Student Updates

2013 Cleveland Symposium

This year’s symposium featured stimulating art historical research and discussion from emerging scholars from around the world.  Our presenters represented such esteemed institutions as Princeton University, the University of Hong Kong, the University Complutense of Madrid, Penn State University, and the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.  The winners of the symposium, chosen by their innovative research and presentation delivery, along with their adherence to the symposium topic, were Diana Angoso de Guzman, University Complutense of Madrid, for first place and Johanna Miller, Tufts University, for second place.  Angoso’s talk covered the use of gold ingots (or bars) in contemporary art while Johanna talk discussed the changing uses of featherworks, created by the native peoples of Central and South American, for European religious officials and collectors.  The judges for this year’s symposium were the symposium chairs, Roshi Ahmadian (CWRU MA Student, ’14), Ashley Bartman (CWRU MA Student, ’14), Amanda Castleberry (CWRU MA Graduate, ’13), and Lauren Maceross (CWRU MA Graduate, ’13), as well as the symposium session chairs, Laura Steefel-Moore (CWRU MA Student, ’14), Anna Shuer (CWRU MA Student, ’14), and James Wehn (CWRU PhD Student).  We thank the CWRU Friends of Art and the CWRU Department of Art History and Art and other various CWRU Departments for their support of this phenomenal event.

Alumni News

RACHEL GESCHWIND (Ph.D., 2010) has published “The Printed Penitent – Magdalene Imagery and Prostitution Reform in Early Modern Italian Chapbooks and Broadsheets,” in Mary Magdalene, Iconographic Studies from the Middle Ages to the Baroque, Leiden: Brill, 2012.

PATRICK CABLE (PhD 2000), was appointed Chief Curator at the Art Museum of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

ELIZABETH CARNEY (BA, 2010) will be attending the MA in Curating the Art Museum program at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London, for which she was also awarded a scholarship.

LAURA GELFAND (PhD, 1994). Formerly at the University of Akron, was appointed Head of the Art and Interior Design Departments at Utah State University, July 2011.

TODD HERMAN (PhD, 2002), was appointed Director of the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, July 2, 2011.

LAUREN KWASNIEWSKI (BA, 2011)
Will be attending the University of Pittsburgh’s Master of Library and Information Science program, specializing in archives, preservation, and records management.

JEANNINE O’GRODY (PhD 1999) has been appointed Deputy Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL.

ERIN WEBSTER (PhD, 2001), attended the Summer Teacher’s Institute for Technical Art History, held at the Conservation Center of New York University, in July 2011. This course, funded by the Kress Foundation, introduced art historians to the various kinds of technical examinations of art works conducted by conservators and conservation scientists, and suggested how the results of technical examination can be used by art historians in their interpretation of art works. Erin teaches at the University of Toronto, Scarborough campus

Spring 2011
Cathy Watkins successfully defended her dissertation, “Rembrandt’s 1654 Life of Christ Prints: Graphic Chiaroscuro, the Northern Print Tradition, and the Question of Series,” in December 2010 and received her doctorate in May. Rachel Geschwind defended her dissertation, “Magdalene Imagery and Prostitution Reform in Early Modern Venice and Rome, 1500—1700,” in March and received her doctorate in August.

Amber Stitt and Christine Larson each successfully presented a dissertation prospectus in American art during spring term.

Despite a major snow storm for the second year in a row, The Cleveland Symposium, organized by Allison Morgan and Julie Schutte, took place on February 25. Allison Morgan also presented a paper at the Midwest Art History Society annual conference in Grand Rapids, as did CWRU art history alumnae Mary Manning (BA 2009) and Megan Carpenter Blocksom (MA 2010) Tami Miller (MA 2005) and Ellen Rudolph (MA 2007).

The Undergraduate Art History Symposium, organized by the Art History Club, was held on March 25.

Three art history doctoral students participated in the College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Seminar: Dana Cowen, Indra Lacis, and Tiffany Washington. Summer 2011

Summer 2011
Having completed their first year in the MA program, the students in both tracks had busy summers. An “AJ” Jiang, on the Art History track, attended summer school at the University of California, Berkeley, to study ancient Greek. All the students on the Art History and Museum Studies track carried out internships at the Cleveland Museum of Art: Samantha Cataldo, Kaley Ellis, Stephanie Foster, Michele Frederick, Galina Olmsted, Christine Radigan, and Anne Trenholme.
Doctoral student activities summer 2011: Indra Lacis and Christine Larson, taught art history in the CWRU summer school sessions. Amanda McCarthy interned in the European Paintings department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and then traveled to The Netherlands to study the Dutch language in Utrecht and to take a course on the scholarship of 15th and 16th century Netherlandish art in Amsterdam. Dana Cowen worked with the CMA curator Jon Seydl on the upcoming “Rembrandt Paintings and America” exhibition and on the future reinstallation of German Renaissance art.

News from the Graduate Art History Association (GAHA)
The chairs of GAHA for 2011 – 2012 are Kaley Ellis, Christine Radigan and Anne Trenholme who are organizing a new endeavor Art Talk, a series of informal lunchtime talks given by members of the Case faculty, students and the CMA staff. A list of Fall speakers and dates is being developed and the results will be posted on the web site.

The annual Cleveland Symposium, sponsored by GAHA and held at the CMA, will be held in March 2012. It features the scholarship of graduate students from American universities and abroad. Awards for the best two papers are underwritten by the Friends of Art. The Saturday event is opened to the public.

Undergraduate News
At The Undergraduate Symposium, to be held in April, 2012 papers will be presented from undergraduate art history students from around the country. Held on a Saturday at the CMA, this event is opened to the public. Awards, underwritten by the Friends of Art, are given for two papers.