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.
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.
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.
Twentieth-century European Modernism
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.