Alumni News

The Department of Art History would like to know what its alumni are doing (both professionally and/or in general). If you are an alumna/alumnus and would like to post news on this site please e-mail Erica Nodell at:


Melissa Mednicov, alumna in Art History ('07 MA, ’12 PhD), will be promoted this fall to Associate Professor with tenure at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX.

Amanda Rimpici, ('17 BA in Art History and Criminology, '18 MA in Modern and Contemporary Art) graduated with a BA in art history and BA in criminology in May 2017. After graduation, she interned at Rago Arts and Auction Center in New Jersey where she came to love the world of art auctions. she attended Christie’s New York for graduate school and completed an internship in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department at Christie’s auction house for course credit. This past December, she graduated with an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market and now is at Sotheby’s auction house as an Administrator in their Contemporary Art department to coordinate their Contemporary Curated auctions.

Fall 2018

2018 Art History Alumni Award Winner

Katherine Bentz (’03 Ph.D. Art History), is the recipient of the 2018 Alumni Award in Art History from the College of Arts & Architecture. She is an associate professor of art history and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.  She specializes in the painting, sculpture and architecture of Renaissance and early modern (16th–17th-century) Europe, particularly Italy. Her research centers on early modern gardens and villas; the history of art collecting; the artistic and urban history of Rome; and the ways in which early modern ideas about medicine and health influenced architecture and landscape design.Katherine teaches a variety of courses at Saint Anselm College, from introductory survey courses on the history of art and history of architecture and landscape to courses on Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art. She previously taught at Columbia University, Emory University and Penn State’s Study Abroad Program in Todi, Italy. Katherine has won research fellowships and grants from several institutions, including Dumbarton Oaks, Columbia University and the Mellon Foundation, the Getty Research Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS). From 2013 to 2014, she was Rush H. Kress Fellow at the Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy. Her article, “The Afterlife of the Cesi Garden: Family Identity, Politics, and Memory in Early Modern Rome” (Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 2013), received the 2016 Essay Prize of the Landscape History Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. 

Ilenia Colon Mendoza, ('01 M.A., '08 Ph.D. in Art History) Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Central Florida was awarded The faculty Diversity and Inclusion Impact Award.

Katie (Guida) Zins ('16 Ph.D.) received the Dom Peter Sidler Award for Excellence in Teaching at Portsmouth Abbey School, Rhode Island.

Summer 2018

Melissa Mednicov ('07 M.A., ’12 Ph.D.) Assistant Professor of Art History, Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, Texas) has just published a mongraph "Pop Art and Popular Music: Jukebox Modernism" with Routledge:


Spring 2018

Jennifer Streb, Ph.D. (2004) is being promoted to Professor of Art History at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA where she also serves as the Curator of the Juniata College Museum of Art.
Ilenia Colon Mendoza, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Central Florida was awarded the College of Arts and Humanities Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. She was also awarded the Renaissance Society of America diversity grant. She is co-editor, along with Dr. Margaret Zaho, of Spanish Royal Portraits 1412-1804: Portraits as Propaganda published in 2018 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Fall 2017 

Whitney Chadwick ('68 M.A., '75 Ph.D.) Professor Emerita at San Francisco State University, published her latest book The Militant Muse Love, War and the Women of Surrealism (Thames & Hudson) October 5, 2017. Among her other books are Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement, Women, Art and Society and Significant Others: Creativity and Intimate Partnership.

Spring 2017 

Catherine Jolivette, alumna in art history (’03 Ph.D.), is a Professor of Art & Design at Missouri State University, and has just received the Teaching Award in Diversity from MSU’s Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.

2017 Art History Alumni Award Winner

Marshall N. Price (’97  M.A.) Dr. Price is the recipient of the 2017 Alumni Award in Art History from the College of Arts & Architecture. He has established himself as an innovative, highly accomplished, and prolific curator of modern and contemporary art. After receiving a B.A. in Art History and French at Western Maryland College [now McDaniel College], Marshall earned an M.A. in Art History at Penn State in 1997, writing a thesis under the direction of Dr. George Mauner. He then became an Assistant Curator at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. After resettling in New York City, Marshall pursued a Ph.D. at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (completed 2011) and was Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Academy Museum in New York for over a decade (2003-2014). In March 2014, he was named the Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Price has curated over twenty exhibitions and has been a prolific and inspiring author, including Marshall N. Price, ed., A Material Legacy: The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection of Contemporary Art (Duke University Press, 2016).

Jennifer Noonan ('07 Ph.D.) received a Smithsonian American Art Fellowship. She will be the Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in American Art for a twelve-month period, September 2017 through August 2018. She will be working at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and the Archives of American Art in Washington, DC,  to develop her research project, “The 1970 Venice Biennale: The Politics of Display, Politics on Display Abroad and At Home.”  Dr. Noonan is Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the Honors programs at Caldwell University in New Jersey.

Melissa Mednicov (’12 Ph.D.), Assistant Professor of Art History, Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, Texas), is a recipient of the Art Writing Workshop, through The Creative Capital and the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program and in partnership with AICA (the International Art Critics Association/USA Section).  This workshop pairs​ the recipient with a leading art critic for one-on-one consultations.

Summer 2016

2016 Art History Alumni Award Winner  

Michael Tomor-In his first year as director of the Tampa Museum of Art, Michael Tomor (’83 B.A., ’90 M.A., ’93 Ph.D. Art History) has already implemented exciting programs to attract a wider audience to the institution, including free general admission for students and an in-gallery discussion program in partnership with the University of South Florida Honors College for people experiencing depression, dementia, and trauma.  Click here to see an interview with Dr. Tomor.

Alena Howe (’16 B.A.)  I graduated from Penn State as the Department of Art History's Student Marshal with degrees in Art History and Francophone Studies as well as minors in Business and International Studies.
Since graduating, I have been working at George Sexton Associates  a world renowned lighting design and museum design firm based in Washington, DC. I support the administrative needs for a staff of twenty but have assumed additional responsibilities in marketing, proposal writing, accounting, data analysis and database management, recruitment, and other human resource duties. Many of our clients are museums and private owners of art collections including the MoMA, Met, MFA Boston, Dali Museum, Denver Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Chrysler Museum of Art, and Asian Art Museum in San Francisco to name a few. We provide a broad range of services including lighting design, museum design, exhibition design, gallery reinstallation, programming, graphics, etc. My time at George Sexton Associates will be coming to an end this summer. I recently enrolled in Carnegie Mellon University’s Master of Arts Management program for the fall 2018 term. My studies will focus on public program coordination in museums as well as the financial management of museums and non-profit arts organizations. I aspire to work in a museum at a managerial level overseeing a team charged with providing engaging, content-rich, and inclusive programs to the public. I will strive to increase the accessibility of museum programs and collections to local communities and online audiences through the use of cutting-edge, interactive technologies

Spring 2016

The Historians of British Art Book Prize for a Multi-Author Book has been awarded to:

Catherine Jolivette, ed., British Art in the Nuclear Age (Ashgate, 2014).

