Art History

    September 20, 2022

    Kedra Kearis (PhD candidate) named Collections Fellow at The Preservation Society of Newport County for 2022-23

    Author: Jane DeRose Evans

    During her fellowship, Kedra will be responsible for the survey, research, and interpretation of works by French designer Jules Allard.  The Preservation Society of Newport County holds the largest collections of works by Jules Allard, whose businesses in Paris and New York catered to a clientele of wealthy, socially ambitious Gilded Age Americans. This collection comprises interior paneling and architectural designs as well as furnishings and decorative objects. The Jules Allard Furniture Survey constitutes a collaboration between curatorial and conservation, which will spread across four mansion sites - Marble House (1892), The Breakers (1895), The Elms (1901), and Rosecliff (1902). Read More

    September 19, 2022

    Atom Kessler (BA anticipated Dec 2022) participated in an archaeological field school in Tuscany

    Author: Jane DeRose Evans

    Atom went to Castello di Potentino to work on an ancient wine production site, which may date to the Etruscan period (6th-1st centuries BCE). While learning how to excavate, they also participated in a biodiversity course, recording fauna and flora in the region. The participants in the field school (about 30 people) were treated to Italian lunches and dinners as they stayed in a local palazzo of a wine-maker in the area. After the excavation was over, they returned to do experimental archaeology with the landowner - crushing the grapes in the ancient method. Be sure to ask them to show you pictures, as they intend to return to the field school next summer. Read More

    September 14, 2022

    Mariola Alvarez co-organizes ISLAA Forum: Living Histories of Latin American Art

    Author: Jane DeRose Evans

    The Forum will be held at the University of Pittsburgh September 23-24; it is an annual graduate student workshop co-organized by Alvarez, Abigail McEwen (UMD), Jennifer Josten (Pitt) and is funded by the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA). The Forum was originally organized  at the University of Maryland in March 2020, but subsequent years had to be delayed due to COVID. Read More

    September 9, 2022

    More summer research projects by our grad students!

    Author: Jane DeRose Evans

    Flavia Barbarini (PhD candidate) spent part of the summer at the Dutch University Institute for Art History (NIKI) in Florence thanks to the International PhD Fellowship and the Marcia Hall Summer Travel Grant. As a NIKI Fellow she worked on a project titled “Trading Drawings Between the North and Italy: Joris Hoefnagel, Niccolò Gaddi, and the Drawings of Northern European Artists” which is related to her doctoral dissertation research. This fall, she will be the Kress Fellow at the Medici Archive Read More

    September 8, 2022

    Sahiti Bonham (MA, Arts Management anticipated) and Sara Hernon-Reeves (MA, Arts Management anticipated) accepted to Fox Board Fellows program

    Author: Jane DeRose Evans

    Sahiti and Sara have been matched with arts organizations: Sahiti with the Asian Arts Initiative and Sara with InLiquid. Both will be serving as non-voting Board members through April and have been asked to present a strategic project for the organizations. The Asian Arts Initiate "has a mission of creating community through the power of art: connecting cultural expression and social change. Asian Arts Initiative uses art as a vehicle to explore the diverse experiences of all communities which include Asian-Americans." InLiquid was formed "to mobilize and make accessible the visual arts culture of the greater Philadelphia region in order to unite communities, establish wider audiences for artists and designers, facilitate the relationship between artists and collectors, and nurture the public's appreciation of all forms of visual art." Read More

    September 1, 2022

    Art History grad students research and present papers in the summer of 2022

    Author: Jane DeRose Evans

    Lauren Wilson (PhD student) travelled to Crete in June on a grant to the INSTAP-SCEC study center to conduct preliminary research on the ceramic materials from the rescue excavation of Kastelli. The site is southeast of Knossos and produced Minoan pottery that will be the focus of her dissertation. She returned in August to attend a course on prehistoric through Roman pottery analysis taught by professors from the British School in Athens. Lauren also presented a paper, “Defining the End of the MM IIB in the Mirabello Region: the Alatzomouri Pefka Deposit” at the workshop, ‘Protopalatial Pottery: Relative Chronology and Regional Differences in Middle Bronze Age Crete’ hosted by INSTAP-SCEC in honor of its 25th anniversary. Read More

    September 1, 2022

    Emily Schollenberger (PhD student) receives 2022 Art History Annual Graduate Teaching Award

    Author: Jane DeRose Evans

    Emily tells us in her teaching philosophy that, "My own experience as an undergraduate studying art history shaped my goals for teaching. Art history transformed my awareness of racism, sexism, and colonialism, revealing how these injustices remain embedded in our visual culture and the ways that artists and makers have critiqued social issues. Teaching is a way to pass this transformative experience on to my students and to equip them to not only become visually literate, but to employ their visual literacy toward ethical commitments to inclusivity and justice." Her syllabi consistently reflect these goals, with inventive and technologically innovative assignments. Emily has completed temple's Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education. Read More

    August 13, 2022

    Tyler Rockey (PhD candidate) to speak at the University of North Carolina

    Author: Jane DeRose Evans

    PhD Candidate Tyler Rockey will deliver a paper entitled ‘“Ancient’ Marble as Natural Resource: The Materiality and Reuse of Sculpture Fragments in Early Modern Rome” at the University of North Carolina’s 8th Annual Art Student Graduate Organization Symposium “Matters of Art: Materiality, Functionality, and the Agency of Art Objects.” The paper, part of the panel “Materials in Decline: Displacing, Degrading, Decaying,” presents the view of ancient marble sculptural fragments used in renaissance restorations of antique statues as natural resources with unique and differing connotations, systems of extraction and movement, agency, and material qualities than other stone resources.   Read More

    August 10, 2022

    Ozlem Yildiz (PhD student) publishes article on Ottoman manuscript

    Author: Jane DeRose Evans

    The article, "A Wise Enemy: The Seventeenth-Century Ottoman Portrayal of the Polish Commander Stanislaw Zolkiewski" can be found in IKON: Journal of Iconographic Studies 15 2022. If you would like to read this article before it is available online, please contact Oslem. Read More


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