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2015-2016 Newsletter Welcome to the Art History Program at NIU, where we investigate the ways in which we communicate through images, objects, and the built environment. What is the human relationship to images, forms, and structures? How has that relationship changed over time, and how does it differ from one geographical and cultural context to another? We view the visual arts of various human societies as active agents in shaping perception, affecting behavior, and expressing messages through complex combinations of form and content. We ask, “Why has art been so important in the past, how does it affect our present, and how will it shape our future?�


B.A. PROGRAM Congratulations to our 2015-2016 graduates: Gabriela Crespo, Anna Mode and Susan Lietz In May, Abigail Carlson spent two weeks in Japan participating in NIU’s new Study Abroad program, Japanese Culture, History, Art and Education. Gabriela Crespo graduated in December 2015 with departmental honors, having completed a senior thesis entitled “Sant Climent de Taüll: Apostasy, Apocalypse, and Imperial Legacy in a 12th-Century Apse Mural,” under the supervision of Professor Ann van Dijk. She also won the James Shirley Award in Asian History for her paper, “Dhouda’s Instruction for William: a Mother’s Concern for Filial Fidelity.”

In the fall, students in Professor Rebecca Houze’s topics course, The Architectural Village from Open-Air Museum to National Park, enjoyed a field trip to Starved Rock, one of the oldest state parks in the country, established in 1912. In addition to hiking around the spectacular canyons, they also explored the lodge and cabins, which were built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

women’s art, and covering more obscure movements such as Black Art in 1980s Britain, the course finished with explorations of speculative transhumanist and posthumanist identities. Cherise Smith, professor of the history of art of the African diaspora at University of Texas at Austin, travelled to NIU to discuss her work with the class. She also gave a public talk that addressed contemporary artist Carrie Mae Weems’ appropriation of archival images representing AfricanAmericans from slavery to the 1980s.

Taught by Professor Sarah Evans, this year’s Undergraduate Art History Seminar, the capstone experience for Art History majors, focused on prevailing concepts of identity and the politics of identity in contemporary art. Beginning with feminist debates about The lodge at Starved Rock State Park and a mid-twentieth-century postcard from the collection of Boston Public Library.

Yasumasa Morimura, Doublonnage (Marcel), 1988

STUDY ABROAD Japanese Culture, History, Art and Education, a new study-abroad program, debuted this spring. The first week featured classroom lectures, tours in Yamaguchi, Hofu, and Hagi of temples, villas and museums, gardens, and memorials of historical and cultural importance, as well as visits to area schools. Students hiked through the Akiyoshi dō cavern and plains, experienced forest “bathing,” a bicycle tour of Hagi city, and hands-on pottery-making, tea ceremony, and paper-making. The second week was devoted to field trips to Hiroshima, Itsukushima, Himeji Castle, and ended

with two nights at hotels in Osaka so students could explore Osaka and Kyoto. Most memorable of all were the friendly interactions, not only with Yamaguchi Prefectural University students and faculty, but also the hostel and inn hosts, teachers and children at the elementary and high schools, and even local restaurants. This program was the collaborative effort of Professors Helen Nagata (Art History), Stephen Tonks (Education), John Bentley (Language and Literature), the NIU Study-Abroad Office, and the International Programs department of Yamaguchi Prefectural University, headed by Robert Schalkoff.

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The Grand Torii Gate at Itsukushima Shrine


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M.A. PROGRAM

Left: Carmin Berchiolly photographing a late 18thcentury/mid-19th-century bronze statue of Buddha holding myrobalan fruits. This 9-inch sculpture in NIU’s Burma Art Collection was a gift of Professor Emeritus Richard Cooler, founder and former director of NIU’s center for Burma Studies.

