Graduate Alumni News

Susan Ludi Blevins, Ph.D., 2013, presented three papers: "Sacrifice in Stone: Sacred Implements on the Temple of Divus Vespasian and Divus Titus," at Gods, Objects, and Ritual Practice in Ancient Mediterranean Religion, an Interdisciplinary Conference sponsored by the Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions in March 2013; "Epiphany in Bronze: Colossal Commemoration in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods," at the Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA in January 2013; and "Remembering Material Culture: Archaeology and the Science of Memory," Session co-chair with Maggie Popkin (Institute of Fine Arts of New York University),  at the Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) USA Annual Meeting in Buffalo, NY, in May 2012. She will have two entries, "Ceramics" with Susan Rotroff, and "Lamps" in Samothrace: Excavations Conducted by the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University, Vol. 9: The Monuments of the Eastern Hill, Ed. Bonna Wescoat (forthcoming).

Angi Elsea Bourgeois, Ph.D., 2003, is currently working on a new research project examining the fifteenth-century printed books that derive from the lost frescoes of Santa Maria sopra Minerva.  She has also chaired a session at the Foundations in Art Theory and Education Biennial Conference this past March in Savannah, GA, to explore innovations in teaching Art History Survey.  Finally, she has just returned from two conferences, the National Council of Arts Administrators, hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University and the annual meeting of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD--an arts accrediting association).

Over the past two years as the Wallis Annenberg Curatorial Fellow at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Sienna Brown, Ph.D., 2010, has co-curated several exhibitions, most notably the nationally touring exhibition: "Ed Ruscha: Standard." She also organizes an annual event, LA Print, which showcases established and emerging printmakers from the Los Angeles area and was instrumental in the acquisition of a major Rauschenberg print: the 60 foot-long screenprint "Currents." Sienna is continuing at LACMA as a curatorial assistant for exhibitions.

Sheramy Bundrick, B.A. in Art History at Emory, 1992, Ph.D., 1998, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, is spending the 2013-14 academic year at the American Academy in Rome as a Rome Prize Fellow in Ancient Studies. Her project there concerns the import and reception of ancient Athenian vases by the Etruscans, particularly their appropriation for tomb assemblages.

Catherine Fernandez, Ph.D., 2012, was appointed Reader/Research Scholar at the Index of Christian Art, Princeton University.

Clare Fitzgerald, Ph.D., 2013, presented "Difficult Definitions: An Unusual Coffin from the Michael C. Carlos Museum," at the Egyptian/Egyptomania show "In the Shadow of the Sphinx," at the Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY, in August 2012.

Olubukola Gbadegesin, Ph.D., 2010, is in her third year at Saint Louis University. She has an article coming out in History of Photography (UK) in February 2014 (`Photographer Unknown': Neils Walwin Holm and the (Ir)retrievable Lives of African Photographers'). She presented at the inaugural Dark Room Symposium at Northeastern University and the Print Cultures Network Conference at University of Birmingham, UK. She was also awarded an internal teaching grant for a proposal to integrate field service learning into her courses.

Jessica Gerschultz, Ph.D., 2012, Assistant Professor of African and African-American Studies at the University of Kansas, she published a book chapter, "Navigating Nairobi: Artists in a Workshop System," in African Art and Agency in the Workshop (Indiana University Press, 2013.) She received an award from the University of Kansas New Faculty General Research Fund for travel to Tunisia and France for her book project on Tunisian modernism. Dr. Gerschultz was invited to present the results of this research at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting (2013), the College Art Association Annual Conference (2014), and the Arts Council of the African Studies Association Triennial Symposium on African Art (2014). As part of the August 2013 closing events for the exhibition "An Errant Line: Ann Hamilton/Cynthia Schira," Dr. Gerschultz gave an invited gallery talk on women's textiles and art education at the Spencer Museum of Art. In addition, Dr. Gerschultz heads the reviews committee of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey. She is teaching two classes, Islamic Art and Architecture in Africa and Introduction to Africa, this fall.

Amanda Hellman, Ph.D., 2013, is the co-curator of Southern Connections: Bearden in Atlanta, a complementary exhibition to Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey, opening at the Michael C. Carlos Museum on December 14, 2013.  Southern Connections surveys Bearden's literary, scholarly, and artistic relationships in Atlanta, which shaped his influential career as an African American artist who dealt with a range of subjects from his roots in the south, jazz, the Caribbean island of St. Martin, and Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey. The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Richard A. Long (1927-2013), Atticus Haygood Professor Emeritus of Interdisciplinary Studies at Emory University. Amanda will begin a new position as Curator of African Art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum on November 12, 2013.

