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Natália Marques da Silva

Undergraduate Major: Art History

McNair Mentor:
Dr. Kristin Congdon, Department of Philosophy

Future Plans: M.A and/or Ph.D.

Natália Marques da Silva

Natália Silva was born in São Paulo, Brazil. She moved to the United States with her family in December of 1999. She developed an interest for the Arts early on and chose the path of Art History to educate others in what she views as an important vehicle for expression and cultural interaction. In addition to being a McNair Scholar, Natalia also participates in the RAMP and HIM Programs. The following is an abstract of research Natália completed as an undergraduate at UCF:

Title: The Votive Experience: from Brazil to the Global Perspective

Conducted at the University of Central Florida in the Spring of 2009 as part of the Honors in the Major program.

Committee Chair: Dr. Kristin Congdon, Department of Philosophy

Abstract: My study in Ex-Votos (religious sculptures of vows and devotion), varies from century old data to modern day findings. It is a process that is still practiced today, and my research aims to connect its origins to how it is currently thought of and used. Since I am dealing with a large time frame, my research methods have developed to include not only books and articles, but interviews with modern scholars and collectors to the field work in Bahia, Brazil. My findings and current research have accumulated into the exhibition Requesting Miracles: Votive Offerings from Diverse Cultures, March 2010 at the Alice & Williams Jenkins Gallery at Crealdé School of Art.

For additional information about Natália's research and exhibition please go to: http://votiveofferings.tk