Alumni News


Summer 2018

Lee Anne Hurt Chesterfield (PhD, 2006) has been named Director of the Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida. Read the full press release here.

Andrea Alvarez (MA, 2012) is now Curatorial Assistant at the Albright-Knox Art gallery (where she had held a fellowship during 2017-18).

Spring 2018

Jessica Lambertz Witek (MA’ 14) published her article “Creating Virginia’s War Memorial Carillon: A Citizen’s Campaign to Call Their Own” in Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 126, no. 1, 2018.

Colleen Yarger (PhD ’14) recently published two exhibition catalogs, “A Sporting Vision: The Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts” and “Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.” 

Fall 2017

Vittorio Colaizzi (PhD ’05) recently published Robert Ryman with Phaidon Press.

Heather McGuire (PhD ’10) has accepted a position at George Mason University as a visiting Assistant Professor of Art History.

Nicole de Armendi (PhD ’10) has accepted a position at Converse College as an Assistant Professor of Art History.

Corey Piper (MA ’06) has accepted a position as the Mellon Curatorial Assistant at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Amanda Acosta (BA ’16) accepted a position as the Experience Ambassador at the MET Breuer in New York City.

Roland Coffey (MA ’15) accepted a position as a Publicist at Yale University Press.

Summer 2017

Yumi Park Huntington (PhD ’11), Assistant Professor at Jackson State University, published a review of Memory Traces: Analyzing Sacred Spaces at Five Mesoamerican Sites, ed. by Cynthia Kristan-Graham and Laura Amrhein in Art Inquiries, vol. XVII, no. 1, 2016 (pp. 99-101).

Colleen Truax Yarger (PhD ’13), Adjunct Professor at John Tyler Community College, published a review of Picture Titles: How and Why Western Paintings Acquired Their Names by Ruth Bernard Yeazell in Art Inquiries, vol. XVII, no. 1, 2016 (pp. 107-109).

Spring 2017

Corey Piper (MA ’06), Wyeth Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, University of Virginia presented his paper “Winslow Homer and the Rise of an American Sporting Ideal” at The Smithsonian American Art Museum where he is a Fellow in Residence for the 2016-17 academic year.

Richard DiCicco (BA ’14) has joined VCUarts as an Arts Writer.

Jessica Ferey (BA ’11) the founder of EqualArty, moderated the discussion Inspire, Aspire, Create: Women Leaders in the Arts for Emerging Leaders of New York Arts, a networking and professional development group for creative professionals in the 20’s and 30’s, March 23rd.

Hanna Gropper (BA ‘15) will join the M.Ed Elementary Education program at the College of William & Mary this fall.

Faith Witherspoon (BA ‘14) will begin the MA program in Art History at University of Illinois at Chicago this fall.

Kristie Couser (MA ’13) has joined the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (The Clark) as Curatorial Assistant for Works on Paper, a position in which she will support the department of prints, drawings, and photographs while coordinating the activities of the newly renovated Manton Study Center and Gallery for Works on Paper.

Zachary Whitlow (BA ’16) has joined Downtown Blackstone, Inc. as their Executive Director where he will also be managing the Robert Thomas Carriage Museum.

Fall 2016

William Neer (BA ’16) accepted a Curatorial Assistant position at the VFMA working with the East Asian Art Collection.

Amber Esseivia (BA ’09) has joined the Institute for Contemporary Art, VCU as their Curatorial Assistant.

Keri Ragland (BA ’12) was promoted to Manager of Historical Collections at Maymont.

Hannelore Lewis (BA ‘16) began the MA program in Library Science at Rutgers University

Summer 2016

Kaelne Koorn (BA ’15) was awarded a Fulbright Student Scholarship to study the history of the Parián market in Mexico City and the Manila Galleon trade system that brought it into existence, providing preliminary research for future doctorate studies. Her research will highlight the significance of the integration of Asian style art into New Spanish/Mexican traditions in the formation of Mexican visual culture as it diverges from western formulae.

Jessica Welton (PhD ’14) will be a Visiting Scholar at the University of Arizona during the 2016-17 academic year.

Spring 2016

Kelly Zacovic (MA ’13) has accepted a position as Library Archivist, City of Savannah, Savannah, GA.

Jessica Ferey (BA ’11) presented her talk “What We Talk About When We (Don’t) Talk About Women in Museums”  at the 2016 American Alliance of Museum’s (AAM) Conference, May 28th.

The Page Bond Gallery and guest co-curators Dr. Heather McGuire (current Adjunct Assistant Professor and PhD ’10) and Dr. Sara Desvernine Reed (MA ’99)  are pleased to present Signs of Life”: new work by Khaled Al-Saa’i, Marguerite Courtney, Hillary Fayle, Anoka Faruqee, Penelope Gottlieb, Jason Hackett, Ledelle Moe, Jaydan Moore, and Clay Witt. opening Friday, April 29th. This group show of contemporary art is grounded in the intersection of time, history, signification, process and abstraction. “Signs of Life” draws from local, national and international artists who engage art’s ability to reflect, sometimes through circuitous routes, natural and cultural signs that can shift based on one’s perspective, April 29th through May 28th.

Kristina Keogh (PhD ’14) has been named the new Director of Library Services at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL.

Fall 2015

Roland Coffey (MA ’15) has accepted a position as a Publishing Assistant in the Art Books Department at Yale University Press.

