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Meadows Graduate Student Council

About MGSC

The Meadows Graduate Student Council (MGSC) is a student organization that provides financial assistance for the academic, artistic, and professional development of students in Meadows School of the Arts graduate programs.

MGSC Forms

Download Instruction Sheet

Download Project Proposal Form

Download Reimbursement Form

Download W-9 Form

MGSC Officers

President - Claudia Zapata

Claudia Zapata is pursuing her Ph.D. at SMU in the RASC/a: Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture Program in Art History. She received her B.A. and M.A. from University of Texas in art history, specializing in Pre-Columbian and U.S. Latino/Chicano art. From 2010 to 2014 she served as the Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas. Her recent projects include the co-founding of ChingoZine, a Latino art zine and Chingolandia, a Latino designer toy line as part of her Latino art collective, Puro Chingón Collective, LLC. Zapata has curated over 30 exhibitions at the Mexic-Arte Museum and other Texas institutions on subjects such as the commercialization of the Day of the Dead holiday, Mexican dance masks, Contemporary Chicano art, lucha libre in popular culture and more. Her most recent publication acted as the main catalog essay for Margarita Cabrera’s Uprooted Dreams, a recent Austin Art in Public Places installation using Oaxacan woodcarving to discuss cultural displacement. Her research interests include curatorial methodologies of identity-based exhibitions, Texas Neo-Chicanoism, exhibition design and people of color zines and designer toys.

Vice President - Jesse Nance Gilbert

Jesse Nance Gilbert is completing a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting. A native of Tennessee, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree and a minor in Spanish in 2013 from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee. During her time in Cookeville, Jesse served as choir director of the Wesley Singers, a United Methodist college student choir. She counts her time with the Wesley Singers as some of the best of her career, with highlights of leading the group on two choir tours to Savannah, Georgia and Detroit, Michigan.

Her research interests include choral pedagogy and the use of Negro Spirituals in modern racial justice work. The culminating project of her Master’s program will be a conducting recital in the spring of 2016, the theme of which will be racial justice, specifically addressing issues presented by the Black Lives Matter movement.

She currently studies conducting with Pamela Elrod Huffman and Robert Ward and voice with Dale Dietert. She teaches voice and conducting lessons and sings as a soprano section leader with First United Methodist Church Richardson.

Treasurer - Caroline Webb

Caroline Webb is a first-year student in the M.A./M.B.A. program and will be receiving a Master of Arts in Arts Management from the Meadows School of the Arts and a Master of Business Administration from the Cox School of Business. She graduated from Northwestern University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and English Literature. While at Northwestern, she spent a year studying History of Art at University College London and focused her studies primarily on British painting of the 18th and 19th centuries. She has interned for numerous non-profit organizations in their Development departments. Recently, she has worked in personal wealth management and financial planning and is a Certified Financial Planner in addition to being securities licensed. Her current career interests are in non-profit fundraising and cultural policy. She is looking forward to serving as the MGSC Treasurer.

Secretary - Lucy McGuigan

Lucy McGuigan is a second-year Masters student in the Department of Art History. She received her B.A. in Sociology with minors in Art History and English from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, writing her undergraduate thesis on concepts of authenticity and appropriation in Philadelphia’s graffiti culture. After graduating, she served as a Teach for America Corps Member in the Greater New Orleans Region, teaching Algebra II in Chalmette, LA for two years. Her additional professional experience includes work as an Assessor of Classroom Effectiveness for The New Teacher Project, Graphic Designer and Production Manager for the Dallas Mexican American Historical League and Dallas Jewish Historical Society’s 2014 exhibition “Uptown’s Pike Park: Little Jerusalem to Little Mexico, 100 Years of Settlement” at the Latino Cultural Center, and internships in the Education Department of the Guggenheim Museum and the Curatorial Department of the Dallas Museum of Art.

Her primary areas of interest are 17th century Flemish and Dutch painting and 1960s sculpture, but she is interested broadly in phenomenology, iconographic approaches that consider the appearance of formal elements outside of the “fine arts,” and works that self-consciously draw attention to their own artifice and thematize the frame as boundary between representation and reality. Her M.A. thesis will examine three “wall of treasures” paintings by Frans Francken II that contain through-view scenes of onocephalic iconoclasts.

Public Relations Chair - Asiel Sepulveda

Asiel Sepúlveda is a first year PhD. student in Art History. He received a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Florida International University, and an M.A in Art History from Southern Methodist University. His interests include nineteenth-century Cuban visual culture, commercial advertising, and urban studies.

Staff/Faculty Advisor - Joe Hoselton, Director of Graduate Admissions & Strategic Enrollment Management

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Questions or Concerns? Contact MGSC by email at mgsc@smu.edu.

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