2016

Dec 2016
Helena Collazo (Art History Major) and Artur Sharifullin (Art History & Risk Management/Real Estate Majors) have been awarded $500 from the Arts & Architecture Opportunity Fund for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, by the College of Arts & Architecture and the Department of Art History.  Their Faculty Supervisor is Dr. Sarah K. Rich, Associate Professor of Art History.  These funds will help support research by the students on the effects that language has on a person’s perceptions of the monetary value of art. 
Nov 2016
Tess Kutasz Christensen presents "Alexandra the Great: Power, Sexuality and the Evolution of Queen Christina of Sweden's Use of Antique Imagery" one of three short, image-focused talks as part of the IAH's series of lunch talks Tuesday, November 29, 2016.  
Nov 2016
Aaron Ziolkowski Ph.D. Candidate in Art History “Going Up: Mobilization of Abstract Art in Cold War Manhattan” {Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. Sarah K. Rich}   Ann Walton Ph.D. Candidate in Art History “From Donjon to Dungeon: The Urban Castle as Prison” {Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. Elizabeth B. Smith}   Claire Heidenreich Ph.D. Candidate in Art History “Beneath the Breton Bonnet: Émile Bernard’s Depictions of Cranial Modification” {Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. Nancy Locke}   Theresa Kutasz Christensen Ph.D. Candidate in Art History “Muses, Marbles, and the Making of a Museum: The Forgotten Legacy of Queen Christina in the Swedish Royal Antiquities Collection” {Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. Brian A. Curran}   Laura Almeida Ph.D. Candidate in Art History “Forgetting the Best of Life: Vic Muniz’s Memory Renderings” {Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. Sarah K. Rich}  
Nov 2016
Janet Purdy, Ph.D. Candidate in Art History, was selected for a CLS Alumni Development Fund award from the American Councils for International Education and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The awards support academic or development activities for CLS alumni that will further advance their knowledge about area studies or the countries where they studied critical languages. Ms. Purdy's award will help pay for expenses to attend the African Studies Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, later this fall.
Oct 2016
Cali Buckley, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented an invited lecture,“The History and Legacy of Ivory Anatomical Manikins,” at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, October 25, 2016. 
Oct 2016
Heather Hoge, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presents the paper, “The Towers of Cefalù:  A Display of Power in Roger II’s New Kingdom,” at the symposium Art and Ideology in the Twelfth-Century Western Mediterranean, Bard Graduate Center, New York, NY, October 14, 2016.
Oct 2016
Andrea Middleton, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presents a paper,” A Reexamination of an Isis Cult Scene Plaque (Dumbarton Oaks B2 1942.1),” at the Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, October 6-9, 2016. 
Oct 2016
Theresa Cunningham, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presents the paper “Particular Parallelograms:  Donald Judd’s Woodblock Prints in the Context of Minimalism,” at the Annual Conference of the Southeastern College Art Association, Roanoke, Virginia, October 19-22, 2016.
Sep 2016
Joan Megas, M.A. candidate in art history, presents a paper, “Subverting the Museum Ritual to Embrace the Senses,” at the conference Sensorial Encounters:  Body, Object, and Environment, KU History of Art Graduate Student Symposium, University of Kansas, Lawrence, October 14-15, 2016.
Sep 2016
Elizabeth Petersen, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has received a National Committee of the History of Art (NCHA) Award to attend the 34th World Congress of Art History, organized by the Comité International d’Historie de l’Art (CIHA), to be held in Beijing, China, September 15-22, 2016. 
Jul 2016
Theresa Cunningham, Ph.D. candidate in art history, will present the paper “Particular Parallelograms:  Donald Judd’s Woodblock Prints in the Context of Minimalism,” at the Annual Conference of the Southeastern College Art Association, Roanoke, Virginia, October 19-22, 2016.
Jun 2016
Please read the article on Janet Purdy, Ph.d. candidate, about her receiving a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship. http://news.psu.edu/story/412172/2016/05/24/academics/four-penn-staters-...
Jun 2016
Laurin Goad, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been named a Lord Baltimore Fellow at the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore.  This will assist her dissertation research on:  “Breaking Through Barriers:  Open Air Schools in the United States, 1908 to 1945.”
Jun 2016
Getting inked: Art history graduate student explores body arthttp://news.psu.edu/story/414083/2016/06/13/research/getting-inked-art-h...
May 2016
Alena Howe, graduating senior in Art History and French/Francophone Studies, has been awarded the Department of Art History’s Annual Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Field of the History of Art, April 2016.  She received this award for her paper on “Rethinking Restoration of Gothic Cathedrals."
Apr 2016
Alexa Beil, Senior majoring in Art History, has received a Fulbright award to Germany: Alexa Beil is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and will graduate from Penn State this spring with a bachelor of arts in art history and minors in German and international arts. With her English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Award to Germany, she hopes to create a love of languages among the children she will teach and integrate art into their classroom experience. She also plans to work with refugees to assist them as they learn the German language.http://news.psu.edu/story/407294/2016/04/28/academics/10-penn-staters-ea...
Apr 2016
Brynne Darby McBryde, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been awarded a 2016 Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award.  "This award is considered to be among the most prestigious available to Penn State graduate students and recognizes outstanding professional accomplishment and achievement in scholarly research . . .”   Brynne has also been awarded a $14,000 Waddell-Biggart Graduate Fellowship for 2016-17. Brynne is completing her dissertation on “Public Bodies: The Nude and Public Health in Nineteenth-Century France.”  Her advisor is Dr. Nancy Locke.
Apr 2016
Alena Howe, of Port Matilda, Pa., has been named the Department of Art History Student Marshal for the May 2016 College of Arts & Architecture Commencement ceremony. She will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Bachelor of Science in French and Francophone Studies, with minors in Business and the Liberal Arts, and International Studies. Alena, recipient of numerous scholarships, has interned at La Galerie Maeght in Paris, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Palmer Museum of Art, among others. A ceramics artist, she has served as manager of the ceramics studio at Penn State’s Center for Arts and Crafts for the past four years. She has also been active in the French Club and THON.

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