Carmen McCann, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, "'Status Viatoris'-The Moments between Life and Death-in Théodore Géricault's Raft of the Medusa," at Death and Dying: Human Experiences of the End of Life, 2008 Graduate Student Conference, Department of History and Religious Studies Program, Penn State, October 25, 2008.
Kristin Dean, Ph.D. candidate in Art History, has been awarded a $14,000 Waddell Biggart Graduate Fellowship. This fellowship will assist her research in Argentina on her dissertation, "Reshaping the Neoliberal City: The Politics of Cooperation and the Movimiento de Ocupantes e Inquilinos in Buenos Aires." Her advisor is Dr. Craig Zabel.
Alissa Walls Mazow, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been awarded a 2008 Alumni Association Dissertation Award from Penn State. This will assist her in her work on her dissertation, "Plantae, Animalia, Fungi: Transformations of Natural History in Contemporary American Art." Her dissertation advisor is Dr. Sarah K. Rich.
Denise Rae Costanzo, Ph.D. candidate in art history received a Creative Achievement Award from the College of Arts & Architecture. She has had an exceptional record of achievements. Before coming to Penn State, she earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A & M University. Her M.A. thesis at Penn State was on "The House of the Griffins, Revisited: Luxury and Taste in Republican Rome" (advisor: Elizabeth J. Walters) and she presented papers based upon it at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America and at the Middle Atlantic Symposium on the History of Art at the National Gallery of Art. She is currently completing her Ph.D. dissertation on "The Lessons of Rome: Architects at the American Academy of Rome" (advisor: Craig Zabel). This research has been support by an Institute for the Arts & Humanities Summer Residency, Department of Art History Dissertation Fellowships, a Hyslop Memorial Fellowship, and a Schwartz Research Grant. She has presented papers based on her dissertation at the University of Toronto, the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University, and the Middle Atlantic Symposium at the National Gallery. Denise is also a dedicated and accomplished teacher, having taught courses in both the Department of Art History and the Department of Architecture.
Janalee Emmer, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, "The Faces of Eva Gonzales," at the Southeastern College Art Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 24-27 2008.
Janalee Emmer, Ph.D. candidate in art history, was a Visiting Faculty member in the Department of Art and Art History at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, during fall semester 2008. Her dissertation advisor is Dr. Nancy Locke.
Sarah Lippert, Ph.D. candidate in art history, will begin a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Fine Arts, Foreign Languages and Humanities at Louisiana State University Shreveport.
Dan Haxall, Ph.D. candidate in art history, published an article, "This tragedy still continues': Esteban Vicente, Robert Motherwell, and the Spanish Civil War," in Montage 2008 an online art history journal produced by The University of Iowa Art History Society. For more information go tohttp://www.uiowa.edu/~montage/issues/2008/articles.shtml
Kelema Moses, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has received a Diversity Internship with the Pennsylvania State Archives through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organization (May 19-August 8, 2008).
Janalee Emmer, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been awarded a 2008 Graduate Student Summer Residency in the Institute for the Arts & Humanities at Penn State. She is completing her dissertation on "Reflections of the Self: Women Artists in Nineteenth-Century France." Her dissertation advisor is Dr. Nancy Locke.
Katherine Kunkel, was awarded an Alumni Society Scholarship. She is a junior majoring in Art History and Chemistry. She entered Penn State with enough advanced placement credits to allow her the pursuit of two different areas of study. Katherine is a Schreyer Honors Scholar and serves as a mentor to science and honors students. She has worked for the Chemistry Department as a teaching assistant, grader, or proctor for the past two years. In addition she volunteers her time in the community as an emergency Medical Technician. She has studied art in Italy and takes graduate-level courses in borth art history and organic chemistry. Ultimately, she hopes to purse a career in medicine. Katherine is from Mars, Pennsylvania.
Caroline Mansour, received a Creative Achievement Award from the College of Arts & Architecture. She is a Schreyer Honors College junior who is pursuing concurrent majors in art history and French (language and literature). Her research for her honors thesis (under the direction of Dr. Nancy Locke) centers on Géricault's portraits of monomaniacs, the medical discourse on monomania in early nineteenth-century France, and the possible medical uses of the images. On her own initiative, she sought out, and received, a Faculty Outreach grant to work as an undergraduate research assistant to Dr. Sarah Rich. Caroline has distinguished herself academically with outstanding work in many 400-level courses. The child of an Iraqi father and a Mexican mother, she has worked as a tutor to foreign-born students on campus in CAS 100 (a required communications course), and as an ESL instructor.
Edit Toth, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, "'Adventures of the Signature': Lajos Kassak's Collages, 1920-22," at the Philadelphia Symposium on the History of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, April 5, 2008.
Alissa Mazow, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been awarded a Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She will be in residency at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, from February 1 to April 30, 2008. Ms. Mazow is completing her dissertation, "Plantae, Animalia, Fungi: Transformations of Natural History in Contemporary American Art." Her advisor is Professor Sarah K. Rich.
Vessela Anguelova, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been awarded a fellowship at the American Research Center in Sofia, Bulgaria, during Spring 2008 to work on her dissertation, "Place as Spiritual Experience in Byzantine Art, Ninth to Eighteenth Centuries." Her advisor is Professor Anthony Cutler.
Barbara Greene, Art History major at Penn State, presented a paper, "Literary Connections and Societal Repressions: VALIE EXPORT's Koerperkonfigurationen Series and its Connection to Vienna's Women Writers," at the Intercollegiate Art History Symposium, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, on March 30, 2008.
Minsoo Kim, an Art History Major, is being awarded the $620 William E and Julia Nelo Clark Excellence Scholarship. This scholarship was established to recognize outstanding students enrolled in the College of Arts & Architecture at Penn State who have achieved positive academic records.
Kimberly Ivancovich, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, "The Multiplicity of Play: Titian's Caricature of the Laocoön," at the South Central Renaissance Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, March 6-8, 2008.
Jennifer K. Cochran, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, "Humor and Other Purposes of the Late Medieval 'Profane' Badges," at Here Be Monsters: Beasts, Beastliness and Hybridity in the Long Middle Ages, 3rd Annual Medieval Studies/Pearl Kibre Medieval Study Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY, March 28, 2008.
Denise R. Costanzo, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, "Travel, Architects, and the Postwar 'Grand Tour,'" at Constructing Identities, the Annual Graduate Student Conference, University of Toronto, January 18, 2008.