School of Art + Art History

Art History

Current Graduate Students

Gisela Alvarez

Gisela Alvarez is a second-year master’s student in the Department of Art History at University of Florida, and her areas of interest include Latin American contemporary art, feminist theory, and gender studies. Her MA thesis focuses on Argentine artist Marta Minujín, and explores the ways in which the artist uses interactive sculpture and installation to undermine various political and social systems of power. Gisela hopes to enter the PhD program in the 2021–22 academic year. She received her undergraduate degree from Stetson University with an emphasis in American contemporary art history.

Faith Barringer

Faith Barringer is a first-year Ph.D. student studying under Dr. Melissa Hyde. She primarily researches women artists working in the late eighteenth century, and how their particular interactions with and expressions of gender, sexuality, and societal norms impacted their careers. Faith received her BA in Studio Art and Art History, and her MA in Art History, both from the University of Alabama, in 2018 and 2020 respectively. Her Master’s Thesis, entitled, “Creating a Female History Painter: Vigée-Lebrun, Labille-Guiard, Mongez, and the French Academy,” explored how these three artists represented and elevated themselves as history painters throughout their careers. Recently she presented her research at several conferences, including the Southeastern College Art Conference and the East-Central/American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Helena Chuanyang Chen

Helena Chen is a doctoral student studying East Asian art with an emphasis on eighteenth and nineteenth century antiquarianism. Her secondary area is eighteenth century French Art. Helena graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in history from Soochow University, Taiwan, and a MA in art history from University of Florida. She is the recipient of several academic awards, including University of Florida Graduate School Fellowship, Gary Libby Award for Outstanding Student in Art History, and the Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor. Helena had researched and interned in the Freer/Sackler Gallery, DC, and the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.

Laura R. Colkitt

Laura R. Colkitt is a doctoral candidate studying modern and contemporary art. Laura received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with an MA in art history from University of South Florida. She is the recipient of several fellowships and academic awards including the Rothman Doctoral Fellowship, Grinter Fellowship, and Jerry Cutler Graduate Student Travel Award. In her research, she explores hybridity of cultures in the global age with a specific focus on the transatlantic connection between Europe, North America, and South America. Her MA culminated with an examination of discrete globalization in “From Local to Global: Kama Wangdi Paints Bhutan's Changing Geopolitics” (2015). Her forthcoming dissertation, “In Between Relations: Liliana Porter’s Art,” aims to track a constellation of concerns that inform the contemporary art practice of Liliana Porter. She presented the second chapter, “Dissections of Decorated Depictions," at the 2020 College Art Association (CAA) conference. Recent publications include a book chapter titled “Randomness, Order, and Being” in Sandra Cinto: Acaso e Necessidade (2017) and numerous contributions to exhibition catalogues for the USF Contemporary Art Museum. Before coming to University of Florida, Laura helped curate private art collections. Her advisor is Dr. Kaira M. Cabañas.

Macarena Deij Prado

Macarena Deij Prado is a PhD candidate under the advice of Dr. Maya Stanfield-Mazzi. Her primary field of study is colonial art of the Americas. She received her MA in Art History from the University of Florida (2016) and her BA in the same discipline from the University of Chile (2013). In order to complete her MA thesis, she was awarded a research fellowship from the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, during which she conducted archival research in Cusco, Peru in 2015. Before coming to UF she worked as a curatorial assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile. She has also worked as an art history professor at the Instituto para el Arte y la Restauración Botticelli in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. In 2019 she curated the exhibition Felipe Meres: Global Illumination, presented at UF’s University Gallery. For her dissertation project she will be looking at how performative art developed between 1570 and 1630 in Spanish America.

Megan Goldsworthy

Megan Goldsworthy is a first-year master’s student studying ancient Roman art. Her areas of interest include the political art of Imperial Rome and numismatics. Megan received her BA in Anthropology from James Madison University in 2020 with minors in Art History and Classical Studies. While at James Madison, she spent two years working with the Madison Art Collection and Lisanby Museum with internships focusing on research, curatorial design, and collections management.

Jenifer Hernandez

Jenifer Hernandez is a second-year master’s student studying ancient Roman art. Her current research focuses on pictorial mosaics in residential architecture during the Roman Empire. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a dual BA in Art History and Classical Studies. She participated in the Rutgers Archaeological Field School in Italy in 2017 where she worked in the excavation of a Roman villa. Before starting her MA she worked at a private gallery where she organized an international exhibition. After the completion of her MA, her goal is to pursue a PhD.

Mark Hodge

Mark Hodge is a Ph.D. candidate studying late antique Roman art under Dr. Ashley Jones. His dissertation explores the phenomena of blank portraits on Roman sarcophagi within the shifting artistic and cultural landscape of the third and fourth centuries CE. He has been generously supported in this research by grants and fellowships from UF’s Center for European Studies, the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, and the School of Art and Art History. Mark also enjoys working with UF’s University Gallery where he was an intern in the fall of 2020 and served as a curatorial assistant for the exhibition In, Of, From: Experiments in Sound

Delano Hughes

Delano Hughes is a first year master’s student. Her period of interest is the eighteenth century, with a particular interest in the intersection of costume and gender in art. Delano received her BA in interdisciplinary humanities with a focus in art history at Florida State University in 2019. In her spare time, Delano researches and builds historical costumes.

