Purchase Prof Wins Fulbright Grant To Study In India

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Sharon Horvath, a professor of painting and drawing at Purchase College in Harrison, has won a Fulbright Grant to study art in India next year. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Purchase College

HARRISON, N.Y. -- A professor at Purchase College in Harrison has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant to study and teach in India next year.

Sharon Horvath is a painter and associate professor of painting and drawing at Purchase. She will travel to India in December and will study and teach there until March 2014. She will be affiliated with M.S. University in Baroda and the Kriti Gallery Residency in Varanasi.

While in India, Horvath will conduct research on Ragamala, a genre of Indian miniature paintings. She also will create a new body of work on paper adapting traditional miniature painting techniques. Ragamala paintings are a visual manifestation of music and poetry that translates the emotions of classical Indian Raga melodies into colorful pictorial representations. The paintings' erotic subject matter is intended to be a metaphor for the yearning relationship between the human and the divine in Hindu spirituality.

“My goal while in India is to change, to transform my work in unforeseen ways, to be inspired,” Horvath said. “I hope to create a basis for a new body of work based on my experiences and to exhibit upon return.”

Horvath is a resident of Ridgewood, Queens and has taught at Purchase the past seven years. She has headed the painting and drawing board of study in the school of art and design for the past three years. She is one of a select few U.S. academics who will travel abroad through the Fulbright program in the 2013-14 school year.

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