Current Students in History of Art

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.

Shira Backer

Modern and Contemporary Art

Shira is a third-year student completing an M.A. thesis on the ceramics of Sterling Ruby, a contemporary, Los Angeles-based artist who also works in collage and video, along with other sculptural media. The thesis explores the relationship of a recent series of sculptures, "Basin Theology," to parts of Ruby's oeuvre that function as social critique in more obvious ways. Shira received her B.A. in Philosophy from Barnard College, and spent a year working in the education department of the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York. In 2011-2012, she is serving as the Graduate Assistant in Special Collections at Bryn Mawr.


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
Twentieth-century European Modernism

Sarah is a second-year student in History of Art studying twentieth-century European modernism and cultural politics, particularly during the rise of fascism and World War II. Her additional research interests include Jewish identity politics, Holocaust memorial culture, and contemporary American and European art. Sarah received her B.A. in Art History from Swarthmore College and has worked at the Jewish Museum, artnet, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She currently works with the Curatorial and Program Departments at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.


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.

 

Maeve Doyle

Medieval Art

Maeve is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in book arts of the later Middle Ages. Maeve received her AB in 2007 from Vassar College and her MA 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.

 

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 a second-year graduate student in the History of Art. She received her B.A. in History from James Madison University and her M.A. in Art History from Queens College. Her research interests include Italian Renaissance portraiture and the classical tradition. She has worked as a Museum Educator at the New-York Historical Society and will be a graduate intern in the Robert Lehman Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the summer of 2013.

   


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.

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 student 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 visual culture 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 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 Streiter

Nava Streiter
Byzantine art

Nava is a second-year student studying 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. She looks forward to acting as a special collections research assistant in the coming year.


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

Mechella Ignace Yezernitskaya

Mechella is a first-year student in the History of Art. She received 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 at Fordham’s Center Gallery, exhibiting photographic work of artist and environmental activist Subhankar Banerjee. Her research interests include the Russian and Soviet avant-gardes, the histories of photography and film, museum studies, contemporary art, and environmental art.