Ms. Chotsani E. Dean
Specialization: Fine Arts
Home institution in US: Three Rivers Community Technical College, Norwich, Connecticut
Host Institution in India: Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh       
Start date/Month in India: September 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Chotsani Elaine Dean received her B.F.A. from Hartford Art School, Connecticut and her M.F.A. from Washington University, Missouri. She is currently instructor of art and gallery coordinator at Three Rivers Community College, Connecticut. Previously, Ms. Dean taught in the art departments of three other Connecticut schools: University of Connecticut, Hartford Art School and Connecticut College. She also worked as studio manager at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown, Connecticut from 2002-2007. Her work has been exhibited at Hunterdon Art Museum, New Jersey; Mikhal Zakin Gallery at The Art School at Old Church, New Jersey; Gallery on The Green, Connecticut; Windsor Art Center, Connecticut; and Manchester Community College, Connecticut, among others. In 2012, she received a fellowship artist grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.

Ms. Dean’s Fulbright research project, “Exploring Narrative and Bridging Culture with Clay,” will begin with and focus on examining and finding relationships within the impact and reality of commodities, trade, and the influence of European aesthetics, culture and religion in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in northern India and the Colonial American South.