The Onstead Institute announces 2021-2022 fellows

Two fellowship appointments recently were announced with the selection of Evan Blackwell and Martha Samaniego Calderón as the 2021-22 Onstead Institute fellows.

The Jo Ann (Jody) and Dr. Charles O. Onstead Institute for Education in the Visual Arts and Design collaborates with the Amon Carter Museum, CVAD Galleries and Meadows Museum to provide rewarding experiences in art education to CVAD students. A fellowship is a monetary award given to a scholar to pay for their academic pursuits — typically a merit-based scholarship for advanced study of an academic subject.

For more information, visit the Onstead Institute website and the Fellowships web page.

Evan Blackwell

Meadows Museum Fellow

Evan Blackwell is in CVAD's Art History 4+1 Graduate Track Program and graduates in May with a B.A. in Art History and a minor in LGBTQ Studies. Pursuing an M.A. in Art History with a minor in Art Education, Blackwell also is pursuing a Graduate Academic Certificate in Art Museum Education. Blackwell has participated in the professional development internship of the Association of Research Institutes in Art History, interned at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, and worked for The MAC, a Dallas non-profit art gallery, as the gallery assistant. Blackwell’s interests include social webs of art and art history and how social context, social justice, and art are interconnected and can be used to introduce individuals to ladders of ideas.

Martha Samaniego Calderon

CVAD Galleries Fellow

Martha Samaniego Calderón, a graduate student in Art Education, is from Xalapa, Veracruz, México, where she earned a B.A. in communications from the Universidad Anáhuac Veracruz. Calderón’s work is focused on the intersection of bilingual Latino/a/x communities and the arts, specifically, to promote community dialogue with art that interrogates dominative power structures. A co-author and illustrator of the bilingual children's book Behind my Mask Detrás de mi Cubrebocas, Calderón uses the book to enhance critical dialogue around social-emotional learning and identity. Now pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Art Museum Education, Calderón seeks to promote a deeper connection with students and the surrounding community.

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