Applications for the 2019 Scholarship are now closed, registration for the 2020 Scholarship opens January 15, 2019.
The Fulbright Foundation in Greece will award one grant annually to Greek creative practitioners for participation in SFAI’s international interdisciplinary social-justice themed Residency Program. This scholarship is for creative professionals in all artistic fields including fine arts, creative writing, education, curatorship, art criticism, craft, design, architecture, theater, cinematography, photography, and digital arts.
The grant period must take place between January and March 2020. Fulbright grants at SFAI are awarded for three months. Candidates are selected on the basis of academic excellence, potential for professional development, civic engagement, extra-curricular activities, the applicant’s ability to creatively and critically engage with the theme of the residency season for which they are applying, and personal qualities/abilities to serve as a cultural ambassador for Greece. The selection focuses on the professional experience of the artist, the quality of their past work, and their potential to sustain productive residency at SFAI.
Alexandros Simopoulos is a multi-disciplinary artist and illustrator from Greece, born 1990. He studied International relations and Humanitarian Law in Panteion University in Athens, School of International Studies, Communication and Culture ,participated in the viewers program in the Athens School of Fine Arts and received an MA in Visual Arts and Illustration from Camberwell College of Arts with a scholarship from the University of the Arts London. He has worked with NGO’s, galleries and cultural institutions in Greece and abroad as an artist, but as a researcher and administrator as well. Regarding his art practice, his works span across both indoor and outdoor spaces, using a wide variety of mediums. He has been on the forefront of the Greek urban art scene and exhibited solo in Athens and London (Zadig w/CacaoRocks, Gallery Sarri 12 2014/ Animistic Futurism, Vessel Athens 2015/ Notions of the Afterlife, Genesis Gallery London 2016) and in group shows in the UK, Mexico, Spain, USA and Greenland (Nuuk Museum, Greenland/ Besiktas International Festival, Turkey/ Loures Arte Publica, Portugal/ Onassis Cultural Centre, Greece etc). He has painted murals in various countries, from Spain and Germany, to Greenland and India. His work is based on a visual language full of symbolism that uses nature, oral tradition, folk mythology and legend as key-points to discuss the human condition and reflect to the current social and political context. Initiating from a practice that was rooted in graffiti and being an active muralist for years, a big interest of his is working on and questioning aspects of the public and urban space. Traveling and exploring new localities is key for the evolution of his work. He is also interested in community engagement and participatory methodologies with local communities, residents or artists,craftsmen etc when it comes to producing murals and site-specific work. In 2018 he was selected for the SNF Artist Fellowship Program and the Fullbright Artist Residency Award. His work has been featured in numerous publications (Le Monde, International New York Times etc) and belongs in private and public collections in Greece and abroad.