Catherine Reed Jolivette (’03 Ph.D.) is an alumna of Penn State’s Department of Art History and is currently an Associate Professor at Missouri State University.  Dr. Jolivette was awarded Penn State's College of Arts & Architecture Alumni Award in Art History in 2012.

Emma Noonan (’14 B.A. in Art History) is now Ligonier Valley Site Coordinator for the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Pennsylvania.  Please see recent interview:

Charlotte Stanford (’03 Ph.D. in Art History), Associate Professor of Comparative Arts and Letters at Brigham Young University, has published: Charlotte A. Stanford, ed., The Building Accounts of the Savoy Hospital, London, 1512-1520 (Martlesham, England, & Rochester, NY:  Boydell Press, 2015).

Summer 2015

Catherine J. Jolivette (’03 Ph.D. in Art History) has been awarded the 2015 Director’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Research from the Honors College, Missouri State University, Springfield.  This award  “recognizes a faculty member’s research excellence and is meant to acknowledge those Honors College professors who serve as the best example of the ideal scholar/teacher who has not only made a significant contribution to their own field of research, but who have also helped to expand the growth and development of honors education at MSU.

Dr. David A. Brenneman, Penn State Alumnus in art history (’86 B.A.), has been appointed the new Director of the Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, Indiana.  He was previously the Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.  In 2001, he received Penn State’s College of Arts & Architecture Alumni Award in Art History.  Please visit:

Spring 2015

Kristin Barry (’14 Ph.D. in art history) will begin a tenure-track position this Fall 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Architecture, College of Architecture & Planning, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.

Pierette Kulpa (’15 Ph.D. in art history) will begin an Art History Adjunct Faculty position this Fall 2015 in the Fine Arts Department, Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, Nevada.

2015 College of Arts and Architecture Alumni Award Winner

Douglas N. Dow (’97 M.A., ’06 Ph.D.) is an associate professor of art history at Kansas State University, currently on sabbatical in Florence, Italy. He came to Penn State as a graduate student in art history in 1995 after completing his B.A. in art history and English at the University of Maine. He was a standout as a graduate student, in the field of Italian Renaissance art. He completed his M.A. in 1997 and entered the Ph.D. program, graduating in 2006. Since that time he has continued to distinguish himself as a leading expert in the Florentine art of the 16th century. He has written a widely-praised book, Apostolic Iconography and Florentine Confraternities in the Age of Reform, published in 2014. He has also continued to receive scholarly and teaching awards and fellowships form his home institution, as well as national and international institutions. During his current residential fellowship in Florence, he is conducting research for his next major book project. Click here to see an interview with Dr. Dow.

Ilenia Colón Mendoza ('01 M.A., '08 Ph.D. in Art History) received the Teaching Incentive Program Award from the University of Central Florida which adds $5000 to her base salary. Her book The Cristos yacentes of Gregorio Fernández: Polychrome Sculptures of the Supine Christ in Seventeenth-Century Spain is now available through Ashgate Publishing, England. She is currently working on with co-editor Dr. Margaret Ann Zaho on a collection of essays, Spanish Royal Patronage 1412-1804: Portraits as Propaganda under contract with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom. Dr. Colón will be chairing a panel at the 2016 CAA conference for the American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies session entitled “Polychrome Sculpture in Iberia and the Americas, 1200-1800.”

Kimberly Musial Datchuk (’14 Ph.D., ‘06 M.A.) will be starting the following positions at the University of Iowa as of July 1, 2015:  four-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Art Education and Assistant Curator of Special Projects at the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

Lindsay Wells (’13 B.A. in Art History;  Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies;  French & Francophone Studies;  Schreyer Honors College)  earned an M.A. in art history in July 2014 from The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England, where she studied Victorian Art and The Aesthetic Movement with Dr. Caroline Arscott.  She wrote her M.A. dissertation on the landscape paintings of John Everett Millais.  In the fall of 2015, she will begin earning her Ph.D. in art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she plans to continue to specialize in nineteenth-century British art.

Catherine J. Jolivette (’03 Ph.D.) has just published a book that she edited:  British Art in the Nuclear Age (Ashgate, 2014)

In April 2015, Dr. Jolivette will be travelling to England where she is chairing a session “Visualising Nuclear Culture” at the Association of Art Historian’s Annual conference.  She will also be speaking at Manchester University, where she will lecture on “Promoting Power: The Visual Rhetoric of Britain’s First Nuclear Power Stations” at the Whitworth Art Gallery as part of the Department of Art History and Visual Studies Research Seminar Series. See

Michael Tomor (’93 Ph.D., ’90 M.A., ’83 B.A. Art History) will become the Executive Director of the Tampa Museum of Art on April 15, 2015.  He has been the Director of the El Paso Museum of Art since 2006.

Fall 2014

Kristin Barry ('14 Ph.D.), instructor and career advisor in the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, is faculty advisor for the Penn State chapter of Alpha Rho Chi (national professional fraternity for architecture and the allied arts) and recently participated in a roundtable discussion on advising issues, hosted by the national fraternity at the University of Houston in Texas.

Spring 2014

Jennifer L. Streb ('97 M.A., '04 Ph.D. in Art History) is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art & Art History at Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.  This spring, she received Juniata College's Henry and Joan Gibbel Award for Distinguished Teaching.  Dr. Streb is also Curator of the Juniata College Museum of Art.  This summer, she was awarded a Short Term Research Fellowship at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Delaware, where  she will continue her fall 2013 sabbatical research on the Juniata College Museum of Art's collection of portrait miniatures in preparation for a 2015 exhibition at the JCMA.

Denise Rae Costanzo ('99 M.A., '09 Ph.D.), Alumna of Penn State's Department of Art History, has just been awarded the Marian and Andrew Heiskell Post-Doctoral Rome Prize in Modern Italian Studies from the American Academy in Rome.  Dr. Costanzo is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at Penn State.  Her Rome Prize project will be the Eternal City, New Lessons: Architects at Modern Academies in Postwar Rome, which is expanding upon the scholarly work initiated in her dissertation.

