Fulbright Sends Art Historian to London

Stephanie Grimes ’09 is pursuing a Ph.D. in digital humanities at King’s College London, thanks to a 2020 Fulbright award.

Art historian and digital strategist Stephanie Grimes ’09 received the competitive United Kingdom 2020 Fulbright award to pursue a Ph.D. in digital humanities at King’s College London.

Grimes’ research concerns making cultural heritage more accessible, discoverable, and relatable through technology, such as digitizing ancient artifacts. Grimes earned a bachelor of arts in Italian studies and classical civilization at Mary Washington. She spent her junior year in Italy, and she got a UMW research grant to create a blog documenting ancient Roman sarcophagi, which she studied for her honors thesis.

“I attribute this experience to my first exposure to my profession and passion in digitizing artifacts,” she wrote by email.

Grimes began her King’s College studies from her home in Washington state because of COVID-19 restrictions, but she planned to move to London in October. Grimes received a master’s degree in art history from George Mason University in 2013. She has been a digital scholarship strategist at Ball State University and digital content specialist for the U.S. House of Representatives Office of Art and Archives.

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