Brieanah Gouveia '17 has received a Fulbright Study Award to Scotland's University of Glasgow for an art history program titled Collecting and Provenance in an International Context. The program is split between classroom and field work, dissertation research, as well as work placement where Gouveia hopes to get experience from a law firm on art-related alternative dispute resolution, or in a provenance section of an auction house or museum. Gouveia also will be a researcher in the University's Trafficking Culture project. She will obtain a masters degree as part of her Fulbright experience.
"In the second semester of my freshman year the college hosted an event for the founder of the FBI's Art Crime Team, Robert Wittman, and this was literally a life changing moment for me," Gouveia said. "From that day on, I wanted to become a modern day ‘monument's woman' and defend communities' rights to their cultural heritage. In the process I've learned that there was no distinct route for me to take to achieve this vision, so I have had to forge my own path over the years. But I did not do this alone. I am so thankful for the guidance Roanoke professors have given me along the way. I would not be where I am today if it weren't for their encouragement and support. I'm so glad I went to Roanoke."
This is Gouveia's second Fulbright experience. In 2015, she spent the summer in England through the Fulbright Summer Institute. She studied art, museums, architecture and history at Nottingham Trent University. She is a member of Roanoke's Honors Program, Phi Beta Kappa and the Fishwick Literary and Debate Society. Gouveia is the chief copy editor for The Brackety Ack, Roanoke's student newspaper, and she is volunteer coordinator for the College's installation of Every Campus a Refuge. She also works as an office/gallery assistant in Olin Hall Galleries.
After Fulbright, she hopes to go to law school, focusing on international art and cultural heritage law.