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2014 College of Arts and Architecture Alumni Award Winner

Charlotte Stanford ('03 Ph.D.) has taught at Brigham Young University since 2003. She has been interested in the arts since the age of 3, when her parents took her on a family sabbatical to Europe. Since completing an undergraduate degree in humanities at BYU, a master’s in medieval studies at the University of Connecticut, and doctorate in art history at Penn State, she has made regular research trips to Europe. In addition to archival material, these studies center on medieval buildings, notably cathedrals, parish churches, and hospitals. Charlotte has participated in two National Endowment for the Humanities summer programs in England and is an avid photographer of medieval sites as well as landscapes. She has published a book, Commemorating the Dead in Late Medieval Strasbourg (2011), and is currently working on a second book project focused on the early Tudor foundation of the Savoy Hospital in London. Click here to see an interview with Dr. Stanford.

Fall 2013

Ilenia Colón Mendoza ('01 M.A., '08 Ph.D. in Art History) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Visual Arts & Design at the University of Central Florida, Orlando.  She was awarded the 2013 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Humanities of the University of Central Florida as well as the Sony Teaching Award from the School of Visual Arts and Design. This year her research “The Essence of the Original: Imitations of Gregorio Fernández’s Cristo yacente” was presented at the 2nd International Meeting of Museums and Collections of Sculpture, Copy and Invention: Models, Replicas, Series and Quotes in European Sculpture, Museo Nacional de Escultura, Valladolid, Spain, and will be published as part of the conference proceedings. Her essay “Reading Devotion: Counter Reformation Iconography and Meaning in Gregorio Fernndez’s Cristo yacente of El Pardo,” included in the anthology ReVisioning: Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art, Wipf & Stock Publishers (Eugene, Oregon), is currently in press.

Spring 2013

After nearly 35 years at the University of Florida, Dr. Robert H. Westin (PSU 1978) has retired this past December 2012.  Dr. Westin served as the University of Florida Art Department Chair for nine years and several terms as Head of the Graduate Program. Dr. Westin did fifteen UF programs in Rome, two University of New Orleans programs in Innsbruck. As a student he did one Penn State program in London and one Penn State program in Rome.

Dr. Westin was used by Dan Brown as a source for his fictional character Robert Langdon in Angels and Demons.

Lori Verderame ('96 Ph.D.) brings the history of art and antiques to the masses through her television appearances, internationally syndicated column carried in 400 publications worldwide, and public appearances.  Dr. Lori is the star appraiser on the hit TV show Auction Kings on the Discovery channel. An award-winning TV expert, she has been also been featured on NBC’s The Tonight Show, Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Anderson Cooper’s talk show. With 30 books and exhibition catalogues to her credit, Dr. Lori (as she is best known) is the director of and a certified fine art and antiques appraiser. Dr. Lori presents more than 150 appraisal events, fundraisers for alzheimers research which has touched both her parents, and lectures every year to audiences worldwide. Dr. Lori makes people laugh with her straightforward and honest approach to the world of antique appraising as she evaluates 20,000 objects a year. Dr. Lori has lectured at the Louvre in Paris, Vatican museums, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, and other historic sites. She resides in Bucks County, PA.

Fall 2012

Anna Kiyomi Tuck-Scala (M.A. '93, Ph.D. '03), who teaches art history in Rome, Italy, at John Cabot University and Temple University Rome Campus, has just published a new book:

Anna Kiyomi Tuck-Scala, Andrea Vaccaro (Naples, 1604-1670) His Documented Life and Art (Naples:  Paparo, 2011).

Dr. Tuck-Scala has also published an exhibition review of ‘I Borghese e l’antico’ (Galleria Borghese, Rome) in the European Architectural History Network Newsletter (no. 2/12, 2012), pp. 68-73

Lisa Kersavage ('92 B.A. in art history) Art History Alumna’s Unique Career Path Leads to Coastal Louisiana Restoration Efforts

Spring 2012

2012 College of Arts & Architecture Alumni Award in Art History

Catherine Reed Jolivette ('03 Ph.D.) Dr. Jolivette was an outstanding doctoral student in the Department of Art History here at Penn State. She won several fellowships and awards while here, most notably the Creative Achievement Award. Having completed her thesis on mid-century British art in 2003, she earned a tenure track position at the Department of Art and Design at Missouri State University, where she is now Associate Professor, teaching courses in modern and contemporary art as well as critical theory. At that institution she has received a College of Arts and Letters Award for her teaching. Her primary research interest continues to be British art since 1900. Over the past few years she has focused her work on the intersection of visual art with a variety of discourses including the role of women in contemporary society, the renegotiation of British national identity following the Second World War, developments in science and technology, and the renewed promotion of British art and culture at home and abroad. Catherine has delivered numerous papers on postwar British art including presentations at annual conferences of the College Art Association and the Association of Art Historians and her recent article “ London pride: 1951 and figurative sculpture at the South Bank Exhibition” is featured in the current issue of Sculpture Journal (Liverpool University Press). Her book, Landscape, Art and Identity in 1950s Britain was published by Ashgate Press in May 2009. Catherine’s current research project,Art and the Atom: British Art in the Nuclear Age, is supported by a Research Grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, Yale University. Click here to see an interview with Dr. Jolivette.

Daniel Haxall (Ph.D. 2009) is Assistant Professor of Art History at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where he teaches courses on contemporary art. He recently co-authored the catalogue for Concrete Improvisations: Collages and Sculptures by Esteban Vicente, an exhibition that toured internationally to the Grey Art Gallery of New York University, the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Segovia, Spain. In conjunction with the exhibition, he was invited to present a lecture, “Esteban Vicente, Abstract Expressionism, and the Spanish Legacy of Collage,” at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He continues to research the art of Vicente and was commissioned to write an essay for the artist’s forthcoming catalog raisonné. In addition, Dr. Haxall has presented his scholarly work widely, participating in Harvard University’s symposium on Clement Greenberg, delivering a paper on Corporate Patronage and Contemporary Art at the Southeastern College Art Association Annual Conference, and lecturing on Robert Motherwell and John Cage at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. In addition, he has two forthcoming publications: “From Sports Wear to Hedge Fund: Corporate Patronage and African-American Art,” in Incorporating Culture: Corporate Patronage of Art and Architecture in the United States (University of Pennsylvania Press); and “Blue with China Ink: Robert Motherwell’s Unlikely Homage to John Cage,” Journal of Black Mountain College Studies.

Charlotte A. Stanford ('03 Ph.D. in art history) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities, Classics and Comparative Literature at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.  She has just published a book:

Charlotte A. Stanford, Commemorating the Dead in Late Medieval Strasbourg:  The Cathedral's Book of Donors and Its Use (1320-1521) (Burlington, Vt.:  Ashgate, 2011), 327 pages.

