Turning Point:
Case Western Reserve University
Department of Art History
Graduate Student Newsletter

Issue 3 - Fall 2004


Philip Johnson, Turning Point, 1996


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Recent CMA acquisition. Attributed to Praxiteles
(Greek, Athens, about 400/390–330/325 B.C.)
Apollo Sauroktonos ("Lizard-Slayer"), probably 350–275 B.C. possibly 275 B.C.-A.D. 300
Bronze, copper and stone inlay
The Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2004.30

See www.clevelandart.org for more info

Welcome to another issue of Turning Point, one long overdue (still, better late than never!) Our last newsletter saw several new additions to the departmental faculty and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Things have not been so hectic in the past couple of years, but we have been extremely fortunate in the addition of a new Associate Professor of Art History, Anne Helmreich, who previously taught at Texas Christian University. Dr. Helmreich’s expertise lies in 19th century European, particularly British, art and she has recently completed her first semester at Case, teaching a course on the history of photography and a graduate seminar on 19th century art. You will find an article about Anne Helmreich in this issue.

Other big news is the recent announcement made about the search for a Department Chair for the program. More details about the position can be seen on the departmental homepage. We look forward to welcoming our future Chair to our program.

This fall will also see the birth and development of the Graduate Art History Association. Founded by Tiara Paris, Kate Hartwyk and Maggie Clark, the GAHA aims to “promote the scholarship of art history by building relationships among graduate students and faculty.” Its objectives include: “appoint graduate liaisons to the art history faculty and faculty search committees; foster relationships with undergraduate students; promote relationships between Case graduate students and Case art history alumni; fundraisers to provide funding for social events, field trips to area art museums, guest lectures and round-table discussions; sponsor art history workshops that address specific topics related to art history scholarship or jobs in the art market; cultivate Case's collaborative relationship with the Cleveland Museum of Art. The inaugural meeting will be held on September 8 at 5:15pm at the CMA café. What a wonderful addition to our department!

And congratulations to Maggie Clark, Megan Lykins and Alicia East for being named the 2005 Cleveland Symposium Co-Chairs! We all look forward to the next symposium, updates for which will be posted on the website – so check back soon!

Our own Nicole Bahl (PhD student) was one of the recipients from the reception honoring the 2004 Graduate Dean’s Instructional Excellence Awards in April 2004.

Lastly, you have probably noticed the changes made to the website. I am trying to streamline and modernize it, so things may continue to change for the next few months. I am hopeful that all students and alumni will contribute their comments and suggestions so the website will continue to improve. Please check the site often, as it is constantly updated.

Until the next issue….
-Jenni Drozdek

Art History website administrator and newsletter coordinator

Addendum: Thank you much to Alicia East for the faculty news and interview with Dr. Anne Helmreich.

Faculty news
compiled by Alicia East

David Carrier will be on sabbatical during the fall semester in order to perform his duties as a Clark fellow. His book, Art and Its Metamorphoses:Museum Skepticism and the Modernist Public Art Museum, is in the final editing phase and due to be published by Duke University Press in 2005. For the remainder of the school year, Dr. Carrier will be presenting numerous lectures on museums, art writing and art history theory in the United States, China and India.

Edward Olszewski was recently awarded a grant-in-aid from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation in support of his book about the Vatican tomb of Pope Alexander VIII Ottoboni (American Philosophical Society, 2004), which received the John Frederick Lewis Award, and published a book, The Inventory of Paintings of Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni (1667-1740) (New York: Peter Lang, 2004) as well. In addition to numerous other articles on the Ottoboni family and three entries in The Encyclopedia of Sculpture, Dr. Olszewski chaired two sessions on Renaissance Art at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of American in New York (March 2004) and 2 more at the bi-annual meeting of the New College Conference in Sarasota (March 2004). He has also been invited to be a visiting curator at The Sculpture Center for an exhibition of sculptures from Cleveland collectors that will premier on December 17, 2004 and run until January 21, 2005.

Constantine Petridis spent the summer at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where he is the Associate Curator of African art, writing acquisition proposals and editing some of his work for future publication. Granted a teaching release for the fall, he will be traveling to Mali and Burkina Faso during October and November for field research and will return to teaching in the spring semester with a new class on Arts of West Africa.

Catherine Scallen is currently working on another book in which she will set out to “analyze Rembrandt's engagement with the Northern European print tradition in his own etchings.” She recently published another book, Rembrandt, Reputation, and the Practice of Connoisseurship, through Amsterdam University Press.