Peri M. Klemm, Ph.D., 2002, is Associate Professor of Art History at California State University, Northridge.  Peri published an article "We Grew Up Free but Here We Have to Cover our Faces.  Veiling among Oromo Refugees in Eastleigh, Kenya."  In Veiling in Africa.  Ed. Elisha Renne.  Indiana University Press, p.186-204.  Her photo exhibition 'Bareedina: Women of Oromia' traveled to Augsburg College in Minneapolis and the University of Michigan-Flint where she also presented talks.  Currently, Peri is writing an e-text for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and Native America. 

Anthony F. Mangieri, Ph.D., 2008, is Assistant Professor of Art History at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.  At CAA's 2013 annual conference he presented a paper entitled, "What Demeter Wore to the Eleusinian Mysteries:  Cult and the Art of Dress on Makron's Eleusis Skyphos in the British Museum."  In the last year he also presented papers at the biennial symposium of the Textile Society of America, the San Angelo Ceramic Symposium, and the Feminism and Classics conference at Brock University in Canada.

Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, Ph.D., 2013, has been appointed Curator of African Art at the Hood Museum, Dartmouth College. He recently published three articles: "The Contemporary Present and Modernist Past in Postcolonial African Art" in World Art, Issue 3, No. 2, Autumn/Fall 2013;  "Curating Africa, Curating the Contemporary: The Pan-African Model of Dak'Art Biennial" in SAVVY: Journal of Contemporary African Art, [special edition on Curating: Expectations and Challenges] No. 4, November 2012; and "Dak'Art 2012: Prospects and Challenges," [Review of the 10th Dak'Art: Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Dakar, May 10 - June 9, 2012] Universe in Universe (Nafas Art Magazine), June 2012.,

Amanda Rogers, Ph.D., 2013, has received a two-year Andrew Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Sarahh Scher, Ph.D., 2010, was selected as Chair of the Department of Art at Upper Iowa University in April, 2012.  She recently published the article "Markers of Masculinity: Phallic Representation in Moche Art" in the Bulletin de l'Institut Français d'Études Andines. A session commentator at the American Society for Ethnohistory's annual meeting in 2012, she will be presenting at CAA and SAA in 2014.  As a volunteer at the San José de Moro field school in Peru this past July, she participated in the discovery of a high-status Priestess tomb, one of over a dozen burials of important women at the site.

Virginia Gardner Troy, Ph.D., 1997, is Associate Professor of Art History at Berry College, GA.  She spent the 2012-2013 academic year on sabbatical working on a new book project, "The Fabric of Modernity: Textiles in Midcentury America 1935-1965."  She presented papers at three conferences: "Weaving Diplomacy: Government Sponsored Weaving Projects During the Cold War," Textile Society of America Symposium, Washington, DC, 2012; "Critical Reception of the Marie Cuttoli Tapestries 1935-65," College Art Association Conference, New York, 2013; and "The Golden Age of American Textiles 1935-1965," American Studies Association Conference, Washington DC, November 2013.  Her book review of Knoll Textiles 1945-2010, Earl Martin, Ed., Yale University Press, 2011, appeared in Textile History, Vol. 43, No. 2 November 2012. This summer she was selected as a Council of Independent Colleges Seminar Fellow for "Dutch Art, Patrons, and Markets," at the High Museum of Art. She and her husband Bob live in Rome, GA; their son is a senior in college.

Emily Taub Webb, Ph.D., 2010, presented a paper titled "Space and Place: Structuring Perception in Early Site-Specific Art" at the international conference "Staging the Land: Contemporary Site-Specific Creation and the Issue of Perception" hosted by the University of Avignon. The conference honored earth artist Nancy Holt. She participated in a panel alongside artists Radcliffe Bailey, Dan Estabrook, and Elizabeth Turk during which we discussed the recent revival of traditional and avant-garde techniques that contribute to an energized state of expression in contemporary photography. The event coincided with a current exhibition, "Manipulated," on view at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta. At SCAD she has taught two new classes: Critical and Theoretical Approaches to Photography Since 1945 and Art Criticism.

Laura Brannon Wingfield, Ph.D., 2009, returned to the Carlos Museum last fall in Collections Services and Art of the Americas and is looking forward to seeing two papers published in the next few months and into next year, each in edited volumes: one on the gender complications of jade in pre-Columbian Costa Rica for a volume co-edited by Dr. Sarahh Scher, the second a discussion of dress in formative period Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and the third a paper coauthored with Dr. Rebecca Stone on ceramics and spirituality in Costa Rica.