Student News

Mar 2019
On March 2nd Aaron Ziolkowski represented Penn State at the annual Middle Atlantic Graduate Symposium sponsored by the University of Maryland and CASVA, held at the National Gallery of Art. His advisor Dr. Sarah K. Rich introduced his paper "Navigating the Revolving Door: Beverly Pepper's Contrappunto". 
Feb 2019
“How to Make a Fake” under the directive of the Art History Visual Resources Centre's curator Carolyn Lucarelli, PhD student Emily Hagen developed an interactive website to show how technical art history revealed the hands of a forger.      ttps://       
Feb 2019
Isolated Views: Manufactured Vistas in the Bois de Boulogne Session: Exclusion/Isolation: Solitude in the Nineteenth Century Friday, February 15, 2019 New York Hilton Midtown - 2nd Floor - Sutton Center     Money, Monsters, Masculinity, and Japan in Claude Monet’s La Japonaise (1876) Session: Ideals, Desires, Fabrications, and Compromises: Aspects of Gender in Art Thursday, February 14, 2019   New York Hilton Midtown - 2nd Floor - Madison Suite    
Jan 2019
Congratulations to PhD candidate Elizabeth Petersen for  winning this year's CEMS Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize competition. Elizabeth presented “Framing Quattrocento Relief in the Work of Donatello,” at The Renaissance Society of America conference in March 2018. Members of the Steering Committee acknowledged the originality, critical sophistication, and clarity of the argumentation of the submissions and praised the choices of top presentation venues. Also noted were the numbers and strength of graduate students in the historical disciplines who were well-prepared to give conference presentations.
Dec 2018
Janet Purdy, PhD Candidate in Art History, has been selected as a 2019-2020 Center for Humanities and Information Predoctoral Fellow. Sponsored by CHI, the College of the Liberal Arts, and the University Libraries, the fellowship supports research on the role information plays in the production of social meaning and value across the human sciences.
Nov 2018
PhD Candidate Keri Mongelluzzo was selected to represent the Penn State Art History Department at the 23rd Annual Graduate Symposium on the History of Art at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, Friday, March 29, 2019. 
Sep 2018
Janet Purdy, PhD Candidate, was invited to participate in the Africa-Asia: A New Axis of Knowledge conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Sept. 20-22, 2018. She presents a paper, "Textiles and Designs in Motion in the Indian Ocean," and is also  a panelist for the "Indian Ocean Imaginaries" Mellon Research Initiative/UC Davis roundtable session.