Catherine Bebout, associate professor in the Department of Art and Design was recently awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar grant to conduct research in printmaking and handmade paper at the M.S. University of Baroda in Vadorada, Gujarat, India and will be in the country from January to June, 2008.
In addition to conducting research for her project, entitled “Exploring Printmaking and Handmade Paper in India,” Bebout will lecture at the University of Baroda, Visva Bharati University in Santiniketan and at Goa University. She will also be making handmade paper using indigenous fibers at paper mills around the country.
“Hand papermaking is fast becoming a major industry in India,” she says. “My interest is to not only learn the artisan approach to making paper by hand, but also to experience aspects of everyday life by working with local craftsmen in paper mills in rural areas throughout the country.”Bebout has been the director of printmaking since joining the Department of Art and Design in 1996. Her work is exhibited extensively around the nation and internationally, she has exhibited in countries such as the P.R. of China, New Zealand, Canada and Russia. During her stay in India, she will have a solo show at Ruchika’s Art Gallery in Goa. Bebout has an M.F.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology.