A Message from Kerry Dean Carso, Chair, 2021-2022
Welcome to the second edition of our departmental newsletter! It is delightful to hear about the many accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alumni, and to stay connected in these turbulent times. I hope you enjoy reading these updates as much I have! I want to thank my colleagues Reva Wolf and Susan DeMaio Smutny for their work on the newsletter again this year. Stay in touch, everyone!
Cover Image of Follies in America
Professor Carso published her second book, Follies in America: A History of Garden and Park Architecture (Cornell University Press, 2021), and curated a related exhibition, Follies and Picturesque Tourism, at the Dorsky Museum. The exhibition opened on September 12, 2021 and will close on March 11, 2022. She gave a talk about the exhibition on Zoom for the Dorsky Museum on September 29, and a book talk, “Mohonk’s Summerhouses and the ‘Folly’ Tradition of English Landscape Design,” at Mohonk Mountain House on October 6. For details about Follies in America, please see her guest blog, “Architectural Follies Help Us Enjoy Nature," on the Cornell University Press website.
Professor Carso also published two essays this year: “The Visual Culture of Commemorative Summerhouses in the Age of Revolutions” in the book The Art of Revolutions, published in the Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, and “David Schuyler and Downing Studies,” in the Autumn 2021 issue of The Hudson River Valley Review.
Professor Carso also gave an invited lecture in 2021, “Smiling Lawns and Tasteful Cottages: An Overview of the Picturesque,” as part of a virtual symposium, “Building the Picturesque: Domestic Architecture in the Age of Industry, 1840-1870” at Historic Deerfield in Massachusetts on July 10, and another talk, “Jervis McEntee and the Hudson River School of Art,” on December 1, at Mohonk Mountain House.
Work in Progress
Professor Carso is under contract to edit an annotated edition of the Gothic novel Monaldi: A Tale (1841) by the nineteenth-century American artist Washington Allston for a new series entitled “Gothic Originals” published by the University of Wales Press (UWP) in the UK. “Gothic Originals” is an expansion of UWP’s “Gothic Studies” series and aims to bring “out-of-print Gothic literature back to life” in scholarly editions with new introductions. In 2014, as part of its “Gothic Studies” series, UWP published Professor Carso’s award-winning book American Gothic Art and Architecture in the Age of Romantic Literature, which featured a chapter on Allston. In early 2022, Professor Carso will present her new research on Monaldi in an online presentation entitled “Washington Allston: The Painterly Gothic” at the Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia’s “Gothic Trajectories” conference. Professor Carso’s review of the exhibition Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment, held jointly in 2021 at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and the Olana State Historic Site, will be published in the Spring 2022 edition of The Hudson River Valley Review. She is giving a book talk on Follies in America online at the Studios of Key West in Key West, Florida, and at the Turpin Bannister Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians in Albany in Spring 2022.
Apulian red-figure terracotta situla (type 1) attributed to the Lycurgus Painter, ca. 360–340 BC, New York MMA 56.171.64. Photo © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
This past year, Professor Heuer’s essay, “Purposeful Polysemy: Cross-cultural Reception in South Italian Vase-Painting,” was published in Griechische Vasen als Kommunikations-Medium, a subsidiary volume of the Austrian series of the Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, an international hundred-year research project dedicated to the documentation and publication of ancient Mediterranean ceramics. She gave a guest lecture at Vassar College on Greek painted vases for Professor Eve D’Ambra’s seminar course “Collecting Antiquities at Vassar: Lost and Found in the Loeb.”
Professor Heuer received a prestigious Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship from the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 2021-22 to work on her current book project. As a Whitney Fellow, she has given invitational tours of the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Art galleries of the Met for donors to the Museum and the Metropolitan Opera as well as for students at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Recently, she has become a regular contributor to the Met’s Instagram account, highlighting objects produced in ancient southern and central Italy.
Work in Progress
Professor Heuer completed thirty-three catalog entries on Greek and South Italian vases in the North Carolina Museum of Art for its forthcoming monograph on its Greco-Roman art collection. She also submitted an invitational essay on ceramic wine buckets (situlae) in pre-Roman Italy for a Festschrift in honor of Ian McPhee, one of the pre-eminent scholars of South Italian vase-painting, and a book review to appear in The Classical Review of John H. Oakley’s A Guide to Scenes of Daily Life on Athenian Vases.
