproduction by immersing himself in a comprehensive history of the drawn and printed line.
“I hope completing this project will provide me with an opportunity to form friendships and make connections, and most importantly, to contribute to a universally relevant, inherited dialogue in contemporary fine art,” says Frankhouser.
By Laura Lindsey, College of Arts and Science
May 29, 2012