Alumni News

Joseph – The Star Student!

HAD alumnus Joseph Kopta (BFA/MS ’10) recently contributed the entries “Canosa di Puglia” and “Conant, K(enneth) J(ohn)” to The Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art & Architecture, published by Oxford University Press (November 2012); the entries also appear in Oxford Art Online.

Gloria Mast, BFA/MS 2001, has been working with the Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum in Pennsylvania on an upcoming exhibition.  Below is the press release: 

Galia Halpern, 2007 MS/MLIS alumna, had her fellowship at the Max Planck Institute in Florence renewed for another year.

Alumna Update: Stephanie Wooster to attend George Washington University

Stephanie Wooster, who graduated in 2003 with an MFA/MS degree, has been accepted into the prestigious Master’s Program of Paralegal Studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., the only program of its kind. Stephanie plans to specialize  in international and intellectual property law and will graduate May 2013.

Stephanie Wooster "Persimmon Still Life" 2002

Last fall (2010), Stephanie was the Regional Professional for the ArtPrize Competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a Regional Professional, she assisted the 2-D juror, Patricia Phillips, Dean of the Graduate Program at the Rhode Island School of Design, in selecting the $5,000 award. She will reprise her role as the Regional Professional for ArtPrize 2011.

Alumna Update: Jennifer Kanyo Accepted into Institute of Fine Arts

Demont-Breton "Femme de pecheur venant de baigner ses enfants," 1881

Recent alumna Jennifer Kanyo was accepted into and will attend New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts master’s program in Art History, Theory and Criticism. Jennifer completed her BA in Art History this past Spring, after completing her senior thesis on “The Power of Dualism: The Union des femmes artistes peintres et sculpteursand the Use of Patriarchal Discourse for the Advancement Women Artists.” She graduated with departmental honors for academic excellence.

Our congratulations to Jennifer!

Alumna Update: Ashlyn Davis at Viking and Penguin Books

Ashlyn Davis, one of our BA graduates in Spring 2009, is now working at Viking and Penguin Books as an Ad/Promotion Assistant. Her job involves writing copy for ads, creating promotional materials for books, and working closely with the design department for ads in The New York Times and other publications. She is very excited about her new job and the many free books! Before taking this job she was an intern at Aperture Foundation in the Development Department under their Work Scholar Program, which she highly recommends.

Alumni Update: Galia Halpern Awarded Fellowship

Galia Halpern, 2007 MS/MLIS alumna and current doctoral student at the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU has been awarded a Fellowship by the Max-Planck Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence and the Getty Foundation for the “Art, Space and Mobility in the Early Ages of Globalization: The Mediterranean, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent  (MeCAIS) 400-1650” project.  The goals of the Art, Space and Mobility project are to study the premodern artistic and cultural interactions in these areas and contribute to the transnational debate on “global art history” and the methodological discussions within cultural theories in general. Doctoral and postdoctoral students in the fellowship program in collaboration with scholars from the region will create a research network that goes beyond the traditional area of studies in the MeCAIS region.

Galia Halpern graduated from our MS program in 2007 after completing her thesis Outside/Inside: Mapmakers and the Geography of Monstrous Races with her advisor Prof. Dorothy Shepard.

Alumni Update: Jeffery Smith at Brooklyn Art Alternative Gallery

In October Jeffrey Smith (MS/MFA 2009) participated in a group exhibition, “Contemporary Impression” at the Brooklyn Art Alternative Gallery. In November he will participate in a group show at the Dacia Gallery on the Lower East Side, Manhattan. He is currently in the process of applying to Ph.D. programs and will be teaching Modern and Contemporary art history at Hofstra University in Spring 2011.

Jennifer Dodson Completes Commissioned Mural

After three weekends and three weeks of late nights spent painting, Jennifer Dodson (Pratt in Venice 2009) finished her first commission since her return from Italy.

This mural was commissioned by die-hard basketball fans who especially love Kobe Bryant of the LA Lakers (purple jerseys), as well as Miami Heat (white jerseys). Not being a big basketball fan herself, this mural allowed her to focus on a sport she would otherwise had never thought about.

Jennifer Dodson's Mural

For those of you who are not big basketball fans, a guide:

Kobe Bryant (purple jersey): #24, dunking on far left
Lebron James (white jersey): number not shown, blocking Kobe on left
Dwayne Wade (white jersey): #3, on far right

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