Welcome to our new students! Entering the program in Fall 2016 will be Alexandra Heller, Leah Mitchell, Sarah Sabo, Amanda Spradling, and Markie Striegel. Continuing student Carmin Berchiolly made a number of presentations at NIU this year on the traditional Burmese art of reverse glass painting, a project she has been working on with Professor Catherine Raymond in collaboration with faculty and students at Yadanabon University in Myanmar. She is the recipient of NIU’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies 2016-2017 Neher Graduate Fellowship for the Study of Southeast Asia which allows her to return to Myanmar this summer to continue field work begun last year and to spend a week in the Yangon National Archives and the National Library to gather primary sources for her thesis on colonial Burmese photography (advisor Catherine Raymond).

Left, below: Felicia Herzog, Carmin Berchiolly and Allison Sutton at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Michelle Miller finished her first year in the program and will be working on a thesis that examines the use of world cultural references in contemporary fashion photography as a way of constructing meaning in the increasingly globalized, technologyoriented society we live in (advisor Rebecca Houze). Maria Stapleton travelled to Mexico this summer to continue her thesis research on the transition between PreColumbian religious iconography and Spanish Christian imagery as reflected in the facade, art, and architecture of a 16th- century rural Franciscan church in the central highlands of Mexico (advisor Jeff Kowalski, emeritus). Allison Sutton began the program in January and has been elected next year’s President of Historia Artis. She is working on a thesis related to Victorian material culture (advisor Rebecca Houze).

Special congratulations to Felicia Herzog, who completed her M.A. degree this spring, successfully defending her thesis, “Les Délassements d’Eros: Sexuality and Gender Identity
in Gerda Wegener’s Erotic Aquarelles” (advisor Sarah Evans). Wegener’s charming images circulate without the poems they illustrated: Felicia is the first to interpret the works in their original context. In April she presented her thesis research at the Art Institute of Chicago’s annual Graduate Student Symposium, along with masters and doctoral students from universities throughout the Midwest. This summer she spent three weeks travelling in Europe. Currently she is working as Project Collections Manager for NIU’s Anthropology Museum.

HISTORIA ARTIS President: Felicia Herzog Vice-President and Treasurer: Carmin Berchiolly Secretary: Allison Sutton This year Historia Artis, the art history student association, organized two field trips, to the Art Institute of Chicago and to the Milwaukee Art Museum, funded in part by the proceeds from its twiceannual donated book sale. The year culminated with the annual Student Symposium. Attended by approximately sixty students and faculty, the event also included a celebration of the students graduating this year from the B.A. and M.A. programs.

Members of Historia Artis in front of Santiago Calatrava’s new wing of the Milwaukee Art Museum, completed in 2001.


EXHIBITIONS NIU’s museums and galleries provide many partnership opportunities for art history faculty and students, especially those enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program in Museum Studies.

Art Deco Exhibition Suite

This spring, Art Deco filled the galleries of the NIU Art Museum in a suite of exhibitions and events running from April 7 to May 20. Museum Studies students, including M.A. candidate Carmin Berchiolly and incoming M.A. student Markie Striegel, curated Beyond Gatsby: Common Luxury in American Art Deco under the supervision of Peter van Ael. This exhibition demonstrated the many facets of American life permeated by the Art Deco style in the period between the two world wars. Stuart

Henn, alumnus of the M.A. program and currently Coordinator of Marketing and Education at the NIU Art Museum, researched and drafted a didactic display on The Chicagoan, an urban lifestyle magazine of the era, and gave an informal gallery talk, “The Chicagoan: Style and Sophistication in the Heartland.” And Professor Rebecca Houze presented a lecture, “International Influence: Art Deco, Illinois, and the 1933 Century of Progress Exhibition.” Full program available at: niu.edu/artmuseum/.

