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Alexandra Perez

Alexandra Perez is a first-year M.A. student in the Art History program at Southern Methodist University. She received her B.A. in Art History with a minor in Studio Art, concentrating in photography, from the University of Florida. During her time at UF, she studied abroad in Paris, France, held multiple internships at the Harn Museum of Art within the Curatorial and Education departments, and played an important role in re-establishing UF’s Art History Association. Her research interests lie in 18th century French art, with a focus on gender representation, female artists, and expressions of identity through portraiture.

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 - 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.

Asiel Sepulveda

Asiel Sepúlveda is a doctoral candidate 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 visual culture, commercial advertising, and urban studies. Sepúlveda has received various awards and fellowships including the Dahesh Museum of Art Prize Best Paper at the 12th Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Nineteenth-Century Art (2015), and The Goizueta Foundation Graduate Pre-Prospectus Fellowship. His research has appeared in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide (2015), and Athanor (2016). He is currently pursuing a doctoral dissertation that examines interactions among print, industry, and urban reform in nineteenth-century Havana.

Arvin Maghsoudlou

Arvin Maghsoudlou is a first year PhD student at SMU in the RASC/a: Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture Program in Art History. Arvin received his MA (2015) in Archaeology from University of Mazandaran. His MA thesis was a study on the Sasanian rock reliefs from the viewpoint of historical sources. Arvin’s research interest is in ancient Near Eastern art, with an emphasis on the region defined as the Persian World during the Parthian and Sasanian empires. Arvin also did research on early Islamic decorative arts.

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 third-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.

Danielle Ezor

Danielle is a first-year doctoral student in the Rhetorics of Art Space and Culture: PhD Program in Art History. She received her BA in Art History and Studio Art from Wellesley College and her MA in Art History from the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art. At Williams, Danielle worked in the Print Study Room at the Clark Art Institute and presented her masters qualifying paper titled "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 research focuses on eighteenth-century French visual and material culture with a concentration in materiality and gender politics. Other interests include printmaking, the art of the book, and Orientalism.

Delanie Linden

Delanie Linden is a second-year M.A student at Southern Methodist University, researching eighteenth-century French art under the advisory of Dr. Amy Freund. She received her AB in Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience and Art History from the University of Michigan in 2014. At SMU, Linden’s art historical methodologies draw from her background in oil-painting, psychology, and art history. Her current research explores a multitude of questions she has regarding global, cross-cultural imagery produced in France from 1700-1820. She is interested in how materiality and artistic technologies carry social and political implications; how material and technique enact cultural transformation on the body. Since her time as a psychology student, Linden continues to be fascinated by the formation of identity, especially the relationship between the artist as agent and the representation of the Other, an interest which she intends to investigate for her thesis on French religious images of the Americas. Linden’s thesis will examine the afterlives of these images, questioning how they mobilized and for whom. While her heart is with the French-eighteenth century, she is also intrigued by representations of identity and global exchange in other periods, such as in the unique colonial environment of the Ptolemaic period in Egypt or in the nineteenth-century American west.

Jean Marie Christensen

Jean Marie Christensen is a doctoral student in the Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture program. She received her B.A., Summa Cum Laude, in History with a minor in Art History in 2015 from Oklahoma State University and in 2017 obtained her M.A. in History from The University of Tulsa. Her Masters thesis, “Anne Stuart and the Complications of Female Rule: Gender and the Succession in Post-Restoration England, 1685-1702,” explored how Anne Stuart, daughter of James II, exercised a public persona through court ceremony and portraiture that presented her as a proper daughter, wife, and mother thus allowing her to cultivate political authority and legitimacy at the English court. While at SMU, she hopes to continue examining the intersection between art history and history through the prism of early modern queenship, court culture, historical memory, and the authority and identity found in monarchial and aristocratic representations and portraiture.

Jennifer Smart

Jennifer Smart is a first-year Masters student in the Department of Art History at SMU. She graduated in 2011 from SMU. Prior to entering the Masters program Jennifer worked in the nonprofit and media worlds while writing regular reviews and features on art, theatre, and music for various arts and general interest publications. Her research will focus on modern and contemporary art and film of post-WWII Europe and the US. Interests include intertextuality in visual art and film, the growth of interdisciplinary art and artists in the second half of the 20th century, and the evolving role of the artist and critic in western society with additional interest in the philosophy of art and aesthetics.

Jillianne Laceste

Jillianne Laceste is a second-year graduate student pursuing an MA degree in art history at Southern Methodist University. Originally from New Jersey, she attended Seton Hall University where she earned a BA in art history and an MA in museum studies in a dual-degree program. Her internship experiences include positions at Thomas Edison National Historical Park, a U.S. National Park Service site, and SMU’s Meadows Museum. Prior to SMU, Jillianne lived in Chicago where she worked as a Collections Assistant on a long-term collections stewardship project at the DuSable Museum of African American History and supported Chicago’s homeless animal population as a charity marathon runner and shelter volunteer. Her research interests are gender, portraiture, and women artists in sixteenth and seventeenth century Italy. Jillianne is particularly drawn to how women’s education, domestic lifestyle, and artistic abilities are constructed in self-portraiture.

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. Richman received her B.A. in Art History (2011) from Vanderbilt University and her M.A. in the same subject from SMU (2013). The first recipient of the Gayle and Paul Stoffel Doctoral Fellowship in RASC/a, Richman completed a specially designed year of study which included a fall 2013 residency at London’s Courtauld Institute of Art and coursework at Berlin’s Freie and Humboldt Universities in summer 2014. Richman currently holds a 2017-18 Terra Foundation for American Art Predoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where she is pursuing her dissertation project, “The Mediating Lens: American Cultural Occupation and German National Identity in West Berlin, 1949-1968”.

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.

Lacey Ryan

Lacey Ryan is a first year M.A. student in Art History at Southern Methodist University. In 2015 she received her B.A. in Art History from Binghamton University in upstate New York. Her research interests primarily focus on 19th-century British Victorian art and material culture—particularly in regard to gender issues, the history of technology, and the interrelationship between death and eroticism. Prior to entering this graduate program, Lacey volunteered and interned at The 1890 House Museum: Center of Victorian Arts in Cortland, New York from 2014 to 2017, during which she became staffed as the Assistant Museum Coordinator. Her responsibilities largely focused on designing exhibitions, archival research, collections management, as well as leading guided tours and fundraising. In 2015 Lacey was also staffed in the Special Collections library at Binghamton University, in which she transcribed and wrote the finding aids for Civil War manuscripts. Her professional experience in museums and special collections has provided her with a love of archival research to assist in critically analyzing art and material culture.

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