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Alice Heeren

Alice Heeren is a PhD student in the RASC/a: Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture program. She received a BA in Art Education and a BFA in Printmaking from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil during which time she worked at the Laboratório de Ciência da Conservação (Laboratory of Conservation Science). In 2011, she received a MA in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a thesis entitled "The Inhotim Cultural Institute: the museum in the Neodevelopmentalist era." She spent time as a curatorial intern at the Museum of Modern Art in NY (MoMA) and was an editor for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Her research focuses on Modern and Contemporary Brazilian Art and Architecture with emphasis in memory studies and affect theory. She is currently working on a dissertation that examines how the semantic, semiotic and affective experiences of space and place shaped the body politics and the ideal of the nation in twentieth century Brazil.

Asiel Sepulveda

Asiel Sepúlveda is a doctoral student in the Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture: Ph.D. Program 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. Asiel has received various grants and awards including the Dahesh Museum of Art Prize Best Paper at the 12th Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Nineteenth-Century Art(2015), co-sponsored by Dahesh Museum of Art and the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art. A version of his Master’s thesis titled “Humor and Social Hygiene in Havana’s Nineteenth-Century Cigarette Marquillas” will appear in the fall 2015 issue of Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide. He is currently pursuing a doctoral dissertation that examines interactions among print, industry, and urban reform in nineteenth-century Havana.

Autumn Garcia

My name is Autumn Garcia. I am a second year M.A. student in art history at Southern Methodist University. My research interests include the art of ancient Greece, particularly study of female figures in Classical ceramic ware, with emphasis on the portrayal of Amazons. My thesis will examine the ways in which masculinity was constructed in ancient Greek society through depiction of Amazonomachies (the mythical Greek battle with the Amazons) portrayed on ceramic vessels of the symposium drinking party. I graduated with a B.A. in history from Hardin-Simmons University in 2012 and was fortunate to have the opportunity to study abroad in Greece and Italy during the summer of 2009. After graduating, I completed an internship at the Meadows Museum in 2014 in which I assisted in the research and creation of educational materials for the Goya exhibition.

Carol Mach Barreto Pino

Carol Mach Barreto Pino is a M.A. candidate in the RASC/a program at Southern Methodist University. She was born in Rio de Janeiro and immigrated to the United States at a young age. She received her B.A. in Art History from Goucher College in 2014. While at Goucher College, she interned with the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, the Sítio Roberto Burle Marx in Barra de Guaratiba, the Museu Historico Nacional in Rio de Janeiro and the Baltimore War Memorial. Her current interests lie in Roberto Burle Marx and his involvement in shaping the urban landscape of cities in Latin American including but not limited to, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Buenos Aires and Brasilia during the twentieth century. While working on the transnational influence of a singular landscape architect, she is able to draw on the intersection between man-built environments and human interaction in the post-colonial world.

Claire Haley Cho

Claire Haley Cho is a second-year Masters student in the Department of Art History at SMU. She graduated in 2014 from the University of Southern California where she received her B.A. in both Art History and Fine Arts. While at USC, she studied abroad in Florence, Italy where she interned for the fototeca at Villa I Tatti: The Harvard University Research Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. She graduated with departmental honors upon completing a Senior Honors Thesis titled “Old Testament Typology in the Stammheim Missal.” In her studio practice, she works mainly in oil painting, printmaking, and ceramics. Her current research interests are in medieval art, especially in its intersection with contemporaneous Christian theology and doctrine. Her M.A. thesis will examine the development of Marian iconography in the twelfth-century, focusing on her changing visualization in monumental sculpture in French church portals.

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. For contact and further information please see her website.

Danya Epstein

Danya Epstein is a second-year PhD student at SMU in the RASC/a: Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture Program in Art History. She received her AB in French from Princeton University and her MA in Art History from Arizona State University, where she wrote her MA thesis on anatomical distortions in the work of JAD Ingres. A former naturopathic physician, Danya now brings her medical eye to the study of 18th and 19th century French art, with a special interest in art and science, in addition to a new focus on Franco-American relations in art.

Delanie Linden

Delanie Linden is a first year M.A student at Southern Methodist University. She received her AB in Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience and Art History from the University of Michigan in 2014. While at Michigan, her coursework focused on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French art, which lead her to study abroad in Paris, France in 2013 and also to work at the University of Michigan Museum of Art as a curatorial intern from 2013 to 2014. Her broader interest in the cognitive sciences, more specifically the study of perception, behavior, and identity, narrowed her research interests to the examination of identity and selfhood in early modern portraiture. Following graduation, she moved to Paris, France from 2014 to 2015, which nurtured her desire to pursue research on this art at a graduate level. At SMU, Linden plans to explore a multitude of questions she has regarding portraits including: cross-cultural relations and their influence on portrait making, female agency in eighteenth-century French portraits, and issues of diaspora, to name a few.