Vivian Lantow

Vivian Lantow is a PhD student studying pre-Columbian art under the guidance of Dr. Maya Stanfield-Mazzi. Her topics of interest include Andean archaeology, commodity exchanges, ritual offerings found with capac hucha burials, falsifications of Pre‐Columbian artifacts, and depictions of race and social stratification by both Spanish and Indigenous artists in early colonial Peru. Vivian received her MA and BA in art history at the University of Florida. Her MA research culminated with her thesis title “Mitigating Museum Mistakes: A Case Study of a Gold Vessel from the Chimú.” In this thesis, Vivian used an unprovenienced gold cup as a case study to explore widespread issues related to the exhibition of pre-Columbian gold in museums. Before coming to the University of Florida, Vivian completed her associate of science degree in Zoo Animal Technology at Santa Fe College. She later returned to school to earn her associate of arts in Fine Arts at Santa Fe College, with a focus on drawing. While at Santa Fe Vivian worked as a gallery assistant and was an assistant curator for the Santa Fe Celebrates Collectors exhibition at the Santa Fe Gallery. 

Ryan MacLennan

Ryan MacLennan is a PhD student studying under Dr. Elizabeth Ross. He received his BA in both English: Writing and Philosophy from Mount Union College (University of Mount Union) in 2010. He earned his MA in History from New Mexico State University in 2015. Before attending NMSU, Ryan spent time as a music critic. Ryan’s primary research focuses on print culture in the Northern Renaissance and the consumption of food and alcohol. He is also interested in Minimalism and site-specific art of the 1960s and 1970s.

Jennifer McAninch

Jennifer McAninch received her BA in Art History from Arizona State University and her MA in Art Education from University of Florida, graduating both programs Summa Cum Laude. While studying abroad in Italy, she completed a museum internship at the Basilica of Santa Croce. She also participated in a study of Florentine architecture extending over a period from the Late Medieval through the Baroque. The following year, Jennifer was a member of the archeological crew for the excavation at Piazza Garibaldi in Fiesole, Italy. She is currently in her second year, pursuing a PhD in Art History with a focus on residential art and architecture from the intermediate years of the Roman Empire. Her current research project involves analyzing the design program of a second century maritime villa on the Gulf of Baratti in Populonia, Italy. Jennifer was recently admitted to the Kunsthistorisches Institute in Florence as a visiting scholar and presenter for the upcoming program "The City as Archive." She also served as a 2018 delegate to the national convention of the Archaeological Institute of America. Some of her peripheral areas of interest are Gender Studies in Art, Late Italian Renaissance, Ancient Mesoamerica, as well as Mid Century Modern Art and Architecture.

Carissa Nicholson

Carissa Nicholson is a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida in the department of Art History. She received her Bachelors of Arts from Boise State University and a Masters in Art History from the University at Buffalo SUNY, with a thesis on Minoan art. She has worked as senior staff at the Gournia Excavation project and with Olynthus Survey Project. At present, her concentration is on Classical Greek art and archaeology, with a dissertation on representations of the Greek household on painted vases. During the 2016/17 school year, she was granted Student Associate Membership at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens for her year of research.

Clemens A. Ottenhausen

Clemens A. Ottenhausen is an arts writer and researcher. He started his doctoral degree at the University of Florida in fall 2016 and is the recipient of fellowships from the UF Graduate School, the UF Center for Humanities in the Public Sphere, and the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C. After qualifying as a master carpenter, he studied philosophy and art history as an undergrad in Trier, Bonn, and Brussels. He graduated from the University of Bonn with a thesis on the exhibition politics of the new Magritte Museum and received his Master degree from the University of Glasgow’s program “Art History: Art: Politics: Transgression: 20th Century Avant-Gardes,” which he completed with a thesis on Peter Downsbrough’s sculptural practice. Clemens has published essays on German postwar architecture (2011) and the work of Cerith Wyn Evans (2013). He has held positions at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, the Kunstsammlung NRW, the Museum Folkwang, and further worked for the Bergen Assembly, the Venice Biennial, and documenta in Kassel. At UF, his research focuses on European and North American art after World War Two with an emphasis on conceptual art and exhibition history. Clemens’s dissertation is titled “Documenta’s Elective Affinities: Modern Art’s Comeback in Postwar Germany.” His advisor is Dr. Kaira M. Cabañas.