Professor Heuer will give two talks at the Archaeological Institute of America’s annual meeting in January 2022: “From Girlhood Games to the Grave: Women and Balls in South Italian Vase-Painting” and “Seeking the Sacred in Ancient Apulia.” While on sabbatical during the 2021-22 academic year, she is working on a book manuscript that will be the first holistic study of Italian red-figure vases made between the mid-fifth and the end of the fourth century BCE, a time of conflict, political upheaval, and great economic prosperity that led to a cultural flourishing prior to the Roman conquest. The abundance and diversity of this material allow us to discern more accurately societal values, cultural interests, and religious and eschatological beliefs of this otherwise often opaque period of Italian history.
“Nobles of the Mystic Shrine March,” 1923, composed by John Philip Sousa, Sam Fox Publishing Co., 9 ¼ x 12 ¼ in., New York: Private collection
Professor Jaclynne Kerner peer-reviewed a paper on Islamic manuscript illustration for Burlington Magazine.
Work in Progress
Professor Kerner continued her work on a monographic study of the material culture of the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, the appendant body to Freemasonry whose fez-wearing members are commonly known as Shriners. The book will examine how the material artifacts, print culture, and linguistic apparatuses of “Shrinedom” embody a uniquely American, pseudo-Islamic subculture that reflects the orientalist sensibilities of its nineteenth-century founders. She hopes to complete the first of the two-volume study during a sabbatical leave which she has been awarded for the 2022-23 academic year. She is currently writing, as part of this study, a series of thematic essays to accompany object biographies for Shriner mementoes, including souvenir spoons, beer steins, and sheet music. Professor Kerner will give a paper examining Shriner souvenirs as objects patterned after Arab-Islamic and medieval European models during the 3rd European University Institute (EUI) Conference on Visual and Material Culture Studies, to be convened in May, 2022 in Florence, Italy and via Zoom. She continues to participate in a faculty writing group and is grateful to her colleagues for their camaraderie.
Dirk Vellert, A Woman Bathing (or a Bath Attendant?) Holding a Brush and a Small Bucket, c. 1521, pen and brown ink, 27.9 x 12.5 cm, Paris: Musée du Louvre
Professor Konowitz published an essay, “Dürer und Dirk Vellert,” in the catalogue accompanying the major loan exhibition Dürer wahr hier. Eine Reise wird Legende (Dürer Was Here: A Journey Becomes Legend) held at the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Aachen, in the Summer and Fall of 2021. This exhibition commemorated the 500th anniversary of Albrecht Dürer’s historic year-long stay in the Netherlands, to which he traveled from Nuremberg (stopping in Aachen to attend the coronation of Charles V in the Aachen Cathedral), in 1520-21. The exhibition, which included paintings, drawings, and prints by Dürer and other major figures, presented new scholarship on this period of religious tensions, examined Dürer’s artistic output during this year, and explored his interactions with prominent artists in the Netherlands. In November 2021, the exhibition opened at the National Gallery, London, under the title Dürer’s Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist (on view through February 27, 2022). Professor Konowitz’s essay appears in English with some different content in the catalogue supplement online published on the National Gallery website.
In 2021, Professor Konowitz also published an article, “Dirk Vellert,” in the Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon (De Gruyter, Berlin/Boston, vol. 112) and wrote a book review of C. J. Berserik and J. M. A. Caen, Silver-Stained Roundels and Unipartite Panels before the French Revolution (Corpus Vitrearum, Belgium, Checklists. Flanders), vols. 4 and 5, for the Historians of Netherlandish Art Reviews, published in December.
Professor Konowitz is preparing an essay, “Domestic Glass,” for the Routledge Encyclopedia of the Renaissance World, and is completing a book on the Flemish Renaissance artist Dirk Vellert while on sabbatical in 2021-22.
Margaret Bourke-White (detail), gelatin silver print by John Phillips, 11 7/8 x 9 7/8, Charleston, Gibbes Museum of Art, 1974.012.0011
In February 2021, Beth Wilson gave a Zoom presentation for the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC, entitled "Depth of Field: The Corporate Creation of Photojournalism and the Photography of Margaret Bourke-White."