Jillianne Laceste

Jillianne Laceste is a first year student in the MA Art History program at Southern Methodist University. She received a BA in Art History and a MA in Museum Studies from Seton Hall University. Prior to entering this program, she lived in Chicago, where she worked as a Collections Assistant on a collections stewardship project at the DuSable Museum of African American History and helped Chicago’s homeless animal population as a charity runner and shelter volunteer. Her primary research interests are Christian iconography, gender, and eroticism in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. As a former museum collections professional, Jillianne is also interested in exploring the history of collecting.

Joseph Hartman

Joe Hartman is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate. He has a BA in Studio Art and Spanish from Goshen College; and a MA in Art History from the University of North Texas. He currently serves as a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Dallas’ Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History. Hartman specializes in the history of modern/contemporary art and architecture, with an emphasis on Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Western world. Hartman’s research, broadly speaking, focuses on relationships between art, politics, and ecology in the Western Hemisphere.

Hartman’s current book project deals with the visual culture and public works program of the Cuban Dictator Gerardo Machado (1925-1933). It refines his dissertation “Modern Dreams: Building Machado’s Cuba,” which he developed under the guidance of Roberto Tejada and Adam Herring. Hartman has published articles and reviews related to this material and wider research interests in The Latin Americanist; The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians; The Middle Ground Journal; Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas; and Athanor. He has presented his work at numerous academic institutions and museums in Europe and the Americas, including professional conferences: the College Arts Association, the Urban History Association, the Latin American Studies Association, and the Caribbean Studies Association. His research has been funded by grants from SMU, UNT, and internationally competitive fellowships at the University of Miami’s Cuban Heritage Collection and UT Dallas’ Edith O’Donnell Institute. Hartman currently resides in Dallas with his wife, Jenna; two sons, Harvey and Oscar; and cat, Monty Rico.

Julie Borger

Julie Borger is a second year MA student concentrating on late medieval art and architecture in England and France. Her current research interests include beasts, hybrid creatures, and representations of vice in architectural sculpture and illuminated manuscripts. After studying for two years at the American University of Paris, she received her BA in Art History from the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas (UNT) in 2010. Her undergraduate thesis, “Goya’s Los Caprichos: An Enlightened Bestiary,” was published in the 2011 edition of the Eagle Feather, and was subsequently presented at two undergraduate symposia. Julie’s MA thesis will focus on the thirteenth-century bestial sculptures of York Minster’s chapter house.

Kailey Fairchild

Kailey Fairchild is a first year M.A. student in Art History at Southern Methodist University. She completed her B.A. in Art History with a minor in French at The Ohio State University with Latin honors in 2016. While completing her B.A., she spent a semester abroad in Paris, France within an intensive language program. Her research interests lie within the 17th and 18th centuries of France, specifically painting and portraiture. More broadly, she is interested in the social and financial constructs of a society and its manifestations in art, visual culture, and phenomenology.

Lauren Richman

Lauren Richman is a doctoral candidate focusing on modern and contemporary art, photography, and film of post-WWII Europe and the United States. Her research interests include historical aberrations of violence, the intersections between art and visual mass culture, and studies of surveillance and political propaganda. Lauren received her B.A. in Art History (2011) from Vanderbilt University and her M.A. in the same subject from SMU (2013); her thesis is titled “Perform, Cough, Critique: Christian Boltanski’s Cinematic Tactics in 1969.” The first recipient of the Gayle and Paul Stoffel Doctoral Fellowship in RASC/a, Lauren completed a specially designed year of coursework which included a fall 2013 residency at London’s Courtauld Institute of Art under the mentorship of leading scholars Julian Stallabrass and Sarah Wilson, as well as coursework at Berlin’s Freie and Humboldt Universities in summer 2014. Lauren currently resides in Berlin where she is conducting dissertation research on the multilayered, postwar ‘reconstruction’ of German cultural identity in the Cold War-divided city. The project investigates photographic and filmic media as integral to ideologically-driven exhibitions and programming and traces the subtle emergence of subcultural and subterranean practices under occupation.

Mariana von Hartenthal

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the RASC/a Program in Art History. I studied Architecture and Urban Planning at the Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil, and received an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Southampton, England. After working in different museums in Brazil and the United States, I returned to academia to pursue my interest in space and the ways it is perceived, represented, and symbolically produced in images, especially photographs. I am currently writing my dissertation on the photographs documenting the construction of a railroad built in the Amazon in 1912. My research examines how the interactions of visuality, narrative, and performance create different imaginary geographies of this construction site in the forest.

Marina MacLatchie

Marina MacLatchie is a first year MA student in the history of art at Southern Methodist University. She received a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Santa Clara University in 2015. Her interests include modern and contemporary art in Latin America, particularly issues of gender and identity formation. Prior to attending SMU she worked in museum education and public art in Palo Alto, CA.

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