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

Issue 5 - Spring 2007

Philip Johnson, Turning Point, 1996

It has been quite a while (Fall 2005!) since our last newsletter; therefore, the current issue of Turning Point is long overdue. In addition to student, faculty and alumni updates, the current issue includes what will be a regular “Letter from the Chair” by Dr. Charles Burroughs, who has proven to be an invaluable asset to our program. Furthermore, the current co-chairs of the Graduate Art History Association (GAHA) discuss the organization’s accomplishments in the last year. Finally, Rachel Duszynski introduces us to the new visiting lecturer in contemporary art, Dr. Kirsten Swenson.

As always, I encourage you to contribute to future newsletters and provide me with feedback about the current issue.

Have a fantastic spring semester and 2007!

Jenni Drozdek

Newsletter editor, PhD candidate in Art History

Letter from the Chair
by Dr. Charles Burroughs

For anyone interested in the visual arts, life on University Circle has gone on in the shadow of Ozymandian concrete towers rising where the Cleveland Museum of Art parking lot used to be. We passed them on the way to the Museum’s Ingalls Library, which Elizabeth Lantz and her staff heroically managed to keep open as demolition and construction proceed. For months we scurried like rodents along narrow pathways and into dark tunnels to take us into the hillside, like seekers of some precious grail in a medieval legend. And beneath the dust and noise of construction, research went on, though we were tempted, especially in the dark winter days, by the bright spaces and growing collection of the university library and the availability of interlibrary loan (we are all aficionados of Ohiolink). But the new reading room in Ingalls is an important sign that the Museum itself is gradually but inexorably coming back to life. More generally we look forward to a rejuvenation of the Department’s special relationship with the Museum following the appointment, in Timothy Rub, of a new director noted for imaginative exhibitions and programming involving collaboration with scholars and opportunities for students.

All members of the Case Art History community of course lament the unavailability of the Museum collections, which mean so much for many of us. I of course hardly had a chance to see the Museum, which was beginning to close down when I arrived in summer 2005. And in the absence of a permanent director, many questions arose about the nature and prospects of the joint program in Art History and Museum Studies founded so many years ago by Harvey Buchanan, for the Department, and Sherman Lee, for the Museum. To our surprise, the program’s attractiveness to students was hardly affected by the closing of the Museum. Their instincts were not wrong: the new situation seems to have stimulated more creativity in designing class assignments, at one end of the spectrum, or in thinking about Museum Studies in general, at the other. Energy radiated from MOCA, with its groundbreaking exhibit and symposium on digital art, and its project for a bold new building at the apex of the Euclid-Mayfield “triangle,” part of a transformation of the University Circle area that, after decades of anticipation, now seems to be about to become real.

After the changes and occasional convulsions of last year, this year provides a time for calm stocktaking and, we hope, progress. Most of the department faculty begin this year with their visibility enhanced, thanks to some remarkable publications, only some of which I can mention here. Jenifer Neils’s very important edited book on the Parthenon appeared last year, as did Henry Adams’s challenging book on Thomas Eakins and David Carrier’s Museum Skepticism, which includes reflections on the role of the Cleveland Museum, under the direction of Sherman Lee, in the evolution of ideas in the US about the nature and purposes of art museums. No fewer than five faculty members (Professors Adams, Landau, Neils, Olszewski, Scallen) along with one emeritus (Walter Gibson), gave presentations in Boston at the 2006 meeting of the CAA; these included Ellen Landau’s first public discussion of the paintings attributed to Jackson Pollock whose recent discovery has led to one of the most intense controversies in the contemporary art world. Henry Adams spoke about Eakins to a packed house at the Union Club in Cleveland; it seemed that everyone who was anything in the city – le tout Cleveland – was there. And Anne Helmreich’s stature as a key figure in the College’s intellectual life found expression in her appointment as Vice Director of the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities.

