PhD Candidate Janet Purdy was awarded the three-year Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship in African Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. She will focus on expanding knowledge of the museum's African collection through acquisitions, in-depth research, and exhibitions of existing and future holdings in the areas of eastern and southern Africa beginning Spring 2020.
Detail, Door with Stars. Cairo, Egypt. 14th - 15th c. Acacia and sculpted ivory. Collection of the Louvre Museum. OA7465.
PhD Candidate Theresa Cunningham was awarded the Margaret R. Mainwaring Curatorial Fellowship in Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art beginning July, 2019. The two-year fellowship provides firsthand experience with curatorial work in the graphic arts. Fellows participate in all activities of a large, active curatorial department with a collection of more than 150,000 works of art and have the opportunity to organize an exhibition from the permanent collection during second year of the fellowship.
PhD Candidate Theresa Cunningham participated in the 2019 Garden and Landscape Studies Graduate Workshop, May 12-June 1 at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, DC. The workshop focused on key issues and texts in landscape history and theory, situating garden and landscape design in the context of humanities scholarship with special emphasis on the study of urban landscapes.
PhD candidate Olga Zaikina-Kondur's peer reviewed article on one of the artist books of Russian Conceptualist Andrei Monastyrski was published in the University of Toronto Art Journal: “Inverted Ekphrasis: Viewing and Reading Andrei Monastyrski's Elementary Poetry No. 2--Atlas.”
Theresa Kutasz Christensen was awarded the Aurora Borealis Prize in Literary Studies from the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies for her paper: given at the society's 2018 conference. The prize is specifically designed to recognize excellence in presentation as well as writing and research and is awarded annually to the best oral paper presentation by a graduate student. The prize was officially announced at the annual conference banquet last weekend on May, 4th. */