Center for Burma Studies 30th Anniversary Exhibitions

Center director and art history professor Catherine Raymond is preparing a series of exhibitions to celebrate the 30th anniversary of NIU’s Center for Burma Studies. Featuring highlights from NIU’s Burma Art Collection, Kaleidoscope of Burma will be on display at the NIU Art Museum from August 23 to November 19. Simultaneously, Founders Memorial Library will host a display of rarely seen maps, manuscripts and rare books from Burma, while the Olson Gallery will focus on works by contemporary Burmese artists, generously lent by the Thukhuma Collection in Hong Kong, in an exhibition co-curated by art history professor Helen Nagata. Further information available at: niu.edu/ burma/exhibits/2016/index.shtml. Far left: Beyond Gatsby: Common Luxury in American Art Deco at the NIU Art Museum. Left: Mythical animals, half-human and half bird, known as Kinnari and Kinnara, from NIU’s Burma Art Collection. Carved wood, gilded and lacquered, with glass inlay. Donated by Sarah and Konrad Bekker when the Center for Burma Studies was established at NIU thirty years ago.

THE ELIZABETH ALLEN VISITING SPEAKERS IN ART HISTORY SERIES

October 12, 2015 Cherise Smith, University of Texas at Austin “Healing Old Wounds? Carrie Mae Weems’ Appropriations”

Retired Faculty Spotlight

Funded through the generosity of art history division alumna, Elizabeth Allen Plotnick, this series allows us to bring a roster of nationally and internationally known scholars to campus each year. September 14, 2015 Grace Lees-Maffei, University of Hertfordshire, and Kjetil Fallan, University of Oslo “Designing Worlds: National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization” October 6, 2015 Tatsu Aoki, Executive Director of Asian Improv aRts Midwest, Shamisen Master, Director of Tsukasa Taiko, Jazz bassist, and creative film artist “Reflections on Life Raised in a Geisha Establishment”

April 5, 2016 Judith Testa, Emerita, Northern Illinois University “Webs of Desire and Violence: Power Politics and Sexual Politics in Three Works of Florentine Renaissance Art”

Judith Testa in the Roman Forum.

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Professor Emerita Judith Testa (retired 2000) continues to write and talk about art. She has become a staff writer for Fra Noi, the monthly magazine of the greater Chicago area Italian American community, to which she contributes book reviews, travel articles and an on-going series about the Italian Renaissance. Since retiring, she has published two books: Sal Maglie. Baseball’s Demon Barber, an award-winning biography of a mid20th-century baseball star; and An Art Lover’s Guide to Florence. She has also presented talks at the British Institute in Florence, the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago and, this spring, at NIU’s School of Art and Design.


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FACULTY NEWS Sinclair Bell presented two papers this semester, including one at La Sapienza University in Rome at a panel on “Theatricalising Memory: An Archaeological Approach to Religious Performance in the Roman World,” held as part of the Theoretical Roman Archaeology conference. In September he will be the keynote speaker at the Sixth Annual Heartland Graduate Workshop in Ancient Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he will speak on “Exhibition and Display in the Roman Empire and Beyond.” He is currently working on three new book projects, including co-editing Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Vitruvius with Professor Ingrid Rowland (University of Notre Dame-Rome).

Sinclair Bell at the Colosseum, Rome

Over the summer and into a fall sabbatical Sarah Evans will work on two projects: her book manuscript Stealing Home, a study of the use of images of domesticity and work in 1970s appropriation art; and an essay exploring the relationship between the national and the global meanings of “Indianness” in the work of Bharti Kher. She will be presenting a paper called “This Way and Never Another: Tracking Biopolitics through Bharti Kher’s Bindi” at CAA in New York in February 2017. Professor Evans is the first art historian elected to the Motherboard of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, and is now on the selection committee for its 2016 conference in Estonia. Rebecca Houze’s book of essays on graphic design and culture, New Mythologies: Reading Signs and Symbols in the Visual Landscape, was published by Bloomsbury this year. The chapters examine familiar themes and icons, from the Golden Arches, Target bull’s-eye logo, and Nike Swoosh, to the color green, and invite readers to think

critically and historically about the designed world in which we live today. This summer she will be continuing her research on the design of U.S. National Parks with visits to the Rocky Mountains and the canyonlands of the Southwest.

