Gladys Lou

Art & Art History, University of Toronto to UW, 2021-2022 Killam Fellow


I am a third-year student at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. I am pursing my degree in art and art history, with a minor in psychology and professional writing and communications. Ever since I learned about Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg’s work in my Art Since 1945 course, I have always been fascinated by modern and contemporary American art and want to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the culture of the United States.

Through the Killam Fellowship, I will spend a semester as an exchange student at the University of Washington. The University offers a myriad of courses on contemporary American and Mesoamerican art history, providing me the opportunity to learn about the development of American art in its cultural context. Through visiting local art galleries and museums, I will connect with artists and art historians from around the country, getting inspiration from artworks in a range of styles and periods.

I look forward to my adventure to the United States as a Killam Fellow and I hope to contribute my creativity and enthusiasm about art to the University of Washington.

The Killam Fellowship Program allows undergraduate students from Canada and the United States to participate in a program of binational residential exchange. This program, administered by Fulbright Canada, is supported by an endowment from the American Killam Trusts, Global Affairs Canada, and the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America (Fulbright Canada). It is an integral part of the Foundation’s multidimensional strategy to foster mutual understanding between Canada and the United States of America. The Canadian Studies Center is a partner institution with the Killam Foundation enabling up to two full academic year fellowships annually for UW students.