Fulbright Webinar on Cultural Exchange & Creative Communities

Fulbright Webinar on Cultural Exchange & Creative Communities

This webinar presents the Fulbright Scholarship program for Greek artists and creative professionals, reviews the U.S. artist residency landscape, discusses insights on how to prepare a successful portfolio and  explores the theme of the 2022 Santa Fe Institute Residency, “Revolution” and includes insightful alumni experiences.

During the first part of the webinar, Dr. Lydia Matthews, Professor of Visual Arts at Parsons School of Design, NY and Fulbright alumna, discusses the U.S. residency landscape and provides insights on how to prepare a successful application and portfolio.

The second part of the webinar was organized in partnership with the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI). In 2016, Fulbright Greece partnered with the Santa Fe Art Institute to award one scholarship annually, to a Greek citizen, for a semester-long placement in the SFAI International Thematic Residency. SFAI is located in the southwestern state of New Mexico, which boasts a stunning landscape, a rich local history, and diverse communities. The mission of SFAI, established in 1985, aligns with the objectives of the Fulbright Program to promote mutual understanding and improve intercultural relations, stressing the importance of connecting and building relationships and the need for critical public discourse, exploring the power of art to shape society, and fostering greater equity and inclusion. Discover Santa Fe through the accounts of the SFAI staff members and Fulbright SFAI Fellows and listen to Dr. Maria Georgopoulou, Director of the Gennadius Library and Fulbright Alumna, speak about the timely subject of revolution, the 2022 Residency theme.

The 90 minute webinar presented on February 24th, can be viewed online.

Guest Speakers

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Dr. Lydia Matthews, Fulbright Alumna
Critical writer, contemporary art curator, educator and cultural activist, Professor of Visual Culture in the Fine Arts program of Parsons School of Design, and Director of the Curatorial Design Research Lab at The New School

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Dr. Maria Georgopoulou, Fulbright Alumna
Director, Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies at Athens



Fulbright is the flagship international educational and cultural exchange program of the United States of America, in partnership with more than 160 countries worldwide. It offers programs for passionate and accomplished students, scholars, artists, teachers, and professionals of all backgrounds to study, teach, and conduct research, helping to build mutual understanding and find solutions to critical international concerns. Fulbright Greece takes pride in operating the oldest Fulbright Program in Europe and the second globally. Since 1948, it has awarded more than 6,000 scholarships to Greek and US citizens, a substantial number of which were awarded to practicing artists and creative individuals. Greek citizens can apply directly to the Greek Artist Scholarship Program and to the recently established Fulbright SFAI Fellowship Program.


SFAI is an independent arts organization forging critical inquiry and cultural exchange among artists, creative practitioners, and the broader community. It supports and amplifies dynamic artistic practices that engage complex social issues, inspire individual transformation, and inform collective action.



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Artemis Zenetou
Executive Director, Fulbright Foundation Greece

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Jamie Blosser
Executive Director, Santa Fe Art Institute

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Toni Gentili
Residency Director, Santa Fe Art Institute

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Nuttaphol Ma
Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, Santa Fe Art Institute

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Dafni Kalafati
2017-2018 Fulbright SFAI Fellow

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Alex Simopoulos
2018-2019 Fulbright SFAI Fellow

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Andromachi Papaioannou
2019-2020 Fulbright SFAI Fellow


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Els Siakos Hanappe
Greek Program Coordinator, Fulbright Foundation Greece