Professor Paul Catanese Receives Fulbright Award
Columbia College Chicago is pleased to announce that Paul Catanese, professor and director of graduate study for Art and Art History, hasreceived a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award for the 2023-2024 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Catanese will work with faculty and students at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Poland in the Spring of 2024 to explore how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can expand the boundaries of printmaking. His project, Printmaking in the Age of Artificial Intelligence builds on research in his 2012 co-authored book, Post-Digital Printmaking: CNC, Traditional, and Hybrid Techniques. Through teaching and research, he will work in the studio to innovate new processes combining traditional printmaking techniques with AI; create new artworks using these processes; and teach the fundamentals of these processes so students can innovate techniques of their own, create new artworks, and assist with studio research. Outcomes will be shared via public exhibition; research process will shape foundations for a new publication.
Paul Catanese is among over 800 U.S. citizens who will conduct research and/or teach abroad for the 2023-2024 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Fulbrighters engage in cutting-edge research and expand their professional networks, often continuing research collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions. Upon returning to their home countries, institutions, labs, and classrooms, they share their stories and often become active supporters of international exchange, inviting foreign scholars to campus and encouraging colleagues and students to go abroad. As Fulbright Scholar alumni, their careers are enriched by joining a network of thousands of esteemed scholars, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Fulbright alumni include 61 Nobel Prize laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize recipients, and 40 who have served as a head of state or government.
Senior Vice President and Provost Marcella David noted “the Fulbright Program aims to promote knowledge, reason and compassion and foster peace and friendship” resonate with the mission and vision of Columbia College Chicago, which links creative practice with civic purpose. “Professor Catanese’s project and the connections he will make through his teaching and research will make important contributions in furtherance of these important goals.”
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program.
For over 75 years, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to challenges facing our communities and our world. More than 800 U.S. scholars, artists, and professionals from all backgrounds teach or conduct research overseas through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program annually. Additionally, over 1,900 diverse U.S. students, artists, and early career professionals in more than 100 different fields of study receive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants annually to study, teach English, and conduct research overseas.
Congratulations to Paul Catanese on this award!