Nina is an M.A. student in History of Art. She received her B.A. in History and Art History from Victoria University of Wellington in 2012. Prior to attending Bryn Mawr College, Nina worked at the National Library of New Zealand’s Alexander Turnbull Library and held teaching positions in Japan. Her research interests include nineteenth-century architecture and interior design, the material culture of the home, and global cultures of consumption in the decorative arts.
Alexander P. Brey
Early Medieval Art and Architecture
Alex is a Ph.D. candidate working with Professor Alicia Walker. His dissertation, “The Caliph’s Prey: Hunting in the Visual Cultures of the Umayyad Empire,” traces patterns and networks of artistic exchange in Late Antique and Early Medieval Middle Eurasia through the lens of hunting imagery produced within the Umayyad empire (ca. 660-750). 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 under the supervision of Professor Dale Kinney. 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 and Uzbekistan. He also has a deep interest in the intersection of Digital Scholarship and art historical research and pedagogy. For the 2016-2017 academic year he is a Garden and Landscape Studies Junior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks.
Mark Anthony Castro
Spanish and Spanish Colonial Art
Mark is a PhD candidate working with Professor Clara Bargellini (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México). 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.
Kat is pursuing her MA in the History of Art. She earned her BA in Art History with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of Vermont in 2015 as an Honors College Scholar. For her undergraduate thesis, Kat analyzed Andy Warhol's Screen Tests in terms of gender, sexuality, and queer aesthetics. In 2014, Kat worked as an editorial intern at ARTnews Magazine. Her research interests include postwar American art history and how it overlaps with queer history and theory, specifically in film and photography.
Elena is currently pursuing her MA in History of Art. She received her B.A. in Art History & Archaeology, with a second major in History from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013, and her M.A. in Art History from Southern Methodist University in 2015. Prior to attending Bryn Mawr College, Elena worked in outreach education at the White House Historical Association and has completed internships at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and The Met Cloisters. She has spent the last three summers as part of the excavation team at the early Byzantine synagogue site of Huqoq, Israel, and now serves as a square supervisor. Her research interests center on postcolonial readings of Late Antique and Early Byzantine visual culture, specifically synagogue mosaic floors.
Meg Hankel is a graduate student in art history with a focus on inter-war Germany and the history of photography. She received a BA in art history from Columbia College Chicago in 2009, and an MA in art history from the University of Georgia in 2017. Before pursuing graduate studies at the University of Georgia, Meg worked as a freelance photographer and archivist in the city of Chicago for several years. Her current research interest includes photographic books and essays of the late Weimar Republic.
Taylor is currently working toward his Ph.D. in the History of Art. His interests target the intersection of contemporary art and film, in particular installations that use projection to expand the cinematic experience into physical space. He received his B.A. in Art History and English from Georgetown University in 2008 and his M.A. in Art History at The University of Georgia. In addition to his experience in the film and television industry, he has worked in several museums, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and has held teaching positions at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Elliot is an MA in the History of Art. He received a BFA in Photographic Illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2011 and an MA in the History of Art from Williams College in 2014. His research interests revolve around photography’s effect on different mediums in contemporary art, and its unique relationship to memory and mourning.
Italian Renaissance portraiture
Justinne is a PhD student 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.
Emily is currently pursuing an MA in the History of Art. She received her BA in Art History and European Cultural Studies from Brandeis University in 2011 and her MA in the History of Art from Williams College in 2014. Her research focuses on the post-war period in the United States and Europe.
Deb is a first-year PhD student in the History of Art program. She completed her MA in History of Art at University of Toronto, with a collaborative program in Sexual Diversity Studies, in 2016. Her primary focus is medieval Islamic art and archaeology in North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean. In her research, she prefers an interdisciplinary approach and a global perspective. Broadly, her other interests encompass multiculturalism and cultural encounters, medieval gender and sexuality, processes of artistic production, and transmission through portable objects. As a freelance graphic designer and digital artist, she is also keen to engage with digital archaeology and virtual heritage to enhance and further her research.