"This book is the first to comprehensively analyze a manuscript created in the early fourteenth century, known as the Book of Donors of Strasbourg Cathedral. It contains 6,954 entries from artisan, merchant and aristocratic patrons whose gifts to the cathedral helped in the construction of an elaborate west front, and also ensured communal prayer for those same patrons by name. This study draws a vivid picture of life in late medieval Strasbourg as seen through the lens of devotional and memorial practices."

Dr. Stanford has also been recently awarded a Fulbright Grant (January-April 2013) to go to the York, England to do research on medieval hospitals.  She will be working in the archives in York and other English cities from January to April 2013.

Fall 2011

Alumna Dr. Julia Dolan ('02 M.A.) is the Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon.  Her curator position was recently "funded in perpetuity" by an anonymous $2 million gift to the museum.

Alumna Whitney Chadwick ('68 M.A., '75 Ph.D.) is receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's Caucus for Art at a ceremony in Los Angeles, February 25, 2012.

Spring 2011

2011 College of Arts & Architecture Alumni Award in Art History

Charles Fox ('88 B.A.) In 1988, Mr. Fox earned his B.A. from Penn State with majors in both art history and history. He is an exemplar of the fact that an undergraduate degree in art history does not necessarily need to lead to a career in university teaching or art museums. Charlie has pursued a career in historic site management and public history.  From 1992-97, he was the Site Administrator and Program Coordinator for Curtin Village near Howard, Pennsylvania, a 19th-century workers’ village and ironworks.  After a short stint at Fort Pitt Museum in Pittsburgh, Charlie became the Historic Site Administrator for the Somerset Historical Center, southwest of us in Somerset, Pennsylvania, a position that he flourished in for twelve years.  This historical center is part of the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.    His programs, exhibitions, research and publications while in Somerset, explored the rural history of the Laurel Highlands, including the region’s first iron furnaces, farmland preservation, American farm equipment, and the history of local Company C in the First World War.  Charlie became a very active and engaged civic leader in Somerset County, which soon became known as “America’s County,” because of traumatic events that have befallen this corner of Pennsylvania during the past decade.  On 9/11, hijacked Flight 93 crashed into an open field near Shanksville, killing all that were on board, including the terrorists.  Charlie served on the design task force and design jury for the creation of a Flight 93 National Memorial. He has also been an advisory board member of the Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation. Charlie’s greatest professional opportunity came in 2009 when he was appointed the Historic Site Administrator for the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg.  This is the largest and most significant properties of the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.  The museum holds one of the world’s finest collections of historic locomotives and rolling stock.  Of particular note is that this museum conserves an unparalleled collection of locomotives from the Pennsylvania Railroad, whose equipment and operation set the “standard” for the world, when Philadelphia and Altoona were producing some of the world’s most advanced locomotives.  Charlie’s current projects include “overseeing a major environmental refurbishment of the museum, design of multiple exhibit projects, restoration of historic locomotives, rationalization of collections, fundraising and development activities, and design of an outdoor roundhouse.”  We are also very pleased that since 2003, Charlie has been a very active and giving board member from art history to Penn State’s College of Arts & Architecture Alumni Association.  

Fall 2010

Cheryl Snay (Ph.D. 2000) has been named Curator of European Art at The Snite Museum of Art at The University of Notre Dame.  Prior to this appointment she was Associate Curator of European Art at The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin where she focused on exhibitions and publications concerning their holdings of old master and nineteenth-century prints and drawings.  In February 2011, her exhibition, Storied Past: Four Centuries of French Drawings from The Blanton Museum of Art, and its attendant catalogue published by Hudson Hills Press will be presented at The Frick Art & Historical Center in Pittsburgh before being exhibited in Austin in fall 2011.  She also organized an exhibition, A Century of Grace: 19th-Century Masterworks from the Dahesh Museum of Art, New York shown at The Blanton in 2007.  Earlier projects include The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas (Penn State Press, 2005) jointly produced by The Baltimore Museum of Art and The Walters Art Museum, where she held the Carol Bates Fellowship in 1998.  She published "The Pantheon, 1870-1900: Public Monument as Political Machine," an excerpt from her dissertation, in Julie Codell's The Political Economy of Art: Making the Nation of Culture (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press 2008).  Until her move to South Bend in December 2010, she was the exhibitions review editor for the Southwest region for

Summer 2010

Stephanie Swindle (May '10 M.A. in art history) is an Exhibitions Assistant at the National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, Tennessee.

Spring 2010

Alumni Award in Art History

Leslie Brubaker is professor of Byzantine art history and director of the Graduate School in the College of Arts and Law at the University of Birmingham, England.  She holds two Penn State degrees in art history--a bachelor of arts ('72) and a master of arts ('76).  She earned her Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University and taught at Wheaton College before joining the University of Birmingham faculty in 1994.  Since then she has been instrumental in major changes in course and curriculum development, including serving as program leader for the joint History/East Mediterranean degree and chairing the committee that developed the new Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity curriculum.  She received the University of Birmingham's annual teaching award in 2008.  Her numerous publications include the book Vision and Meaning in Ninth-Century Byzantium:  Image as Exegesis in the Homilies of Gregory of Nazianzus of Paris (Cambridge University Press, 1999).  She has co-authored two books with John Haldon of Princeton on Byzantium in the Iconoclast Era,  and has edited four other books, including Gender in Society, 300-900 (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Carrie Ehrfurth (’03 M.A.) is working as a Historic Preservation Specialist and Architectural Historian in North Carolina.  She is currently working on the redevelopment of one of North Carolina’s abandoned textile mills and is nearly finished with the first phase of rehabilitation.  This year she also successfully placed two buildings, a hospital and a cotton mill, on the National Register of Historic Places, and she is currently working on a National Register nomination for another cotton mill.

Heidi J Hornik (('87 M.A., '90 Ph.D.) professor of art history at Baylor University, published Michele Tosini and the Ghirlandaio Workshop in Cinquecento Florence with Sussex Academic Press in October 2009 after years of study on the Florentine Mannerist painter. Her work on Tosini began in a graduate seminar at Penn State in 1987, was the subject of both her thesis and dissertation as well as numerous refereed articles. The Palmer Museum of Art purchased Tosini's painting, Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist, in 1990 from the Piero Corsini Gallery, New York.  Dr. Hornik undertakes research in the archives, libraries and museums in Florence, Italy, each summer. She is currently serving as an executive board member of the Midwest Art History Society and co-chair of the Section on the Bible and Visual Art of the Society of Biblical Literature. At Baylor, Dr. Hornik is the Chair of the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. The Cherry Award is the largest and most prestigious teaching award ($200,000) in the English-speaking world that brings professors to Baylor.  See

Summer 2009

Kate Bentz ('03 Ph.D.) has completed her third year as Assistant Professor of Art History in the Fine Arts Department at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.  In addition to teaching art history courses, she is a chair of art history curricula in (and gives several lectures for) the college's core Humanities Program.  This past year, she helped establish the annual Fine Arts Lecture and Performance Series, which brings noted art historians, artists and musical performers to the campus.  This summer, she will attend a seminar on Homer and Hesiod sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC.  She has also been chosen to participate in a three-week institute in early modern Italian paleography at the Getty Research Institute (co-sponsored by the Mellon Foundation) in Los Angeles in August.