The work of the department was enriched by a number of memorable events and visits. Given the unavailability of the Museum, the 2006 Buchanan Lecture, given by Charles Rosenberg of Notre Dame University, was held at Gwinn Estate, where we assembled on the terrace above the lake and reveled in sunshine, beautiful surroundings, and good company. The inaugural event in the Distinguished Alumni Lecture series took place in 2005; the speaker was Carolyn Carr, who gave a very well received presentation on the exhibition of Latin American portraits, “Retratos,” that she co-organized for the National Portrait Museum, where she is chief curator. The second in the series was given by William Robinson, as noted below. Thanks to the Dean of the College and the Presidential Initiative Fund, we were able to bring speakers to campus to further ongoing reflection on the museum as a vehicle of communication as well as object of critical study; our discussions were linked to the emergence of Case as a center of research in cognitive science. In addition, the nature and prospects of the Joint Program in Museum Studies, shared by the Department and the Museum, were discussed by a task force comprising members from both institutions as well as from MOCA. With its remarkable constellation of relevant institutions and resources in close proximity and with an established and successful Museum Studies program, Cleveland is well-placed to take a leadership position in the training of museum professionals.

The longstanding alliance of the department with the Cleveland Museum of Art has been maintained. Constantine Petridis has continued to balance his onerous curatorial responsibilities at the Museum with his role as a very popular professor of African art in the department. As many alumni of the program will recall, the Department’s teaching resources have traditionally been supplemented by courses taught by Museum personnel. Through the pressure of work on the curators, this has happened with decreasing frequency. Nevertheless, curators are still closely associated with the program, many as adjunct professors. Tom Hinson, Curator of Photography, and Heather Lemonedes, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings, have agreed to co-teach courses. Jane Glaubinger and Holger Klein have served on PhD committees, and Dr. Klein’s assistant, Virginia Brilliant (PhD Courtauld Institute, London), the Cleveland Fellow in Medieval Art, taught a course for the Department in fall 2006. The second annual lecture in the Distinguished Alumni Series was given by William Robinson, chief curator of the wonderful exhibition “Barcelona and Modernity” at the Cleveland Museum of Art., where he is Curator of Modern Art

The department has found other ways, beyond the Museum, to enhance its resources. The Department’s relative weakness in non-western art history has been addressed through courses in Asian Art taught by Michael Cunningham. We welcomed a colleague from the History Department, Miriam Levin, into the department with a secondary appointment in Art History; Professor Levin is an authority on the history of technology, science, museums, and urbanism in France and the US in the 19th and 20th centuries. And this year, for the first time, the Department faculty includes a specialist – unfortunately only a one-year visitor -- in Contemporary Art; Kirsten Swenson (PhD Stony Brook) will teach, among other things, a course on New Media and Art, drawing on her experience as a teaching fellow of the Whitney Museum.

An important milestone this year is the centenary of the program in Art Education, in which the Department of Art History and Art and the Cleveland Institute of Art collaborate, directed by Tim Shuckerow (also the only full-time staff member!). By chance this is also the year of a major assessment carried out by an accreditation board appointed by the Ohio Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education to review all the Case programs that not only train but also license teachers. It is gratifying that the Art Education program satisfied every criterion applied by the assessors. The Art Studio programs continued to flourish, with available space in the studio facility, the “Greenhouse,” used to the maximum, and with full enrollment in studio courses. As an architectural historian, I am of course especially pleased by the success of the architecture studio courses, taught by Sally Levine, and the interest shown by students in the Pre-Architecture major.

Though the Graduate Students Association (GAHA) has included its own report in this newsletter, I want to express appreciation for the effort involved in organizing a series of department events, as well as the annual Cleveland Symposium. This year’s theme, “Art about Art,” came out of a seminar given last year by Catherine Scallen. The resulting seminar turned out to be remarkably international and intellectually diverse as well as stimulating, and we look forward to the 2007 conference “The Place of Art.” I want here to recognize the excellent work of Edward Olszewski as Director of Graduate Studies. The undergraduate club was also active last year, organizing various events, notably the third annual Undergraduate Symposium, which featured student speakers from eleven programs throughout the region, and produced a lively day of presentations and discussion. We were gratified that our graduating majors did so well in their applications for graduate study; students were accepted, with funding, at Cornell, Winterthur, and the Williams Museum Studies program. Much credit goes to Anne Helmreich, our Director of Undergraduate Studies, for her tireless work with the majors.

