Ms. Nicole Faut
Specialization: Interdisciplinary Studies
Home institution in US: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Host Institution in India: Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore, Karnataka  
Start date/Month in India: August 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Nicole Faut graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in interdisciplinary studies, focused on religion and culture, and minors in history and medieval and early modern studies. Her academic interests include the roles of history and memory in the construction of identity, religion and the points of intersection between religion and culture. On these topics she has completed two undergraduate research projects, culminating in her honors thesis work examining the Judeo-Christian tradition in a local community. In addition to research, Ms. Faut has completed numerous internships in the areas of art education and administration. She has also led many public service initiatives at Virginia Tech, including work with political campaigns, projects against violence against women and awareness of genocide in conflict countries. When she is not doing academic work or public service, she is completing art projects with specializations in oil painting and mixed media.

Ms. Faut’s Fulbright research project, “Bhiti Chitra: The History and Applications of Murals in South India,” seeks to explore the connections between the pressures of society, spirituality and expression in public art. She will study contemporary murals and arts administration in Bangalore, using Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath College of Fine Arts as her home base. She will also be traveling in the region to caves, temples and palaces with historical murals to compare changes in technique and motivation to modern murals. Her project brings together history, art, religion, administration and identity.