Belk Scholar Aric Reviere '15, an art history major from Spartanburg, S.C., has been awarded Davidson's prestigious W. Thomas Smith Scholarship, which will cover his expenses for two consecutive semesters of study at a university outside the United States.
Established by Tom Smith '48, the Smith Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior in recognition of his or her outstanding academic achievement, demonstration of leadership and service to the community.
Reviere will use the scholarship to study the history of western fashion from 1920 to 1960 at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.
"It takes a very visual-cultural approach to the study of art history in the sense that it looks at fashion, film, photography, advertisements, and more, all as part of this visual culture that is art historically significant," he said. "I'm very interested in this area between art and fashion and how they coalesce and develop into something new and unique."
The degree will help Reviere pursue a career in the artistic side of fashion. "I want to be involved in the creation of art in some capacity," he said. "I like the idea of taking the raw creative of the designer and selling that as an entity."
Reviere got a taste of what it's like to work in the fashion world during his junior year when he worked as part of Chanel's international PR team for a fashion show held on a private island in Dubai. He made the connection while working as exhibition relations assistant for Art Dubai, a five-day international fair in Dubai that attracts collectors, corporations and regional visitors to view artwork from around the world.
"I found that the fashion world is very similar to the art world in that it's a tight-knit community devoted to the celebration of creativity," he said. "I found PR fascinating, because I'm also interested in event planning and the business side of fashion, and we were focused on creating an entire experience for each guest."
While studying at the Courtauld, Reviere hopes to combine the academic with the professional by working part time in the fashion industry. He said, "Being in a fashion hub like London provides the perfect opportunity to gain business experience so that I can understand fashion from both historical and practical perspectives."
Reviere said that Davidson has been integral to his being accepted to the Courtauld program.
"It's really incredible how very consciously I have been able to cater my Davidson experience to my interests," he explained. "I don't think my trajectory would have been possible at another institution, considering the intellectual independence Davidson fosters, the professors here, and the stipends and support I have received as a Belk Scholar."