Emily Alesandrini is an art historian, curator, and advocate working in Philadelphia and New York. A second-year graduate student in the History of Art department at Bryn Mawr, she received her BA in Art History from Smith College and her MA in Art History from Tulane University. Her research concerns contemporary representations of race and gender with a particular focus on issues of displacement and the body in art by womxn and artists of color. She has contributed to exhibition planning and publications at Wave Hill in the Bronx, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, and The Art Institute of Chicago.
Mengtian Bai is an international graduate student from China in art history at Bryn Mawr College. She previously received her B.A. in art history and Latin language and literature from Oberlin College in 2018. Her undergraduate honor thesis in art history investigated cultural exchange that occurred between medieval Italy and medieval China, centering on two Christian tombstones with Latin inscriptions of an Italian merchant family discovered in Yangzhou,China. She is particularly interested in cross-cultural artistic communication in the Middle Ages.
Nina is a Ph.D. candidate in history of art. Her dissertation examines the material culture of domestic space and the global origins of late nineteenth-century home decorating. She received her B.A. in history and art history from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, in 2012 and earned her M.A. at Bryn Mawr in 2018 with a thesis focusing on the use of Japanese decorative arts by middle-class American women. Nina has worked at the National Library of New Zealand’s Alexander Turnbull Library and has held graduate internships in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in Bryn Mawr College's Special Collections, where she curated the exhibition “All-Over Design”: Lockwood de Forest between Ahmedabad and Bryn Mawr in 2019. She holds the 2021-2023 Marie Zimmermann Collections Fellowship from the Decorative Arts Trust and is researching the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Smith House for Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research in Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Kat is pursuing her M.A. in the history of art. She earned her B.A. 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 Gittleman is a PhD Candidate in the History of Art at Bryn Mawr College. She received her BA in Art History and Archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in Art History from Southern Methodist University during which time she worked as a square supervisor at the Huqoq Excavation Project in northern Israel. She held a graduate curatorial fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, assisting in the exhibition “Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands (19 November 2017–11 February 2018) as well as education positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Met Cloisters, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She has curated two exhibitions at Bryn Mawr College and served as the co-chair for the Graduate Student Association (2017-2019) and the 12th
Biennial Graduate Group Symposium. Her dissertation explores the legacy and importance of ancient Greco-Roman theater in medieval Byzantine visual culture, arguing that the cultural memory of theater was intimately entwined both with medieval performativity and in the elite preservation of the Empire’s classical heritage. She has presented her research at regional, national, and international conferences. Her research has been supported by grants from the International Center of Medieval Art, the Istanbul Research Institute, and the Medieval Academy of America.
Tessa Bachi Haas
Tessa is a Ph.D. student in history of art at Bryn Mawr College. Her research focuses on digital media as artistic process and critique, particularly as it pertains to archival practices in contemporary art. She has assisted with exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Cooper Gallery at Harvard University, Woodmere Art Museum, American Philosophical Society Museum, and Bryn Mawr College Special Collections. Tessa completed her M.A. thesis, “Currency, Ritual, and Craft: Cowrie Shells in the Work of Rina Banerjee,” with Prof. Sylvia Houghteling in 2019. She received her A.B. in history of art from Bryn Mawr College in 2018. Tessa is currently a member of the Philadelphia-based curatorial group AUTOMAT.
Meg Hankel is a doctoral student in the history of art. She specializes in the history of photography, modern and contemporary art, and new media. She earned an MA degree in art history from the University of Georgia in 2017, and a BA in art history from Columbia College Chicago in 2009. Her dissertation research focuses on the stereograph and the use of 3D technologies (such as VR) in contemporary art practices. Other research interests include the intersection of art, gaming, and the theory of play, as well as the development of color technology in analog and digital photography. She has previously held a curatorial internship at the Georgia Museum of Art, assisted with the Barnes Foundation exhibition From Today, Painting is Dead: Early Photography in Britain and France (2019), and has participated in the University of Pennsylvania Incubation Series. Before pursuing graduate studies, she worked as a freelance photographer and archivist in Chicago, IL.
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 M.A. in the history of art. He received a B.F.A. in photographic illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2011 and an M.A. 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.