ArtChina, July 2021: cover and inset detail of "The Artist Interview: An Elusive History"
Professor Wolf’s review essay about the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition Goya’s Graphic Imagination, and its accompanying catalogue, was published in the Autumn 2021 issue of Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide. The essay considers some of the challenges of exhibiting and interpreting Goya’s works on paper. Also published in 2021 was a Chinese translation of excerpts from Professor Wolf's article “The Artist Interview: An Elusive History”; the translation, “艺术家访谈：难以捉摸的历史,” which appeared in the July 2021 issue of ArtChina magazine, a premier contemporary art magazine in China, was created by Wu Wei (aka Azure Wu), vice chief editor of the magazine (the article originally appeared in 2020 in the Journal of Art Historiography). In addition, Professor Wolf conducted and edited an interview with the painter and writer Philip Pearlstein for the Institute of Fine Arts 2021 Alumni Newsletter, for which she also served as editor.
Professor Wolf spoke in an online program celebrating the publication of No solo Velázquez by Jonathan Brown, organized by the Institute of Fine Arts and the King Juan Carlos I Center, New York University, in February 2021, with the presentation “Peut-on assez louer cet excellent professeur? Art Inside and Outside Spain as Illuminated by Jonathan Brown.” Also in February 2021, she participated in an online conversation about Goya with the Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Mark McDonald for friends and patrons of the Drawings and Prints department at the Met. Additionally in 2021, a talk she gave the previous year at the Livingston Masonic Library in New York City was posted online.
Professor Wolf’s co-edited book, Freemasonry and the Visual Arts, was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2020 by Choice, a review publication of the American Library Association, and was one of five visual arts books with this distinction highlighted in a May 2021 Choice blog. The book also is included in the Museum of Freemasonry, London, blog, "Learn about Freemasonry: 12 Books to Expand your Knowledge."
Work in Progress
Professor Wolf’s essay, “The Interconnections of Satire and Censorship in Goya’s Prints and Drawings,” is forthcoming in Changing Satire: Transformations and Continuities in Europe, 1600-1830 (Manchester University Press, 2022). Another essay, “The Victim as Martyr: The ‘Black Legend’ and Eighteenth-Century Representations of Inquisition Punishments, from Picart to Coustos to Goya,” has been completed and will appear in the volume The Black Legend in the Eighteenth Century: National Identities under Construction (Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 2022 or 2023). Newly underway is “Writing and the Alphabetic Ordering of Culture” for volume 1 of the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Visual Culture.
In early 2022, Professor Wolf will give the paper “The Compasses Embodied: Hands as Evidence in Goya’s Portraits—Problems and Possibilities” in the online congress, “On Portraiture: Theory, Practice and Fiction—From Francisco de Holanda to Susan Sontag,” organized by the University of Lisbon; the congress proceedings will be published in 2022. The symposium “Translating Warhol,” which Professor Wolf has organized in collaboration with the Kislak Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and which is supported by a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art, was postponed due to Covid and has been rescheduled for June 2022; the seven symposium papers together with an introductory essay by Professor Wolf have been completed and will be published in a special section, of which she is Guest Editor, of a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Art Historiography.
Professor Kerry Carso was on sabbatical for the Spring 2021 semester. During her sabbatical, she received a faculty development award for re-certification in online teaching at SUNY New Paltz. Following her successful re-certification, Professor Carso’s ARH202 “Art of the Western World 2” course now meets all required online standards. She taught the newly re-designed ARH202 in Fall 2021, along with ARH354 “Nature & Science in 19th-Century American Art,” while assuming the position of Chair of the Art History Department for 2021-22. In Fall 2021, Professor Carso joined the Advisory Board of the Bachelor of General Studies Program, a fully online program at SUNY New Paltz for students who started but did not complete their college degrees.
Associate Professor Keely Heuer's teaching during the 2021 Spring semester included new assignments and activities, such as student spotlights at the start of each class session, the production of virtual tours of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and mythological movie nights. She mentored Camryn Alwang on her Honors thesis, “Marriage and Abduction Myths of the Ancient Greeks: A Means of Reinforcing the Patriarchy,” and was recognized as an exemplary faculty mentor by Honors students Megan Tornatore and Sophie Herrmann in their induction into Chi Alpha Sigma. During the Summer, she led an innovative virtual study abroad program focused on pre-Roman Italy that received a generous scholarship grant from SUNY New Paltz Professor Emeritus Giancarlo Traverso. Each participant was sent a course pack containing materials for experimental archaeology projects – including spinning wool using drop spindles and creating marble mosaics – along with ingredients for online cooking lessons during which students tried their hand at making traditional foods of ancient and modern Italy. In this immersive experience, students met virtually with numerous leading Italian and American archaeologists and art historians, including Anthony Tuck, Maurizio Forte, Jean Turfa, Gretchen Meyers, and Nancy de Grummond.
