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Graduate student Jeff Richmond-Moll was the 2013 Alfred Appel, Jr. Curatorial Fellow at the Delaware Art Museum, where he organized an exhibition on the American artist Violet Oakley (1874-1961). During World War II, Oakley collaborated with the Citizens Committee of the Army and Navy to produce portable altarpieces for use on American battleships, military bases, and airfields around the world. The Angel of Victory, now in the Museum’s permanent collection, was the first of her twenty-five wartime altarpieces, completed just two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. This exhibition reunites this altarpiece with preliminary studies for the project for the first time. It also explores Oakley’s unique creative process, and reveals how she responded to a volatile moment in world history by infusing her religious works with a democratic spirit and her lifelong belief in peace. “‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’: Violet Oakley’s The Angel of Victory (1941)” runs from February 8 to May 25, 2014. For more information, visit http://delart.org/peacemakers.
Art History major Omar Durán won first prize in the Humanities category of the National McNair Scholars Research Competition with his entry "Observing Invisible Corpses: Gender and Violence in Teresa Margolles’s 'Embroidered Fabric,'" a study of feminicide in Guatemala through a particular work of the Mexican performance artist Teresa Margolles. The project grew out of a summer project last year under the supervision of Professor Mónica Domínguez Torres. For a description of the McNair Scholars Program and for the other University of Delaware winners, see: http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2014/oct/mcnair-research-102413.html
Graduate student Isabelle Havet has been awarded a Fulbright grant to study in France during the 2012-2013 academic year. During the grant period, she will research her dissertation project, entitled “Beneath the Surface: Representations of Subterranean Space, 1850-1900.” Her dissertation examines how subterranean space was understood, imagined, and consumed through various media during the second half of the nineteenth century in France. Catacombs, sewers, caves, mines, the deep sea, and the newly-launched metro system all took on rich visual and textual forms in Second Empire and Third Republic France. Isabelle will consider how the underground articulated the complex and often contradictory manifestations of modernity, and participated, as it does to this day, in constructions of community identities and social space.