Emily Leifer is a PhD candidate in the history of art at Bryn Mawr College, working with Professor Homay King. She studies modern and contemporary art, focusing on art of the 1960s and 1970s. Her dissertation explores Light and Space installation art and evolving concepts of the environment, both architectural and ecological, in the United States around the mid-twentieth century. Emily received her M.A. from Williams College and her B.A. from Brandeis University. She has held curatorial internships at the ICA Philadelphia, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, and David Zwirner Gallery.
Laurel V. McLaughlin
Laurel V. McLaughlin is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art working with Prof. Homay King. Her research focuses on contemporary performance and new media, migratory aesthetics, post-war conceptual and feminist art, and theories of identity and embodiment. McLaughlin holds a B.A. from Wake Forest University in Art History and English as a Presidential Scholar (2013), an M.A. with Distinction from The Courtauld Institute of Art (2015), and an M.A. from Bryn Mawr College (2017). She has presented her research at the University of California, Berkeley; the College Art Association, New York; Performance Studies International, Calgary; and the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, Hong Kong, and her research has been supported by a 2021–2022 Bryn Mawr College Dean’s Fellowship and a 2020–2021 Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art. Her criticism, interviews, and essays have been published in Art Papers, Art Practical, Performa Magazine, Contact Quarterly, Performance Research, Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts, PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research, Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture
and are forthcoming in an interdisciplinary volume that she is co-editing with Carrie Robbins on the work of Tania El Khoury (Amherst College Press 2022).
She has held curatorial fellowships and assistant positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Slought Foundation, Bryn Mawr College Special Collections, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the ICA Philadelphia; co-curated exhibitions and performance events with the University of Pennsylvania's Incubation Series at AUTOMAT Gallery, FJORD Gallery, and Vox Populi; and organized exhibitions in Portland, OR at the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture and Paragon Arts Gallery. She is currently organizing the traveling survey, Emilio Rojas: tracing a wound through my body
, September 2–November 13, 2021, and forthcoming 2022 exhibitions at Artspace, New Haven. email@example.com
Anna Moblard Meier
Anna is a Ph.D. student working with Prof. Christiane Hertel. Her areas of interest are modern Viennese and Japanese art. She earned her B.A. in German Literature and Studio Art from Reed College in 2002 and her M.F.A. in Printmaking from PAFA in 2010. She completed her M.A. thesis, a study of fin-de-siècle Vienna and the allegorical works of Gustav Klimt, at Bryn Mawr in 2014. Currently, her Ph.D. research is focused on the artistic exchange between Europe and Japan in the late 19th 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).
Meriç Özölçer is a third-year graduate student with a focus on Byzantine and Medieval Islamic Art and Architecture. Her MA thesis, advised by Professor Alicia Walker, will focus on the position of small-scale reliquaries within later Byzantine devotional contexts. Meriç was introduced to the study of Byzantine Art while pursuing her B.A. degree in Psychology at Boğaziçi University, in her hometown of İstanbul. She continued her education on Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at the University of Oxford, where she obtained the degree of Master of Studies in this field. Her research interests range from the role of architecture and monumental art in shaping Medieval religious experience, to the gendered reflections of power on the making of luxury objects in the Middle and Late Byzantine periods.
Jamie is a Ph.D. candidate working with Prof. Christiane Hertel. Her area of interest is Northern European Baroque. Her dissertation will examine Frans Francken the Younger's development of the 17th-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).
Katy Rosenthal is a second-year graduate student in the History of Art Department. Her interests lie in the interaction of applied art objects with global commerce in the modern period. She comes to the department with a background in design, having received a B.S. in Textile and Apparel Design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an associate degree in Textile and Surface Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Emily Shoyer is a first-year graduate student in the History of Art. She received her B.A. in Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University and her M.A. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her research mobilizes decolonial, trauma and psychoanalytic theory to consider art by survivors of trauma in order to query what it means as a viewer on an ethical plane to view, and even witness, such work. She has been fortunate to publish on and speak about her work on artists such as Maryan S. Maryan, Obiora Udechukwu, Owanto and Aida Silvestri. She serves as the Consulting Curator at the Museum of Sex, NYC where she will open Reclaiming and Making: Art, Desire, Violence - an exhibition confronting sexual violence through contemporary art - this fall. She has held research and curatorial positions at Venus Over Manhattan LLC, the Museum of Modern Art, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and the Jewish Museum.