Professor Heuer organized other virtual events this year. In the Spring, she arranged the Luigi and Anita Traverso Italian Studies Lecture, which featured Farrell Monaco, an archaeologist and food historian, who spoke on the role of bread in the Roman Empire and demonstrated how to bake the famous loaves uncovered in Pompeii’s ovens. As the Art History Association’s faculty liaison, she coordinated the third annual SUNY New Paltz Undergraduate Art History Symposium, held on April 9-11, 2021. This exciting event has grown to become the largest of its kind in the United States, and in 2021 featured nearly one hundred speakers who attend sixty-four collegiate institutions. She also assisted in running the Art History Association’s three-part Fall lecture series entitled “Saving Art: Conservation, Ethics, and Activism,” which included enlightening presentations by Michele Marincola of NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center, Carolyn Riccardelli of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Dr. Erin Thompson of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Associate Professor Jaclynne Kerner taught both remotely and in-person in 2021. For the Spring semester, she developed her upper-division Islamic art class for online delivery and continued to refine her lower-division survey. In the Fall, Professor Kerner returned to in-person classes for the first time since March, 2020. She also wrote a proposal for a new upper-division course on Islamic art and “the West,” which the Art History faculty will consider in early 2022.
Lecturer Beth E. Wilson reports that she has been inspired to re-work her seminar course on Surrealism for Fall 2022 as a result of viewing the recent Surrealism Beyond Borders exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which entailed significant new scholarly approaches to the movement. She plans to use the exhibition catalogue as one of the primary texts for the course. Professor Wilson is an active member of the International Society for the Study of Surrealism.
Professor Reva Wolf's teaching initiatives this year in her courses on contemporary art included organizing Covid-safe in-person visits to two exhibitions at the Dorsky Museum of Art: DIRT (involving discussions with the curator) and Kathy Goodell: Infra-Loop, Selections 1994-2020 (a tour with the artist), and virtual visits to the Al Held Foundation, led by the Foundation’s director, in connection with course sections about the spaces of artists’ studios. Professor Wolf added new sections to her graduate course on the work of Lorraine O’Grady and Pamela Z, the latter inspiring her to develop, with colleagues on the School of Fine & Performing Arts Council, and in association of the Office of the Dean of the School of Fine & Performing Arts, an in-person presentation by and workshop for students with the multidisciplinary artist Pamela Z at the start of the Fall 2021 semester. She also revised her Fall 2021 Modern Art course, adding new sections on Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller and on Augusta Savage and the 1939 World’s Fair.
Dong Qichang (1555-1636), Landscapes after old masters, from an album of eight leaves, ink on paper, (each) 9 5/8 x 6 5/16 in. (24.4 x 16 cm), New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Edward Elliott Family Collection, Gift of Douglas Dillon, 1986.266.5a–k
In 2021, Professor Emerita Elizabeth (Lulu) Brotherton edited a manuscript on how “otherness” is conveyed in images of mounted lute players in Chinese art for the scholarly journal Nan Nü: Men, Women, and Gender in Early and Imperial China (published by Brill) and another manuscript, by an early-career art historian, about three topographical paintings by the seventeenth-century artist Huang Xiangjian. Zoom and Webex enabled her continued participation in monthly meetings of IFA’s China Project and the Columbia Seminar on Neo-Confucianism, as well as attendance at all sorts of conferences, lectures, classes, webinars, and seminars, some of them international, that would not have been accessible otherwise—many of which became topics discussed in weekly Zoom meetings with grad school colleagues in Chinese art history. In Spring 2022, she plans to deliver a lecture at Marist College on relationships between figure and landscape in Chinese painting.
12th International Conference on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
Professor Emerita Jaimee Uhlenbrock has been actively at work on various projects about ancient Greek terracottas. She presented the paper "Studying Greek Terracottas: What's New" at the 12th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, held in Bologna in April 2021. Her work, co-authored with Arthur Muller, “Ancient Greek Terracotta Sculpture,” in Oxford Bibliographies in Classics, edited by Ruth Scodel, was published by Oxford University Press in early 2022. She is the volume editor for a multi-authored handbook, also to be published by Oxford University Press, entitled Greek Terracottas: A Toolkit for Research.