Finally, a word about an important new initiative. The department has benefited over the years from the generous support of some donors, who have acted on an individual basis. Now a new group, the “Friends of Art History,” is being formed, and we are looking forward to an official launch in January 2007. For the moment I wish to recognize the hard work of the President of the fledgling group, Sarah (Sally) Smith, as well as Lee Warshawsky and Harriet Wadsworth. Look for their section in future newsletters.

Faculty news
Compiled by Tami Gadbois

Henry Adams published two books last year: American Da Vinci: Victor Schreckengost and Modern Design (Tidemark, in partnership with the Viktor Schreckengost Foundation, Connecticut, July 2006) and Andrew Wyeth: Master Drawings from the Artist’s Collection (Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, 2006). Dr. Adams also published several essays on the topics of Andrew Wyeth, Thomas Eakins, Edris Eckhardt, Jan Matulka. He has given several lectures in Cleveland in 2006 and took part in a discussion on Thomas Eakins at the Whitney Museum of American Art for the American Art Fellows with Trevor Fairbrother and Robert Rosenblum. Dr. Adams presented “Jan Matulka, Global Modernist” at the Avampato Museum in Charleston, West Virginia in March and “Thomas Eakins, a Portrait of the Artist” at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in October 2006. In January of 2006, he signed a contract with Oxford University Press for a book on Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock. Currently, Dr. Adams is curating an exhibition and publishing a catalog on the Cleveland artist Christopher Pekoc.

Like most department chairs, Charles Burroughs spent far too much time in administration, though he enjoyed the range of events sponsored by the department (and congratulates the Graduate Art History Student Association on its role in organizing these). He continued to escape teaching responsibilities through the largesse of the Getty Foundation, which awarded him and four colleagues – in the US, Brazil, and Cuba -- a two-year collaborative research grant. This research took him to Brazil in June 2006; he explored the plantation houses of the Paraíba Valley, near Rio, where coffee reigned -- and destroyed lives and landscapes -- in the nineteenth century. In Rio he gave an invited paper at a conference at a research center located in a grand old mansion, now an oasis in a concrete Atlantis. He continued his education in things Cleveland (having arrived in July 2005) by giving talks for local institutions or groups. One was for the regional chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and was at the invitation of Walter Leedy, Professor of Art History at CSU, an old friend whose immense knowledge of architecture and people in and of Cleveland was unmatched. Sadly Walter died shortly before the lecture, which became in part a eulogy, celebrating Walter’s wonderfully irreverent as well as learned flights of conversation, which first introduced Dr. Burroughs to the stones and character of the city he now calls home. Otherwise he waited with frustration for articles to appear, way behind deadline, served on a CAA committee, and worked on the Getty project, a study of diverse plantation regimes in the Americas, and – in his capacity as an Italianist – on a book on “the political Primavera,” a revisionist account of Botticelli’s famous painting.

Last year, David Carrier lectured at the School of Visual Arts, New York; the University of Ioannina, Greece; the art history department, Thesselanaki, Greece; the University of Iowa; the Swedish Academy, Rome; the University of South Carolina; the National Humanities Center; The Studio School, New York; the National Academy Museum, New York; and Sewanee- University of the South. His book Museum Skepticism has been published by Duke University Press. Dr. Carrier anticipates that his next book, A World Art History, is forthcoming from another publisher. His lectures in Greece are forthcoming in a book to be published in Greek. Additionally, Dr. Carrier has written art criticism and book reviews for ARTFORUM, Artus and The Burlington Magazine. He has written a number of essays on art history and aesthetic theory, which are forthcoming and is working on two new books: a comparative study of Proust and Warhol and a volume devoted to Baroque art history.