Nava is a Ph.D. candidate, working with Prof. Alicia Walker. Her area of interest is Byzantine art. She received a B.A. from the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, CUNY and an M.A. from The Courtauld Institute of Art. She works on representations of body language in middle Byzantine manuscript illuminations. Beyond deciphering the meanings of individual gestures, she explores how the Byzantines used posture and gesture to order and interpret social systems. She worked for two years of as a graduate assistant at Bryn Mawr College’s Special Collections and Rare Books and Manuscripts Collections and has also interned at the Frick Collection’s Center for the History of Collecting and served as a researcher at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She has presented papers at the Frick Collection and at the Byzantine Studies Conference and has led a series of gallery talks at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her work has been supported by grants from the International Center for Medieval Art, the Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library, and the Delaware Valley Medieval Association, among other organizations.
Kaylee Verkruisen is a Canadian graduate student of history of art at Bryn Mawr College. Her area of interest is early medieval and Byzantine art. Kaylee graduated with her B.A. from Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 2015 with a double honours degree in English literature and art history. She continued to pursue her interests in the Middle Ages by completing her M.A. in Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Medieval Studies in 2016. The following year Kaylee also completed an M.A. in art history at the University of Toronto where she translated and catalogued the last will and testament of Blanche of Navarre as part of a digital humanities project. Her research interests stem from a history of exploring the sexualization and genderization of women in the Middle Ages. Kaylee has a personal interest in the vita and cult following of Saint Agatha of Catania and dreams of attending her feast day celebrations during the week of Feb. 5 to experience the saint’s contemporary following first hand.
Arielle Winnik is a Ph.D. candidate working with Prof. Alicia Walker on Byzantine and medieval Eastern Christian art. Her dissertation examines the visual culture of death and burial of Coptic Christians during the period of Egypt’s Shiite Islamic Fatimid Dynasty. She has a particular interest in textiles and has assisted with the study and publication of late antique and medieval textiles in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection (Washington, D.C.), the Cooper Hewitt Museum (New York), and the Whitworth (Manchester, UK). She is the 2018-20 Samuel H. Kress Foundation Institutional Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art and holds a Research Associateship at the American Research Center in Egypt. She has also received the International Center of Medieval Art’s Student Travel Grant, the Delaware Valley Medieval Association Travel Grant, and the Textile Society of America’s Student and New Professional Award. Arielle holds a B.A. from Barnard College and an M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her article, “Toward a Grammar of Textiles: A Reconsideration of Medieval Silk Aesthetics and the Impact of Modern Collecting,” appeared in the November 2017 issue of The Textile Museum Journal.
Mechella Ignace Yezernitskaya
is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History of Art working with Professor Homay King and Professor and Provost Tim Harte. Mechella specializes in the wartime visual and literary culture of the Russian and Soviet avant-gardes focusing on war-related imagery by Russian avant-garde artists beginning with World War I. She is currently a 2020-2021 American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Dissertation Fellow. She has also received research grants from the Walter Read Hovey Memorial Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Malevich Society, and a Short-Term Research Fellowship from The New York Public Library. She has presented her research at Södertörn University (Stockholm, Sweden), Karazin University (Kharkiv, Ukraine), Hofstra University (New York), Temple University (Philadelphia), and the Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), among others. Mechella’s articles and reviews have been published in ARTMargins Online, Baltic Worlds, post: notes on art in a global context, Slavic & East European Information Resources, and in the edited volume Artistic Expressions and the Great War, A Hundred Years On
(Peter Lang Publishing, 2020). At Bryn Mawr, she has served as a teaching assistant in the Film Studies Program and has worked in the Special Collections Department. Mechella has also held guest curatorial positions and fellowships at the Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Brooklyn Museum. Mechella received her M.A. from Bryn Mawr College and her B.A. with honors in Art History from Fordham University.