2012

Nov 2012
Emily Dice,  Art History Major, has been awarded the Summer 2012 Annie Goodings Sykes Internship at the Palmer Museum of Art.
Nov 2012
Kristin Barry, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Politics and Archaeology:  The Impact of Egyptian Cultural Heritage ‘Spaces’ on Archaeological Remains and Urban Populations,” at the UNESCO World Heritage Convention on its 40th Anniversary, Cuzco, Peru, November 27-30, 2012.
Oct 2012
Timothy Betz, M.A. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Constructing the New Jerusalem:  The Malinalco Garden Murals, Millenarianism, and Savonarolan Florence,” at the Third International Conference on the Constructed Environment, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, October 25-26, 2012.
Oct 2012
Pierette Kulpa, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “From Michelangelo to Mussolini:  Attribution and Appropriation in the Palestrina Pietà,” at the Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, October 25-28, 2012.
Oct 2012
Emily Schiller, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Unsettled Masses:  Transportation in American Art During the 1930s and 1940s,” at American Art:  The Academy, Museums, and the Market, the Association of Historians of American Art Symposium, Boston, Massachusetts, October 11-13, 2012.
Oct 2012
Emily Schiller, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Expansion Underground, Destruction Overhead:  New York City in the 1930s” at the Southeastern College Art Conference, Durham, North Carolina, October 17-20, 2012.
Oct 2012
Jennifer Sawhill, M.A. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Lower Saxony to Stavelot: Questions of Origin for the Canon Page from a Sacramentary in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,” at the Texas Medieval Association Conference, University of Houston, October 12-13, 2012.
Oct 2012
Kelema Moses, Ph.D. candidate in art history, gave an invited lecture, "Kingdom, Territory, State:  Negotiating Visualities in Hawaii," to the Department of Art History & Visual Arts, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California, October 18, 2012.  Ms. Moses is currently a Lecturer in the History of Art & Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Sep 2012
Kimberly Musial, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Travail de panneau: The Effects of Early Film on Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Au Cirque Series,” at the Third International Conference on the Image, Higher School of Humanities and Journalism, Poznan, Poland, September 14-16, 2012.
Sep 2012
Pierette Kulpa, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been awarded a $2000 Center for Global Studies Career Development Award from Penn State for Fall Semester 2012.  This will assist in the research on her dissertation, “From Michelangelo to Mussolini:  Attribution and Appropriation in the Palestrina Pietà.”  Her advisor is Professor Brian Curran.
Sep 2012
Pierette Kulpa, Ph.D. candidate in art history, received a Renato Cevese Scholarship to participate in a seminar on Andrea Palladio: linguaggio, ordini, techniche, at the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza, Italy, September 1-8, 2012.
Jun 2012
Laura Sivert, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Advertising the Tennessee Valley Authority:  Conflicting Portraits of America from 1938 to 1945,” in Material Cultures in the Space Between:  1914-1945, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, June 14-16, 2012.
Apr 2012
Gretta Tritch Roman, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “From Mixing to Making:  Eclecticism in 19th-century India,” at the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, Detroit, Michigan, April 18-22, 2012.
Apr 2012
Gretta Tritch Roman (Ph.D. candidate in art history) has been awarded the Scott Opler Graduate Student Fellowship from the Society of Architectural Historians.  This will assist her in attending the Annual Meeting of the  Society of Architectural Historians , Detroit, Michigan, April 18-22, 2012, where she will be presenting a paper on  “From Mixing to Making:  Eclecticism in 19th-century India."
Apr 2012
Gretta Tritch Roman (Ph.D. candidate in art history) has been awarded the Scott Opler Travel Fellowship from the Society of Architectural Historians.  This fellowship will cover the expenses of her participation in the Three Capitals: New Delhi, Chandigarh, and Dhaka International Study Tour sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians.   She will be traveling to India and Bangladesh this winter, December 27, 2011 to January 9, 2012. http://www.sah.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=3%20Capitals&category=Study...
Apr 2012
Kristin Barry, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “The Art of Tourism:  Izzet Senemoglu’s Trojan Horse and the Hidden Influence of Art and Media on the Archaeological Tourist,” to the 2nd Interdisciplinary Tourism Research Conference, Fethiye, Turkey, April 24-28, 2012.
Apr 2012
Laura Sivert, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Visualizing a Romantic Past and Technological Future in the Tennessee Valley Authority,” in Riverscaping:  A Multidisciplinary Symposium on the River in the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences, sponsored by the Five College Consortium (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst), April 19-21, 2012.
Apr 2012
Kristin Barry, Ph.D. candidate in art history,  presented a paper, “Abbot Suger’s Saint-Denis:  A Study in Early Environmental Design,” at Nature and the Natural in the Middle Ages, 6th Annual Medieval Graduate Symposium, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, April 12-13, 2012.
