- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – Ohio University Pickerington Center
Adjunct Art Instructor Liz Trapp was one of 10 Americans selected for the Gabr Fellowship
. The Gabr Fellowship is for emerging leaders in the areas of art, science, media, law and both social and business entrepreneurship. 10 Americans and 10 Egyptians were selected for the 2014 program.
The Gabr Fellowship is an initiative of Shafik Gabr designed to promote intercultural dialogue and collaboration between Egyptians and Americans.
“We spent two weeks in Egypt and two weeks in the U.S. and met with various leaders in each country. We met with political leaders, professors, journalists, fashion designers, artists, an actor, along with the minister of defense in Egypt. We also had meetings at the White House, the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill, at CNN, Fox News, Huffington Post, Google, among many, many others,” said Trapp. “This fellowship is based in citizen diplomacy. We are trying to work together to create a deeper and more meaningful understanding between the countries, and it's the belief of Mr Shafik Gabr that citizen diplomacy and people-to-people exchange is intrinsic to the future dialogue of the countries.”
All applicants for the fellowship had to be 24 to 35 years of age and had to be citizens of the United States or Egypt. The Fellowship is sponsored by the Shafik Gabr Foundation.
“We'll carry on the fellowship in the form of action projects,” said Trapp. “The fellows have broken up into small groups and are creating sustainable projects which support the ideals of the fellowship. I'm working on a media campaign with an American and Egyptian fellow. Our aim is to create a dialogue between American and Egyptian university students.”
Trapp has her master’s in art history from Ohio University and Master’s of Fine Arts in Painting and Sculpture from the Columbus College of Art and Design. Trapp teaches art history at the Pickerington Center; she has been teaching the courses since 2010. Trapp was featured in the spring 2013 issue of New American Paintings