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Art History Professor Amy Buono wins two national fellowships

Art History faculty members recognized for scholarship and expertise

Art History Students Honored

Rebecca Quinn receives prestigious fellowship

Rebecca QuinnRebecca Quinn (B.A. Art History Honors/Distinction 2011) is one of only three students nationwide admitted with five years of full funding to the art history Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins University.

In addition to completing a triple major in art history, French and Spanish, Ms. Quinn served as the student representative to the SMU Board of Trustees.

She and a fellow student received a 2010 Provost's "Big Idea" grant to launch a literary magazine and website called "Tale of One City."  Inspired by her reading about the decades-long struggle with desegregation in Dallas schools, she and her colleague sought a way to create some sense of community and interaction among high school students from different parts of the city. 

In April 2011, she successfully defended her art history honors thesis Santiago as Matamoros: Race, Class and Limpieza de Sangre in a Sixteenth-century Spanish Manuscript. An essay based on one of its chapters was awarded the 2011 Larrie and Bobbi Weil Undergraduate Research Award for best paper.

Natalie Boerder wins MMA internship

Junior Art History major Natalie Boerder has been awarded The Cloisters Summer Internship for 2011, sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is one of only a handful of paid summer internships for undergraduate art history majors in the country.

The nine-week internship is for undergraduate college students who are interested in art and museum careers, enjoy working with children, and have an interest in medieval art. Participants join the Education Office of The Cloisters, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art of medieval Europe.

Intensive training prepares interns to conduct gallery workshops for New York City day campers and to develop a public gallery talk.

May 4, 2011

Amy Buono, assistant professor of Art History and a recipient of a 2011 SMU Golden Mustang Outstanding Faculty Award, has received post-doctoral fellowships from both the Getty Research Institute and the American Association of University Women.

Professor Amy Buono of Art History at SMUBuono will be in residence during 2011/12 at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, California, completing work on her book manuscript Feather Techné: Tupinambá Interculture in Early Modern Brazil and Europe.

Buono also is completing work on an edited translation of the 1766 illustrated Jesuit medicinal Collecção de varias receitas de segredos particulares des principaes boticas da nossa companhia de Portugal, da India, de Macao e do Brasil, with E. J. Brill Publishers. Last summer Buono won a residential New World Comparative Studies Summer Fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.

Art History faculty receive honors

  • Roberto Tejada, Distinguished Endowed Chair of Art History, was asked to serve in 2011/2012 as a juror for the National Book Award.
  • Alessandra Comini, SMU University Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita, will receive a 2011 Distinguished Alumna Award from Barnard College. Comini graduated from Barnard in 1956. As noted on the school’s website, the Distinguished Alumna Award was established in 1967 as a way to honor and inspire outstanding Barnard women. The award is given each year to an alumna who personifies the ideals of excellence of a liberal arts education and who has achieved considerable public or professional distinction and recognition in her chosen field of endeavor. Honorees are selected by the Alumnae Association Awards Committee based on nominations from alumnae. Comini is one of two recipients of this year’s award, which will be presented at the Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner during Barnard's Reunion Weekend, June 2-5, 2011.
  • Associate Professor of Art History Pamela Patton received a 2009-10 President's Associates Outstanding Faculty Award that honors tenured faculty who have sustained high achievement as both teachers and scholars in their professions.
  • Assistant Professor of Art History Eric Stryker was invited to speak at the symposium "Lawrence Alloway Reconsidered" organized by the Tate London.

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