Joy Holland, BFA Sculpture 2006, was recently awarded a Fullbright Program scholarship to Italy in Installation Art, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. Joy is one of over 1,600 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2011-2012 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
As my work in Los Angeles increasingly involved architecture and design, this influenced my research in Italy. I found many instances of vacant or overlooked urban spaces in industrialized Italian cities being converted into domains for public use, becoming open fields of investigation and human interaction. This has inspired me to challenge my own approach to site planning, design development and community involvement in Milan. The city of Milan is home to a wide range of industries, educational institutes and public events incorporating environmentally sustainable design. My studio research will integrate new technologies and fabrication methods aimed at waste reduction, energy conservation and material re-application. This work will culminate in a temporary public art project for Milan Design Week, and will be presented in my public lectures in Milan and Rome, Italy.
Since she graduated from Tyler School of Art, Joy has received an MFA from UCLA in California, and has been working as an installation/architectural sculptor. Many of her designs have appeared in publications such as Wired magazine.