Edit Toth (Ph.D. candidate in art history) Edit Tóth will receive her Ph.D. in May after successfully defending her dissertation, “From Activism to Kinetism: Modernist Spaces in Hungarian Art, 1918–1930” (advisor, Dr. Nancy Locke) in December, 2009. She published a book review in Hungarian Studies Review in 2008, and has two forthcoming publications in 2010: “Furniture for the Weimar New Woman at the Haus am Horn: A Photographic Paradigm” in Ungarn am Bauhaus, an exhibition catalogue from the Janus Ponnonius Museum, Pécs, and “Adventures of the Signature: Lajos Kassák's Viennese Collages, 1920–21,” in Text and Image in 19th–20th Century Art of Central Europe (Budapest: Eötvös Lorand University). She represented the Department of Art History at the Philadelphia Symposium on the History of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, in April, 2008, and presented a paper on Moholy-Nagy's Light Prop at the Middle Atlantic Symposium on the History of Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., March 27, 2010; furthermore, she presented research on Lajos Kassák at the Central European Conference, Institute of the History of Art, Eötvös Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary, in September, 2009.
Kelema Moses (Ph.D. candidate in art history) Having completed a B.A. in Art History and American Politics at the University of Virginia, Kelema Moses earned an M.A. in Art History at Penn State in 2007 with a thesis on “East Harlem during the ‘Great Migration’ of the Mid-Twentieth Century in Architecture and Photography.” She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in art history researching her dissertation, “Between Hegemony and Imperialism in Territorial Honolulu: Architecture, Urbanism and the Visualities of a U.S. City in the Pacific (1898-1959)” (advisor, Dr. Craig Zabel). She has been awarded Department of Art History Dissertation Fellowships to do research full-time for the coming academic year. Kelema was selected by the Art History faculty to present a paper at this spring’s Graduate Symposium on the History of Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2009, she presented papers at symposia at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and Cornell University at Ithaca, New York. She currently has an article being considered for publication in The Chicago Art Journal. She was also awarded a Summer Internship in 2008 at the Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg. Anthony Cutler, Evan Pugh Professor of Art History writes: “What I can speak about with some authority is the extraordinary work Kelema did as my Research Assistant at Salerno (Italy) in December 2009. Intelligently and unparalleled in its utility, she made the first complete set of photographs of the more than 80 ivories from an altarpiece (?) from Salerno Cathedral. These include details and reverses which will constitute the basis for the studies of the entire Salerno ivory group of scholars, based at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, of which I am a member. I regard this as a major ‘creative achievement,’ one that shows the extent to which Kelema's visual acumen transcends the field in which she is specializing.”
Kelema Lee Moses, Ph.D candidate in art history, just published: Kelema Lee Moses, "Architecture and the Critique of American Presence in Nineteenth-Century Honolulu,"Chicago Art Journal 20 (2010), pp. 28-45.
Melissa Mednicov, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been awarded a $14,000 Waddell-Biggart Fellowship for 2010-11. This will assist her research on her Ph.D. dissertation, “I Only Have Eyes For You: Rock and Roll, Fandom, and International Pop Art” (advisor: Dr. Sarah K Rich).
Kylene Blackburn (undergraduate art history major, minor in chemistry) Kylene Blackburn, a graduating senior, has been selected as the Art History Department’s Student Marshal for the 2010 Spring Commencement. Kylie is a Schreyer Honors’ Scholar, majoring in Art History with a Minor in Chemistry (reflecting her interest in art conservation). She has appeared on the Dean’s list every semester since her arrival at Penn State in 2007. She is an accomplished athlete and solid citizen in the Penn State community. But it is her academic achievements that truly stand out in relation to this award. Especially noteworthy are Kylie’s accomplishments in the past year. This past fall, she took advantage of the opportunity to study Italian language, Art History, and Art Conservation in the program at Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. Since then, she has remained in contact with her teachers there, keeping the door open to future instruction and work in this field in Florence or elsewhere. Kylie is also an excellent writer and researcher, who is presently completing her honors’ thesis on the relationship between the scientific work and reputation of Galileo Galilei and the artistic culture of Florence (and Rome) during the great scientist’s life and afterwards. Among the works of art she is considering are Galileo’s own drawings of the surface and phases of the moon and other phenomena, his direct influence on contemporary painters like Cigoli and Artemisia Gentileschi, and a fascinating series of commemorative works produced in Florence after his death, including palace frescoes commissioned by his Medici “protectors” and the great tomb monument erected in the nave of Santa Croce, the “Pantheon” of Florence, in 1737. Kylie/s post-graduate plans include an application to the Teach for America program. She also plans to explore the possibility of further study in art conservation and museum work. She is a worthy recipient of this award.