In May 2009, Jessica Boehman ('02 M.A.) received her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Her dissertation, regarding the life, works and workshop of an Italian Baroque teacher-sculptor, is entitled "Maestro Ercole Ferrata." Jessica completed the research for the project as a Fulbright Fellow to Rome in 2006-2007. In 2008-2009, Jessica served as the Carl Zigrosser Fellow in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs. Jessica has recently presented papers on Italian sculpture at the Renaissance Society of America and the College Art Association. This autumn, Jessica will a Visiting Professor of Baroque Art at the College of Wooster in Ohio.

In January 2009, Julia Dolan ('02 M.A.) earned a Ph.D. in art history from Boston University. Her dissertation is titled "'I Will Take You into the Heart of Modern Industry': Lewis Hine's Photographic Interpretation of the Machine Age." Her dissertation research was supported by a Sarah Roby Predoctoral Fellow in Twentieth-Century American Realism at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery (joint appointment) in Washington, DC, a Walter Read Hovey Award for Dissertation Research (The Pittsburgh Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA), and various grants from Boston University.  A chapter of her dissertation, "Lewis Hine, the Machine Age, and the Aesthetics of Labor," has been published on the Center for the Legacy of Photography's website (the CLP is a new, joint venture between George Eastman House and the University of Rochester).  Over the past few years she has worked as a Department Photography intern at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University;  a curatorial research associate at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA; and a research scholar at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center in Santa Fe, NM.  Since September of 2007, Julia has been the Horace W. Goldsmith Curatorial Fellow in Photography at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she curated Transcending the Literal: Photographs by Ansel Adams from the Collection (2008), and Spectacle (2009), among other curatorial projects.

Douglas Dow (’97 M.A., ’06 Ph.D.) is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas where he teaches courses on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art in the Department of Art. His research interests center on issues of collective patronage and the production and consumption of art by non-elites in the sixteenth century. In 2008 he presented papers on these topics at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference and the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas. In April 2010 he will present findings from his recent research at the Renaissance Society of America conference in Venice, Italy. In the summer of 2009, he was awarded an Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship to study a fifteenth-century manuscript in the collection of the Lilly Library at Indiana University. He has also received two grants from Kansas State that allowed him to travel to Florence in 2008 and 2009 to conduct research for his book project, which examines the art patronage of Florentine confraternities in the Age of Reform. He also has articles forthcoming in Source: Notes in the History of Art and Confraternitas.

David E. Gliem ('95 M.A., '02 Ph.D.) is a tenured Assistant Professor of Art History at Eckerd College, a liberal arts college located in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida, where he teaches courses in modern and contemporary art and architectural history and Japanese art history.  His research interests are widespread and varied and he has published articles and curated exhibitions on French posters, Japonisme, Whistler, Japanese prints, and the rhetorical use of texts and images on  Currently, he is working on a book about Robert O. Hodgell, a prolific printmaker, painter and sculptor and one of the founding faculty in the visual arts at Eckerd College.  David is married to Valerie Gliem and has a daughter, Gretel, who just turned three in June.

Alison C. Fleming ('01 Ph.D.) is currently an Assistant Professor of Art History at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. She is engaged in a wide variety of research projects at the moment. She continues her study of early Jesuit art and representations of St. Ignatius of Loyola's "Vision at La Storta." She is preparing an article on this topic which will appear in a special issue of the interdisciplinary journal Intersections, entitled Foundation, Dedication and Consecration in the Early Modern World, edited by Maarten Delbeke and Minou Schraven, forthcoming 2011. She has recently written four entries in the Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage (forthcoming later this summer from Brill) and eight entries in The Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture (forthcoming from Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2011). Her examination of the connections between art and popular culture is ongoing: she spoke on contemporary sculptures of athletes at sports arenas at a conference "The Visual in Sport" at the University of Bristol in England in June, and will speak on the use of Gothic Revival architecture in the "Harry Potter" series at the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association conference this fall. She  also regularly contributes book and exhibition reviews to journals such as the Sixteenth Century Journal, CAA Reviews, the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Gazette, and the SECAC Review.

Catherine [Reed] Jolivette ('03 Ph.D.) is  Associate  Professor of Art and Design at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, where she teaches courses in modern and contemporary art and critical theory and has received a College of Arts and Letters Award for the high standard of  her teaching.  Her primary research interest is in British art since 1900. Over the past few years she has focused her work on the intersection of visual art with a variety of discourses including the role of women in contemporary society, the renegotiation of British national identity following the Second World War, developments in science and technology, and the renewed promotion of British art and culture at home and abroad.  Catherine has delivered numerous papers on postwar British art including presentations at annual conferences of the College Art Association and the Association of Art Historians and her recent article "London pride: 1951 and figurative sculpture at the South Bank Exhibition" is featured in the current issue of Sculpture Journal (Liverpool University Press).  Her book, Landscape, Art and Identity in 1950s Britain was published by Ashgate in May 2009.  Catherine's current research project, Art and the Atom: British Art in the Nuclear Age, is supported by a Research Grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art in London (Yale University).

Sarah Lippert ('09 Ph.D.) is an art historian of European art from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century.  She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art History at the Louisiana State University Shreveport, where she teaches undergraduates in the Department of Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, and Humanities, as well as graduate students in the Master of Arts program.  Dr. Lippert has presented many papers internationally, including most recently at the Association of Art Historians annual conference in Manchester (2009), on topics such as inter-arts relationships in nineteenth-century France and England, as well as aesthetic theory, and the French Renaissance.  Her research has been supported by such grants as the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Travel Fellowship in the History of Art, and a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  Sarah graduated from the Department of Art History at Penn State with her Ph.D. in May 2009; her adviser was Dr. Brian Curran.