Divison co-head Barbara Jaffee was guest speaker at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in March, discussing the role of industrialism in the development of art pedagogy in the United States in the early 20th century. She continued to explore the topic, focused this time on the impact of industrialized art education on artistic practices, in a paper entitled “Education for Industry’s Sake and the Modernizing of American Art,” presented in October as part of Confluence, the 71st annual meeting of the Southeastern College Art Conference, Pittsburgh. This past spring, Professor Jaffee presented new research on art and design galleries in Chicago at mid-century, as part of the panel, “Chicago Design: Histories and Narratives,” at the Midwest Art History Society Annual Conference 2016, Chicago.

Barbara Jaffee and alumna Mary Katherine Scott enjoy a festive lunch at Pittsburgh’s Market Square during SECAC 2015.

Helen Nagata served as coordinator for the art history division’s multi-section introductory courses on world art (ARTH 282) and modern and contemporary art (ARTH 292) this past year. Students enrolled in her course on Japanese woodblock prints in the fall enjoyed a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago to study prints and paintings in storage, as well as a special in-class presentation by Tatsu Aoki on his roots raised in a geisha establishment. In the spring, she co-organized a two-week studyabroad program in Yamaguchi prefecture,

Japan, which ran from May 16-29. She is currently resuming work on an exhibition catalogue to document works presented in The Arts Converge: Contemporary Art and Asian Musical Traditions held at the Olson Gallery in 2012, and contributing to an upcoming exhibition featuring contemporary Burmese paintings to be held at the Olson Gallery in the fall of 2016. In the fall she will also assume the role of division co-head.

Helen Nagata and students enjoy okonomiyaki. A culinary specialty in Hiroshima, it is a light, crepe-like pancake that sandwiches noodles and vegetables, meat, or seafood of one’s choosing. The study-abroad program offered many moments such as these to study the country’s cuisine.

Mary Quinlan was delighted to return to teaching this year. She created two new courses, one for Fall 2015, focusing on art and science in fifteenth century Italy; and one for Spring 2016 on the history of iconoclasms. Professor Quinlan was invited by the Mellon Foundation (New York) and the Volkswagen Foundation (Hamburg) to serve on the committee to determine the American recipients of German research grants in the Humanities for the 2016-17 academic year. She has been invited to Washington, DC in July to judge applications for the National Endowment for the Humanities major fellowships. Professor Quinlan recently had an article on Raphael’s School of Athens accepted for publication. This article rewrites the received understanding of this iconic fresco. She continues to work on a new book project, Iconoclasm: the Other Renaissance, which has received very positive initial reviews.

Raphael, The School of Athens, 1509-11


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ALUMNI NEWS

Catherine Raymond has been busy with preparations for the upcoming International Burma Studies Conference, which will be held at NIU in Fall 2016. The conference will coincide with the 30th anniversary celebration of the Center for Burma Studies, established at Northern Illinois University in 1986. For the occasion she is preparing several exhibits on campus using the unique Burma Art Collection that will be on view from August to November 2016. This summer she will participate at the SEAMEO SPAFA conference in Bangkok on Southeast Asian Archaeology where she will present a paper “Visualizing the 17th-19thcentury Southeast Asian Music Tradition of Buddhist Mainland Southeast Asia.” She will also continue her research on the Burmese tradition of reverse glass painting in collaboration with Mandalay and Yadanabon Universities and with the assistance of Carmin Berchiolly, M.A. candidate in Asian Art.

