Ms. Sharon Horvath   
Fulbright-Nehru Project Title: "Ranj and Rasa: The Compression of Emotion and Sensuality
through Color in Kangra Ragamala Paintings"
Field of Study: Study of India
Home Institution in US: Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY
Host Institution in India: The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat  
Start date/Month in India: December 2013
Duration of grant: Four months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Sharon Horvath is a painter and an associate professor and area head of the Painting and Drawing Board of Study at Purchase College, State University of New York Her professional distinctions include several fellowship and awards for painting: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship; American Academy of Arts and Letters; Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant; Mid Atlantic/NEA Regional Fellowship; Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Grant; Rome Prize, American Academy of Rome; Fellowship in Painting, National Academy Museum; and the New York City Edwin Palmer Memorial Prize. She is represented by the Lori Bookstein Gallery in New York City and the Drawing Room Gallery in East Hampton, New York. Ms. Horvath earned her BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. In 2007, she won the annual Alumni Award from Tyler School of Art.

Ms. Horvath's Fulbright project will include creating a visual diary of painting studies, and micro-interviews with artists and scholars, culminating in an archive that can be shared and accessible in real time. Of particular interest to Ms. Horvath is the extraordinary potency and sensuality of colors in Indian Kangra Ragamala paintings. She seeks to apprentice herself to the tradition by viewing masterpieces first-hand in Indian collections and learning from master practitioners of this living tradition. The expansion and deepening of her own work will help her open the minds of her students to the tradition of painting as global expression.