Photograph of Marie Kimball
Dianne Pierce recently completed a fellowship at the International Center for Jefferson Studies, where she was studying the work of Marie Kimball, the first curator of Monticello. In this project, Ms. Pierce researched how, in partnership with her husband, renowned art historian Fiske Kimball, Marie laid the groundwork for the setting and interpretation of the Monticello interiors as an historic site. Working with ICJS archival material, Ms. Pierce analyzed the collecting practice, object research, museum interpretation, and scholarship around the material culture of Thomas Jefferson in the early years of the twentieth century.
Following up from this fellowship, Ms. Pierce is now working on the committee that is developing programs to commemorate the centennial of the foundation that owns and operates Monticello, including a podcast series about its early years as an historic site.
Along with her work at Monticello and her ongoing course offerings for SUNY New Paltz, Ms. Pierce has been teaching in the graduate Decorative Arts and Design History program of the Corcoran School of Design at George Washington University in Washington DC.
Street Seller near Taxi, Islamabad, Pakistan ©Fran Smulcheski
Fran Smulcheski is taking a leave from teaching for the Spring semester to continue her project, Silent Voices Echo: Children at Work in Pakistan, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Her project, in partnership with Professor Habbat Shah (Anthropology, Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences – BUITEMS, Quetta, Pakistan), includes photographic documentation, and research into, the economic and social complexities of child labor in Pakistan, a country experiencing 38.8% poverty. The project will culminate with an exhibition of photographs made by Ms. Smulcheski in Pakistan paired with photos documenting child labor in the US by twentieth-century photographers Lewis W. Hine, Dorothea Lange, and Jacob Riis. The exhibition will be accompanied by material written by Ms. Smulcheski and Professor Shah addressing the generational effects of child labor, the cultural situations that drive such labor practices, the economic situation for impoverished families and the country, and the absence of law enforcement to regulate child labor.
Rachel Beaudoin is the co-curator, with fellow SUNY New Paltz alumnx Nirvana Santos-Kuilan, of the exhibition Not Me, Not That, Not Nothing Either, on view February 4-June 25, 2022 at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in New York City. The exhibition explores fragmentation and assemblage in the work of contemporary queer artists. In 2017, Rachel received their MA in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. After working on curatorial projects at the Museum of Modern Art and the Jewish Museum in NYC, Rachel moved to Austin, TX where they are the Assistant Curator at West Chelsea Contemporary.
Kelley Bullock began the MLIS program at Simmons College in Boston in Fall 2021 concentrating in Archival Management. She is thoroughly enjoying it. Kelley writes, “I am interested in working in art archives after graduation, and I am invested in ensuring that diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of my future practice so that generations to come can see themselves in the past.”
Gabriel Chalfin-Piney graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a master in Arts Administration and Policy in May 2020 and in 2021 relocated to Waterville, Maine, to start a new position as the Manager of Programs at the Lunder Institute for American Art at Colby College Museum of Art. He will implement the inaugural season of the Lunder Institute's fellows program as part of the position. Gabriel is also artist in residence at the Chicago Artist Coalition, in its HATCH residency program, and will participate in several shows between 2021 and 2022. In addition, Gabriel’s writing was recently included in Plates Journal, an experimental journal of art and culture.
Sophie Cooke began the MA program in Art History at Hunter College in Fall 2021. She just started her second semester and is happy to be back to in-person classes. In November 2021, she began interning at the Alice Austen House Museum on Staten Island. At the beginning of 2022, Sophie also started a position as Public Information Assistant at AIA New York Center for Architecture in Manhattan.
Christopher Daly was awarded the three-year predoctoral David E. Finley Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington DC. The first two years of the fellowship support travel to museums and archives to complete dissertation research, and he spent much of Fall 2021 pursuing research in Florence and Lucca. Chris plans to defend his dissertation, entitled Painting in Lucca in the Late 15th Century: A Problem in Artistic Geography, by the end of the second year. The third year is for pursuing curatorial work at the NGA. Only one Finley Fellowship is given out each year and eligibility requires being nominated by the graduate program in which the student is enrolled; Chris was nominated by his department, History of Art, at Johns Hopkins University.
Chris’s most recent publications include an essay, “Dans l'atelier de Sandro Botticelli: l'exemple du Maître des bâtiments gothiques (Jacopo Foschi?),” and four entries in the catalogue for the exhibition Botticelli: Artiste et designer, which was on view in Paris at the Musée Jacquemart-André from September 10, 2021 through January 24, 2022. In connection with the exhibition, he presented a paper at an international study day, “Botticelli Designer,” held at the Institut Culturel Italien in Paris on December 16, 2021.