Anthony Amettis (B.A., 2014) recently completed graduate coursework in art history at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is now researching the history of department store window displays in Chicago for his M.A. thesis. He also works full-time at the Chicago History Museum. For the past year and a half, Alison Bastian (M.A., 2014, advisor Catherine Raymond) has been working as a collections assistant at the Field Museum, primarily in the anthropological collections from Latin America, Africa and the Pacific. As collections assistant she works on preventative conservation and general collections care, and she facilitates access to the anthropology collections for visiting students, scholars, and descendent communities. She is also involved in a number of public education and outreach initiatives through social media and museum programming. In fall 2015, Tessa Crist (M.A., 2015, advisor Barbara Jaffee) was an adjunct professor of art history at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. In fall 2016 she will begin a full-time position teaching art and art history at a K-12 school just outside of Ames, Iowa. Melissa Csoke (M.A., 2105, advisor Sarah Evans) continues to teach art history at Moraine Valley Community College. In May she participated in A Celebration of Star Trek, a popular culture conference organized by DePaul University’s Department of Media and Cinema Studies, as a member of the panel, “Teaching Trek: Pedagogy and Star Trek.”

Catherine Raymond in front of a Spirit House in Bangkok

Division co-head Ann van Dijk served on the organizing committee and as a session moderator for the 2016 Marco Institute Symposium, Rome: Beyond the Discourse of Renewal, held in March at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This summer she continues her research on the meanings of nudity in early medieval Rome in preparation for a paper she will deliver next year at the Medieval Academy of America’s annual conference in Toronto, Canada.

Sam Dodd (B.A., 2007; M.A., 2009 and Ph.D., 2014, University of Texas at Austin) is currently visiting assistant professor of art history at Ohio University, where he teaches courses on modern spatial and visual cultures. He recently published articles in the Journal of Design History (Fall 2015) and Design Issues (Spring 2016) and contributed an essay for the book, The Other Architect, published by the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Sam is currently at work on several projects, including the manuscript for his book Architecture by Television, which explains how design experts used television as a communication technology, and new research on the relationship between participatory culture and American building practices.

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Stuart Henn (M.A., 2014, advisor Rebecca Houze) is Coordinator of Marketing and Education at the NIU Art Museum in Altgeld Hall. In this capacity he oversees public and media relations, and the educational programming schedule related to the temporary exhibitions, as well as coordinating the Art Museum’s membership program and communications. This spring he researched and drafted a didactic display in conjunction with the Art Deco Exhibition suite titled “The Chicagoan: A Periodical of the Era” and gave a short talk on the magazine’s history as part of the educational program series. The publication sought to represent the sporadic and varied urban culture of Chicago’s jazz age—balancing cultural sophistication and leisure pursuits of a metropolitan city trying to find its own identity. Alyssa Jaracz (M.A., 2014, advisor Barbara Jaffee) continues in her position as adjunct instructor at South Suburban College. Last summer, as the Albright Artist-In-Residency Intern at Warrenville Historical Society, she accessioned and digitized a recent acquisition of archival material relating to artists Adam, Ivan and Malvin Albright. In May she served for the third year as a volunteer docent for the Wright Plus Housewalk in Oak Park, organized by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Cindy Khatri (Chang) (M.A., 2013, advisor Jeff Kowalski) is the Executive Director of the Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore and currently serves on the board of the Hula Association of the Midwest. She continues to research the subject of her M.A. thesis, “Hawaiian Women’s Journey of Social Change: Understanding the Influence of Colonial Contact through Clothing,” by talking to kumu (hula teachers) about the significance of Hawaiian women’s clothing during the ritual and how it has changed. Since 2004, Rebekah Kohli (M.A., 2003, advisor Barbara Jaffee) has developed and taught both online and face-to-face upper and lower division undergraduate courses on the History of Women in Western Art for Northern Illinois University and Waubonsee Community College. She is currently the fulltime program coordinator for NIU’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality. In Fall 2016, she will teach WGST 202: Women and Cultural Expression, which “explores women and their roles as producers of and subjects in various cultural expressions in the U.S. and other societies, including visual and performing arts, literature, film, and other expressions throughout history.”