Keli Rylance ('96 Ph.D.) is currently the Head of the Southeastern Architectural Archive and the School of Architecture Library at Tulane University.  In January, she was appointed to the U.S. Board of DOCOMOMO (International Working Party for the Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites, and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement).  She is the recipient, along with Dr. Pablo Alvarez, of the Mark Samuel Lasner Fellowship in Printing History for their collaborative endeavor to complete a critical translation of a late seventeenth-century Spanish printing manual.  In 2007, she was awarded a subvention from the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in its summer seminar, "The Reformation of the Book: 1450-1700," which convened in Antwerp, Oxford and London.  Her article, "Archives and the Intangible," published by the Canadian Association of Archivists (ACA), received the Hugh A. Taylor Prize for Archivaria, recognizing innovative archival writing.

Susan Clare Scott (M.A. '78, Ph.D. '95), is Associate Professor of Art  History at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.  She teaches Asian Art History (Japanese and Chinese Art), plus special topics courses (such as "Chinese Painting and Calligraphy," with a hands-on element, and the "Arts of the Edo Period in Japan"); and Honors courses.  Dr. Scott has devoted much time since her arrival at McDaniel College to the establishment of an Asian Studies Major, which is now nearing realization. In connection with this goal, she has this summer toured Japan with seven McDaniel College students.  In addition to Asian Art, she also teaches courses in Italian Renaissance and Italian Baroque Art and Architecture, and the department's Writing in the Discipline course.  Dr. Scott  has been especially active in research in Asian Art History, and has presented invited papers at four international congresses in China, and one in Japan. She is a founding member of the Chinese Architectural History Society.  In addition, since beginning her tenure at McDaniel, she has presented fourteen invited papers in both her areas of research (Asian Art and Baroque Art), for the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in Cambridge and Oxford, for the Asian Studies Development Program in various venues in the U.S., for the Society of Architectural Historians and the Southeast Chapter of S.A.H., also in the U.S.  For all of these conferences, she was awarded faculty development travel grants.  Recent publications include: "The Representation of Architecture in Chinese Landscape Painting of the Song, Yuan, and Ming Dynasties: Perspective, Iconography, and Imagination," in Ying Zao, Selected Papers from the International Conference on Chinese Architectural History, I, Beijing, 2001, pp. 509-524.  "Sacred Earth:  Daoism as a Preserver of the Environment in Chinese Landscape Painting ...", in East West Connections, Review of Asian Studies, East-West Center, University of Hawaii, 6, I, 2006, pp. 72-98.  "Chinoiserie and the Migration of the Chinese Garden Pavilion to the West,"in  Selected Papers in Chinese  Landscape Architecture, published in English, pp. 56-60, and in Chinese in the 2008 issue of the Journal of Chinese Landscape Architecture, vol. 24, 150, pp. 7-12.

Charlotte Stanford ('03 Ph.D.) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities, Classics and Comparative Literature at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, where she will be undergoing tenure review this fall. Charlotte's main research area is medieval art. She was a participant in a National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute in medieval York (England), held on site during summer 2007, where she helped coordinate the creation of a DVD containing over 2,000 images of medieval cathedrals and parish churches in Yorkshire. She has published articles in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Gesta, and The Art Bulletin, and is currently working on a book manuscript titled "Commemorating the Dead in Late Medieval Strasbourg: Cathedral Building and the Book of Donors."

Jennifer Streb ('97 M.A, '04 Ph.D.) is currently an assistant professor of art history and curator at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. In addition to teaching a range of art history classes from Medieval Art and Architecture to Modern Architecture, Jennifer also teaches Museum Studies and Museum Practicum courses. She has developed papers out of her dissertation on American painter and printmaker Minna Citron, presenting them at several Popular Culture/American Culture Association conferences, and is currently working on an exhibition of Citron's work to open at the Juniata College Museum of art in 2011 or 2012.

Anna K. Tuck-Scala (M.A. '93, Ph.D. '03) established her residence in Italy in 1994, and has taught courses and given on-site lectures on Ancient, Renaissance and Baroque art for numerous American study abroad programs in Italy.  She currently teaches on-site courses on Baroque art in Rome for Temple University Rome Campus (since 1999) and for John Cabot University (since 2008).  Her primary research interest is seventeenth-century Naples.  Her publications include an article on Caravaggio's Seven Acts of Mercy and a literary guidebook to Sorrento, the town where she resides.  Her book, Andrea Vaccaro (Naples, 1604-1670): His Documented Life and Art, on one of the leading painters in Naples around 1660, is in press (2008).  She has recently expanded her research interests to Spain.  An article, "Les Històries de Tobies d'Andrea Vaccaro:  de Nàpols al Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya," will be published in Catalan and Spanish in Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya Bulletin.  Another article, "Tracing the success of Andrea Vaccaro's paintings in Spain" has recently been accepted (June 2009) for publication in the leading journal in her field, Ricerche sul'600 napoletano.  She is writing another article on Caravaggio and is continuing her work in the archives in Naples.

Lori Verderame ('96 Ph.D.) is currently bringing art and antiques history to the masses through her television work, nationally syndicated column carried in 80 publications reaching 7.5 million readers monthly, and public appearances.  As seen on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and the Fine Living Network, Dr. Lori is an award-winning TV personality and TV talk show host. She serves as the guest art/antiques expert on the nationally syndicated "Daytime" TV program. She appears regularly as an arts authority on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX.  With 30 books and exhibition catalogues to her credit, Dr. Lori is the director and a certified fine art and antiques appraiser. Dr. Lori conducts in-home appraisal consultation visits and presents more than 100 appraisal events and lectures every year to audiences nationwide. Dr. Lori makes people laugh with her straightforward and honest approach to the world of antiques as she evaluates approximately 20,000 objects a year for audience members across the country. Dr. Lori is currently planning her next antiques vacation cruise which will include exclusive seminars about art and antiques, appraisals of guests' objects, and informative talks about exotic ports of call.  In 2009, Dr. Lori will lecture at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia and sites in Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Istanbul, and Italy.  Dr. Lori currently resides in Bucks County, PA.

Spring 2009

2009 College of Arts and Architecture Alumni Award:

Eleanor Esser Gorski ('91 B.A. Art History and History) is the assistant commissioner in the Landmarks Division of the City of Chicago's Department of Planning and Development. She is responsible for the strategic planning of landmark designations, accurate and efficient review of construction projects, and effective use of tax credits for historic renovation projects. In addition to her Penn State degree, Eleanor holds a master of architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2003 she was awarded a fellowship by the American Academy in Rome to study preservation planning. She is an accredited professional in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Program, and has served as a juror for the National Honor Awards for the American Institute of Architects. In addition to her work with the City of Chicago, Eleanor teaches in the Historic Preservation Program at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Efram Burk ('98 Ph.D.) recently published the book Clever Fresno Girl, The Travel Writings of Marguerite Thompson Zorach, 1908-1915, University of Delaware Press (ISBN: 978-0-87413-035-5). Dr. Burk is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Fine and Applied Arts Department at Curry College, Milton, Massachusetts.

