Student News

Aug 2014
Ann Walton, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been awarded a Graduate Student Bursary by the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB) to attend their Annual Conference on the Isle of Man, September 4-7, 2014.  She has been invited to write about her experiences on the Isle of Man for the SAHGB newsletter.
May 2014
Kristin Barry, Ph.D. candidate in art history, will present a paper, “Reading Rock Art:  Natural vs. Created Environments in the Public Interpretations of Rock Art,” at the 14th Congress of the Pan-African Archaeological Association for Prehistory and Related Studies, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, July 14-18, 2014.
May 2014
Gretta Tritch Roman, Ph.D. candidate in art history, will be co-presenting a paper, “From the Pit to the Globe:  The Reach of Commodity Exchanges,” at the 12th International Conference on Urban History, sponsored by the European Association for Urban History, in Lisbon, Portugal, September 3-6, 2014.  The paper is co-authored with Dr. Deryck Holdsworth, Professor of Geography, Penn State.  To assist with the expenses to attend the conference, Ms. Tritch Roman has been awarded an European Association for Urban History Bursary Award and a Penn State Office of Global Programs Graduate Travel Grant.
Apr 2014
Ann Walton, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper,  “Lincoln Castle:  The Afterlife of an English Urban Castle,” at the Graduate Student Research Forum of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, May 2, 2014.
Apr 2014
Robert Millard, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been awarded a Graduate Student Summer Residency at the Institute for the Arts & Humanities, Penn State, for the summer of 2014. His dissertation is on “Live, Struggle, and Die:  A Study of Antique Forms in Late-Quattrocento Sculpted Reliefs.” His Advisor is Professor Brian A. Curran.
Apr 2014
Pierette M. Kulpa, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been awarded a 2014 Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award.  Her dissertation is on “From Michelangelo to Mussolini:  Attribution and Appropriation in the Pietà di Palestrina.”  Her Advisor is Professor Brian A. Curran.
Apr 2014
Katie Guida, Ph.D. candidate in art history has just been awarded a $15,000 Waddell Biggart Graduate Fellowship from Penn State's Graduate School for 2014-15.  This will assist her work on her dissertation, “Artistic Patronage of the Augustinian Hermits in Northeast Italy.”  Her advisor is Professor Brian A. Curran.
Apr 2014
Heather Freitag, a senior double majoring in Art History and Media Studies, presented a paper on "The Female Figure in Michelangelo's Religious Art," at the Central Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Art History Symposium, April 5, 2014, held at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.
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.

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