History of Art and Architecture

Fall 2013 Alumni News

Sarah Bromberg (PhD '13): During the Spring 2013 semester, I taught at Washington and Jefferson College as an adjunct lecturer. In June, I presented a paper, "The Reception of Nicholas of Lyra's Postilla at King Manuel I of Portugal's Court," at the Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University in June.  My paper analyzed a beautiful and fascinating Florentine illuminated manuscript commissioned for a Portuguese king that contains illustrations comparing Christian and Jewish biblical commentaries.  My paper included post-dissertation research and new Latin translations of an early sixteenth-century exegetical treatise in order to reconceptualize a dissertation chapter.  I am currently a Visiting Instructor in the History of Art and Architecture Department for the Fall 2013 semester and I am very much enjoying teaching both World Art and Renaissance Art.

Rojer J. Crum (PhD '92), Professor, University of Dayton, has been appointed a visiting professor for the fall semester, 2013 at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.

Hilary Culbertson (MA '11) has worked as Program Manager at HASTAC (The Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) and the HASTAC/MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Competition since October 2012.

April A. Eisman (PhD '07; assistant professor, Iowa State University) received a one-year postdoc from the American Association of University Women to spend the 2012-13 academic year in Germany working on her second book manuscript, "Women Artists in East Germany." She has given papers on this topic in Weimar (Oct 2012) and Paris (April 2013) and is currently co-organizing a conference ("Germany Looks East") to take place in Berlin in June 2013. In 2012, she published "Painting the East German Experience: Neo Rauch in the Late 1990s" in Oxford Art Journal and "Denying Difference in the Post-Socialist Other: Bernhard Heisig and the Changing Reception of an East German Artist" in Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture.

Melanie Linn Gutowski (BA '05) published her first book, Pittsburgh's Mansions (Arcadia Publishing), a pictorial history of the area's stately homes, in August 2013.

Rebecca Long (BA '02) has recently been promoted to Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1800 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where she has worked since 2008. She is the curator of the IMA's exhibition "Matisse, Life in Color: Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art," which has recently opened to record attendance numbers.

Therese Martin (PhD '00) editied Reassessing the Roles of Women as 'Makers' of Medieval Art and Architecture, 2 vols., Leiden, 2012.

Alison McQueen (PhD '98) is the author of Empress Eugenie and the Arts: Politics and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century.  Published by Ashgate in 2011.  It is the winner of a Foundation Napoleon History Prize for 2011.

Donald E. Simpson (PhD '13): Following the successful completion of my dissertation on Civic and Cultural Centers (Kirk Savage and Drew Armstrong, advising committee co-chairs) and the receipt of my Phd in April 2013, I have been busy teaching a summer session course for the HAA department (Intro to Western Architecture), and am currently teaching Intro to Modern Art for the College of General Studies. I will also be teaching an accelerated course for Carlow University (Intro to Art I) later this fall, and will be a Visiting Lecturer for HAA in the Spring 2014 semester. Among other courses I will be teaching, I am very excited by the opportunity to create an original course for HAA that expands upon on my dissertation research entitled World Cities: Ruin and Renewal, which promises to contribute to our Architectural Studies as well as Urban Studies undergraduate programs, and further explore ideas that I plan to expand into a publishable book-length manuscript. I am also currently applying for postdoctoral fellowships and teaching positions for the 2014-2015 school year.

Leslie Wallace (PhD '10) will coontinue as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hood College in Fall 2013.

Xiaolong Wu (PhD '04) is now an associate professor of art history at Hanover College.