MFA Graduate Emily Roca Rice Receives Fulbright Award
Emily Roca Rice of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is a 2023 graduate who studied studio art with a concentration in painting and drawing. She is one of eleven UT students and graduates who have been selected for the 2023-24 Fulbright student awards. This award will allow Emily to study and conduct research abroad.
Inspired by family heritage and a previous artist residency in Honduras, Roca Rice will investigate recurring motifs, visual storytelling and sustainable ways of making art in the country while maintaining a studio practice and working with local contemporary artists.
“One of my long-term goals is to create a bridge and eventual artist exchange between Southeastern Appalachia and Honduras — two regions of the world with rich histories of traditional craft,” said Roca Rice.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers opportunities to passionate and accomplished graduating college seniors, graduate students and young professionals in partnership with more than 140 countries worldwide. The program provides awards to about 8,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and professionals each year, giving them the opportunity to expand their perspectives through academic and professional advancement and cross-cultural dialogue.
As they carry out their grant-funded work, students work with, live with and learn from the people of their assigned host country. UT Announcement of Fulbright Awards.