Laurel McLaughlin is a PhD student in the History of Art working with Professor Homay King. She received a B.A. from Wake Forest University in Art History and English with a minor in Linguistics as a Presidential Scholar. She then received an M.A. with Distinction from The Courtauld Institute of Art in 2015, focusing on "Global Conceptualism" with Dr. Sarah Wilson, and an M.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 2017. Her research focuses on contemporary performance art which address formations of identity, theories of embodiment, and trauma. She has presented such research at conferences at the University of Pittsburgh and Georgia State University, talks at PAFA, Temple, and Slought, in addition to workshops at the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art, Berlin. Laurel has worked at numerous museums in the Philadelphia area such as The Barnes Foundation, PMA, Slought Foundation, and currently, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as a Curatorial Assistant in Contemporary Art. She has also co-curated Beyond Boundaries: Feminine Forms, a dual-sited exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Bryn Mawr College, accompanied by programming and a publication, and passages at FJORD Gallery as part of the University of Pennsylvania's Incubation Series. She will be co-curating upcoming exhibitions at AUTOMAT Gallery and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in the coming year.
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).
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, American University, KULeuven, and the Frick Collection in New York. In 2014 she was the recipient of the University of Pennsylvania's Petronella Van Weezel Award for outstanding achievements in Dutch studies. Currently she is conducting dissertation research in Antwerp as the 2015-2016 Rubenianum Fellow, a position generously co-sponsored by the Belgian-American Educational Foundation and the Rubenianum Fund (managed by the King Baudouin Foundation).
European Modernism, Film, Contemporary Art
Katherine is a PhD candidate working with Professor Christiane Hertel, at Bryn Mawr College and Professor Karen Beckman, at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation, “Animating Ornament: From Lotte Reiniger’s Silhouette Films toward a Theory of the Decorative in Animation,” focuses on experimental animation and the conventions of its display in Weimar Berlin. Katherine holds a B.A. from Grinnell College and an M.A. from Bryn Mawr College. She has worked at the Walker Art Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, and is a frequent contributor to Artforum. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation Center for Curatorial Leadership, the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Free University Berlin, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD). Most recently, Katherine delivered papers at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, the Institute of Fine Arts, NY, and the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
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.
Michelle Smiley is a PhD student working with Professor Homay King on nineteenth-century photography and cinema of the United States and Europe. Her dissertation, "Becoming Photography: The American Development of a Medium," examines the scientific and technological precursors of photography in early-nineteenth-century America and traces the role of movement and duration in the photographic image beginning with its chemical development in the scientific laboratory and ending with the birth of cinema. Michelle completed her masters, "Making Photography, or, The American (Re)Invention of a Medium," with Professor Lisa Saltzman in the spring of 2015. She received her A.B. in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College in 2012. Michelle has also held several curatorial fellowships and internships at the National Gallery of Art, the American Philosophical Society, and the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. 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.
Mariam is a visiting Fulbright scholar, working on her doctoral dissertation with Professor Lisa Saltzman, in the Department of History of Art at Bryn Mawr College, and Professor Mokhtar Chaoui at Abdelmalek Essaadi University (Morocco). She studied at the National Institute of Fine Arts in Tetouan, before continuing her French Literature and History of Art research at Mohamed V University in Rabat, Morocco, and then at Abdelmalek Essaadi University in Tetouan, Morocco, where she obtained a Masters degree in Comparative Literature after defending a thesis on Painting in Morocco as seen by the Moroccan writer Abdelkebir Khatibi. Currently, her dissertation investigates the salient phenomena of trauma, remembrance and representation as manifested in the OuLiPo and in contemporary art, with specific attention to the cases of Georges Perec and Sophie Calle. In addition to her studies, Mariam is an artist and her work has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions, both in Morocco and France, and will soon appear in exhibitions in Tunisia and Egypt.
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. From 2015-2017 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 professional training at the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts NYU, in Cappadocia with Koç University, and the Gennadius Library at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Shannon has presented most recently at the National Gallery of Art, the 40th Byzantine Studies Conference, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. She published an essay in the exhibition catalog Byzantine Things in the World (2013) and contributed to the forthcoming edited volume Medieval Texts on Byzantine Art and Aesthetics: From Alexios I Komnenos to the rise of Hesychasm (1081 – ca. 1330). She has a secondary interest in the art and architecture of Byzantine Syria and the protection of Syrian antiquities during the ongoing revolution.
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.