Student Success

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Spring 2018

Graduate student Sarah Kleinman was awarded the VMFA Graduate Student Fellowship for 2018-2019 to support research for her dissertation, “The Curatorial Practice of Kynaston McShine, 1966 to 1971.”

PhD candidate Sarah Kleinman has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year. She will be conducting research for her forthcoming dissertation, “The Curatorial Practice of Kynaston McShine, 1969–1971” at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine campus in Trinidad and Tobago. As part of the project, Sarah will be working with professors in the Faculty of Humanities and Education to investigate primary and secondary educational systems in McShine’s homeland, focusing on the intersections of education, culture, and the arts in Trinidad.

Fall 2017

Graduate student Matthew Forster presented his paper, “Advertising Freakery: Zoomorphic Identity and the Anthropomorphic Turn in Gilded-Age Visual Culture” at SECAC 2017.

Graduate student Andrea Alvarez secured a year-long fellowship at the Albright-Knox Gallery in Albany, NY.

Summer 2017

Doctoral Candidate Amanda Dalla Villa Adams recently published an article entitled ” ‘In the Middle of Nowhere’ Robert Irwin’s Experiments with the Art and Technology Program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1968-1970,” in the inaugural issue of Art Inquiries (vol. XVII, no. 1, 2016, pp. 30-41), the peer-reviewed journal of the Southeastern College Art Association.

Spring 2017

Graduate student Charlena Wynn presented her paper “The Art of Re-Membering: Molecular and Nature-Related Memory for Forming Cultural and Artistic Production” during the session on “Memory as Resistance: Storytelling, Memoirs, and Dialogue” at the 45th annual National Association for Ethnic Studies conference in San Francisco, March 24th.

Doctoral student Kimberly Jacobs curated (Re)Imaging Women in STEM. The exhibition consists of an online exhibit and a gallery exhibit on the Grounds of the University of Virginia (March 2017 to May 2017). The exhibits feature two sets of portraits—one visual and the other narrative. (Re)Imaging Women in STEM engages with national conversation, and local UVA history, through a collection of visual and narrative portraits of women faculty at UVA who work in STEM departments.

Graduate student Maureen O’Connor was awarded an internship with the in the Department of School, Family, and Adult Programs at the National Gallery of Art this summer.

Undergraduate students Joseph Shaffer and Madeline King have been awarded Dean’s International Study Grants.

Graduate student Maureen O’Connor was awarded the Bruce M. Koplin Award in Museum Studies for the Spring 2017 semester.

Fall 2016

Doctoral student Sarah Kleinman will serve as a curatorial intern working with Lee Anne Hurt Chesterfield and Alex Nyerges at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts this Fall.

Doctoral Candidate Amanda Adams chaired the session “A Return to the Studio through the Analogue” at the annual meeting of MACAA in Cincinnati, OH, October 28th. She has been awarded a SOTA Graduate Travel Grant for her participation. This summer, Amanda also received a departmental research grant to publish her article “‘In the Middle of Nowhere’: Robert Irwin’s Experiments with the Art and Technology Program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1968-70,” which will appear in the forthcoming issue of Art Inquiries (formerly Southeastern College Art Conference Review).

Doctoral student Sarah Kleinman presented her talk “A Direct Means of (Re)presenting the World:  The Art of Hans Haacke, 1960 to 2016” at The Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College on October 2nd. Her talk prefaces Haacke’s solo exhibition at the Meier, Dreams that Money Can Buy

Summer 2016

Doctoral Candidate Owen Duffy completed a Curatorial Residency at the Gwangju Biennale under the direction of the Biennale’s curator Maria Lind.

Doctoral student Kimberly Jacobs has accepted the Catherine Hannah Behrend Internship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Kimberly will be working on the project, “The Museum as a Score” during the 8-week period this summer. The Museum as a Score will reimagine the Museum’s Annual Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium as a multi-day program of performances, talks, and discussions, and will take place this fall, September 9th-11th at both the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the University of Pennsylvania. Kimberly has also been invited to present during the symposium.

Doctoral student Camille Sung was awarded a School of the Arts travel grant to present her paper “Asian Experimental Art after the Avant-Garde: Kim Ku-lim in Korea and Akasegawa Genpei in Japan” at the 20th annual International Congress of Aesthetics in Seoul, South Korea, this summer.

Doctoral student Kimberly Jacobs was accepted to the 2016 Summer Institute “Arts of Survival: Recasting Lives in African Cities” at the Institute for Advanced Study at Indiana University-Bloomington sponsored by the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH).

Spring 2016

Doctoral student Owen Duffy was a awarded a School of the Arts travel grant to attend the Association of Art Museum Curators Conference in Houston, TX this May.

