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Alaina Smith

Alaina Smith, a double major in Art History and Anthropology, has been selected as a 2016 Summer Scholar. She will be researching Native Northwest Coast art in the University Museums under the direction of Professor Jessica L. Horton.








Margarita Karasoulas

Graduate student Margarita Karasoulas served as Guest Curator for the Bruce Museum's exhibition, Electric Paris (May 14-September 4, 2016). Electric Paris is an expanded version of a show first organized by the Clark Art Institute and Hollis Clayson in 2013, and is based on Clayson's current book project. Each of the exhibition's four sections--Nocturnes, Lamplit Interiors, Street Light, In and Out of the Spotlight--reveals the prominent role of artificial illumination in the art of the period and in the making and transformation of modern Paris. Fifty works--paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs--by such artists as Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jean Béraud, James Tissot, Charles Marville, Childe Hassam, Charles Courtney Curran, Alfred Maurer, and Maurice Prendergast, among others, are on view.

Karasoulas was responsible for all aspects related to the planning and organization of the exhibition, from choosing and researching objects, writing the audio guide and wall and label text, overseeing the installation, handling press interviews, and working with the Education department to plan the lecture series and programming. The exhibition also provided Karasoulas with an opportunity to further her research on the Ashcan School. Her catalogue essay, "The Glamour of the Footlights: Everett Shinn in the City of Light" situates Everett Shinn's early works within their larger historical, cultural, and transatlantic contexts, demonstrating how new and rapidly evolving technologies of urban lighting played an important role in shaping the artist's light-based aesthetic.


Emily Casey

On Friday, May 13, doctoral candidate Emily Casey (currently the Terra Foundation Predoctoral Fellow in American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum) participated in the 2016 CUNY graduate conference, "Revolutionary Boundaries in Early American History." On Wednesday, May 18, Casey presented her talk, "American Faces, Maritime Places: Early Republic Portraiture at Sea" as part of the 2016 Fellows Lectures in American Art at SAAM.

This summer, Casey will be participating in the Attingham Summer School, which is an intensive study course of English country house design, architecture, and landscape that takes place in the UK in June and July. Finally, Casey is the 2016-2017 Sylvan C. Coleman and Pam Coleman Memorial Fund Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Emily Shartrand

Graduate student Emily Shartrand participated in the 51st Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo. Emily was invited to give a paper for a session that was organized by the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship on "Feminist Readings of Medieval Obscenity." Her paper is entitled "Penetrated Male in the Margin of an Early Fourteenth Century Arthurian Romance Manuscript."

Professor Lawrence Nees also presented his paper, "Eagle Capitals in the Dome of Rock," in a session entitled "Soaring across Culture: Eagles in Medieval Art, Literature, Coins, and Seals."



Amy Torbert

Graduate student Amy Torbert is wrapping up her nine months as a Tyson Fellow at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. In addition to accomplishing lots of dissertation writing, Amy got swept up in Hamilton fever while she was there. In April, she presented a gallery talk titled "History Has Its Eyes on You: Portraits of Alexander Hamilton at Crystal Bridges" and wrote a related entry for the Crystal Bridges blog: http://crystalbridges.org/blog/satisfied-giuseppe-caracchis-bust-of-alexander-hamilton/. After she leaves Arkansas, Amy plans to finish her final dissertation chapter at Giverny, as part of the Terra Summer Residency program. This fall, she looks forward to moving back to the East Coast as the 2016-2017 Barra Fellow in American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Isabel Oleas Mogollon

Graduate student Isabel Oleas-Mogollón has been busy presenting her dissertation research! On April 18, she gave a talk, "The Society of Jesus and the Arts in Seventeenth-Century Quito: La Compañía's Prophet Paintings," at the Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. She presented this paper as part of a research fellowship in the Vatican Film Library and Rare Book Jesuitica Collection at SLU. More recently, on May 6, she presented a paper at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern International Region and American Academy of Religion held at the University of Pittsburgh. The two-day symposium revolved around the topic "Globalizing the Humanities" and Isabel presented in a panel called "Pilgrims, Missionaries and Travelers." Her topic was "The Society of Jesus and the Supernatural: Institutional Influences in Quito's Art Patronage during the Eighteenth Century."


Sabena Kull

Four of our doctoral students, Michele Frederick, Sabena Kull (pictured), Craig Lee, and Isabel Oleas-Mogollón were accepted into the 2016 Summer Institute in Technical Art History (SITAH) at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. This year, the workshop will take place June 6-17, and the theme is "Manifestations of the Model."






Michele Frederick

Graduate student Michele Frederick (CTPhD program) will be participating in the Graduate Student Summer Seminar on "The Tudor Image" taking place at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, June 20-25, 2016.








Craig Lee

On Wednesday, March 30, graduate student Craig Lee presented a paper about "sky signs" in New York City around 1910 in the session "The Architecture of Capital" at the annual meeting for the American Association of Geographers, held in San Francisco. "Outside the Box: Art History and Archaeology from the Margins."







Karli Wurzelbacher and Rebecca Salisbury at University of Missouri

On March 19, graduate student Karli Wurzelbacher presented a paper on Rebecca Salsbury James's reverse painting on glass at the University of Missouri--Columbia's 23rd biennial graduate student symposium, "Outside the Box: Art History and Archaeology from the Margins."







Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

A number of UD Art History professors, students, and alumni were in attendance at the Scholars' Day at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts on March 14, 2016, which was held in conjunction with Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis. This exhibition is the first major museum retrospective of the artist's work. The Scholars' Day included a curator's tour with Ruth Fine, and moderated discussions on "Abstract Expressionism and Black Politics," and "Teaching Lewis in the Academy."

Participants included Professors Lawrence Nees and Jason Hill, Julie McGee (Curator of African American Art, University Museums, University of Delaware), current Ph.D. candidates LaTanya Autry and Margarita Karasoulas, along with alumni Anna O. Marley (Curator of Historical American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts), Mark Cole (Curator of American Painting and Sculpture, Cleveland Museum of Art), and Anne Monahan (Chester Dale Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art).


Anne Cross

Graduate student Anne Cross served as one of the student co-curators for the upcoming exhibition, Expanding the Audience for Art in the Nineteenth Century at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts at UPenn's Arthur Ross Gallery (April 8-July 31, 2016). The exhibition was the culmination of a curatorial seminar taught by Professor Michael Leja this past fall at the University of Pennsylvania. Anne will also be participating in a panel discussion at the Gallery on Thursday, April 21, in which she will be discussing her use of the PAFA archives as part of her research.




Jessica Larson

Graduate student Jessica Larson curated the exhibition Print as Political Statement: Lithography and the Popular Press as part of her summer internship at the Princeton University Art Museum. She recently gave a lecture on her exhibition at the museum. Print as Political Statement is on view until February 14, 2016.







Philadelphia Museum of Art

Erica F. Battle, the John Alchin and Hal Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will participate in a roundtable discussion with students from the Departments of Art History and Art & Design in the Visual Resources Center (211 Old College) on Tuesday, November 17 at 2:00 pm.

She will be taking questions and talking about her upcoming and past projects at the PMA, including the recent Dancing around the Bride and next year's International Pop.

Graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in curating are invited to attend.


Sarah Leonard

Graduate student Sarah Leonard leads a "slow art" tour of Marie Spartali Stillman's Kelmscott Manor paintings at the Delaware Art Museum on Sunday, November 15 at 1:30 pm.

That afternoon is also a Meet the Museum Day, which makes it a great chance to hear performances by students from the Music School of Delaware, take tours, taste the new DAM Blend coffee by Brandywine Coffee Roasters, and generally see what the museum has to offer. And, best of all, the museum is free this (and every!) Sunday afternoon.



Nicole Elizabeth Cook

Graduate student Nicole Elizabeth Cook contributed an essay to the 2015 catalogue for the first monographic exhibition on late Golden Age artist Godefridus Schalcken, the subject of her dissertation. The show, Schalcken — Gemalte Verführung (Schalcken — Painted Seduction), is curated by Dr. Anja K. Sevcik and opened in September at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud in Cologne. Nicole will also be participating in the international conference accompanying the exhibition at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum on January 21-23, 2016.




Galina Olmsted

As a Mellon Fellow in the Curatorial Track Ph.D. program, graduate student Galina Olmsted helped organize Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye, on view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, through October 4, 2015. This exhibition is the first major U.S. retrospective of the French painter's work in twenty years. Bringing together over fifty of Caillebotte's best paintings from 1875 through the mid-1880s, the show explores the depth of his commitment to original and modern modes of vision. Galina is a contributing author for the catalog accompanying the exhibition, jointly published by the National Gallery of Art and University of Chicago Press. After its close in Washington this fall, Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye will travel to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, where it will be on view from November 8, 2015, through February 14, 2016.


Hannah Segrave

Graduate student Hannah Segrave (CTPhD program) is presenting a paper in Montreal titled "UT PICTURA POESIS or Hags, Horace, and Humanist Theory in Salvator Rosa's Scenes of Witchcraft" on Friday, February 19, as part of McGill University's 2016 Emerging Scholars and Faculty Symposium, "Magic: Between Embodiment and Ontology." For more information, visit: http://ahcspgss.wix.com/mcgill#!2016-symposium/e55d2





Rachel Zimmerman

Graduate student Rachel Zimmerman presented a paper titled "A Brazilian Idiosyncrasy: Hammocks and Social Status in Colonial Brazil" for Professor Wendy Bellion's panel "Delight and Design in Material Life" at the East-Central/American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (EC/ASECS) conference held at the University of Delaware in November. She was one of two students chosen to receive the S. Eric Molin Prize for Best Conference Paper by a Student.





Material Culture Living Learning Community

The Material Culture Living Learning Community (LLC) is a community for freshmen admitted as Art History, Anthropology, or Art Conservation majors. Incoming material culture freshmen share experiences through opportunities and extracurricular activities developed by faculty members of Art History, Anthropology, and Art Conservation. Students will also have access to special resources, programs, and other activities including seminars, mentoring events, discussion groups, career development, hands-on workshops, and study groups. An exciting year is about to begin!

For more information about the Material Culture LLC, visit Residence Life & Housing.


Jeff Richmond-Moll

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.


Omar Duran

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



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