New Faculty!
by Alicia East

While spending her junior year at Dickenson College abroad, Anne Helmreich decided that the best way to learn about the past was through art. Despite her new interest in Art History, Helmreich still intended to apply to law school. However, it is to the great benefit of Case Western Reserve University, where she serves as an associate professor in the Department of Art History and Art, that she decided otherwise.

Dr. Helmreich’s enthusiasm for gardens and garden architecture started while she researched her dissertation on late 19th- early 20th century landscape painting at Northwestern University. Taken in by how gardening shaped a nation’s identity, Helmreich reshaped her dissertation into an award-winning book, The English Garden and National Identity, The Competing Styles of Garden Design, 1870-1914, published by Cambridge University Press in 2002.

Still at the forefront of the field, Anne Helmreich is currently collaborating with other scholars on a project to systematically categorize and define pertinent sources for those interested in the history of the gardening tradition. Titled Keywords in American Landscape Architecture, this forthcoming guide will provide an extensive collection of pictorial representations, quotes and other primary resource references for laymen and researchers alike.

In addition to pursuing the history of landscape architecture and gardening, Dr. Helmreich is an avid gardener in her spare time as well. Her apartment in Cleveland does not allow for such pursuits, but her home in Texas was well-planted with indigenous and climate-appropriate flora. Helmreich enjoys biking and running, particularly in the Metroparks, and keeps residence with her cat that she met while teaching at Texas Christian University.

Despite the lack of her own garden, Anne Helmreich has enjoyed the past year in Cleveland and with Case Western Reserve University. She was drawn to the position with the Art History and Art department because of our close connection to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Considering the access to events and immersion in its world-class collection, the relationship between department and museum truly facilitates what she feels is sage advice to the graduate student: Take advantage of every opportunity to interact with the art world – go to openings, attend lectures, visit the galleries regularly – in order to expand your familiarity with different works and network with other scholars.

In light of her professional achievements and scholarly efforts, the graduate student body is pleased to welcome Dr. Helmreich as the newest member of our department’s faculty and look forward to many more years.

Student news
compiled by Jenni Drozdek

Nicole Bahl won the Graduate Dean’s Instructional Excellence Award this past year. She will put her skills to good use by serving as a mentor TA for the next year. Like several of her fellow over-caffeinated colleagues, she is studying for PhD exams.

Christine Corretti delivered a paper at Florida's New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance studies in March. She was also the Case representative at this year’s Cleveland Symposium, presenting her paper, “Cellini's Perseus and Medusa: (re)configuring the body of State.”

Matt Dodd was so enchanted with the MA program at Case that he begins the PhD program this year. In addition to a hectic grad school schedule, he works at the WoodTrader, a custom art-framing studio in Cleveland Heights.

Aside from slaving over this website, Jenni Drozdek is preparing for PhD exams next spring and attempting not to lose her mind in the process. She taught “Impressionism to Symbolism” at Case and will be teaching Art History surveys at Duquesne University next semester. She has recently presented papers at UCLA, USC, and Ohio University, and will be presenting a paper at the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association in Buffalo in November.

Rachel Duszynski presented herpaper "Blind Man's Buff: A Contemporary Re-Creation of the Paleolithic Goddess" at the 2004 Ohio University Graduate Art History Symposium.

In addition to maintaining a spotless household and throwing parties that would make June Cleaver blush, Alicia East is working on the first draft of her qualifying paper. She is also preparing to retake the

GRE and applying to Ph.D. programs. In her spare time, Alicia writes sophomore world history curriculum for Columbus Public School District and works hard not getting a tan.

In addition to becoming the “2003 State Downhill Mountain Bike Champion” for Ohio, Karen Edwards recently proposed her dissertation on the Studiolo of Francesco I de' Medici in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence. She was a Baker Nord research grant and V - Fund grant recipient, and presented a paper, “Secrets of the Studiolo,” at the New College Conference in Sarasota. She also spent a month researching her dissertation in Tuscany, and has been teaching Art History classes at Cuyahoga Community College since 1999.

Emily Everhart is currently doing research on Philip V as patron of French arts in Spain , the subject of a paper she will be delivering at the South Eastern College Arts Conference this fall.

Jennifer Finkel was the recipient of several grants and awards in the past few years, including the Phi Beta Kappa Grant, the Baker Nord Research Grant, the Pittsburgh Foundation, Walter Read Hovey Grant, and the Baker Nord Center Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 1994-1995. She will be traveling to Florence and Rome for 9 weeks during the fall semester to complete dissertation research on Michelangelo: The ‘Tragedy’ of the Façade.

