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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 - Brazil during which time she worked at LACICOR, the university’s 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. Alice has published articles and reviews in Arte Al Día, Artelogie, Artefacto Visual, Art Research Journal, and RE BUS. She has presented her work in academic institutions and museums including the Latin American Studies Association, the Associação Nacional de Pesquisadores em Artes Plásticas, and the Association of Art Historians. She has received numerous travel grants from SMU, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago including a Dedman College Dean’s Grant, a Lehman Institute for Brazilian Studies and an Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies travel grants. In 2014, she received the Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU to pursue research in Italy on the rhetoric of space in its ethical and affective dimensions in the city of Rome under Benito Mussolini. Her research focuses on Modern and Contemporary Brazilian Art and Architecture with emphasis in media theory, ethics, 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.
Arvin Maghsoudlou is a doctoral candidate in the RASC/a: Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture program in Art History at Southern Methodist University. Maghsoudlou received his Bachelor of Science from University of Tehran (Iran) and his Masters in Archaeology from University of Mazandaran (Iran). His research interests lie in the art of the Ancient and Late Antique Near East, specifically the art of the Iranian world during the Sasanians. Maghsoudlou is interested in the sacred and secular court rituals of the Sasanian empire, their origin in preceding periods, and how they were reintegrated into the courts of the succeeding dynasties of Iran. Maghsoudlou investigates the manifestation of such rituals, notably the royal hunt and royals feast in rock reliefs and metalworks.
Claudia Zapata is a doctoral candidate in Southern Methodist University’s RASC/a: Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture: Ph.D. Program in Art History. She received her B.A. and M.A. from University of Texas in Art History, specializing in Classic Maya art. Her research interests include curatorial methodologies of identity-based exhibitions, Texas Neo-Chicanoism, exhibition design, people of color zines, and designer toys. From 2010 to 2014 she served as the Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas. Zapata has curated over 30 exhibitions at the Mexic-Arte Museum and other Texas institutions, including A Viva Voz: Carmen Lomas Garza (2010), Sam Coronado: A Retrospective (2011), Death to Dollars: The Commercialization of Day of the Dead (2011), and Fantastic & Grotesque: José Clemente Orozco in Print (2014). Her recent projects include co-founding the Latinx art collective, Puro Chingón Collective in 2012. Within this experimental arts group, she develops art zines, prints, apparel, design, and art toys. Claudia has published articles in Panhandle-Plains Historical Review and the Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. She is currently pursuing her dissertation project, “Chicano Art is Not Dead: Politics on Display within Major U.S. Exhibitions.” From 2018-2019 Claudia will be the curatorial assistant at the Smithsonian American Art Collection in support of the exhibition ¡Printing the Revolution! Chicano Graphics from the Civil Rights Era to the Present. For contact and further information please see her website.
Danielle Ezor is a doctoral candidate in the RASC/a: Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture Ph.D. program in art history at SMU. She received her B.A. in art history and studio art from Wellesley College and her M.A. in art history from the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art. At Williams, Ezor worked in the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper at the Clark Art Institute and presented her master’s qualifying paper, “Women's Work: Jean Siméon Chardin’s Kitchen Maids.” She has also spent time as a research intern in the Art of Europe Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her dissertation, titled “Constructing Whiteness at the Dressing Table: Race, Gender, and Materiality in Eighteenth-Century France and the French Caribbean,” questions how eighteenth-century vanity items such as makeup boxes, perfume vials, etui kits, sugar pots, coffee, tea, and chocolate implements and their corresponding consumables—makeup, perfume, coffee, tea, chocolate, sugar—not only allow for but actively construct white femininity, often at the expense of forced black labor. Other interests include print culture, the art of the book, and queer theory. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gabriela Paiva de Toledo is a Ph.D. student in the RASC/a: Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture program in Art History at Southern Methodist University. She received her B.A. in history with an art history minor from the University of Campinas (Brazil) in 2015 and her M.A. in art history from the same institution in 2017. Her M.A. thesis examined Giovanni Paolo Lomazzo’s Idea del Tempio della Pittura (1590) and its critical tradition. She is the author of a Portuguese translation of the Idea del Tempio, accompanied by critical commentaries and historical analysis (forthcoming by the Federal University of São Paulo-University of Campinas press). Paiva de Toledo was a visiting researcher at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz in 2016, funded by the Research Funding Foundation of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP). She was the recipient of a federal scholarship (Capes, Brazil), an M.A. scholarship (FAPESP) and a travel research scholarship (FAPESP). Currently, her interests lie in contemporary Brazilian photography, cultural exchange between Africa and Brazil, and global narratives of art.
Jennifer Laffick is a Ph.D. student in the RASC/a: Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture program in art history at SMU. Jennifer received her B.A. in art history, with a minor in French language, from the University of Central Florida and her M.A. in the history of art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Her M.A. thesis analyzed the oeuvre of the French painter Jean Broc and his relationship with the “Primitifs” (or “Barbus”)—the sect of artists who broke away from Jacques-Louis David’s studio in 1799. Prior to coming to SMU, Jennifer worked at the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, as the curatorial assistant. She has also held museum internships at The Wallace Collection, London, and the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park, FL. Her research interests primarily focus on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French painting and visual culture, with emphasis on representations of the body and gender, as well as notions of fraternity and selfhood. email@example.com
Kelsey Rozema is a PhD student in the RASC/a: Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture Ph.D. Program in Art History. She received her masters in art history from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She is interested in the displays of both agency and oppression in eighteenth-century Spanish portraiture.
Arvid Nelsen is a Ph.D. student in the RASC/a: Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture in Art History. He received his B.A. in Greek and Latin from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and M.A.s in classics and in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Nelsen is currently the rare books and manuscripts librarian at SMU’s Bridwell Library, having come to Dallas from the University of Minnesota, where he served as curator and archivist for the Charles Babbage Institute. He is a former E. Ph. Goldschmidt Fellow at Rare Book School and former section chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Nelsen is the author of “Race and Computing: The Problem of Sources, the Potential of Prosopography, and the Lesson of Ebony Magazine” (IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, v. 39, no. 1, Jan-Mar 2017) and “Concern for the ‘Disadvantaged’: ACM’s Role in Training and Education for Communities of Color (1958-1975)” (in Communities of Computing: Computer Science and Society in the ACM, New York: Morgan & Claypool, 2017). His interests include the intersection of art, technology, and society; global modernism; and modernism in print.
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