Doctoral student Kimberly Jacobs chaired the session “Black Arts Movement Artists Collective Roundtable” at the James A. Porter Colloquium at Howard University on April 8th. The Artists Collective Roundtable will discuss the aesthetic and sociocultural practices of Black Arts Movement collectives that began in the 1960s, such as AfriCOBRA and Weusi, with younger artists who are currently addressing black-urban representation in the discursive fields of contemporary art and globalization.

Doctoral student Saskia Turpijn was awarded a departmental travel grant to conduct archival research in London this March.

Graduate student Sarah Kleinman was awarded a departmental travel grant to interview the artist Hans Haacke in New York this spring.

Undergraduate student Kathryn Carney was awarded a Dean’s International Travel Grant to travel to Berlin and Paris this summer. She will pursue research and study Surrealist works of art that focus on the representation and treatment of the female body as a “historically specific Freudian fetish object.” Kathryn plans to produce a catalog of her scholarship on how these works reflect the anxiety of the movement, the male Surrealist conception of sexuality, and the role of the female body in transgressive modern art.

Graduate student Sarah Kleinman was awarded the Bruce M. Koplin Award in Museum Studies for the Spring 2016 semester.

Doctoral student Amanda Dalla Villa Adams was awarded the Archives of American Art Graduate Research Essay Prize funded by the Dedalus Foundation Inc. Adams has received a cash prize, publication of her essay, “Draw a Straight Line and Follow It (Repeat)”: Walter De Maria’s Cricket Music and Ocean Music, 1964-1968,” on the Archives of American Art’s website and a one-year subscription to the Archives of American Art Journal.

Doctoral student Samina Iqbal will present her paper “Lahore Art Circle: The Understated Pakistani Modernists” at the 46th annual Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, March 5th.

Doctoral student Owen Duffy published his interview with artist Ron Johnson “An Archaeology of Seeing” in “Art Pulse Magazine” No. 24, Vol. 7, 2015.

Doctoral student Jeanette Nicewinter will present her paper “Religious, Ideological and Political: A Figure on Cajamarca Ceramics as Viewed by Three Andean Cultures” at the Third Annual Wollesen Memorial Graduate Symposium, hosted by the Graduate Union of Students of Art at the University of Toronto in Canada on March 18th.

Doctoral student Jeanette Nicewinter presented the poster “Forming a Symbolic Function: Cajamarca Spoons from the Middle Horizon” at the 56th annual meeting of the Institute of Andean Studies in San Francisco, CA, January 7-10th.

Congratulations to all of our students participating in internships this semester at various institutions including the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, VCU Institute for Contemporary Art, The Valentine, Sediment, and Ghostprint Gallery.

Fall 2015

Doctoral student Owen Duffy published his article “VCUarts:  Training for the Global Art World” in “art&education”, an online partnership between e-flux and Artforum.

Doctoral student Samina Iqbal presented her abstract “Revisiting Modern Art of Pakistan and Sheikh Safdar Ali,” at the Trust for History, Art & Architecture, Pakistan (THAAP) Conference held in Pakistan, November 4th.

Doctoral student Amanda Dalla Villa Adams published an article in the online arts publication, “BurnAway” about the highly anticipated Institute for Contemporary Arts at VCU.  Read her article here.

Doctoral student Jeanette Nicewinter will present her paper “Abstract Imagery on Cajamarca Ceramic Spoons: Combining Function and Ideology” at the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), Pittsburgh, PA, October 22nd.

Graduate student Sarah Kleinman will present her paper “Voz Alta:  The Sound of a Collective Memory” during the Warpolitics in Art session at the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), Pittsburgh, PA, October 21st.

Doctoral student Andrea Alvarez was awarded a VCUarts Research Grant to travel to Black Mountain College in Asheville, NC to complete archival research on Joseph Albers for her dissertation.

Doctoral student Jeanette Nicewinter will present her paper “Abstract Imagery on Cajamarca Ceramic Spoons: Combining Function and Ideology” at the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), Pittsburgh, PA, October 22nd.

Doctoral student Emily Davis will present her paper “Carabin’s Copulating Cats: Censorship and the Salon” at the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), Pittsburgh, PA, October 22nd.

Doctoral student Owen Duffy will present his paper “Anish Kapoor: Decentering the World” at the conference “Public Art: Place, Context, Participation”, October 23-24th at the Fabrica de Santo Thryso in Santo Tirso, Portugal.

Doctoral student Marina Mellado will present her paper “The Architecture of Knowledge: The Jesuit College of Oaxaca, Mexico (16th-19th Centuries)” at the Sixteenth Century Society Annual Conference in Vancouver, Canada , October 23rd.

