History of Art Celebrates a Banner Year

Posted April 21st, 2011 at 12:48 pm.

photo of Lori FeltonIn the groves of academe, the vernal equinox heralds not only spring, but fellowship season. This year, the Bryn Mawr Department of History of Art is enjoying an especially fruitful one.

Two of the department’s current graduate students have been awarded Fulbright research fellowships for research abroad, and a third has scored a coveted curatorial fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Alumnae/i have also continued to burnish the department’s reputation: one has been named a Fulbright Scholar, while a second has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship, an honor given to individuals who have “demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship.”  Another alumnus was appointed to a curatorship at an important Midwestern museum.

A brief rundown:

Graduate Students

Ph.D. candidate Maeve Doyle was awarded a Fulbright research fellowship to study in France next year. Doyle will spend significant time in Paris, but will also travel to libraries and manuscript collections around France as she researches a sudden proliferation of owner portraits in a group of medieval devotional manuscripts from northern France, a phenomenon that sits at the intersection of important developments in the histories of literacy, religion, gender relations, and Western conceptions of selfhood and identity.

photo of Lori FeltonPh.D. candidate Lori Felton also won a Fulbright research fellowship. Her dissertation research will take her to Vienna, where she will explore the portraiture of Expressionist artist Egon Schiele. In her master’s thesis, Felton focused on the Doppelgänger motif in some of Schiele’s self-portraits. In her dissertation, she hopes to extend her analysis to examples of Schiele’s portraiture in which a literal Doppelgänger is not present, asking how the themes he explored with the motif are manifested in other ways.

photo of Angelique WilleAngélique Wille, also a Ph.D candidate, will gain valuable insight into the field of museum curatorship next year at one of the world’s premier art museums, as the 2011-12 Slifka Foundation Interdisciplinary Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Slifka fellow is expected to conduct both art-historical and technical research on the Met’s Northern Renaissance collection — an ideal combination for Wille, whose dissertation research will investigate both the production of a type of Northern Renaissance painting and the way those paintings are presented in museums today.

Department Alumnae/i

photo of Elizabeth BolmanGSAS alumna Elizabeth Bolman, who teaches art history at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, has been awarded a coveted Guggenheim Fellowship for 2011-12. Bolman will use the award to complete a book on a late-antique church, the basilica of the Red Monastery, in Egypt. Long overlooked by scholars, the Red Monastery has emerged, thanks to a restoration and conservation project Bolman has directed there for a decade, as “the most significant historical Christian monument still extant in Egypt.” The planned book, for which Bolman has recruited a team of 16 scholars, will finally introduce this important find to scholars in several disciplines.

photo of Mel McCombieUndergraduate  alumna Mary E. “Mel” McCombie ’76, who teaches in the American studies department at Trinity University in Connecticut, has been named a Fulbright Scholar and will spend the 2011-12 academic year at the American University in Cairo, in its American studies program. McCombie’s research project compares advertising for products aimed at women in both the United States and Egypt. How are visual devices employed? What cultural assumptions underpin the advertisements and marketing of multi-national brands such as Revlon and Olay? McCombie will compare print media, particularly magazines, and employ the methodologies of art history, business, geography, and sociology.

photo of William Keyse RudolphWilliam Keyse Rudolph, Ph.D ’03, has been named curator of American and decorative arts at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Since 2009, Rudolph served as the curator of American art at the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Mass. Prior to that, he was the associate curator of American art at the Dallas Museum of Art and associate/research coordinator in European decorative arts after 1700 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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