During his 2020-21 Chester Dale Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chris wrote several online catalogue entries on early Florentine Renaissance paintings in the Met’s collection, including works by Jacobo da Sellaio (4.100.10), Cosimo Rosselli (32.100.84), Francesco Botticini (61.235), and Raffaellino del Garbo (14.40.641). (Chris reports that “the Raffaellino was actually the subject of my freshman year research paper with Beth Wilson and it was fun to return to it!”)
Chris recently offered two works of Italian art on long-term loan to the Dorsky Museum of Art on our campus, a fragment by Innocenzo da Imola and a gold ground Madonna and Child by the Master of Sant’Ivo. The Madonna and Child painting is featured in the exhibition The Dorsky at 20: Reflections at a Milestone (Part II), on view at the Dorsky Museum from February 5 through July 17, 2022. Chris looks forward to “hearing if any students choose them as paper topics or formal analyses!”
"a chilly day in the Highlands"
Rebecca DuBois started the MA program in Archives and Records Management at the University of Glasgow in Fall 2021. Prior to starting this program, Rebecca worked at Storm King Art Center as Visitor Services Coordinator. In Fall 2018, Rebecca held an internship in the Archives Department at the Museum of Modern Art.
In Spring 2021, Emily Finan, MA Art History and Criticism, Stony Brook '20, was promoted to a full-time Registrar Assistant position at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. In this new position, she recently assisted with details of the exhibition Boris Lurie: Nothing To Do But To Try, organized by the Museum’s curator, Sara Softness, and on view through April 29, 2022. Emily is elated to be continuing her work of advancing the Museum’s mission to educate about and preserve Jewish heritage while mobilizing memory to teach about the dangers of intolerance.
Because of her expertise in ancient Greek and Roman art, Elise Franck, a Contract major, was hired for a full-time position by the Educational Coin Company, the world’s largest wholesaler of coins and banknotes, which is based in Highland, NY.
Hannah Karkari, BA Art History and Asian Studies, joined the JET Program, the only teaching exchange program managed by the government of Japan, immediately after graduation in June of 2019, and stayed through June 2021, during the first year of the pandemic! She taught at a small, combined elementary through middle school in the Oki islands, a collection of small island towns three hours off the coast of Shimane prefecture in western Japan. In this tight-knit, isolated community, she got to know everyone very well and benefitted from an amazing support system. Hannah writes: “We all taught each other a lot about [our] lives and cultures. There were so many unique customs and people in our corner of Japan that I hold really close to my heart…. I genuinely feel the experience will make me a better, more compassionate person and scholar moving forward."
Hannah then entered American University's MA Art History program in Fall 2021, directly after returning from Japan. Her specialty area is nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century Japanese art, and she will be doing her thesis work under Dr. Ying-chen Peng. She is also working in the American University Archives to help digitize the Charles Nelson Spinks Collection, a collection of Japanese woodblock prints and manuscripts from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries.
In Fall 2021, Ian Mankes entered the Museum Studies MA program at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. He worked as an assistant curator at Mizuma & Kips, a gallery in NYC, from December 2018 to November 2021, and is now working as an art handler at the The Bernard Heller Museum. Ian reports that he will also be working as an assistant at the Outsider Art Fair in NYC in March 2022.
Claire McGuire enrolled, after graduating from SUNY New Paltz, in the MA program in World Heritage Studies at the Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus, Germany, receiving her MA in 2014. She now lives in The Hague, in the Netherlands, where she works as a Policy and Research Officer at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), based in the Hague. Her work centers on the organization’s cultural heritage and the role of libraries in preserving and providing access to culture and heritage. This work has involved opportunities to travel to give talks, and to work with colleagues from UNESCO, ICOMOS, Blue Shield, and other international organizations. Claire writes that “my Art History studies at SUNY New Paltz put me on the track to do this.”
Paige O'Toole, BA Art History and BFA Ceramics, was honored as one of Ceramics Monthly's Emerging Artists of 2021. Paige also held a year-long paid residency at the Saratoga Clay Arts Center culminating in Anonymous | Reframed, a solo show in Summer 2021. In Fall 2021 Paige began her studies in the distinguished Ceramics MFA program at Alfred University and she is also looking forward to having work included in two shows at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference in Sacramento in March 2022.