Summer 2015

Doctoral Student Owen Duffy published an essay, “Harris Johnson: Painting and Anxiety,” in an exhibition catalog for the show How to Remain Human at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (June 12 to September 5) . Also published in print, the catalog is available for download here:

Doctoral student Andrea Alvarez was awarded a VCUarts Travel Research Grant to complete a two week research trip in Germany where she visited the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin, the Bauhaus in Dessau, and the Josef Albers Museum in Bottrop, among many other museums and sites.

Doctoral student Owen Duffy curated the exhibition Almost Famous Opening on June 5th at Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA.  The exhibition is open through July 17th.

Spring 2015

Doctoral student Angela Parker presented her paper Prints in Schools and Birds in the Museum: Educational Practices at the Manchester Art Museum at the 2015 Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference on “Material Cultures/Material Worlds”, March 25-29th.

Doctoral student Amanda Adams published her essay A Bottom Needs A Shadow, in the online journal ext.1708, February 26, 2015

Doctoral student Camille Sung will present her paper  A New Life of Matter: Analysis of the Gutai Art Association’s Materiality at the Marcia Powell Festival of Religion and the Arts, held in April at VCU.

Doctoral student Amanda Adams will present her paper, In the Middle of Nowhere:’ Robert Irwin’s Experiments with the Art and Technology Program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), 1968-1970″ at for McGill University’s Art History and Communication Studies Graduate Student Conference, “Silence!” in April.

Doctoral student Owen Duffy published an essay Art Fairs and Thought-Space in ARTPULSE, Vol. 6, No. 21, 2015.  His essay discusses and theorizes the ways in which art fairs alter the understanding of art and diminish the capacity for aesthetic experience.

During the spring semester students are gaining experience in the field by completing internships at Studio Two Three, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Space, Art 180 and The Valentine.

Fall 2014 

Several students participated in the 70th Annual SECAC Conference, NEXUS: From Handmade to High-Tech.  Emily Davis Winthrop, Doctoral Student Co-Chaired the session The Material Body.  Sharayah Cochran, Graduate Student presented LEGO Museum Heists and Break-in’s: Theory vs. Reality in Play and John Hebble, Doctoral Student presented “Melting Pot” in American Architecture: Global Concepts and the Colonial House (October 8-11, 2014).

Graduate students Susan Moser and Angela Parker curated the exhibition Anywhere But Now opening on November 7th at 6:00 pm at the Wilton House Museum.  The show features the work of twelve artists from various cities in the U.S., including Richmond and will be the first exhibition of contemporary art at The Wilton House Museum.

Doctoral student Samantha Karam recently organized an online exhibition, Remembering Theresa Pollak: An Exhibition on the Founder of VCUarts, which can be viewed here. The exhibition serves as one of the inaugural exhibitions in the VCU Libraries Gallery and illuminates Ms. Pollak’s artistic career and her role in developing the School of the Arts. More information on Samantha’s exhibit and the new VCU Libraries Gallery can be found in this article by Brian McNeill.

Graduate students Angela Parker and Susan Moser curated the exhibition Anywhere But Now.  The opening reception at the Wilton House Museum will take place on November 7th from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Doctoral students Owen Duffy, John Hebble,  Jeanette Nicewinter and Angela Parker presented papers at the Third Annual Conference in Paragone Studies in Quebec City, Canada, November 18-20th.

Doctoral student Andrea Alvarez is the inaugural Gallery Manager of the VCUarts Depot Gallery.

Doctoral student Amanda Dalla Villa Adams has recently published several exhibition reviews in Style Weekly.

Doctoral student, Owen Duffy organized the exhibition that is currently on view at the Depot Gallery until October 26th.The Tapia Twins: Bringing Together Art & Medicine highlights several important collaborations between VCUarts students, faculty and MCV medical professionals that enabled the successful surgical separation of nineteen-month-old conjoined twins.

Graduate student, Roland Coffey has been selected to receive a department travel grant to attend the Locating Expressionism conference at the Los Angeles County Museum.

Graduate student, Sharayah Cochran has been awarded a School of the Arts Graduate Travel Grant to present at the 3rd International Conference of Photography and Theory, taking place in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Doctoral Student, Owen Duffy has been awarded a school of the Arts Graduate Travel Grant to present at the Third Annual International Conference in Paragone Studies in Quebec City.

Summer 2014

Doctoral student, Jeanette Nicewinter traveled to Oaxaca & Mexico City, Mexico this summer with the NEH Summer Institute “Pictorial Histories and Myth-Histories: Graphic Novels” of the Mixtecs and Aztecs.” Jeanette was also awarded a Charles Cuttler Student Travel Stipend from the Midwest Art History Society to help defray the cost of attending their conference in St. Louis.  Jeanette has recently accepted an offer of employment for the position of Collections Management System Assistant in the Department of the Registrars at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Doctoral student Saskia Turpijn has been selected for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Research graduate summer seminar in London, “British Print Culture in a Transnational Context, 1700-2014”.This was an extremely competitive award; Saskia is one of 12 participants selected out of a total of 90 applicants.  She will be studying in London collections with top print scholars.

