Class Notes & Profiles

A Rosey Hue

By Veronika Ruff '01

Kelly Williams ’99 is the recipient of the 2001-2002 Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts, an award made possible by a bequest from the estate of W.K. Rose, a professor in Vassar’s English department from 1956 to 1968. Rose wrote, "My objective in creating this fellowship is to provide a worthy young artist with a chance to be free after college to get on with his work as an artist. It is also my hope that this fellowship will attract to Vassar in greater number the kind of student that it proposes to aid." The fellowship encompasses writing, the visual arts (including film and video), and music composition. It is open to all Vassar graduates under the age of 36 who have not previously attained substantial recognition in their field.

Williams plans to use the fellowship year (and funds) to begin working on large-scale paintings. Specifically, she hopes to continue, and enlarge her Exercise in Futility series, which focuses on the portrayal of women and their relationship to sport, recreation, and activity.