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Fantastic Fulbrights

Karinna Gomez was drawn to the light — and its absence — in Iceland. On her Fulbright year in Reykjavík, the printmaker is studying the unusual light in the far north, as well as the prolonged darkness and the transition between the two.

Gomez (WCAS09), an art theory and practice and psychology major as an undergraduate, is one of a record 32 Northwestern Fulbright recipients in 2009, the most among 38 similar research institutions. Northwestern awardees embarked on wide-ranging projects, studying subjects such as musicology in Venezuela, journalism in Slovenia and creative writing in Mexico.

On her Fulbright, which runs through July 1, Gomez is creating drawings and prints at the Icelandic Printmakers' Association in Reykjavík and taking part in an artist's residency. She's affiliated with the Iceland Academy of the Arts.

Around the time she considered applying for the Fulbright, Gomez realized her drawings looked similar to Iceland. It proved a perfect fit. "It seems that no one lives an art-less life here," she said from Reykjavík. "Icelanders bring light and creativity into daily life in ways that I have never seen before."

— Christopher Danzig (J08)

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Karinna Gomez
Fulbright recipient Karinna Gomez is creating drawings and prints in Iceland.