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Khristin Landry (M.A., 2011, advisor Jeff Kowalski) is finishing her PhD in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her dissertation focuses on the art and architecture of the urban center of Mayapan, reviewing how ritual sacrifice was presented in visual culture throughout the city and how these representations highlight important changes in Maya sociopolitical and religious systems during the last few centuries of indigenous power in the Yucatan. Recipient of the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship two years in a row for this work, she has also presented material from her dissertation at several conferences. Last year she taught at the University of Colorado Boulder and will be relocating for a visiting assistant professor position at Elon University in North Carolina. Before the move, she will spend a few months in Merida, Mexico, to finish up some research and begin a second project on contemporary indigenous identity in relationship to archaeological sites. Ashley Lee (M.A., 2014, advisor Ann van Dijk) is currently working with KEYS Service Corps, an Americorps program in the Pittsburgh area. During the school year, she was at Propel Homestead, a K-8 charter school that provides quality education to low-income urban youth, and this summer she is tutoring high school students in English. She also volunteers at the Children’s Studio at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Onnica Marquez (B.A., 2011) received her M.A. in Museum Studies from Western Illinois University in 2013. For five years she worked at the Putnam Museum as the Registrar and Archives Technician. Currently she is Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at St. Ambrose University Library, where her duties include processing archival collections, completing research requests, securing new acquisitions, and instructing information literacy classes in using primary resources for research. She is Vice-President of the Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium and has co-authored a book on the history of First Presbyterian Church in Davenport, Iowa, that is currently in press. Emily Ott (M.A., 2014, advisor Mary Quinlan) has had an adjunct teaching position at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, since Fall 2015 and will be offering two art history course this fall. Natalie Oleksyshyn (M.A., 2012, advisor Sarah Evans) is a Writing Center Consultant at Virginia Military Institute, where she helps students develop their written and visual

rhetoric projects. She recently presented “How to Tutor Students in 21st-century Literacies” at the Virginia Writing Center Association meeting.

summer program providing exposure to a variety of performing arts, academic and emotional counseling, life skills, and meals to underserved youth in Rockford.

David Ouellette (B.A., 2005; M.A., 2008, advisor Jeff Kowalski) just received tenure at the College of Dupage where, in addition to teaching, he oversees the Art Collection Internship program and has served as chair of the Latin American Studies Committee for the last two years. Next year he will chair a new academic committee he started called the Animal Studies Committee, which will host lectures, events, and discussions related to animals, animal ethics, humananimal relations, and Posthumanism. This is also the direction of his current research. He is also planning a symposium for the fall titled “Native Identities” which will explore issues in Native American identities in the 21st century. This project is a collaboration between the Latin American Studies and Native American Studies committee.

Laurie Riggin (M.A., 2009, advisor Mary Quinlan) recently transitioned to a full-time position as Assistant Director of Transfer and International Student Admission at Dominican University. She also continues to teach Liberal Arts and Sciences seminars at the freshman and sophomore level, and an interdisciplinary course to help international students acclimate to social and academic life in the U.S.

Jessica Parmenter (B.A., 2011; M.Arch., 2014, University of Illinois at Chicago) is an Associate Architect and CAD/Technology Manager at Fitzgerald Architecture Planning Design in Chicago, focusing primarily on commercial interiors and the improvement and innovation of the built environment. Recently she served as a member of the Intern Think Tank FY2016, participating in discussion on the future of architectural apprenticeship. This August, she and fellow Think Tank members will be presenting proposals at the Architect Licensing Advisors Summit. Jessica will be continuing her involvement with the National Council of Architectural Boards as an Architect Licensing Advisor, providing guidance to aspiring architects pursuing professional licensing state- and nation-wide. She will also serve as a member of the Education Committee FY2017, which reviews, suggests, and considers architectural education related initiatives for the future of the traditional architectural education and life-long learning opportunities for continued education. Tracey Leigh Redding (B.A., 2013) is Program Coordinator at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center in Rockford, a non-profit organization that presents five concert series, offers educational programs and performing opportunities for youth and adults, and provides space to other arts organizations in the greater Rockford area. She recently joined the volunteer Board of Directors for the Youth Against Violence Organization, an after-school and

