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Press Release: Art History in the Making

In a remarkable reflection of the quality of the students in the Ph.D. Program in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, fifteen have won significant awards and fellowships for the 2003-2004 year. Three of the students received Fulbright Fellowships --- one accompanied by a prestigious American Academy in Rome fellowship --- two were awarded Smithsonian Institution predoctoral fellowships, five received awards from art museums and institutions, and five others received important Graduate Center or foundation fellowships.

The Graduate Center’s Art History Ph.D. Program, which is ranked 12th in the country, is known for attracting students who are already working professionals, some as curators or directors at major museums. (Note: all project titles listed below are also the students’ doctoral dissertation topics.)

The three Fulbrights were awarded to Vivien Greene, Caterina Pierre, and Gregory Williams.

* Greene was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy. She is working on “Italian Divisionism in the 1890s: The Forging of a Modern Identity.” Greene was also awarded a predoctoral fellowship with the American Academy in Rome.

* Pierre was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Switzerland for her project, “Genius Has No Sex: The Sculpture of Adele d’Affry, the Duchess Castiglione-Colonna, a.k.a. Marcello 1836-1879.”

* Williams was awarded a Fulbright Award to Germany. His research project is “Irony and Obfuscation: The Unstable Production of Meaning in the Work of West German Artists from 1977 to the Present.” He was also awarded a graduate scholarship for study and/or research abroad by DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) and an award from the Social Science Research Council’s Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies.

The two Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowships were awarded to Elizabeth Morán and Jennifer Wagelie.

* Morán, who is working on “The Sacred as Everyday: Aztec Sacrifice and Eating Rituals,” will be at the National Museum of the American Indian.

* Wagelie, who is working on “The Institution of History of Maori Art in the United States from the Early 19th Century to the Present,” will be at the National Museum of Natural History.

The five students who received awards from museums and institutions include Preston Bautista, Angela Herren, Christian Huemer, Karen Lemmey, and Kathleen Wentrack.

* Bautista received an award from the Getty Museum Internship for his project, “Masculinities from the High Renaissance to the Counter-Reformation: Artistic Theory and Representations of the Male Body.”

* Herren received an art history fellowship from the Sylvan C. Coleman and Pamela Coleman Memorial Fund to study at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; her project is “Portraying the Aztec Past: 16th Century Pictorial Accounts of Origin.”

* Huemer received a junior fellowship from Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften (International Research Center for Cultural Studies) in Vienna; his project is “Vision/Visuality in Hermann Bahr’s Cultural Critical Writings.”

* Lemmey received a Douglass Foundation Fellowship in American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and United States Capitol Historical Society Fellowship to research her project, “Henry Kirke Brown and the Development of American Public Sculpture in New York City, 1846-1876.”

* Wentrack received a library research grant from the Getty Research Institute; her project is “The Female Body in Conflict: U.S. and European Feminist Performance Art, 1968-1979.”

Other awards earned by the students in the Art History program include:

* Emily Rekow Caglayan Graduate Center Dissertation Year Fellowship. “The Sacred Revealed: An Iconographic Study of the Berndt Collection of Arnhem Land Bark Paintings at the American Museum of Natural History.”

* Marianne Eggler-Gerozissis, the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women Dissertation Fellowship. “‘A Decorator in the Best Sense:’ Mies van der Rohe and the Articulation of the German Modernist Interior.”

* Margaret Connors McQuade, Milton Brown Dissertation Fellowship in the Arts: “The Making of a Spanish Colonial Tradition: Loza Poblana and Its Emergence.”

* Yasmin Ramirez, Mellon Dissertation Fellowship and Magnet Dissertation Fellowship: “Nuyorican Vanguards: Political Actions, Poetic Visions.”

* James Wechsler, Swann Foundation Fellowship: “Embracing the Specter of Communism: The Art and Activism of Hugo Gellert in the U.S., 1915-1945.”

The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York. According to the most recent National Research Council report, more than a third of The Graduate Center's rated Ph.D. programs rank among the nation's top 20 at public and private institutions.

Submitted on: JUN 1, 2003

Category: Art History, Press Room