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Michelle Prestholt wins Schewe Award

Michelle

 

The department is pleased to announce this year's winner of the Schewe Award for Best Graduate Student Paper (2017-18) is Michelle Prestholt. Michelle's paper is entitled "Oppositional Identities: The Monstrous Peoples at Vezelay and Their Ancient Roots." She wrote this paper as part of Thomas Dale's seminar in Medieval Art.

Michelle is in her third year in the graduate program. She is studying ancient art with Professor Nicholas Cahill.

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Please join us for the annual graduation celebration at 3:00 p.m. at the University Club.

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The annual graduate student recruitment weekend will be held over a two day period on March 7-8, 2019. We look forward to your participation.

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Conrad A. Elvehjem Building

2018 Undergraduate Prize Winners

Yusi Liu
Credit: Yusi Liu receives Senior Honors Thesis Prize

 

The Department is pleased to announce the winners of our 2018 Undergraduate Prizes. Hoyon Mephokee wins the Warfield Family Essay Prize for his paper (written for Prof. Nancy Rose Marshall's seminar), "Exploring the Exotic: John Frederick Lewis's Hidden Interiors." Stuart Deets is the winner of the Joseph Ruzicka and Susan Fancher Leadership Award, for his years of dedication in service to the department and the university while maintaining high academic standards. Finally, the winner of the Senior Thesis Prize is Yusi Liu, for her paper "“BETWEEN BUSHES AND BATHROOMS: Sanitation in Archaic Greek Household" (supervised by Prof. Nicholas Cahill). Please join us in celebrating the achievement of these and all of our excellent students.
 
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Christy Wahl awarded DAAD grant

Christy Wahl

 

Christy Wahl, Ph.D. Candidate, has been awarded a research grant through the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst or DAAD). This generous grant, funded by the German government and the European Union, provides Christy an additional six months of research time in lovely Berlin. She is currently on a yearlong doctoral fellowship in the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität. 

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Another Fellowship for Lindsay Wells

lindsay wells

 

In Fall 2018 Lindsay Wells will research her dissertation on Victorian indoor gardening and the Aesthetic Movement at the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University. Lindsay looks forward to encountering the resident spirit who mysteriously presents scholars with their most compelling finds on the last day of their residency, thereby ensuring that they must return!

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Student Wins Hilldale Fellowship

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Ruth St Denis in Kuan Yin." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 25, 2018.
Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Ruth St Denis in Kuan Yin." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 25, 2018.

 

 

 

Art History undergraduate student Hayley Huston has received a prestigious Hilldale Fellowship to conduct research during summer 2018. Her advisor, Prof. Yuhang Li, is supervising progress on Hayley's honor thesis entitled "Transmedia Narratives: A Case Study of Appropriated Chinese Goddess Iconography in Ruth St. Denis’s White Jade and Kuan Yin.”

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On Thursday, May 3rd from 4:00 pm to 5:00 PM (in room L170 of the Conrad A. Elvehjem Building) the Art History Dept., in conjunction with SuccessWorks, is co-sponsoring a Museum and Curatorial Studies Panel where students can learn from, and ask questions of, professionals working in museums and curatorial spaces. The panelists include the Director for the James Watrous Gallery, a Curator of the permanent collection at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Exhibition Manager at the Chazen Museum, and a Professor of Art History who specializes in curatorial studies.

Please contact Teddy Kaul (ejkaul@wisc.edu) to RSVP!

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New Graduate Student Publication

Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies: Italy and the Environmental Humanities
Sophia Maxine Farmer's chapter "Aeropittura: Modern Aviation and the Fascist Idealization of the Italian Landscape" has been published in the peer-reviewed collective volume Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies: Italy and the Environmental Humanities edited by Enrico Cesaretti, Serenella Iovino, and Elena Past by the University of Virginia Press.

Bringing together new writing by some of the field’s most compelling voices from the United States and Europe, Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies: Italy and the Environmental Humanities is the first book to examine Italy--as a territory of both matter and imagination--through the lens of the environmental humanities. The contributors offer a wide spectrum of approaches--including ecocriticism, film studies, environmental history and sociology, eco-art, and animal and landscape studies--to move past cliché and reimagine Italy as a hybrid, plural, eloquent place. Among the topics investigated are post-seismic rubble and the stratifying geosocial layers of the Anthropocene, the landscape connections in the work of writers such as Calvino and Buzzati, the contaminated fields of the ecomafia’s trafficking, Slow Food’s gastronomy of liberation, poetic birds and historic forests, resident parasites, and nonhuman creatures.

At a time when the tension between the local and the global requires that we reconsider our multiple roots and porous place-identities, Italy and the Environmental Humanities builds a creative critical discourse and offers a series of new voices that will enrich not just nationally oriented discussions, but the entire debate on environmental culture.

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