Tina Swisher, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been awarded a 2010 Graduate Student Summer Residency at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Penn State. This will assist her in completing her dissertation "'The home where order reigns': Home Economics and the Reinvention of the American House, 1893-1939" (advisor: Dr. Craig Zabel).
Kristin Barry, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been admitted to the Newport, R.I., 2010 Summer School of the Victorian Society of America, where she will be presenting a talk on “The Newport Victorian Houses as a Cultural Heritage Architectural Experience.
Kelema Moses, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has been chosen as an Affiliate Scholar at the East-West Center, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, for the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 semesters. The stated objective of the program is to provide “opportunities for graduate students from universities and institutions world-wide to have a short-term affiliation with the Center while working on a thesis or dissertation related to the Asia-Pacific region.” Kelema will be researching and writing her dissertation on “Between Hegemony and Imperialism in Territorial Honolulu: Architecture, Urbanism and the Visualities of a U.S. City in the Pacific (1898-1959)” [advisor: Dr. Craig Zabel]. Her two research semesters in Hawai'i are also supported by Dissertation Fellowships and a Research Grant from the Department of Art History.
Kristin Barry, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “The Archaeological Site Museum: Preservation, Presentation, Education,” at the Engaging in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage Student Symposium, The University of Texas at Austin, September 24-25, 2010.
Palmer Museum of Art-Silver Trout Curatorial Graduate Internships, Summer 2010, Awarded to: Cali Buckley, M.A. candidate in art history Roberta Chapman, Ph.D. candidate in art history SaraLouise Howells, Ph.D. candidate in art history
Vessela Anguelova, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “The Rila Monastery and its Paper Icons,” at 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 13-16, 2010.
Edit Tóth, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has published "Adventures of the Signature: Lajos Kassák's Vienna Collages, 1920-1921" in Text and Image in the 19-20th Century Art of Central Europe, edited by Katalin Keserü and Zsuzsanna Szegedy-Maszák (Budapest: Eötvös Univ. Press, 2010): 169-178. Edit will be graduating with her Ph.D. in May 2010. Her advisor is Professor Nancy Locke.
Annie Gooding Sykes Internship Stephanie McNeil Senior majoring in Art History, French, and International Studies Palmer Museum Internship Lyndsey Smith Senior majoring in Art History and Integrative Arts
Alexandra Eben (Art History Major) has been awarded the Annie Gooding Skyes Internship in the Palmer Museum of Art for the summer of 2010.
The following graduate students were awarded internships at the Palmer Museum of Art this summer: Kimberly Musial, Ph.D. candidate in art history Stephanie Swindle, M.A. candidate in art history Kate Woodford, M.A. candidate in art history
Kelema Lee Moses, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “A Case Against the ‘Hawaiian’ Style of Architecture in Territorial Honolulu, 1900-1959,” at 15th Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, April 17, 2010.
Natalie Harris, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “The Curious Case of the Vivarini: A study in the seemingly illogical demise of a Venetian painting dynasty,” at The End?, 2010 International Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, March 25-27, 2010.
Ann Walton, Ph.D. candidate in art history, presented a paper, “Colchester Castle: A Symbol of Norman Power and Legitimacy,” at The End?, 2010 International Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, March 25-27, 2010.