Hannah Peterson moved to Italy soon after graduation and is currently attending her third year of a five-year conservation program at the Fine Arts Academy of Verona, specializing in paintings, wooden objects, and contemporary art conservation. The first half of the program focuses on the theoretical aspect of conservation, including a lot of Chemistry, Art History and even drafting courses; the second half is all hands-on, and courses consist of eight-hour stretches in the labs, or in situ, working on artworks from public art collections, museums and churches in the Veneto region. The intense coursework, in addition to required internships, prepare students for the fifth-year final thesis, in which they work independently to create and carry out a conservation project from start to finish. That project is then presented to a panel of professors and experts from the Italian Ministry of Culture, after which, if they pass, they become recognized conservators and their names are included on a national registry. Although Hannah is still a few years away from becoming an official conservator, she has had the opportunity so far to conserve fifth-century mosaics in the Republic of Northern Macedonia, consolidate wall paintings at an early-twentieth-century villa in the Valpolicella hills, and consolidate and retouch a small nineteenth-century panel painting.
Nirvana Santos-Kuilan, who was a Sculpture major at SUNY New Paltz with an Art History minor, is co-curator with fellow alum Rachel Beaudoin of Not Me, Not That, Not Nothing Either, on view February 4-June 25, 2022 at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in New York City. Nirvana is currently the Education and Programs Manager at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, where she centers her work on queer artists and communities.
Tenzing Ukyab Lama relocated to Kathmandu, Nepal, after graduating SUNY New Paltz with a double major in Art History and Communications Studies. Her work as a curatorial assistant for the Kathmandu Triennale 2077, an international art platform, has enabled her to meet and learn from local Nepali artists and craftsmen. Growing out of her involvement with Kathmandu Triennale 2077, Tenzing recently learned that she will serve as a curatorial assistant for the inaugural Nepal Pavilion at the Venice Biennale opening April 3, 2022—a remarkable opportunity! She also co-founded an art initiative, Zeeba Space, which seeks to work with Himalayan artists. This initiative involves researching the living and material culture of the community. In 2021, its website was launched, https://www.zeebaspace.com/, along with its first virtual exhibition. Tenzing recently applied to several Art History and Museum Anthropology MA/PhD programs in the US and UK for the 2022-23 academic year.
Emily Wallshein received her JD from Hofstra Law School in May 2021, and subsequently passed the New York State Bar Exam. Her application for admission to the Bar was approved last month by the Appellate Division 2nd Department. Emily is awaiting a date to be sworn in as an attorney. Currently, she is practicing Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice at the law firm Maynard, O'Connor, Smith & Catalinotto LLP, based in Albany and Saugerties, NY.
In Spring 2021, Miquael Williams graduated with an MA in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts (IFA), NYU, with a thesis on the Cuban artist Belkis Ayón. She was featured in a student profile in the IFA’s 2021 annual report, the Annual (page 44). Miquael held a year-long internship at the Museum of Modern Art in the Drawings and Prints department in 2021, providing support for the department’s Associate group, several rotational installations of collection works (including a series of monotype prints by Edgar Heap-of-Birds), as well as for the exhibitions, The Modern Window: Derrick Adams and Projects: Kahlil Robert Irving. She is currently working at Art Omi in Ghent, NY, as Residency Manager. Art Omi presents contemporary art over its 120-acre sculpture and architecture park and offers residency programs for international artists, writers, dancers, musicians, and architects.
Jacquelyn Woods, who graduated SUNY New Paltz with a double major in Art History and English, was featured in the Fall 2021 issue of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site Newsletter for her work as a 2021 seasonal Museum Educator at the site. Our Visual Resources Librarian, Susan Smutny, met up with Jackie this past summer at Cedar Grove. Jackie graciously related many fascinating details about the house during the visit. Jackie received a master’s degree in Secondary English and Teaching from Bard College and now teaches Secondary English at Niskayuna High School.
Beth Wynne, an English major with minors in Art History and Studio Art, was featured in the Fall 2021 issue of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site Newsletter for her work as a 2021 seasonal Museum Educator at the site. Professor Carso was delighted to discover Beth on duty in the New Studio at Cedar Grove when visiting the exhibition, Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church and Our Contemporary Moment, last September.
Mya Bailey artwork: Mommy, I Want To Look Like Her
Charlotte Calmer, an Art History major expecting to graduate in May 2022, received an undergraduate internship in the Islamic Art department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to begin on February 16.