Spring 2022 Graduate Spotlight | Amy J. Hughes, Ph.D. 2022, Art History

I have been based in Prague for several years to conduct archival research, in situ analysis and artist interviews for my dissertation, “Refracted Trauma: Dissent, Memory and Affective Politics in Stanislav Libenský’s and Jaroslava Brychtová’s Public Glass Sculptures in Communist Czechoslovakia, 1968–1975,” which has been generously supported by the Czech Academy of Sciences and by both national and University of Wisconsin–Madison fellowships and grants, including the Fulbright, Dedalus, and Mellon–Wisconsin Fellowships and the Corning Museum of Glass Radkow Grant. Highlights from my work in Prague include the invitation to join the Czech Academy of Science’s Sudek Project, a five-year grant documenting the Academy’s collection of photographs by Josef Sudek; interviewing numerous world-renown Czech and Slovak glass artists; lecturing at the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence, the National Gallery and the Orange Factory Secondary School and conducting field research and in situ analysis of monumental public sculptures throughout the Czech Republic.
The attached photos show Dr. Hughes working at the Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic, conducting field research and in situ analysis of public sculptures, lecturing on postwar Czechoslovakian glass in Olomouc, Czech Republic, and interviewing glass artists, such as Václav Cigler (b.1929), in Prague.
Congratulations Amy! 🥳🎓🎉