Alumni

  • Sarah Peterson

      Sarah Peterson (PhD, 2017) works as an editor at INSTAP Press in Philadelphia and is the supervisor of the Pottery Study Team of the Dickinson College excavations at the Bronze Age site of Mycenae, Greece.

  • Emma Pilker

      Emma Pilker (BA 2018) is a project manager for a translation company.

  • Alice Price

      Alice M. Rudy Price (Ph.D,  2014) specializes in nineteenth-century European art and culture. Her dissertation on the Danish artist, Anna Ancher (1859-1935), addressed the artist in relation to the intersecting cultural contexts of rural Denmark, the Skagen Art Colony, Copenhagen, and Paris. Her review of the spring 2013 show on Anna Ancher at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) appeared in the autumn issue of 19th-Century-Art-Worldwide. She is the author of “Gendered Interiors” published on NMWA’s website. Dr. Price teaches modern and contemporary art and architecture at Temple University, Tyler School of Art and Architecture and at Philadelphia University. She has also taught at Arcadia University. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Price earned a master’s degree in education from LaSalle University, a master’s degree in history from American University, and taught history in private and public secondary schools for twenty years. 

  • Heike Rass

    • Contact: hrass@pafa.org
    • Heike Rass (MA, 1993) formerly the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and in marketing and communications for the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill and the Settlement Music School, is a strategic consultant and innovative visual art promoter with a particular focus on underrepresented artists, arts organizations and projects. Rass is committed to community engagement through intercultural marketing and asset-based approaches, focusing on each community’s strength. 

  • Nicole Restaino

      Nicole Restaino (MA, 2016) is the Manager of Public Programming at the International Center of Photography in New York. She was previously the Manager of Library Communications and Public Programming at Paley Library, Temple University.

  • Lauren Rosenblum

      Lauren Rosenblum (MA, 2012) will be going to the Graduate Center in NYC for her PhD in Art History (Fall 2017). After graduating from Temple, she was a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Prints & Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, where she worked on many projects, including curating shows on Hayter, Oldenburg and Guston, Text & Image, and more. While she was a graduate student at Tyler, she initiated the MFA/MA-PhD collaborative catalogue and show (which continues to thrive), was a Curatorial Intern at the PMA, and worked for Locks Gallery .

  • Sophie Sanders

      Sophie Sanders (PhD, 2013) is a lecturer at Tyler School of Art and Architecture. She has exhibited her works in venues across America, and has worked as a museum educator at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, South Street Seaport Museum, and the Museum for African Art in New York. She has published "A Review of Contemporary African Art since 1980" (African Arts, 2010), and for the Afro-American National Biography Project, the "Biography of John Biggers Parnassus" (2008).  She has lectured on the artist Nicolas Cave at the African Studies Association, co-curatored the exhibit "From Taboo to Icon: Africanist Turnabout" for the Crane Arts Gallery, and has exhibited at the Fabric Workshop and Museum. She currently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and St. Joseph's University.

  • Erika Schneider

      Erika Schneider (PhD, 2007) is an Assistant Professor at Framingham State University. She has published The Representation of the Struggling Artist in America, 1800–1865  (University of Delaware Press, 2015) and was a 2015 recipient of a Fulbright-Terra Foundation Award in the History of American Art for a year of study in Holland.

       

  • Brian Seymour

      Brian Seymour (PhD, 2017) is an Associate Professor of Art History at the Community College of Philadelphia, where he earned the Lindback Award for teaching in 2011. His dissertation was a comparative study of the collecting practices of Philadelphia Collectors John G. Johnson and Albert C. Barnes. Follow his other work on www.brianseymour.com.

  • Elizabeth Shank

    • Contact: elizabethshank@hotmail.com
    • Dr. Liz Shank (PhD, 2003) is the U.S. Coordinator at INSTAP Study Center for East Crete. She specializes in the study of Aegean Bronze Age frescoes and is the Director of the Coprus of Aegean Frescoes, a project that helps archaeologists prepare their fresco material for publication. 

  • Suzanne Singletary

    • Contact: singletarys@PhilaU.edu
    • Suzanne Singletary (PhD, 2006) is a Professor in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment at Philadelphia University. Her research interests include interdisciplinary aspects of art, architecture, literature and music. She has participated in international symposia and has been an invited speaker at the National Gallery of Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of London, the Tate Britain, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She has published articles on Delacroix and Symbolism, Goya's paintings of cannibals, and contemporary art, architecture and visual culture. A catalogue essay for the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin on Impressionist Interiors, as well as a contribution to an anthology on Edouard Manet with Ashgate Publishing Co., were published in 2008. A manuscript for a book that analyzes the paintings and interiors of James McNeill Whistler relative to French art and design is in preparation. Singletary received the "President's Award for Teaching Excellence" at Philadelphia University in 2015, awarded each year to one faculty who excels in teaching, service, and professional development.

  • Carly Sitko

      Carly Sitko (BA, 2015) is working at the Christopher-Clark Fine Art Gallery in San Francisco.

  • Tamara Smithers

    • Contact: smithers@apsu.edu
    • Tamara Smithers (PhD, 2012) is Associate Professor of Art History and Internship Coordinator at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. She was awarded a grant to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar “Art, History, and Culture in Rome, 1527–1798,” at the American Academy in Rome, Italy (summer 2011). She has published papers in Neoplatonic Aesthetics: Music. Literature and the Visual Arts (ed. J. Hendrix and L. G. Cheney) and Perspectives on Public Space in Rome, from Antiquity to the Present Day (ed. G. Smith and J. Gadyene). Smithers has just published a volume she conceived and edited called Michelangelo in the New Millennium (Brill), with a foreword by William Wallace, an afterword by Marcia Hall, and an important article by Jonathan Kline interpreting the Sistine Ignudi: “Christ-Bearers and Seers of the Period Ante Legem: On the Male Nudes in Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo and the Sistine Ceiling Frescoes.”

       

  • Laura Watts Sommer

      Laura Watts Sommer (MA, 1993; PhD, 1999) is the Executive Director and Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Daemen College. Her publishing credits include "Italian Romanticism and Academicism in an Unidentified Rest on the Flight into Egypt" for the Gazette des Beaux Arts (2002), "Shifting Identities: Politics, Poetry and Passion in Italian Nineteenth‐Century Portraiture" for Visual Resources (2007), and "Regionalism and Ruskin in the Ottocento Art Historical Narrative," a chapter in the 2012 anthology Ruskin, Venice, and Cultural Tourism. Her most recent project is a manuscript on the effect of Regionalism on the Ottocento art historical narrative.

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