Fulbright SFAI Webinar on Cultural Exchange & Creative Communities

Fulbright SFAI Webinar on Cultural Exchange & Creative Communities

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

This 90-minute webinar will review the U.S. residency landscape, discuss insights on how to prepare a successful portfolio, advise on the Fulbright scholarship program for artists, explore the theme of the 2022 Santa Fe Art Institute Residency Revolution, and present cultural exchange alumni experiences. It will bring together academic professionals, artists, curators, and alumni and staff members of both Fulbright Greece and the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI).

Part I - 6.00 PM EET (Athens, Greece) / 9.00 AM MST (Santa Fe, NM, U.S.A.)

In the U.S. alone, there are hundreds of artist residencies that provide space to creative professionals of all disciplines. But, what is an artist residency? What does it provide? To whom is it addressed? How can you select the right one? How do you prepare a successful portfolio?

Join Fulbright and listen to Dr. Lydia Matthews, Fulbright Alumna and Professor of Visual Arts at Parsons School of Design, NY, who will give some practical tips during the first part of the webinar.

Part II - 6.30 PM EET (Athens, Greece) / 9.30 AM MST (Santa Fe, NM, U.S.A.)

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 perfectly 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.

The Fulbright SFAI partnership has led to further cultural exchanges between the two countries such as the Social Impact Trip, which will also be discussed.

Meet with SFAI staff members and Fulbright SFAI alumni during the second part of the webinar and listen to Dr. Maria Georgopoulou, Fulbright Alumna and Director of the Gennadius Library, speak about the timely subject of revolution.

The webinar will be held in English.

The webinar is open to public registration, but will be capped at 100 participants.

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Registration in advance of the webinar is required:


Part I    

6.00pm                Welcome and brief introduction
Artemis Zenetou

6.00-6.20pm       The value of creative residencies / Creating a powerful portfolio
                              Dr. Lydia Matthews        

Part II

6.30-6.35pm      Fulbright introduction to the Artist Scholarship Programs
                             Artemis Zenetou, Els Siakos Hanappe    

6.35-6.45            SFAI introduction to the Institute and Residency
Jamie Blosser

6.45-7.05            The Free and the Brave. Ideas and Ideals of Revolution in view of the Greek War
                             of Independence and American Philhellenism
                             Dr. Maria Georgopoulou

7.05-7.15            Santa Fe Artists’ Projects
                             Toni Gentili

7.15-7.30            The Fulbright Experience
                             SFAI Social Impact Trip to Greece
Nuttaphol Ma, Dafni Kalafati, Alex Simopoulos

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




Scholarships for US and Greek Citizens
Educational Advising / Study in the USA

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