Current Students in History of Art

Michelle Al-Ferzly

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 Arellano-Weddleton

Lola Arellano-Weddleton

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.

Alexander P. Brey

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.

Sarah BurfordSarah Burford
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.

Mark Anthony Castro

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.

Rachel Dressel

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. 

Lori Anne Felton

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.

Robin Kim
Romanesque Art and Architecture

Robin is a Ph.D. candidate in history of art researching Romanesque architecture in Northern Spain, specifically in the region of Navarra. The Santo Sepulchro in Torres del Río and Santa María de Eunate are the case studies of her dissertation. She holds a Master's degree from Bryn Mawr College, with a concentration on film studies. Prior to attending Bryn Mawr College, Robin received a Master's degree from the Courtauld Institute in London in Medieval Art and Architecture, where her interests in medieval art history became more centered on architecture. Robin received her B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Justinne Lake-Jedzinak
Justinne Lake-Jedzinak
Italian Renaissance portraiture

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. 

Anna Moblard Meier
Modern Viennese and Japanese Art

Anna is a PhD student working with Professor Christiane Hertel.  She earned her BA in German Literature and Studio Art from Reed College in 2002 and her MFA in Printmaking from PAFA in 2010. She completed her MA thesis, a study of fin-de-siècle Vienna and the allegorical works of Gustav Klimt, at Bryn Mawr in 2014. Currently, her PhD research is focused on the artistic exchange between Europe and Japan in the late nineteenth century and the early International Exhibitions. Anna has presented papers at the University of Texas at Austin and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. In her time at Bryn Mawr, she has been a teaching assistant for the Growth and Structure of Cities Department and served as a Research Assistant in Special Collections. She has also curated and co-curated several exhibitions including “Bridges That Stand When All Else Falls Away: TriCo, Japan, and Melted Roof Tiles from Hiroshima 1945,” BMC (2012); “Beneath the Printed Pattern: Display and Disguise in Ukiyo-e Bijinga” BMC (2013), “Disasters and Rebuilding in Japan: Perspectives and Testimonies from the Tri-co Collection,” BMC (2013); and “A Sense of Place: Modern Japanese Prints,” University of Pennsylvania Ross Gallery (2015).

Jamie Richardson
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. 

Katherine Rochester

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.

Nathanael Roesch

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

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.

Michelle Smiley

Michelle Smiley is an M.A. candidate working with Professor Lisa Saltzman on nineteenth century photography of the United States and Europe. She received her A.B. in History of Art form Bryn Mawr College in 2012. Her additional research interests include theories of materialism, memory, and time; the history of science; mass media and print forms of the nineteenth century; the still and moving image, and portraiture. In between undergraduate and graduate education Michelle worked as an English teacher in Rouen, France.

Shannon Steiner
Late Antique and Byzantine Art

Shannon is a PhD candidate working with Professor Alicia Walker. Her dissertation explores how Byzantine cloisonné enamel embodied and conveyed notions of the Empire's technological, aesthetic, and spiritual power. For the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years she is a Kress Foundation Institutional Fellow at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich. She has also received support for her dissertation research from the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture. Shannon earned her BA in Art History at Temple University and her MA at the University of Texas at Austin. She has participated in specialized research seminars such as the Summer Institute in Technical Art History at the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU and Koç University’s "Cappadocia in Context" in central Turkey. Shannon has presented at the National Gallery of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Princeton University, the 38th and 40th Byzantine Studies Conferences, and the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo. She contributed an essay on pilgrimage tokens from Byzantine Syria 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 Streiter

Nava Streiter
Byzantine art

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

Byzantine Art

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.

Amalia Wojciechowski

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.