Dianne Loftis, Watson Fellow

Dianne Loftis, Watson Fellow (Posted )

Dianne Loftis, senior at Rhodes College and Audrey Morrow, senior at Hendrix college, are among just 50 students across the nation who have been selected to be 2015 recipients of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. The award, named in honor of the founder of IBM, provides funding for an academic year of study abroad.

A history major, Ms. Loftis stated that “over the course of the year, I will explore the geopolitics of contemporary art as played out in five large-scale shows and experiment with exhibition-making using a more intimate curatorial approach.” She will visit the United Arab Emirates, Norway, Ecuador, Senegal, and China.

Henrix senior Audrey Morrow, who is majoring in anthropology, said that she will study in Canada, Finland, New Zealand, and Guatemala “to witness how other educational systems in the world handle equity.”

Loftis and Morrow are only the most recent ACS students to receive the prestigious Watson Fellowship. In fact, four students from ACS member institutions got the award just last year.