I am happy to announce that I have received a Fulbright Specialist Grant for an art project in Turkey at Ege University, Museum of Paper and Book Arts, Izmir, Turkey.
I will be flying to Turkey on November 18, 2015 and return to San Francisco on December 16, 2015. For the first week I will be in Istanbul touring some of the sites and seeing art museums and galleries on my own, and then going to Izmir on November 25 for the start of my Fulbright grant project.
Here is a photo showing the outside of the Museum of Paper & Book Arts at Ege University, Izmir, Turkey, and a group of visiting students.
During the 20-day Fulbright Specialist grant in Izmir, I will be exploring the plants around Izmir to use for my papermaking art and creating some new artworks using local materials and inspired by the place. I will also teach papermaking workshops at the Ege Univerisity Musuem of Paper and Book Arts and consult with the Museum and the university about curriculum in paper arts and environmental art. I will also help them to set up a papermaking studio or workshop at the Museum. I will also have an exhibition of my handmade paper artworks at EgeArt 2015, an international art festival held in Izmir from Dec. 11-13, 2015. My exhibition will include some of the handmade paper “site maps” I have created in other residencies around the world, including during my 2004 and 2005 Fulbright grant projects in Taiwan and a 2010 artist in residency project in Bali, Indonesia. Here are some photos of a Taiwan Site Map and a Bali Site Map.
I know the Paper & Book Arts Museum in Turkey through my international art project “One World Many Papers” that was a collaborative paper artwork I created with artists from around the world. I asked the participating artists to send me a sheet of paper they made to represent their country and then I joined all the sheets of paper together to make a large map of the world having no political borders. The finished piece was donated to the Paper & Book Arts Museum in Turkey at Ege Univeristy, Izmir, in 2011, shortly after the museum opened. Before getting its permanent home in Turkey, this artwork was seen in exhibitions around the world in 2009 and 2010. Here is a photo of the finished artwork. For more information about my “One World – Many papers Project” please visit my other Blog: http://www.janeingramallenart.blogspot.com
I will be posting on this WordPress Blog more about the work I do in Izmir. Please check back later in November for photos of the places I see and the artwork I make during this art project in Turkey. My husband Timothy S. Allen is going with me to Turkey, and he will be taking lots of photos to document my work and also photos of our experiences in Turkey. His Blog is at http://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com