Michelle is an M.A. student studying Medieval art with Professor Alicia Walker. She received a B.A. in Art History and Economics from Wellesley College in 2014. During her undergraduate career, Michelle completed an internship in the Art of Asia Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has also worked for cultural heritage organizations during her time abroad in Italy and Lebanon. Michelle is the recipient of the Mellon Mays Fellowship.
Lola is a first-year student in the History of Art. She received her AB
in History and the History of Art from Smith College in 2011, and her MA
in the History of Art, with Distinction, from the Courtauld in 2013.
From 2011-2012 she lived in Warsaw, Poland on a Fulbright research grant
in Museum Studies. Her research interests center on the political
contexts of memory, memorialization, and museum exhibition, primarily
within East/Central Europe.
Early Medieval Art and Architecture
Alex is a PhD student researching artistic exchange in the Late Antique and Early Medieval Middle East. He received his B.A. in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from Vassar College in 2008, and his M.A. in the History of Art from Bryn Mawr College in 2011. In addition to an internship in the Department of European Painting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Alex has worked on excavations of Late Antique and Medieval sites in Scotland, Jordan, and Israel, and participated in on-site research seminars in Turkey (Cappadocia) and Uzbekistan. He has presented research at UPenn's annual Medievalists @ Penn conference, George Washington University's Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, and Bryn Mawr's Biennial Graduate Group Symposium. He is currently representing the students of the GSAS on the Bryn Mawr College Diversity Council, and co-hosts the infamous biannual Medieval and Renaissance Studies tea with Maeve Doyle.
Modern and Contemporary Art
Sarah is a doctoral student working with Professor Lisa Saltzman. Her work concentrates on European modernism and cultural politics, particularly in Germany between the World Wars. Her Master's thesis examined German artist Hans Bellmer's 1934 photographic series Die Püppe as a belated response to post-WWI trauma in the Weimar Republic. Her additional research interests include constructions of Africa in Weimar Germany, twentieth-century photography, fascist visual culture and Holocaust memorial culture. Sarah received her B.A. with High Honors in Art History from Swarthmore College in 2008, and her M.A. in History of Art from Bryn Mawr in 2014. Before beginning graduate school, she worked at the Jewish Museum, artnet, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She currently serves as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia for the exhibition Barbara Kasten: Stages.
Spanish and Spanish Colonial Art
Mark is a PhD candidate working with Professor Clara Bargellini. His dissertation will examine painting cycles depicting the life of Saint Francis produced for Franciscan Institutions in New Spain, in particular the series produced by the painter Cristóbal de Villalpando for the Franciscan Convent in Antigua, Guatemala. Mark received his B.A. in Archaeology and Studio Art from Hamilton College in 2005, and his M.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 2010. Since the fall of 2005 he has been an Exhibition Coordinator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Maeve is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in book arts of the later Middle Ages. Maeve received her A.B. in 2007 from Vassar College and her M.A. from Bryn Mawr in 2009. Her dissertation, advised by Dale Kinney, addresses owner portraits in devotional manuscripts produced around 1300 across northern France. This project continues work begun in her Master’s thesis, a study of the gendered representation and reception of owner portraits and other marginal imagery in the Aspremont-Kievraing Psalter-Hours (ca. 1300). She has conducted research for this project in the US, Europe, and Australia, supported in part by a Fulbright fellowship to France in 2011-2012. Maeve has presented her work at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds and the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo as well as at conferences at the Frick Collection, the University of Bristol, and the University of Pennsylvania. At Bryn Mawr she has also been a TA in the History of Art department and has participated in the organization of three biennial Graduate Group symposia.
Rachel is an M.A. candidate in the History of Art. She received her B.A. from University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2013 with double majors in studio art and art history. She spent the summer of 2012 at Kingston University in London studying British art and museum studies. In between her undergraduate education and beginning school at Bryn Mawr, Rachel worked at the Mint Museum in Charlotte as a researcher obtaining resources for exhibitions. Her research interests include photography, performance, identity, memory, philosophy, and art theory.
Modern and Contemporary Art
Lori is a PhD candidate specializing in German and Austrian Modernism. Her dissertation, directed by Christiane Hertel, examines Egon Schiele's double self-portraiture within the context of the literary Doppelganger and Vienna 1900 culture, and the research for her dissertation was funded in part by a Fulbright Study Grant in 2011-2012. Additional scholarly interests include early photography, Northern Renaissance art, and German Romanticism. Lori received her B.A. in Liberal Studies from American University in 2005 and her MA in Art History from Bryn Mawr College in 2010. Lori has contributed essays to the Neue Galerie's "Egon Schiele: Portraits" exhibition catalogue and to the German Studies Association's Visual Cultures edited volume on the Doppelganger, which is forthcoming in 2015. She has presented papers at the German Studies Association and the International Egon Schiele Research Symposium, and will be presenting at the College Art Association's 2015 conference.