Doctoral student Samina Iqbal has been awarded the American Institute of Pakistan Studies fellowship to complete research in Pakistan this summer.

Doctoral student Owen Duffy has been awarded a Research Grant by The Henry Moore Foundation. This competitive and prestigious international award will cover the travel and living expenses associated with conducting dissertation research in London this summer.

Spring 2014

Undergraduate student Emily Driver interned during the Spring 2014 semester with registrar Jennie Runnels at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, to organize archival and reference materials associated with a major art collection recently donated to the museum.  The gift—a collection of 10,000 prints, spanning five centuries, created by European and American artists, and amassed by Richmond native Frank Raysor—is a remarkable addition to the VMFA. Emily’s work associated with the gift is but one of the countless experiences enjoyed by students who have discovered that Richmond is teeming with internship opportunities in museums, galleries, historical sites, and research libraries.

Undergraduate student Connor Vaughn hosted Jackson Ward History Day as part of his Richard Carlyon student research grant.  The event included presentations from Maggie L. Walker Historic Site and the Sixth Mount Zion Baptist church along with open forums for the community.  The event held on Sunday, April 13th from 2-4pm at Abner Clay Park was part of the research he completed about the history of the Jackson Ward area through interviews with long time residents and documented sources.

Doctoral student Owen Duffy attended the conference, Collecting Geographies: Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art to present his paper “Globalization, Anish Kapoor’s Sculpture, and Site-Specific Critique”, March 13-15, 2014, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Doctoral student Owen Duffy presented his paper “Anish Kapoor’s 1000 Names” at the Midatlantic Sympoisum on March 7, 2014, annual event organized by the National Gallery Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts and the University of Maryland Department of Art History and Archaeology. The Symposium features work by advanced graduate students from seven universities in the region, presented to an audience of academic and museum community members in the greater Washington area.

Graduate student Susan Moser has been awarded a School of the Arts Graduate Travel Grant to present at the American Alliance of Museums Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington.

Graduate student Sharayah Cochran has been awarded a School of the Arts Graduate Travel Grant to present at the Ohio University Art History Graduate Symposium.

Doctoral student Andrea Alvarez has been awarded a School of the Arts Graduate Travel Grant to present at the Enlightened Image: History and Uses of Projection Conference in Montreal, Canada.

Doctoral student Owen Duffy’s exhibition review “Out of Necessity: Contemporary Intervention” has been published in the February issue of Ceramics Monthly.

Doctoral student Marina Mellado has been awarded a VCUarts Research Travel Grant Award for her project “The Architecture of Knowledge: The Jesuit College of Oaxaca”.

Doctoral student Craig Reynolds has received a VCUarts Research Travel Grant award for his project “An Investigation of British-Palladian Sources for the United States Capitol”.

Graduate student Sharayah Cochran received a Research Grant Award from the Department of Art History to travel to Chicago for thesis-related research at the archives of the Chicago Art Institute.

Doctoral student Samina Iqbal received a Research Grant Award from the Department of Art History to travel to London for dissertation related field work.

Doctoral student Angela Parker received a Research Grant Award from the Department of Art History to conduct exploratory research at the 2014 AAM Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo in Seattle, WA.

Fall 2014

Doctoral Student Andrea Alvarez has been awarded a Gulnar Bosch Student Travel Assistance Award from the Southeastern College Art Association (SECAC). This award, along with a VCUarts Graduate Student Travel Grant will help support her travel to the 2013 annual conference where she will present her paper Ambivalent Polemics: The 1998-9 Jackson Pollock Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.

Doctoral Student Craig Reynolds has been awarded the Renato Cevese Scholarship from The Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura. This prestigious international award will support his stay at the center to conduct research in the archives/library and to attend the 55th Course on Palladian Architecture.

Doctoral Students Amanda Adams and Samantha Karam have been awarded VCUarts Graduate Student Travel Grants to present their papers at the 2013 Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) in Greensboro, NC. Amanda Adams’ paper is titled Mapping the Battlefield: Sally Mann’s Last Measure (2001-2).  Samantha Karam’s paper is titled Beyond Gender: A Historiographic Analysis of Dorothea Tanning’s Artistic Practice.

Doctoral Student Amy Marshman has been awarded the Fredrika and Paul Jacobs Merit Scholarship to continue her dissertation research on the American Southwest.  She plans to conduct research at the American Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum.

Several Undergraduate Students will be studying abroad during the 2013-14 academic year.  Bailey Goldsborough will be studying in Paris, France, Ashleigh Davis will be studying in London and both Brianna Landes and Allison Snead will be studying in Doha, Qatar at VCUarts in Qatar.