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CU Art History and Archaeology Student Wins Rome Prize

A Columbia University student is one of the 28 latest winners of the 108 th annual Rome Prize Competition, which provides for a residential fellowship lasting from six months to two years to live and work at the Italian facilities of the American Academy in Rome.

Rebecca M. Molholt, a Columbia art history and archaeology student, received the Arthur Ross Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for Humanities. Molholt said she planned to write her dissertation on Roman floor mosaics: "My study is concerned with the play between image and medium, the experience of motion, the use of water to animate images and seduction of geometry.

The prestigious prizes were awarded in such fields as architecture, historic preservation and conservation, literature, musical composition, visual arts, ancient studies, medieval studies and modern Italian studies.

Molholt will join Jessica Maier, a Columbia student of history and archaeology, who is completing her second year in Rome after being awarded the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. "I will spend my time at the Academy working on my dissertation, tentatively titled 'Imaging Rome and the Renaissance City : The Bufalini Plan of 1551,' " Maier said, adding that the Bufalini Plan was the first printed map of Rome and a landmark in urban representation.

The American Academy in Rome , established in 1894, is a center that sustains independent artistic pursuits and humanistic studies. It is situated on the Janiculum, Rome's highest hill.

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Published: June 23, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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