Fall 2008

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture has annouced that Dr. Thomas J. Morton ('95 BA in art history - with honors) will receive a 2008-09 ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award. "The New Faculty Teaching Award is given jointly by ACSA and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). This award recognizes demonstrated excellence in teaching performance during the formative years of an architectural teaching career." Dr. Morton teaches architectural history as an assistant professor in the School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture at Arizona State University.

Spring 2008

Genevieve Ellerbee (07 MA) is currently the associate registrar at the Sheldon Museum of Art, on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. After spending six years as associate registrar at the DAR Museum, where she helped care for a collection that ranged from paintings to ceramics to quilts, she has traded in Washington, D.C. for the prairie, a Philip Johnson museum building, and a modern and contemporary art collection.

Julia Triolo ('78 B.A., '96 Ph.D) received the College of Arts & Architecture Alumni Award in Art History. She is a graduate of both Penn State's undergraduate and doctoral programs in Art History, receiving her Ph.D. in 1996 with a dissertation entitled The Armorial Maiolica of Francesco Xanto Avelli. Julia's dissertation on Francesco Xanto Avelli-an exceptionally productive and innovative Renaissance pottery painter, an artisan who also wished to be remembered as an artist and a poet-was recognized as an important contribution to the study of Italian Renaissance decorative arts, and established her firmly among serious scholars working in that field. In succeeding years, she has actively continued her investigation of Renaissance Maiolica while working full-time as the Affiliate Editor of the Getty Research Institute's Bibliography of the History of Art (the premier bibliographical resource in the field), where she is responsible for abstracting and indexing current Italian Art Historical literature for their international database. Over the past fifteen years, Julia has clearly established herself as an indispensable resource for scholars in Italian art history. Living in Rome and working at the Biblioteca Hertziana, she is situated at an international nexus for historians of Italian art. And there, over the years, numerous scholars have come to depend on her as advisor, editor and confidante, by virtue of her warmth, her modesty and her erudition.

Fall 2007

Michael Tomor ('83 B.A., '90 M.A, '93 Ph.D.) is currently the director of the El Paso Museum of Art: The mission of the institution is to provide education programs based on the strengths of its permanent collection of European, Mexican and American Collections to the surrounding tri-state region, which includes, Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua, Mexico. In his brief tenure, he has brought from the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, Mexican Modern: Masters of the 20th Century , including the works of Sequiros, Orozco, Rivera, Kahlo, and Tamayo among twenty others and the Creative World of Peter Max: A Retrospective (curated in house). Upcoming features including Marsden Hartley: American Modern, and Wrapped in Tradition: The Chihuly Collection of Native American Trade Blankets (Glass and Textiles). He is also currently working on an Impressionist exhibition in collaboration with the Museo Soumaya, including the works of Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Pissarro, Rodin and Degas, among others. In his position he works frequently with the Mexican Consulate and the American Consulate in Juarez as well as CONACULTA (like the NEA), the US Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza and the Embassy in Mexico City as well as officials of the Mexican Foreign Service affiliate with the INBA (Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes), INAH, and Municipio. With their assistance he developed the first binational simultaneous collaborative exhibition, Frontiers of Vision: Panoramas by Eric Jervaise - shown at the EPMA and Museo de Arte INBA in Juarez in the fall of 2006.

Spring 2007

The Very Reverend Archimandrite Joachim Cotsonis ('86 M.A., '92 Ph.D.) received the 2007 Alumni Award in Art History. John A. Cotsonis received both his M.A. and his Ph.D. from Penn State in Art History, and is director of the Archbishop Iakovos Library and Learning Resource Center at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is one of two leading scholars in North America on Byzantine lead seals, the topic on which he did his dissertation here. The seals are the richest body of evidence for the iconography of the saints and their cult in Byzantium, and key documents for the study of both orthodox piety and the political use of religious art. Beyond numerous articles on these matters, Father John is the author of a book that is now regarded as the standard work on the subject. He also holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland and his Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

Spring 2007

Valerie Grash ('98 Ph.D.) has been awarded the 2007 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, where she is a tenured associate professor of fine arts. In addition to receiving a cash stipend and additional funds for professional development endeavors, Valerie will be the keynote speaker at the fall 2007 Freshman Convocation ceremony. Currently, she is on sabbatical, completing her first book, tentatively titled, Forging the Steel City: A History of Commercial Skyscrapers and Pittsburgh Industrialists, 1880-1990.

Fall 2006

William Hauptman ('75 Ph.D.) co-curated the exhibition "Charles Gleyre: Le génie de l'inspiration" at the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, on view from October 7, 2006-January 7, 2007. Dr. Hauptman is an independent scholar in Lausanne, Switzerland and the author of the catalogue raisonné on the work of Charles Gleyre (1996).

Fall 2006

Rosa J. H. Berland ('95 B.A) is currently an assistant curator in the department of painting & sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Rosa holds her M.A. in Art History from the University of Toronto with a specialization in modern and contemporary art and has worked as a curator and visual arts program manager for the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, New York City (2000-2001) and in the curatorial department at the Frick Collection (2001-2002) and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2003-2006). In addition to her work at MoMA, Rosa is also currently working on an independent research project on the early graphic work of Oskar Kokoschka.

Fall 2006

Charles Fox ('88 B.A.) is historic site administrator at the Somerset Historical Center. As museum director for the center, he recently assembled an exhibit examining the service of Somerset County's National Guard Unit, Company C, 10th Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard, during World War I. Company C played a pivotal role in the Second Battle of Marne, fought along the Marne River in France in July 1918. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Somerset Historical Center published a catalogue and a book containing a series of articles Fox wrote on Company C.

Fall 2006

Heidi Hornik ('87 M.A., '90 Ph.D.) professor of art history at Baylor University, has had her third book published. Illuminating Luke: The Public Ministry of Christ in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Paintingwas published by T&T International, New York and London, in 2005.

