2007

Oct 2007
Daniel Haxall, Ph.D. candidate in art history, will be teaching art history as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Buffalo, the State University of New York, 2007-08.
Oct 2007
Jennifer H. Noonan, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, "The Gates: A Modern Cathedral, a Pilgrimage Site," at the symposium To the Ends of the Earth: Journeys Ancient to Modern, Bryn Mawr College, October 12-13, 2007.
Oct 2007
Vessela N. Anguelova, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, "Zoodochos Pege, St. Michael in Lesnovo and the Serbian Aristocracy," at the Byzantine Studies Conference, to be held at the University of Toronto, October 11-14, 2007.
Oct 2007
Alissa Walls Mazow, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, "Akaloids Meet Acrylic: Entheogens in the Paintings of Fred Tomaselli," at the Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, to be held in Philadelphia, October 11-14, 2007.
Jul 2007
Rachel Gratiy, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, "The Construction and Reconstruction of the Sacred Space that is Novgorod's St. Sophia" at the 5th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, held at the American University of Paris, Paris, France, July 17-20, 2007.
May 2007
Alissa Walls Mazow, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has published an article "Cy Twombly's Natural History Part I, Mushrooms" in Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review 57 (Spring 2007).
Apr 2007
Montana Rozmus, undergraduate major in art history and art, has been awarded a 2007 Summer Discovery Grant from Penn State for her project "Surface Treatment of Egyptian Early Dynastic Pottery."
Apr 2007
Amy Raffel, undergraduate major in art history, was awarded a 2007 Creative Achievement Award: Amy Raffel is a Schreyer Honors Student with a double major in Art History and Advertising. Her outstanding academic work has been recognized with several awards, including the President's Freshman Award, the President's Sparks Award, the Evan Pugh Scholar Award, and the Christopher Frassinelli Memorial Scholarship for Study Abroad in Todi, Italy. She has recently served as a research intern at the Palmer Museum of Art, where she has been conducting primary source research on objects in the American art collection and contributing to future exhibition development. She has been an active participant in the Art History Association and a leader in the organization of Thon events, and was instrumental in the organization and installation of a student run art exhibition, "2006- Identity through Art," during the past year. This spring, Amy presented an outstanding and very well-received paper on "General Idea's 1980 Boutique and the Museum Gift Shop," at the Second Annual Undergraduate Art History Symposium at Bucknell University. This paper develops themes from her honors thesis on the 1980s collective art group called "General Idea," which she is now completing under the supervision of Professor Sarah Rich. Amy is graduating this spring with an exemplary academic record, an achievement for which she has been named the Art History Department's Student Marshal. A previous recipient of the Creative Achievement Award, she has been nominated again in recognition of her ongoing intellectual and creative achievements over the past year.
Apr 2007
Daniel Haxall, Ph.D. candidate in art history, was invited to present a paper on "Lee Krasner's Pastoral Vision: Collage and the Nature of Order" at the Fourth Pollock-Krasner / Stony Brook Conference, April 12-13, 2007, at Stony Brook Manhattan. The conference was called, The Art and Life of Lee Krasner: Recollections, Cultural Context, and New Perspectives. Mr. Haxall is the only student who has been invited to participate in this prestigious conference.
Apr 2007
Kristin Dean, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, "Embodied Insanity: Yayoi Kusama, the Fashionable Body and Psychological Enstrangement," at the University of Oregon Art History Association Symposium, Eugene, Oregon, April 20-21, 2007.
Apr 2007
Denise Costanzo, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper on, "The American Academy Renewed: Rome, Modernism, and U.S. Architects, 1947-1950," at the Buell Dissertation Colloquium, April 20-21, 2007, sponsored by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia University, New York, NY.
Apr 2007
Denise Costanzo, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been awarded a 2007 Graduate Student Summer Residency in the Institute for Arts and Humanities, Penn State. At the Institute, she will be researching/writing her dissertation, "The Lessons of Rome: Architects at the American Academy, 1947-1966." Her advisor is Dr. Craig Zabel.
Apr 2007
Alissa Mazow, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been awarded a 2007 Graduate Student Summer Residency in the Institute for Arts and Humanities, Penn State.   At the Institute, she will be researching/writing her dissertation, "Plantae, Animalia, Fungi: Transformations of Natural History in Contemporary American Art." Her advisor is Dr. Sarah K. Rich.