Justinne is an MA candidate studying Renaissance and Baroque portraiture with Professor David Cast. She previously received her BA in History from James Madison University and an MA in Art History from Queens College. Her research interests include Italian Renaissance and Baroque portraiture, with a particular focus on images of saints within the context of Tridentine reforms. She has worked as a Museum Educator at the New-York Historical Society and held a graduate internship at the Robert Lehman Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Northern European Baroque
Jamie is a Ph.D. candidate working with Professor Christiane Hertel. Her dissertation will examine Frans Francken the Younger's development of the seventeenth century Flemish "gallery painting" genre within the context of early modern curiosity culture. She graduated cum laude from Columbia University in 2008 with a B.A. in Art History and German Literature, and she received her M.A. in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College in 2012. She has presented papers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Feminist Art History Conference at American University. In 2014 she was the recipient of the University of Pennsylvania's Petronella Van Weezel Award for outstanding achievements in Dutch studies.
Modern and Contemporary Art
Katherine is a PhD candidate working with Professors Christiane Hertel,
at Bryn Mawr College and Karen Beckman, at the University of
Pennsylvania. Her dissertation focuses on early experimental animation
in Weimar-era Berlin. Katherine received her B.A. from Grinnell College
in 2006 and her M.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 2012. Katherine has
worked in various curatorial capacities, including a curatorial
internship at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she worked on
the 2012 Whitney Biennial, and two years spent as the Curatorial
Assistant for the exhibition Jason Rhoades, Four Roads, at the Institute
of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Katherine sits on the Curatorial
Committee for the artist-in-residency program at Eastern State
Penitentiary and has participated in the Center for Curatorial
Leadership/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice. She has
written for Art in America, the Philadelphia Weekly, and is a frequent
contributor to Artforum, and various artist-run publications. Most
recently, Katherine delivered papers at the Society for Cinema and Media
Studies Annual Conference and the Institute of Fine Arts, NY. Katherine
has been awarded fellowships from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch
Dienst (DAAD) and the Center for Advanced German and European Studies at
the Freie Universität Berlin.
Modern and Contemporary Art
Nathanael is a PhD candidate working with Professor Lisa Saltzman. His dissertation considers representation of sport in contemporary art. Other interests include the histories of newer media (photography, television, digital) and 20th-century American art. Nathanael received his B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Bowling Green State University in 2002; he received his M.A. in Art History from the University of Georgia in 2009. He has presented papers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and SECAC and continues to balance his academic work with freelance design projects.
Megan Salazar is a graduate student studying Byzantine art history. She is particularly interested in religious art and theology in the medieval world. Before joining Bryn Mawr’s Graduate Group, Megan graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with Distinction in Art. She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Late Antique and Byzantine Art
Shannon is a PhD candidate working with Professor Alicia Walker. Her dissertation explores how Byzantine enamel embodied and conveyed notions of the Empire's technological, aesthetic, and spiritual power. Her research interests also include the material expression of community identity in Byzantium and the art and architecture of Byzantine Syria. She participated in the Koç University on-site research seminar "Cappadocia in Context" in central Turkey in 2012, and has also conducted research in Italy and Greece. She earned a BA in Art History in 2009 from Temple University and holds MAs from the University of Texas at Austin (2011) and Bryn Mawr College (2013). Shannon has presented at the University of Texas at Austin, Princeton University, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the 38th and 40th Annual Byzantine Studies Conferences, and the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo. She contributed an essay on Byzantine pilgrimage tokens to the exhibition catalog, "Byzantine Things in the World", published in 2013. At Bryn Mawr she has been a teaching assistant for the Film Studies program and a summer intern in Special Collections.
Nava studies Byzantine art with Professor Alicia Walker. She received a BA from the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, CUNY and an MA from The Courtauld Institute of Art. Her research focuses on medieval manuscripts with an emphasis on materiality and with particular interests in interactions of text and image, in visual narrative, and in theories, representations, and rituals of gift-giving.
Arielle Winnik is a PhD student working on late antique and Byzantine material culture with professor Alicia Walker. She has a particular interest in textiles, and has assisted with the forthcoming publications of late antique textiles in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Arielle received her B.A. from Barnard College and her M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She is currently looking forward to co-curating an exhibition for Bryn Mawr’s 2015 Graduate Group symposium.
Prints and Printmaking
Amalia is a PhD candidate working with Professor Christiane Hertel. She earned a B.A. in History from Oberlin College in 2009 and completed an M.A. at Bryn Mawr in 2013. She is interested in Polish modernism and the work of the Mloda Polska group. Her M.A. research focused on the intersection between language, type, and empire, and examined the ways in which public displays of typography either supported or undermined ideas of empire. Her PhD research similarly focuses on Polish political identity and its construction in the work of art. She has pursued museum work at both the Allen Memorial Art Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Mechella Ignace Yezernitskaya
Mechella is an M.A. candidate working with Professor Tim Harte on the Russian and Soviet avant-gardes. Her additional research interests are in the fields of museum and exhibition studies, photography, and film. Mechella earned her B.A. in Art History from Fordham University in 2012. During her tenure at Fordham, Mechella conducted research on Kazimir Malevich in Kiev, Ukraine on the Stark Travel Prize and co-organized Arctic Subtext, an exhibition of photographs by artist and environmental activist Subhankar Banerjee. Mechella was the Thomas Walther Research Collection intern in the Photography and Conservation departments at the Museum of Modern Art in the summer of 2014.