Apr 2012
Natalie Harris, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Ever Contained, Always in its place: the ancestors of the medieval garden in the art of Antonio Vivarini,” at Nature and the Natural in the Middle Ages, 6th Annual Medieval Graduate Symposium, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, April 12-13, 2012.  
Apr 2012
2012 College of Arts & Architecture Creative Achievement Awards In Art History Pierette Kulpa  (Ph.D. candidate in art history) Escorted by Dr. Brian A. Curran, Professor of Art History   Pierette Kulpa is a PhD candidate specializing in the art of the Italian Renaissance. Before coming to Penn State with a University Fellowship in 2009, she received her Master’s degree at the Courtauld Institute in London, where her research focused on painted images of healing and their uses during the Venetian Renaissance.   In the past three years, Pierette has established herself as a leader and model citizen in the Art History program. She currently serves as the elected graduate representative, which requires her to serve as the “go-between” between the graduate community and the faculty.  She has also served as the Secretary, Conference Co-Chair, and Vice-President, of the Graduate Student Association for Visual Culture, a College-wide Penn State group. Her activities for the GSVAC have focused on recruiting speakers and assisting in the organization of conferences and lecture series. Pierette is currently engaged on the research for her dissertation, “From Michelangelo to Mussolini: Attribution and Appropriation in the Palestrina Pietà.” Her advisor, Brian Curran, describes this project as “a wholly original and fascinating problem of the birth, life and afterlife of the Palestrina Pietà, a work known from at least the 18th century, which has been repeatedly touted (and rejected) as a major work by Michelangelo over the course of three centuries.” Her approach to this topic, Curran continues, “is not only bold and provocative, but rooted in the most rigorous archival, archaeological, and social-contextual scholarship.” She has received a Department of Art History Dissertation Fellowship, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities Junior Scholar Award in Early Modern Studies, and the Waddell-Biggart Fellowship to support her future research in Italy.  Pierette has travelled extensively in Italy. She received a Babcock Gallery Fund and Louis D. Purcell Endowed Fund Travel Grants from the Department of Art History in Spring 2010, during which time she discovered the topic of her present research. Professor Curran describes Pierette as “a profoundly energetic and self-motivated scholar. Her thinking is original, and her sleuthing abilities are first rate.” He adds, “I have never had a graduate advisee who has so totally and successfully embraced the ‘challenge’ of Italy. Her Italian language skills are extraordinary. She knows the vernacular as well as the more specialized terminology, and has made a personal study of the singular peculiarities of Italian popular culture.”  During her time at Penn State, Pierette has presented a conference paper (on the subject of healing images) and submitted a poster to the Annual Graduate Exhibition (where she has also served as an exhibition judge). She is a talented and widely admired teacher, beloved by her students, and has been selected to teach the Art History course in the Penn State Summer Study Abroad Program in Todi Italy.    Gretta Tritch Roman (Ph.D. candidate in art history) Escorted by Dr. Craig Zabel, Associate Professor of Art History   Before entering Penn State’s Ph.D. program in art history in fall 2010, Gretta had earned a B.Arch. from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and an M.A. in art history from Penn State.   She also worked two years at Kuth/Ranieri Architects in San Francisco.  At Penn State, she wrote a superior M.A. Thesis on “La mise en scène icarienne:  The Construal of Utopian Space in Nauvoo, Illinois, 1849-58.”  This past October, she presented a paper on this thesis to the Annual Meeting of the Society of Utopian Studies.  Gretta was awarded the Scott Opler Travel Fellowship from the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH).  This fellowship covered the expenses of her participation in the Three Capitals: New Delhi, Chandigarh, and Dhaka International Study Tour sponsored by SAH.   She traveled to India and Bangladesh this past winter, December 27, 2011 to January 9, 2012, and was an invited speaker at Amity University in Lucknow, India, where she spoke on “Phantom Architecture:  Re-imagining Vanished Building.”  This April, Gretta will be presenting a paper on “From Mixing to Making:  Eclecticism in 19th-Century India” at the SAH Annual Meeting in Detroit (supported by a Scott Opler Graduate Student Fellowship from SAH).  She is currently the President of Penn State’s Graduate Student Association for Visual Culture, and has worked as a Graduate Assistant for both Art History and Landscape Architecture, as well as being a Silver Trout Curatorial Intern last summer at the Palmer Museum of Art.  Gretta is just beginning work on her dissertation, “Architectural Eclecticism on the Frontier: Boards of Trade and Exchanges in the Late-Nineteenth-Century Midwest,” after a highly productive and laudatory first two years of doctoral study.

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