Student News

Apr 2014
Jessica Tkach is an art history major with dual minors in business and architectural history. Her interests include historical architecture, the technicalities of its creation, and the conservation of its structure. Also concerned with the preservation and public circulation of historical objects, she has uncovered what she hopes will be a viable business career opportunity in archiving, appraising, and auctioning estates and estate sales. She has had internships with Concept Art Gallery in Pittsburgh and with the Pennsylvania Military Museum, and has also served as a gallery assistant at the HUB-Robeson Galleries and Zoller Gallery.
Apr 2014
Naomi Lazny will graduate from Penn State with concurrent majors in art history and French & Francophone Studies (language and culture), and she will be the Art History Student Marshal for the College of Arts and Architecture’s Spring Commencement, 2014. She will graduate with two majors in only three years of undergraduate study here, as she began her studies with a number of college courses and AP credits under her belt. Since she has been a student here, Naomi has participated in Penn State’s summer study abroad program in Todi, Italy, where she studied painting and drawing, art history, and Italian language. She has also been an Annie Gooding Sykes Intern at the Palmer Museum of Art. With her diploma in hand this spring, she will have her pick from a number of prestigious graduate programs that have already offered her admission for her master’s degree studies; she intends to concentrate on early twentieth-century European modernism.
Apr 2014
Pierette Kulpa, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been awarded the Institute for the Arts and Humanities Junior Scholar Award in Early Modern Studies 2012-13.  The award includes a semester long Residency in the Institute so that she can work full time on her dissertation during Fall Semester 2012, plus a $1,500 stipend for research and travel. Ms. Kulpa has also just been awarded the $14,000 Waddell-Biggart Fellowship for 2012-13 from Penn State to assist her research on her dissertation. Ms. Kulpa's dissertation is on “From Michelangelo to Mussolini:  Attribution and Appropriation in the Palestrina Pietà.”   Her dissertation advisor is Dr. Brian A. Curran, professor of art history.     The following Art History students have been awarded internships in the Palmer Museum of Art  for the summer of 2012 Silver Trout Curatorial Graduate Internships, Summer 2012: Melissa Mednicov, Ph.D. candidate in art history Anna Stein, M.A. candidate in art history Kristina Wilson,  M.A. candidate in art history
Apr 2014
Gretta Tritch Roman, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented the paper “Alternative Speculation:  Chicago’s Business District in the 1880s,” at the Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Austin, Texas, April 9-13, 2014.
Apr 2014
Kimberly Musial Datchuk, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has just been awarded the annual International Award for Excellence, by The International Journal of the Image, for her article "'Travail de panneau': The Effects of Early Film on Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's 'Au cirque' Series."   The Image knowledge community offers an annual International Award for Excellence for new research or thinking in the area of the image. All articles submitted for publication in the The International Journal of the Image are entered into consideration for this award. The review committee for the award is selected from the International Advisory Board for the journal and the annual Image Conference. The committee will select the winning article from the ten highest-ranked articles emerging from the referee process and according to the selection criteria outlined in the referee guidelines . . . The winning author will be invited to the next annual Image Conference, where they will be formally acknowledged in a short presentation. The winner will receive a free registration to attend this conference. The nine runners-up will also be formally acknowledged." http://ontheimage.com/publications/journal/journal-awards
Apr 2014
Katie Guida, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper,  "Death and Rebirth: A New Reading of the Choir Frescoes in the Church of the Augustinian Hermits in Padua," at the Midwest Art History Society Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri,  April 3-5, 2014. 
Apr 2014
Creative Achievement Award in Art History:   Kimberly Musial Datchuk, Ph.D. candidate in art history, received the International Award for Excellence for her scholarly article, “‘Travail de panneau’: The Effects of Early Film on Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s ‘Au cirque’ Series,” published in the peer-reviewed publication The International Journal of the Image. The International Advisory Board for the journal and its annual Image conference selected her article for the award. She presented her research for the article, which comes out of her doctoral dissertation, at the Third International Conference on the Image in Poznan, Poland in 2012. She has also recently presented her work at a symposium at the University of Southern California. Kimberly’s dissertation sheds new light on the relationship of the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec to the new art of motion pictures and to emerging discourses on deviance in fin-de-siècle France. In fall 2014, she will hold a Department of Art History Dissertation Fellowship for the completion of the dissertation. She came to Penn State as a University Graduate Fellow, having done her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan.     Creative Achievement Award in Art History:   Katie Guida is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History. Her dissertation explores the fascinating ways that the Augustinian Hermits, an important but understudied mendicant order, reshaped their founding narratives through a series of artistic commissions in the later fourteenth and early fifteenth-centuries in northern Italy. Before coming to Penn State, Katie was a Centennial Scholar at the University of Rhode Island, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in art history, French, and classics. In 2008, she entered our master’s program with a Graham Endowed Fellowship. She completed her M.A. with an outstanding thesis on the St. Francis frescoes in Assisi. Since then, Katie’s research has been supported by a series of grants, including the Institute for the Arts and Humanities Junior Scholar Award in Early Modern Studies. This April, Katie will present a scholarly paper at the Midwest Art History Society Annual Conference in St. Louis. Next year, she will complete yet another round of research in Italy, supported by the Susan W. and Thomas A. Schwartz Endowed Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Art History. Katie’s advisor, Dr. Brian Curran, notes that “Katie’s work is already blazing new trails in the field of early modern, mendicant studies.” 
Apr 2014
Aaron Ziolkowski, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Transparent Abstraction:  Corporate Art Collecting and Bank Architecture in 1950s Manhattan,” at the Ohio University Art History Graduate Students Symposium, Athens, Ohio, April 12-13, 2014.
Mar 2014
Pierette Kulpa, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Authenticity and Agency:  The Many Histories of  the Pietà of Palestrina from 1670 to 1970,” at the Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, New York, New York, March 27-29, 2014. 
Mar 2014
Cali Buckley, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Ivory Anatomical Models and the Early Modern Physician,” at the 44th Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art, CASVA, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., March 7-8, 2014.  She will be introduced by Professor Charlotte Houghton.

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