Amy Gilman has been busy for the past year planning a large scale outdoor installation with the artist Spencer Tunick. The event, which took place on June 26th was unprecedented for Cleveland - it involved over 2700 greater Clevelanders and other adventurous souls congregating on the Cleveland lakefront at dawn, in 50-degree weather and getting naked for art's sake. After receiving international press attention for this, Amy is sure she won't be able to top it anytime soon - so for now will just concentrate on finishing her dissertation.

Kate Hartwyk recently worked as a collections department intern at the New York Historical Society.

Earlier this year, Kim Hyde was given a Mayers Fellowship at the Huntington Library in San Marino , California. She also received an Arts & Sciences Dissertation Fellowship for fall 2004. Between 2002-2004, she served two terms as President of the Graduate Student Senate. She has been the voting Graduate Student Representative on the Faculty Senate since 2002 and will be continuing as the rep this year. She also served as a member of the President's Commission on Research and Graduate Programs at Case in 2002-2004. In addition, she has been working as the Director of the Old Stone Archives in Cleveland since 2002.

Claire Kovacs presented her paper, “The Sistine Chapel Floor:The Examination of a Forgotten Treasure” at Denison University’s Classics Department Colloquium; and “Goya's Depiction of the Phallus in the Disasters of War - or Lack Thereof” at the Ohio University Graduate Student Symposium.

In the last year, Susan Martis continued towork for the Distance Learning program at the Cleveland Museum of Art and taught at John Carroll University. She also presented a paper at the Midwest Art History Society Conference entitled “George Grey Barnard -- An American Rodin?” and is currently working on her dissertation, Famous and Forgotten: Rodin and His American Contemporaries.

Congratulations to Shannon Masterson who recently gave birth to her baby, Liam. In addition to being a new mother, she works at the Cleveland Museum of Art as Head of Educational Programs and is studying for her PhD exams.

Tami Miller presented her paper “Romaine Brooks' Masculine Moderns” at Cornell in April at the “Queer Eye for the Art Historian: Points of Departure in Art Historical Criticism” symposium. She will be presenting the same paper in November at the MAPACA conferencein Buffalo, NY. She has also been publishing “capsule” reviews in Cleveland's weekly Scene.

Michael Morford is currently conducting dissertation research in Florence as a Butkin Fellow. His dissertation will be titled, Carving for a future: Baccio Bandinelli securing Medici patronage through his mutually fulfilling propagandistic “Hercules and Cacus.” He has recently finished teaching art history at Baldwin-Wallace College and Kent State/Geauga and has presented papers at the Ohio Graduate Symposium, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, and the New College Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference. Michael has also written several catalogue entries and biographies for Dr. Edward Olszewski's upcoming corpus on 16th-Century Italian Drawings in Midwestern Collections as well as assisting in its organization.

Frank Spicer is the Emily Hall Tremaine Curatorial Fellow at MOCA Cleveland, 2002-04. So far he has curated the exhibitions, Wendy L. Moore Emerging Artist Series: Angela White: Garbology – Fiber, Fluff, and Fuzz (Feb. 21-May 11, 2003) and Wendy L. Moore Emerging Artist Series: Carmen Ruiz-Davila: Everywhere and Here (May 14-Aug. 21, 2004), publishing catalogues for both exhibitions. His paper, Subject, Object, Abject: Jake and Dinos Chapmans’ Disasters of War in PART, was published in the on-line journal of the Art History Department at CUNY, Spring 2004; and he presented papers at the Midwest Art History Society Conference, Southeastern Art Conference (SECAC), and the CUNY Graduate Center Art History Symposium in the last year.

In the past year, Tiffany Washington has taught Art History I at Cuyahoga Community College, where she teach two concentrated Art History I and II courses this fall.Last year, she had an article published in Oculus entitled “The relationship between the sacred and the imperial: The mosaic of Theodora at San Vitale and the Madonna della Clemenza at Trastevere.”

Dena Woodall currently serves as a Research/Curatorial Associate in the Department of European Paintings and Sculpture at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She is on the board of a Local Community Gallery and is traveling to Italy in September to work on her dissertation, Sharing Space: Double Portraiture in Sixteenth-century Italy .

Alumni news

Shannon (Price) Bailey (MA, 2003), who recently married fellow alum Bradley Bailey, currently serves as the Director of the Stephen F. Austin State University Gallery.

