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Ohio University Alumnus wins Fulbright award to Germany

ATHENS, Ohio (April 21, 2005) -- Recent Ohio University alumnus Rollin Beamish has won a Fulbright award to study painting and printmaking in Germany. A Westerville South High School graduate, he will spend the 2005-06 academic year working with German artists and creating paintings, which examine the historical and contemporary cultural and societal identities of Berlin. He is the son of Nan Beamish of Westerville, Ohio.

In 2004, Beamish was selected for a Joan Mitchell Foundation award, awarded to the 10 best graduate artists in the United States. After completing his master's degree in fine arts, he accepted a position teaching painting and drawing at the University of Missouri. His artwork has been displayed at galleries throughout Ohio and Chicago. In 2004, he earned an M.F.A. in painting from Ohio University and has traveled extensively throughout Western Europe. He is conversational in German and plans to continue to produce and exhibit artwork after his Fulbright year and to continue teaching.

"It's pretty obvious that Rollin is one of the most talented painters we've seen," said Carolyn Cardenas, professor of painting and assistant director of graduate programs in the School of Art. "The nature of his work is very accomplished, but he's also one of the most learned painters we've seen."

Beamish, a 2000 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, said he is excited about this opportunity which, "will allow me to put into motion a longtime ambition of mine to be able to live and work in Berlin, an environment which I have researched extensively and visited briefly, and which I have found to be a dynamic place from which to observe many of the histories and permutations of western culture. And now I'll not only be able to live there for a time, but also engage in making a focused body of artwork with my observations of this dynamic environment as its impetus!"

"Rollin is an extremely bright and talented individual," said Ohio University's Fulbright advisor Elizabeth Clodfelter. "I am hopeful that Rollin's Fulbright experience will further develop his exceptional painting ability and his understanding of how to be a successful professional artist by enabling him to collaborate with a German painter who exhibits her work all over the world. Making it through the highly demanding Fulbright painting competition is a credit to Rollin and to his professors in the College of Fine Arts."

Thirteen Ohio University students were recommended to the final round of competition in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program this year. This ties Ohio University's record, set last year, for the highest number of recommended students in this prestigious national competition. So far this year, seven Ohio University students have won Fulbright awards. The other candidates will each find out sometime between March and June whether they will receive an award. Last year, nine Ohio University students won Fulbright awards.

Students interested in applying for the 2006-07 Fulbright U.S. Student Program, who are U.S. citizens and who will be seniors, masters or doctoral students next fall, as well as younger students who would like to receive information early, should contact Elizabeth Clodfelter, the Fulbright Program adviser, at (740) 593-2302 or clodfele@ohio.edu or visit the Fulbright Web page at www.ohiou.edu/internationalstudies/fulbright.htm.  

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Media Contact: Elizabeth Clodfelter, (740) 593-2302 or clodfele@ohio.edu; Jennifer Cochran, (740) 593-1842 or cochraj1@ohio.edu 

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