After the passing of inspirational professor and longtime department chair Patricia Rose in 2020, her beloved family, former students, and friends initiated a scholarship to honor her memory and support her legacy. The Patricia Rose Fund in Art History was created to ensure that Florida State University students can pursue the subjects to which Dr. Rose joyfully devoted her life.
The first student to benefit from the Patricia Rose Fund is Sahara Lyon, an MA candidate in her second year of graduate studies. Sahara also serves as a member of the Graduate Symposium Committee and as the MA Student Representative in Art History faculty meetings, and works at The Grove Museum as a Museum Educator. She received her BA with Honors in Art History from FSU in 2020. During her undergraduate years, Sahara served as the co-president of Empowering Women Globally, the treasurer of Forensics Speech and Debate, and an intern at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts. She wrote her Honor’s thesis, Viva la Mujer: International Leftist Politics and Pan-Hispanism in the Work of Alice Neel, under the direction of Dr. Tenley Bick.
Sahara plans to continue her graduate study and pursue a career as an art history professor. Her area of interest is postwar and contemporary global art history with a focus in contemporary engagements with portraiture.
While I never had her as a professor, I am aware of how large an impact Dr. Rose had on the Department of Art History. I am eternally grateful for the immense collection of books she contributed to the Patricia Rose Art and Design Library. The Rose Library has always been a peaceful yet intellectually stimulating environment in which students feel comfortable to sit, study, and learn.
If you would like to support Patricia Rose’s legacy, make a gift online by clicking the button below, or mail your check payable to “FSU Foundation” with “Patricia Rose Fund” in the memo line, to:
FSU Foundation, 325 W. College Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32301.