Shannon’s husband, Bradley Bailey (PhD, 2004), also resides in Nacogdoches, Texas where he is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Stephen F. Austin State University, teaching Modern and Contemporary classes.

Christopher Bedford (MA, 2003) is a PhD student in Art History at USC and a Research Assistant at the Getty Research Institute, where he is also a part-time editor for the Bibliography of the History of Art. With the help of a USC departmental travel award, Christopher recently presented some of his work on Matthew Barney at the 1st International Visual Studies Conference, in Madrid, Spain, and a related paper on Barney’s CREMASTER 4 won the 2003 Midwest Art History Graduate Student Presentation Award. An essay entitled, “Is Nietzsche Dead?: The Crumbling of die Brücke and the WWI Wood Sculptures of Karl Schmidt-Rottluff,” which Christopher worked on with Professor Karen Lang at USC, will be published in Oculus (vol. 7), and he will present a paper on the same topic at the Western Humanities Alliance Conference in Santa Cruz in October. Christopher co-authored an exhibition catalog published in December of 2003 that won the Ohio Museum’s Association 2003 Award for Excellence in Visual Communication. He also writes ongoing art criticism for Angle Magazine and The Sculpture Journal.

Having left Pittsburgh and her post as Assistant Curator of Education at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Megan Burness Yin (MA, 1995) returned to her hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan with hopes of starting a family near family with husband Jordan. She worked briefly as Education Curator at the Grand Rapids Art Museum before the arrival of daughter Evan Elizabeth in November 2003.

Pat Coleman (MA, 2001) starts the PhD program at Rutgers this fall.

Siobhan Conaty (PhD, 2002) is Assistant Professor of Art History at La Salle University in Philadelphia.

Sarita Heer (MA, 2000) has recently have accepted a one-year appointment as a lecturer at the Memphis College of Art for the 2004-2005 school year. She is having a book review published in the Woman's Art Journal next year of the book Feminine Fables: Imaging the Indian Woman in Painting, Photography, and Cinema by Geeti Sen. Sarita will also be presenting a paper called "Constructing a Religio-Political Identity: The Sagar Ramayan" at the 2005 annual CAA meeting.

Samantha Hoover (MA, 2001) currently lives in New York City and works as the Creative Project Director at Acoustiguide Corporation, producer of audio tours for museums and historical sites.

Marcie Hocking (MA, 2003) serves as the staff assistant in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Gallery in Washington D.C., where she assists the curators with all special exhibitions organized by the department.

Following her internships at the Cleveland Public Library last fall, Linda Hulsman (MA, 2004) continued working at the library to complete the inventory of the Howell and Thomas architectural drawings collection. Her initial work was documented on her website (www.lindahulsman.com), and the library will post the completed database.

Alex Nicholis (MA, 2004) has been working full time at the Massillon Museum as curator since January 2004, where she was previously the registrar/volunteer coordinator. The museum recently held an exhibition entitled Framework of a Community: The History of Steel in Stark County, accompanied by a catalog, the appendices of which she wrote.

Dana Novotny (MA, 2003) is opening her own fine art and antique appraisal company called Blackthorne Fine Arts.

Jeannine O’Grody (PhD, 1999) has been Curator of European Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art since 2000. She recently completed a one-month Getty grant to use their library resources to research a future exhibition of Italian Renaissance and Baroque art.

Cathy (Culp) Posner (MA, 1994) is currently the executive director of the Medina County Performing Arts Foundation, located at the Grace Drake Center for the Arts in Medina, Ohio. She is responsible for leadership of the organization, including oversight of the Drake Center, a multi-service arts center offering programs in visual arts, theatre, and music.

Elizabeth Summers (MA, 2004) recently finished an internship at the Kent State Fashion Museum and will be attending Law School at the University of Arkansas for the next three years.

Julia Vienhage (MA, 2000) currently serves as the Manager of Docent Programs in the Education Divison of the Cincinnati Art Museum, where she began as a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of European Painting and Sculpture.

Lori Wienke (MA, 2004) attended the American School of Classical Studies at Athens Summer Session in 2003 and received funding for it from the CWRU Classics department as their Crawford scholar. She presented “Differentiation of Age Categories of Children on Attic Choes” with Dr. Jenifer Neils at the poster session of the AIA Annual Meeting in January 2004 in San Francisco.

Newsletter Committee:
Jenni Drozdek
Alicia East