2011

Nov 2011
Melissa L. Mednicov, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Pink, White, and Black:  The Strange Case of James Rosenquist’s Big Bo,” at Text and Texture:  The Intersection of Academics and the Arts, the Annual Conference of the Southeastern College Art Association, Savannah, Georgia, November 9-12, 2011.
Nov 2011
Christine Swisher, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Modernizing Domesticity:  Negotiating Gendered Space in the Home Economics Classroom,” at the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, Philadelphia, November 3-5, 2011.
Oct 2011
Matthew Isner, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Magic in the Social Sphere: The Amuletic Image in Early Byzantium,” at the 37th Byzantine Studies Conference, DePaul University, Chicago, October 21-23, 2011.
Oct 2011
Gretta Tritch Roman, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “La mise en scène icarienne:  The Construal of Utopian Space in Nauvoo, Illinois, 1849-58,” at the Society of Utopian Studies Annual Meeting, Penn State, University Park, October 20-23, 2011.
Sep 2011
Maiata Borromeo (Art History Major;  Integrative Arts Major;  Italian Minor;  Architectural History Minor) Escorted by Dr. Brian A. Curran, Associate Professor of Art History Maiata Borromeo, the daughter of Nino and Renee Borromeo, grew up in Littlestown, Pennsylvania. She is a senior who is completing concurrent majors in Art History and Integrative Arts, as well as two minors, in Italian language and Architectural History.  As a Schreyer Honors College scholar, Maiata has received many awards during her time at Penn State career, including the President’s Freshman Award, the President Sparks Medal, and Evan Pugh Scholar Award. In addition, she is a recipient of the Barbara J. Gohn Scholarship and was recently named Student Marshal for the 2011 Graduating Class of the College of Arts and Architecture.  In the summer of 2010, Maiata studied abroad in Florence, Italy, in the Palazzo Rucellai program. Described as a “creative and diligent scholar” by her advisor, Maiata is currently finishing her honor’s thesis, entitled “The Devil is in the Details,” which examines the “supporting characters” in Michelangelo’s fresco of the Creation of Adam on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, including an enigmatic and previously overlooked figure that she identifies as Lucifer, before the Fall. Ms. Borromeo also serves as Vice President of the Undergraduate Art History Association and is a member of the competitive ballroom dancing club at Penn State. Following graduation in May, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in Interior Design.     Alec Noah  (Art History Major;  Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies Major [Archaeology option])   Escorted by Dr. Elizabeth J. Walters, Associate Professor of Art History   Alec Noah, a graduating senior, is a double major in the Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Art History departments, Alec has focused his educational interests on the artistic and cultural production of the ancient world. During his tenure at Penn State, Alec has consistently appeared on the Dean’s list, and has been selected as the Art History Department’s Student Marshal for the 2011 Spring Commencement.  Alec is particularly fascinated by ancient Egypt. To expand his knowledge of the Egyptian world, Alec participated in archaeological excavation in Mendes, Egypt in the summer of 2009.  Here he helped to excavate commoner graves, shedding light on ancient Egyptian burial practices.  In addition to his knowledge of German, Alec has also studied middle Egyptian and late Egyptian script.  Alec has already been admitted to the University of Leiden’s MA program where he will continue to investigate ancient Egyptian funerary practices, focusing on related language, literature and artistic production.  After the completion of his MA, Alec hopes to continue his studies, eventually earning his Ph.D. and joining the academic world as a professor.
Sep 2011
Kristin Barry, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Framing History:  Presenting Active Accumulation Earthworks and Archaeological Tells to the Public,” to the European Association of Archaeologists Annual Conference, Oslo, Norway, September 14-18, 2011.
Jul 2011
Roberta Chapman, Ph.D. candidate in art history, was awarded a $2,000 Early Career Development Grant from the Center for Global Studies, Penn State.  This will assist her in research on her dissertation “'We’ll Always Have Paris': Myths and Constructions of Paris in Chicago, Casablanca, and Buenos Aires (1880-1915)."  Her advisor is Professor Nancy Locke.
Jul 2011
SaraLouise Howells, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Affluence and Aesthetics: An Investigation into the French Armoured Gisant,” to the International Medieval Congress “Rich…Poor,” Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, England, July 9-12, 2011.