Kathryn Ritter (M.A., 2013, advisor Sinclair Bell) just finished her second year of law school at the University of New Mexico and is working in Albuquerque as a law clerk for the private law firm SaucedoChavez P.C. this summer. She continues her interest in issues of cultural patrimony explored in her M.A. thesis at NIU and is seeking publication of a paper she recently wrote, “Replevin and Native American Art: Actions to Recover Contemporary Native American Art and Deter Future Theft.” Mary Katherine Scott (M.A., 2008, advisor Jeff Kowalski; Ph.D. 2012, University of East Anglia, U.K.) is currently acting director for international programs as well as visiting assistant professor of art history at the University of Wyoming. In October 2015 she presented “Visualizing Value in Virtual Spaces,” an analysis of audience interactions with simulated objects in 3-D virtual environments, at the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) in Pittsburgh, PA. Lakshika Senarath-Gamage (M.A., 2010, advisor Catherine Raymond), a doctoral candidate in art history at UCLA, was awarded a research assistantship from the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies for 2015-16 and 2016-17. This spring she presented her dissertation research at the annual conference of the Association of Asian Studies in Seattle, Washington, in a paper entitled “The Dwelling of the War God: the Art and Architecture of Embekke Devāle in Medieval Sri Lanka and its Possible Artistic Exchanges with Kerala, South India.” UCLA’s Buddhist Studies department also selected her paper, “From the Mundane to Nirvana: the Organization of the Jātaka Paintings of the Sapugaskanda Rājamahāvihāra” for the California Buddhist Studies Graduate Students Conference, which was held at


ALUMNI NEWS, cont. Stanford University in mid April. This summer Lakshika is teaching a course at UCLA on Later Indian Art, with a focus on South Indian and Sri Lankan art, and working to complete her dissertation. After graduation, Jorie Senese (B.A., 2013) began an internship at Water Street Studios in Batavia, Ill., eventually achieving the position of Gallery Manager. Her most significant project there was the 6th anniversary group show, which opened in September 2015. Currently she is Gallery Coordinator at Linda Warren Projects in Chicago’s West Loop, a position she has held since Fall 2015. Jennifer Wegmann-Gabb (B.A., 2015) finished her first year of graduate study in art history at the University of Kansas. In addition to coursework, she has been teaching in the Humanities Department, where she works with international students.

The Art History Division at NIU offers both Bachelors and Masters degrees as well as a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Art History. Students may also pursue an Interdisciplinary Certificate of Graduate Study in Museum Studies. Graduates from the Art History programs at NIU pursue many different kinds of careers, from teaching at the college level, to curatorial and related educational work in museums, to art-related library careers, to advanced graduate study in institutions around the world. Our faculty members are recognized for their outstanding reputations for research in their special fields of study. We couple this with a commitment to teaching students from undergraduate to graduate levels, and a strong desire to see students excel.

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Rebecca Weinstock (M.A., 2010, advisor Barbara Jaffee) has completed all required coursework toward her Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico and is preparing to take her comprehensive exams in Spring 2017. Last summer she conducted research in Chicago and New York City for her dissertation on the Dance International: 1900-1937 exhibition. In October, Rebecca will participate in the symposium Operating Identity at the University of Pittsburgh, where she will be one of the mediators of a panel titled “Who’s Talking?: Visual Ideologies of Race and Difference in the U.S. Inter-War Era Art.” She will also present a paper, “When Harlem Went on Stage: Richmond Barthé’s African Dancer and the Aesthetic of the ‘Primitive’ at Dance International: 1900-1937.”

M.A. student Maria Stapleton in Cordoba, Spain, in connection with a research project on 16th-century maize crucifixes in Mexico and Spain.

School of Art and Design

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