Student News

Jun 2015
Gretta Tritch Roman (Ph.D. candidate), has been awarded a two-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Experimental Humanities and Art History at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 2015-17.  She has successfully defended her dissertation on  “The Reach of the Pit: Negotiating the Multiple Spheres of the Chicago Board of Trade Building in the Late Nineteenth Century” (Advisor:  Dr. Craig Zabel) and will be graduating in August.
May 2015
Laurin Goad, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has published the following: Goad, Laurin. "Trelawny Gaol: Rodney Street (1814)" and "3 Lower Harbour Street (c. 1810-1820)." Falmouth Jamaica: Architecture as History.  Edited by Louis P. Nelson and Edward A. Chappell with Brian L. Cofrancesco and Emilie Johnson. Kingston: University of the West Indies Press, 2014.
May 2015
Creative Achievement Award:  Brynne McBryde Brynne McBryde is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History. Her dissertation examines the rise of public health, the painting of the nude, and the visual culture of medicine in nineteenth-century France. In April, she presented a paper, “Looking into the Abyss: Nineteenth-Century Gynecological Instruments and Vision,” at the 20th Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2013, she delivered a paper, “Reclaiming the Breast: The Greuze Girl as Agent” at the Annual Feminist Art History Conference at American University in Washington, DC. Brynne received her MA from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and her BA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The recipient of a Penn State University Graduate Fellowship, she has also held a curatorial internship at the Phillips Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art in Washington, DC, and has curated exhibitions at the George Washington University.  Faculty Escort:  Dr. Nancy Locke
May 2015
 Alumni Society Scholarship:  Ryan Jacobs Ryan Jacobs is an art history major with a double minor in architectural history and architecture studies. This summer he plans to study in Florence, and following his graduation in 2016, he will pursue a master’s degree in architecture. Ryan credits his father, who worked in the home building business, as an influence in his desire to become an architect. Currently, Ryan is interning in the Office of Physical Plant at Penn State in the Department of Design and Construction. He will continue to do so this fall after returning from Florence. He has been active with the Thespians, No Refund Theatre, Relay for Life, and the Blue and White Society.
May 2015
Creative Achievement Award:  Theresa Kutasz Theresa Kutasz, PhD candidate in the Department of Art History, was born in New York City, and grew up in Portland Oregon, where her parents, John and Barbara Kutasz, still reside. Before entering our doctoral program, she earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Puget Sound, and a master’s degree in art history from Penn State. In her post-undergraduate years, she founded an independent contracting business, winning competitive federal bids for art research and museum database management at a four of the Smithsonian Institution’s museums in Washington, D.C. At Penn State, she has worked as a curatorial assistant, a teaching assistant, and a research assistant for her advisor, Professor Brian Curran. Tess has presented papers at international conferences in Madrid, Spain and Ljubljana, Slovenia, and has received an impressive series of internal and external grants to support her dissertation research on the topic, “Christina, Queen of Sweden and the Politics of Antiquities Collecting in Early Modern Rome.” Among these, the most recent are a visiting research residency in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Lund University, Sweden, and a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Sweden for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Faculty Escort:  Dr. Brian A. Curran
May 2015
Creative Achievement Award:  Sarah Elizabeth Keim Originally from York, Pennsylvania, Sarah Elizabeth Keim is the daughter of Peter and Patricia Keim and an alumna of Central York High School. She will be graduating in May 2015 with a B.A. in Art History and a minor in Architectural History. During her time at Penn State, she has qualified for the Dean’s List every semester from Fall 2011 to 2014. She was awarded the President’s Freshman Award in Spring 2012, as well as the Barbara J. Gohn Scholarship in Fall 2014. She is one of two undergraduate Art History majors selected by the Department of Art History to present papers at the Intercollegiate Art History Symposium at Bucknell University on April 11, 2015. The title of her paper was “Paul Gauguin and Saito Kiyoshi: From Tahiti to Tokyo.” Sarah is this year’s Student Marshall for the Art History Department, and is currently in her third year of employment at The Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, PA, where she manages the museum store and the front desk. She intends to continue her employment at the museum following graduation.  Faculty Escort:  Dr. Brian A. Curran
Apr 2015
Cali Buckley, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been awarded a Grant from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to spend the 2015-16 academic year in Germany researching and completing her dissertation on "Early Modern Anatomical Models and the Control of Women's Medicine.” Her advisor is Dr. Charlotte Houghton. Cali will be working with faculty at the Insitut für Geschichte unk Ethik der Medizin at Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Deutsches Medizinhistorisches Museum Ingolstadt. Cali has also been awarded a 2015 Graduate Student Summer Residency at the Institute for the Arts & Humanities, Penn State.
Apr 2015
Caitlyn Moynahan, Majors in Art History and History, will present a paper, “A Woman’s Place is in the Painting:  Domestic Women in the Works of Edmund C. Tarbell,” at the Intercollegiate Art History Symposium at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, on April 11, 2015.     
Apr 2015
Sarah Keim, Major in Art History, will present a paper, “Paul Gauguin and Saito Kiyoshi: From Tahiti to Tokyo,” at the Intercollegiate Art History Symposium at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, on April 11, 2015.
Apr 2015
Tess Kutasz, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award to spend the 2015-16 academic year in Sweden researching and writing her dissertation on "Christina, Queen of Sweden and the Politics of Antiquities Collecting in Early Modern Rome.”  Her Advisor is Professor Brian A. Curran.  While in Sweden, Tess will split her time between Stockholm and Lund, where she has been offered a Visiting International Researcher Residency at Lund University.

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