Recent VCU Graduate Named Fulbright Scholar
University Public Affairs
Jessica Langley, who
received her master of fine arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University
in May, has earned a Fulbright Student Scholarship to study and pursue her
artistic interests in Iceland.
Langley, a native of Mansfield, Ohio, will travel to Iceland for the upcoming
academic year to study the country's landscape, particularly its natural
formations, and to create art inspired by her surroundings. Langley, who
received her M.F.A. in painting
and printmaking from the VCU School of
the Arts, will study the contemporary concept of landscape and nature in Iceland and how it impacts
Upon her return to the United States, Langley hopes to increase the
exchange between Icelandic artists and American artists.
"VCU is excited to have
another Fulbright Student Scholarship recipient this year," said Jeff Wing,
national scholarship coordinator in the Honors
College at VCU. "Jessica has a real passion for the art that develops from
natural landscape formations. This experience will be very meaningful for her."
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.
Langley is the fourth VCU
student to receive a Fulbright Scholarship in the past three years.
In addition to receiving
the Fulbright Scholarship, Langley received a Leifur
Eriksson Scholarship, which will supplement her studies in Iceland. The Leifur Eiríksson Foundation, governed by a board of trustees appointed by the
Central Bank of Iceland, the Icelandic Government and the University of Virginia, was founded to fund scholarly
exchanges between Iceland and the United States.
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