Fall 2006

Efram Burk ('98 Ph.D.) assumed the position of Associate Professor of Art History at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts. He had been teaching at the University of South Carolina at Beaufort since fall of 1998. His specialty is in American and European prints and drawings from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His dissertation was on the graphic work of William and Marguerite Thompson Zorach, an American couple active in the first half of the twentieth century but regarded for their artistic work in other media. Dr. Burk has published articles on the Zorachs' printmaking activity in the Print Quarterly and the Woman's Art Journal. He is currently writing a book on the art and travel-related articles by Marguerite Thompson Zorach that were published in her hometown newspaper, the Fresno Morning Republican, from 1908-1915, roughly corresponding to her period of study abroad. Dr. Burk is also involved in planning future exhibitions on the prints by the Zorachs. Altogether he has curated nearly a dozen exhibitions, including: "Walt Kuhn Paintings, Drawings, Prints A Study of Related Works" (at, among other sites, the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, 1989-1990); "The History and Techniques of Printmaking" (at, among other sites, the McMaster Gallery, University of South Carolina at Columbia, 2002); "Broadening Horizons, Changing Viewpoints, Landscapes from the Burk Collection," (at the Art Gallery, University of Southern Maine in Gorham, 2004).

Summer 2006

Keli Rylance ('96 Ph.D.) recently completed an M.L.S. (Master's of Library Science) degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison ('05), and is now working as a Special Collections Librarian at the University of South Florida Tampa Libraries. She has a forthcoming article, "Archives and the Intangible," appearing in the Canadian archives journal Archivaria this winter, and will be presenting a paper titled "Ex Fumo Dare Lucem: The Performance of the Printing Press in the Habsburg World" at the Renaissance Society of American Conference in Miami next May.

Summer 2006

Sara Detweiler Loughman ('93 B.A.) resides in Phoenix, Ariz., with her husband, Dr. Thomas J. Loughman, and their new daughter, born on October 6, 2005. Loughman is the program manager of the Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory (PURL) of the College of Design at Arizona State University. She was formerly the registrar for special exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she worked for eight years. Her husband (former visiting assistant professor in Penn State's Department of Art History) is the curator of European art at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Spring 2006

Mary E. Dohne ('97 B.A.) Director of the Charles Cowles Gallery in New York, received the 2006 College of Arts & Architecture Alumni Award in Art History. After completing her B.A. with a double major in art history and French at Penn State and the Shreyer Honors College in 1997, Mary E. Dohne moved to New York City. She earned an M.A. from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the History of Decorative Arts, Design and Culture, with a Master's thesis on "Masculinity at Home: Bachelor Pads and the Seduction of the American Dad." She began her career in art galleries at the Babcock Galleries on 5th Avenue, working for one of our distinguished alumni, John Driscoll. Since 2001, she has been at the Charles Cowles Gallery on West 24th Street and quickly became its Director. This contemporary art gallery was started by the founding editor of the Artforum, Charles Cowles. As Gallery Director, Ms. Dohne "collaborates with museums on exhibitions and public appearances for gallery artists, " as well as "advise private collectors and public institutions on acquisition of artworks." She has also guest curated an exhibition of American Mingei potters at the O'Keefe Museums in Biloxi, Mississppi, and an exhibition on "39 Unforgettable Women" for the Women's Museum in Dallas. This year's Alumni Award honors the remarkable and young career of Mary Dohne, who in less than a decade after her graduation from Penn State is accomplishing great things as the director of a major contemporary art gallery in New York City.

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Spring 2006

Thomas J. Morton (BA '95 - with honors.) earned his Ph.D in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania (2003). In his dissertation he reconstructed the forum of the Roman city of Meninx on the Tunisian island of Jerba. His dissertation research was supported by a William Fulbright Fellowship to Tunisia and the Woodruff Traveling Fellowing from the Archaeological Institute of America. During his graduate studies he participated in two archaeological field projects, one on the island of Jerba and the other in Carthage. In addition, he was affiliated with the Division of Education at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For two years he taught at Swarthmore College before accepting in 2005 a tenure-track position to teach architectural history in the School of Architecture at Arizona State University.

Spring 2006

Katherine M. Bentz ('03 Ph.D.) is completing her two years (2004-06) as a Mellow Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University (New York, N.Y.). She will begin this fall a tenure-track position in the Department of Fine Arts at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she will teach Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture.

Summer 2005

Maggie Monrad (’04 M.A., Art History) is a reasearch assistant at the American Institutes for Research, a "think tank" in Washington, D.C. She is working in the Education and Human Development division.

May 4, 2005

Heidi J. Hornik ('87 M.A., '90 Ph.D.) received the 2005 College of Arts & Architecture Alumni Award in Art History. After completing her M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from Penn State, Heidi J. Hornik began teaching at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, in 1990. She is now a full professor of Italian Renaissance and Baroque art history at Baylor and was the Director of Baylor's Martin Museum of Art for fourteen years. During fall 2004, she was a Visiting Fellow at St. Edmund's College at Cambridge University in England. She has co-authored four books with her husband, Mikeal C. Parsons: Illuminating Luke: The Infancy Narrative of Christ in Italian Renaissance Painting (2003), Interpreting Christian Art (2004), Illuminating Luke: The Public Ministry of Christ in Italian Renaissance Painting (2005). Professors Hornik and Parsons are currently researching a third book in their Illuminating Luke series, this one focuses on The Passion and Resurrection Narratives in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Painting. Dr. Hornik is also completing a Catalogue Raisonné on the 16th-century Italian painter Michele Tosini. Her interest in this artist (the subject of her dissertation) was initially sparked by the Palmer Museum's acquisition of Tosini's painting, Madonna and Child with St. John.

Katherine Bentz (’03 Ph.D. Art History) hadn’t planned on earning a Ph.D. Always interested in art history, she thought she’d get her master’s degree and find a job in a museum. But then, while attending graduate school at George Washington University, she fell in love - with the research topic that ultimately became her dissertation. Read more in the Arts and Architecture Spring 2005 Newsletter

Fall 2004

How does it feel to be responsible for bringing more than 165,000 people into a museum during a three-month period? Frances Terpak (’70 B.A., ’72 M.A. Art History) knows. She co-curated the Getty Research Institute's Devices of Wonder exhibition, held at the J. Paul Getty Museum from November 2001 until February 2002, which was so popular that Terpak herself could barely get past the line of people outside who were anxious for a final peek on the exhibition's last day. Read more in the Arts and Architecture Fall 2004 Newsletter

Summer 2004

Michael Tomor (’93 Ph.D., ’90 M.A., ’83 B.A. Art History) got more than an education at Penn State-he got an experience. While a graduate assistant at the Palmer Museum of Art (then the Museum of Art), Tomor worked alongside administrators, curators, registrars and other staff, giving him an inside look at the museum’s operations. "There’s a big difference between a job and an ‘experience,’ and I definitely had an ‘experience’ at the museum," he explains. See Arts and Architecture Alumni News