Jalen Chang, an Arts and Science senior and HART major, has received a Downing Grant for travel during the fall semester to Hamburg and Dresden, Germany for research on his Honors thesis, Nationalism in Context—Viewing Friedrich’s Landscapes in their Homeland. Chang’s Honors thesis advisor is Christopher Johns, the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Professor of History of Art.
The Department of History of Art awards grants for travel to exhibitions and research centers to supplement academic instruction for students in the History of Art department at Vanderbilt in the Honors Program, in senior seminars (HART 4960), or in “W” (writing) courses. These Downing Grants, which provide assistance for up to $1,500 in travel costs, are awarded in the fall and spring of each academic year.
Past Downing Grants have supported research on projects ranging from an 18th-century “folly” in Ireland, to a Marcel Duchamp installation in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to the Elgin marbles from the Parthenon in the British Museum, to a Gothic reliquary in the Louvre.