Student News

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.
Apr 2015
Angélica María Sánchez Barona, M.A. candidate in art history, will be presenting a paper on “Femininity in the Expanded Colonial Field of New Granada:  Economics and Social Hierarchies in Cali, 1777-1797,” at the 18th Annual Hispanic and Lusophone Studies Symposium:  Race and Gender in Iberian and Latin American Literature and Culture, Ohio State University, Columbus, April 9-11. 2015.
Mar 2015
Brynne McBryde, Ph.D. candidate in art history, is presenting a paper, "Looking into the Abyss: Nineteenth-Century Gynecological Instruments and Vision,” at 20th Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, April 10-11, 2015.  Brynne will be introduced by her Advisor, Dr. Nancy Locke, associate professor of art history.
Mar 2015
Kelema Lee Moses, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has received a 2015-2016 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Occidental College, Los Angeles, California. The fellowship will support her research on the architectural history of Hawaii, American Samoa, and Guam.  Ms. Moses will be completing her Ph.D. from Penn State this summer.  Her dissertation is on “Between Hegemony and Imperialism in Honolulu:  Architecture, Urbanism, and the Visualities of a U.S. City in the Pacific (1900-1970)” (Advisor:  Dr. Craig Zabel).  Ms. Moses is currently an instructor of art history at Occidental College.  She previously taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Feb 2015
Cali Buckley, Ph.D. candidate in art history, will be presenting a paper, “The Rosicrucian Body in Early Modern Flapped Anatomical Prints,” at the Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, March 26-28, 2015.  Ms. Buckley has been awarded a University Office of Global Programs Graduate Travel Grant for this trip.

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