Sonya Rhie Mace and Adriana Nelson

Sonya Rhie Mace and Adriana Nelson, JCU ’19

John Carroll senior Adriana Nelson was recently awarded a J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship. This grant, supporting a ten month research trip to China, will allow her to pursue her interest in Buddhist art.

Last summer, Adriana served as a student guide and intern at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Sonya Rhie Mace, the Museum’s George P. Bickford Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art, was Adriana’s mentor. Dr. Mace outlined Adriana’s path to the internship (and the Fulbright award) in a profile on the Museum’s website. A study-travel course on Silk Road Religions in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies was crucial to Adriana’s success:

Adriana has incredible poise and style, and she is brilliant, hard-working, and already an accomplished leader. This is no doubt at least partly because she was raised by a remarkable woman. Charlotte Nelson was born in East Cleveland, the 11th of 13 children, and she raised her two daughters on her own in South Euclid. While Charlotte was never exposed to Asia or Buddhism, she encouraged Adriana’s interest in the subjects, which began with her Mandarin classes in high school. In 2017 she allowed her daughter to go on a life-changing trip to China with professors Paul Nietupski and Bo Liu of John Carroll University, where Adriana developed her interest in the art of early India as its motifs and iconographies traveled across Central Asia. Adriana’s confidence, work ethic, broad-mindedness, kindness, and courage stem from her mother’s dedication and conviction to these values.

Posted on April 30, 2019
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