History of Art and Architecture

Krystle Stricklin

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Biography

Krystle Stricklin is a PhD candidate in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in North American art, photography, and the visual legacies of war and empire. Currently, she is a 2019-2020 Predoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C., where she is completing her dissertation, “Grave Visions: Photography, Violence, and Death in the American Empire, 1898 – 1913.” Broadly her work investigates issues of agency and identity in the context of early twentieth-century American culture. Her dissertation examines photographic albums from the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars, specifically images of imperial violence and death. Her inquiry is rooted in questions concerning material strategies, narrative structures, and meaning-making, and is enriched by a constellation of discourses: anthropology, postcolonial theory, and world history studies.

Krystle received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the History and Criticism of Art from Florida State University. Her master’s thesis, “Propaganda Portraits: Easing American Anxieties through WRA Films,” examined World War II propaganda films and photographs of the Japanese-American internment and their engagement with entrenched notions of nationality and identity. In 2017, Krystle received a CASVA Predoctoral Fellowship for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad, which allowed her to visit exhibitions and photography festivals in Spain, Greece, and North Africa to study the history of colonial photography, as well as contemporary decolonizing initiatives.

Education Details

Ph.D. (in progress), History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, ABD, October 2018.

M.A., History and Criticism of Art, Florida State University, 2014.

B.A., History and Criticism of Art, Florida State University, 2012.

Selected Awards

Smithsonian American Art Museum Predoctoral Fellowship, 2019-20

Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Predoctoral Fellowship for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad, 2017

Donald J. Sterling Jr., Graduate Research Fellowship in Pacific Northwest History, The Oregon Historical Society, 2017

Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2017-18 

Andrew Mellon Graduate Summer Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2016

Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2014-15

CGS Conference Presentation Support Grant, Florida State University, 2014

Graduate Research Fellowship, Florida State University, 2013-14

Helen J. Beard Undergraduate Scholarship, Florida State University, 2012

Selected Conferences

“With a Skull in Each Hand: Photographing Island Cemeteries after the Spanish-American War,” College Art Association Conference, Los Angeles, CA, February 21-24, 2018. 

“Cannon and Camera: John C. Hemment’s Photography of the Spanish-American War,” Southeastern College Art Conference, Columbus, OH, October 26-28, 2017.

Panel Co-Chair. “Trading Places: Migration, Displacement, and Visual Culture,” Southeastern College Art Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, October 21-24, 2015.

“Reassembling the Past: Thomas Demand’s Büro and the Politics of Memory,” Southeastern College Art Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, October 21-24, 2015.

“Propaganda Portraits: Easing American Anxieties through WRA Films,” Atlanta Graduate Student Conference in U.S. History, Emory University, November 15-16, 2013.

"Memorial Cranes Trapped in Barbwire: Untangling Memories of the Japanese American Incarceration," Southeastern College Art Conference, Greensboro, NC, October 30, 2013.

“Reassuring Voices and Shifting Narratives in Tom Parker’s Films of the Japanese American Incarceration,” Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference, UC Boulder, September 20, 2013.