Valerie C. Palazzolo

Valerie C. Palazzolo is a doctoral student studying the gendering of space in the later Middle Ages and Northern Renaissance with Dr. Elizabeth Ross. Her secondary interest focuses on the arts of Africa and the African Diaspora. She received her MA in Art History from the University of South Florida (2011) where her research focused on Andreas Vesalius’ animated skeletons as sites for self-knowledge and self-fashioning. This research has been presented at graduate and professional symposia and conferences including: The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (2015), Indiana University, Bloomington (2011), Nicolaus Copernicus University in Turuñ, Poland (2010), and the University of Texas at Austin (2008). She has held the position of Assistant Professor of Art History and Humanities at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida - where she lives full time – since 2014 (tenured 2019). This position has allowed her to expand into art historical pedagogy and she has presented on diversity and global perspectives in the Western canon at both the annual meeting of the College Art Association (2017) and the Community College Humanities Association Southern Division Conference (2014). She has additionally taught for USF’s Study Abroad program in Paris, France and currently serves on the Program Committee of the Italian Art Society. 

Rachel Polinsky

Rachel Polinsky is a third-year PhD student in Art History studying ancient Greek art. She received her BA in Art History and Ancient Civilizations from Clark University (2016) and completed her MA in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies at Brandeis University (2018). Rachel's MA thesis examined the iconographic representation and meaning of local vs. foreign goats in Minoan zoomorphic art and the importance of having regionally specific identifications for culturally specific imagery. Now at UF, her primary research focuses on Archaic korai and ancient Greek dress/fashion. More broadly, some of Rachel’s research interests include the portrayal of gender and gendered power, race/racism discourse in the field of Classics, ancient dress/fashion and its societal valuation (i.e., dress/fashion theory), mythological and mytho-historical narratives in art and architecture, and the role, manipulation, and transformation of iconography. Rachel’s advisors are Dr. Mary Ann Eaverly and Dr. Ashley Jones.

Allison Raper

Allison Raper graduated summa cum laude with a BA in history from Winthrop University. In 2014, she received her Master of Science in art history from the University of Edinburgh. Her master’s thesis, “Blood of the Princess: Violence and Gender in the Belles Heures de Duc de Berry’s Saint Catherine Cycle” examined the historical influences on the Limbourg brothers’ distinctive representation of St. Catherine of Alexandria’s martyrdom. Currently, Allison is pursuing her doctorate, specializing in early Renaissance art. She is also interested in medieval art, gender, theology, and fashion history. Allison has presented her research at the Phi Alpha Theta Carolinas Regional Conference, Illinois Medieval Association Conference, and at the University of Oregon’s Graduate Research Symposium in April 2018. She has worked as a teaching assistant for ARH 2000, ARH 2050, and ARH 2051. Her advisor is Dr. Elizabeth Ross.

Kyra Rietveld

Kyra Rietveld is a Ph.D. candidate studying under Dr. Ashley Jones. Her research focuses on depictions of the goddess Artemis used in cult practices across Asia Minor and the Greek Mainland during the Hellenistic period. She received her B.A. Summa Cum Laude from Oakland University and her M.A. Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida. She completed her M.A. thesis entitled The Promotion of Perge as a Stable Political Force: Taking Advantage of the Iconization of Artemis Pergaea, in the spring of 2017. Originally from the Netherlands, she was part of the Oakland University Women’s Swim and Dive Team while earning her undergraduate degree. She is the recipient of several academic awards and fellowships, including the Tedder Family Doctoral Fellowship, the Perry Summer Study Abroad Scholarship, the Certificate of Outstanding Achievement from University of Florida, Departmental Honors in Art History at Oakland University, and Werner Holzbock Humanities Scholarship.

Danielle Sensabaugh

Danielle Sensabaugh is a doctoral student studying under Dr. Melissa Hyde. Her research focuses on artwork of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, exploring issues of gender and sexuality, cultural and artistic appropriation, and the ways that artists undermine artistic hierarchies and social norms. Danielle received an MA in Art History from American University and a BA in Art History with a minor in French from West Virginia University. Her MA research culminated in a project titled "Between Painting and Poster: Artistic and Cultural Hybridity in Henri de Toulouse Lautrec's Panels for 'La Goulue'" (2015), exploring Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s relationship with the cancanuse Louise Weber. Before coming to Florida, Danielle taught high school social studies and AP Art History for four years in Arlington, VA.  

Lauren Walter

Lauren Walter is a PhD candidate, studying eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French art with an emphasis on gender studies. After receiving her BA from Marymount College in New York, she began her MA in Art History at UF. Her MA culminated with an examination of representations of women in the public sphere in “Manet, Tissot, and Béraud and the Unattended Woman in Nineteenth-Century France” (2015). In her current research Lauren explores female friendship and cultural exchange between France and England. Outside of UF, she has helped with several exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, including Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity (2012) and Gauguin: Artist and Alchemist (2017). She recently presented her paper “Doctor, I Think They Have a Case of Anglomanie: Friendship and Fashion in the Portraits of Marie Antoinette and the Princesse de Lamballe” at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Her advisor is Dr. Melissa Hyde.

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