Jul 2011
  Marlise Brown, M.A. candidate in art history Ana Dieglio, M.A. candidate in art history Gretta Tritch Roman, Ph.D. candidate in art history
Jun 2011
  Kristin Barry (Ph.D. candidate in art history) Escorted by Dr. Elizabeth J. Walters, Associate Professor of Art History Before entering Penn State’ Ph.D. program in art history in fall semester 2009, Kristin earned a B.S. in Architecture and an M.Arch. from the University of Cincinnati.  She has begun work on her dissertation “Framing the Ancients:  Modern Architectural Interventions at Ancient and Historic Sites.”  She is receiving the Creative Achievement Award for her exceptional record of scholarly and professional activities during her first two years as a doctoral student.  During the summers, she has been the Head Site Architect at the Tel Akko archaeological excavation in Israel.  This past winter she was also the Head Site Architect for the Hierkonpolis excavation in Egypt.  This academic year, Kristin has presented papers at a symposium at the University of Texas at Austin and the annual meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians in New Orleans.  She has co-authored posters that she has presented at the American Schools of Oriental Research in Atlanta and at a conference at Southampton University in England.  Kristin is also a graphic artist who has illustrated various articles for Near Eastern Archaeology (an American Schools of Oriental Research publication), as well as a book, One Thousand Nights and Days:  Akko Through the Ages, by Killebrew and Raz-Romeo (Hecht Museum, University of Haifa).  Last summer, Kristin received a Schwartz Travel Award to conduct research in Ireland, and a scholarship to attend the Victorian Society Summer School in Newport, Rhode Island.  Kristin Barry is an exemplar of a doctoral student who is becoming fully engaged in professional and scholarly activities on an international scale.
Apr 2011
Jillian Decker (Art History Major) presented a paper, "Funerary Architecture in the Classic Maya Realm: Temple I at Tikal as Jasaw Chan Kawiil I as Axis Mundi" at the New Perspectives in Visual Culture: The 5th Annual Undergraduate Symposium in Art History at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, April 9, 2011.
Apr 2011
Claire Weaver (Art History Major) has been awarded a 2011 Undergraduate Summer Discovery Grant for her project "The Women of the Keiskamma River Valley:  AIDS Activism in South African Art."  She will be researching in South Africa this summer.  Her faculty supervisor on this project is Dr. William J. Dewey.
Apr 2011
Kathryn Babbs,  Majors in Art History and International Studies, has been awarded the Summer 2011 Annie Goodie Sykes Internship at the Palmer Museum of Art.   2011 College of Arts & Architecture Creative Achievement Award in Art History
Apr 2011
Kristin Barry, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Presentation and Conservation:  Sensitive Site Museums of Ireland,” at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, New Orleans, April 13-17, 2011.
Apr 2011
Kristin Barry, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a poster, “Time Tunnel Tel Akko: Case studies involving the presentation of archaeological tells and earthwork,” at the Visualisation in Archaeology 2011 Conference, University of Southampton, Southampton, England, April 18-20, 2011.
Apr 2011
Kelema Lee Moses, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been awarded a 2011 Graduate Student Summer Residency at the Institute for the Arts & Humanities, Penn State.  This will help support the completion of her dissertation, " Between Hegemony and Imperialism in Territorial Honolulu:  Architecture, Urbanism, and the Visualities of a U.S. City in the Pacific" (advisor:  Dr. Craig Zabel).
Apr 2011
Melissa Mednicov, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been awarded a 2011 Graduate Student Summer Residency at the Institute for the Arts & Humanities, Penn State.  This will help support the completion of her dissertation, "I Only Have Eyes for You:  Rock 'n' Roll, Fandom, and International Pop Art" (advisor:  Dr. Sarah K. Rich).
Apr 2011
Kimberly Musial, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Spectacular Maneuvers: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Negotiation of Art and Popular Culture,” at the Re-Visioning Art History: The Use and Abuse of Art in Pop Culture Conference at Arizona State University, Tempe, April 16, 2011.
Apr 2011
Cali Buckley, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Anatomy Seen and Unseen: Sex, Censorship, and Printing in Reformation Germany,” at the Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, April 9, 2011.  She will be introduced by her Advisor, Dr. Charlotte Houghton.
Apr 2011
Kelema Lee Moses, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “America’s Architectural Engagement with the Territory of Hawaii (1900-1959),” at the Buell Dissertation Colloquium, Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia University, New York, N.Y., April 8-9, 2011.

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