Apr 2007
Alissa Mazow, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has published an article entitled "'All Safe!': Early Passenger Elevators and the Experience of the Vertical Ride" in Montage (2006-07), "a peer-reviewed on-line journal produced annually by graduate students in art history from across the country and compiled by members of The University of Iowa Graduate Art History Society": http://www.uiowa.edu/~montage/issues/2006/articles.shtml 
Apr 2007
Melissa L. Mednicov, M.A. candidate in art history, was awarded a 2007 Creative Achievement Award:Melissa L. Mednicov received her B.A. from Smith College in 2002, where she was a Mary Maples Dunn Scholar. She spent her senior year studying in Florence, attending courses in at the Smith Center in Piazza della Signoria as well as at the University of Florence. During this time, she also interned at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in several capacities. After graduation, Ms. Mednicov worked at a non-profit organization devoted to improving literacy in the Boston Public Schools. Ms. Mednicov's Master's paper, "Morris Louis Bernstein: Before and After," investigates the ways in which conflicts of identity, particularly Jewish assimilation in the 1950s and 1960s, can be located (or not located) in the artist's abstract paintings. At Penn State, Melissa has been instrumental in the foundation and organization of Flow (now The Graduate Student Association for Visual Culture), an interdisciplinary graduate student group in the College of Arts and Architecture. The goal of this group is to encourage and provide support for interdisciplinary research and collaboration across the boundaries of scholarly disciplines in the College and the University at large. She has worked as a teaching assistant during her two years as a M.A. candidate at Penn State, and has received grants for her research from Louise D. Purcell Memorial Endowment, the Department of Art History and the College of Arts and Architecture. In her future research, Ms. Mednicov will continue to address the challenge of identifying cultural meanings in paintings that have been seen as resistant to interpretation, particularly American abstract works produced during the Cold War period.
Apr 2007
Jennifer Cochran, Ph.D. candidate in art history, was awarded a 2007 Creative Achievement Award: Jennifer Cochran is a student in the doctoral program in Art History, where she conducts work on medieval Irish sculpture. Prior to coming to Penn State, she received her Bachelor's degree from Kent State and a Master of Letters degree from Trinity College (University of Dublin) in the History of Art and Architecture. During the course of her research on her thesis, she located and documented surviving works of Irish devotional sculpture, many of which were still owned by the families who had become their hereditary keepers. While at Trinity she received several awards and scholarships, taught undergraduate seminars, and was a member of several learned associations, including the Royal Society of Irish Antiquaries. At Penn State, Jennifer has taught discussion sections as well as her own courses, including a self-designed course in Irish art during the spring 2007 semester. In the summer of 2005, she acted as the academic advisor to the Art History undergraduates and as the FTCAP (First-Year Testing, Counseling and Advising Program) advisor for the Art History Department. Since the fall of 2005, she has also served as Art History Graduate Student Representative, a position that entails acting as liaison between the graduate students and Art History faculty. She is also responsible for coordinating the orientation of incoming graduate students, running a yearly teaching assistant seminar for the department's graduate students, and organizing a wide range of events. From 2004-2006, she was the recipient of the Graham Fellowship from the Graduate School at Penn State.
Mar 2007
Daniel Haxall, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been awarded a Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He will be in residency at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, from January 1 to March 31, 2007. Mr. Haxall is completing work on his dissertation, "Politics, Form, and Identity in Abstract Expressionist Collage." His advisor is Professor Sarah K. Rich.
Mar 2007
Gretta Tritch, M.A. candidate in art history, presented a paper, "Master of Detail: Archiving the Work of Fay Jones," at the Architecture and Landscapes of Arkansas: A Heritage of Distinction conference at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, March 2, 2007.
Mar 2007
Daniel Haxall, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, "'This tragedy still continues': Esteban Vicente, Robert Motherwell, and the Spanish Civil War," at the 22nd Annual Graduate Art History Student Symposium at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, March 2-3, 2007.
Mar 2007
Jennifer H. Noonan, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, "Bruce Connor: What's In a Name?" at the Philadelphia Symposium on the History of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, March 16-17, 2007. Her faculty sponsor is Dr. Sarah K. Rich.

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