Jessica Witek (MA ’15) accepted a position as a Museum Data Support Specialist at the U.S. Army Ordnance Training and Heritage Center at Fort Lee, VA.

Emily Campbell (MA ’15)  accepted a position at Colonial Williamsburg as one of their Architectural Preservation Assistant.

Jessica McFadden (BA ’15) accepted a Museum Assistant position at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.

Kristie Couser (MA ’13), Curatorial Assistant for the Mellon Collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts recently co-curated Félix Bracquemond: Impressionist Innovator – Selections from the Frank Raysor Collection at the VMFA.  The exhibition was reviewed in the current issue of Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide:

Jessica Ferey’s  (BA ’11) article on the research behind her “equalarty” project has been published in the International Arts Manager Magazine.  You can read the full article here.  Equalarty is an online resource to inspire and empower women arts leaders of tomorrow.

Elizabeth Ann Fuqua (MA ’12) was recently hired as the Adult Programs Coordinator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Summer 2015

Jessica Ferey (BA ’11) was promoted to Deputy Director at Global Cultural Districts Network

Amber Esseiva (BA ’12) is the new Director of Retrospective Gallery

Craig Reynolds (PhD ’15) was recently hired as the Curator at the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design in Richmond, VA.

Spring 2015

Richard DiCicco (BA ’14) presented his senior capstone research project “Achieving Objectivity in the Post-colonial Art World!” during the “We’ll Be Seeing You” poster session at the Virginia Association of Museums Conference.

Denisse De Leon (MA ’10) is the new Education Coordinator at the Glazer Children’s Museum.

Fall 2014

Samantha Best (BA ’08), MA student in Art History at Hunter College co-curated the exhibition Another Place:  the C12 Exhibition. The exhibition presents the work of eight Hunter College MFA graduates from the past decade whose art practices redefine space. For additional information and press release click here.

Summer 2014

Jessica Witek (MA 2014) co-presented a summary of her MA thesis in conjunction with a lecture at the VMFA, Over Here: Responses to World War I in Art and Architecture with Dr. Elizabeth O’Leary, former VMFA Associate Curator of American Art on Thursday, July 31st at 6:30 pm.  They discussed various ways American artists and architects responded to World War I which featured paintings by George Bellows and Childe Hassam, as well as Virginia’s World War I Memorial in Richmond’s Byrd Park.

Connor Vaughn, (BA 2014) will begin a position this fall at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in their year long museum education program as an intern educator.

Spring 2014

Margaret Richardson (PhD 2005) published her book Between Reality and Dream:  The Aesthetic Vision of K.G. Subramanyan.  It explores the writings and works of Subrmanyan through an Indian artist, teach, and scholar.

Gentry Ranson, Undergraduate Alumni (2014) will be attending UNC’s MA program in Art History this fall.  She will be concentrating on Museum Studies and Library Science.

Aaron Ellrich, Undergraduate Alumni (2014) will be attending the University of Florida’s funded MA program in museum studies with a concentration in anthropology.

Elizabeth Forbes, Undergraduate Alumni (2014) will be attending the Arts Policy and Practice graduate program at The National University of Ireland at Galway.

John Barry Matthews, Undergraduate Alumni (2013) will be attending the Phd Program in Art History at William & Mary this fall.

Victoria Laine Clark, Undergraduate Alumni (2013) will be attending the MA History of Art Program at Birkbeck University in London.

Undergraduate Alumni Monica Kinsey (2013) has been hired as an intern at Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, VA.

Vittorio Colaizzi curated the exhibition “Making and Meaning: Selections from the Collections of the Chrysler Museum of Art” for the Baron and Ellin Gordon Galleries at Old Dominion University.

Dennis Durham (PhD) announces his publication  “The Architecture of Entropy: IAIN BAXTER& (1936- ), Dan Graham (1942- ), and Robert Smithson (1938-) in the 1960s” H7IT ON, Featuring IAN BAXTER&. Ed. Adam Louder. Toronto: YYZBOOKS, 2013.

Emily Gerhold (PhD) presented her paper “An American Gallery of Beauties” at the Annual Conference for the Midwest Art History Society in St. Louis, Missouri on April 5th.

Fall 2013

Morales, Reinaldo. Session organizer, co-chair, and paper presented at the International Federation of Rock Art Organizations Congress, Albuquerque, New Mexico. May 2013.

Park, Yumi. Paper presented:“Head Motifs on Cupisnique Style Ceramics: Emblems of Cultural Identity in Early Andean Art,”
 Annual Conference of the Midwest Art History Society, St. Louis, Missouri, April 5, 2014.

Richardson, Margaret. Paper presented: “A Tale of Two Cities: Raghubir Singh’s Photographs of India,” Southeastern College Art Conference, Greensboro, North Carolina, November 2, 2013.

Winn, Paula and Yumi Park. Co-chaired conference: “The Role of Interdisciplinary Scholarship in Pre-Columbian Art, Southeastern College Art Conference, Greensboro, North Carolina, October 31, 2013.

Lucinda K. Havenhand Co-authored with Carla Corroto an essay entitled “The 5’ Turning Circle: Representation and Disability in Architecture and Design” as a chapter in Mark Sherry and Laura Lorenz, eds. Disability and Qualitative Inquiry: Methods for Rethinking an Ableist World.