Anne Helmreich became the Associate Director of the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities in July 2006. Dr. Helmreich presented three papers last year: “Clarity and Obscurity: Science, Art, and Nature in late PreRaphaelite Painting,” at the North American Victorian Studies Association Annual Conference, August 2006; “The Art Market and the ‘Purity of the Press’: the Case of Critic, Dealer and Writer D. C. Thomson,” for the Research Society of Victorian Periodicals, September 2006; and “Nature in Paint and Print: The Dialectic between Romanticism at the Opening and Close of the Century,” for Engaged Romanticism: Romanticism as Praxis, November 2006. She will be giving upcoming talks at the College Art Association annual conference in February 2007 and the Tate Britain conference on the Art Market and Modernism, also in 2007.

Ellen Landau presented the paper “Mexico and American Modernism: The Case of Jackson Pollock” at All-over: Abstract Expressionism's Global Context, a symposium sponsored by the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center/Dept. of Art, Stony Brook University, in April 2005. The paper will be published in Joan Marter, ed. Abstract Expressionism: An International Language (Rutgers University Press, February 2006). Dr. Landau also presented “Pollock Matters” in February 2006 at the CAA Annual Conference in Boston, MA, with an expanded version given at a symposium in memory of Kirk Varnedoe, Williams College, May 2006. In November 2006 she was invited to give a lecture titled “Action/Re-Action: The Artistic Relationship of Herbert Matter and Jackson Pollock” at the New York Studio School. Dr. Landau is currently at work organizing an exhibition entitled Pollock Matters, which focuses on the personal and artistic inter-relationships between Herbert and Mercedes Matter and Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock; the show opens this year.

Jenifer Neils's most recent book, The Parthenon From Antiquity to the Present (Cambridge University Press 2005), was reviewed recently in the Times Literary Supplement. She has been invited by the British Museum to write A Concise Introduction to Ancient Greece. Dr. Neils spent a month in Italy last summer working on imported Greek pottery at the Sicilian site of Morgantina and Etruscan bucchero at the site of Poggio Colla in Tuscany. Also in 2006, she presented invited papers at the meeting of the College Art Association in Boston, a Greek vase conference at the University of Kansas, a Parthenon symposium in Nashville, an international symposium on ancient festivals held in Bergen (Norway), and the Colors of Clay symposium at the J. Paul Getty Museum of Art in Malibu. She also lectured at the University of Durham (England), the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), and the Art Institute of Chicago. Finally, she was invited to present two papers at the Bard Graduate Center in New York in conjunction with the James ‘Athenian’ Stuart exhibition; the Hite Memorial Lecture in Art History at the University of Louisville; a paper on the Parthenon frieze in Tokyo (Japan); and a paper on Greek images of the corpse in Athens (Greece). Dr. Neils is one of five elected members of the executive committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and serves as an area editor of Bryn Mawr Classical Review. She is also the editor for Greek and Roman art and archaeology for the forthcoming six-volume Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome published by Oxford University Press.

Graduate Student News

Phd students: Contact Jenni Drozdek (drozdekj@hotmail.com) if you are interested in joining some of your colleagues for informal meetings of a dissertation “support group.” We will meet once a month to discuss progress, exchange ideas, offer advice and eat good food!

GAHA Happenings – Fall 2006
by GAHA co-chairs Katherine Flach, Indra Lacis, and Christina Larson


In August, GAHA welcomed incoming students by inviting them to attend three social events prior to the start of the fall semester. The first was a dinner outing at Trattoria in Little Italy, the second was free concert at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the third was a gathering at the Barking Spider. These events allowed new students to become acquainted with one another and with other MA and PhD students in the Art History program at Case.

Also in August, Katherine Flach, GAHA co-chair, launched the GAHA Wiki site that highlights upcoming lectures and events at Case, links to area museums, and useful websites for art history and museum studies.


GAHA held its first meeting of the fall semester on September 6 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. At the meeting, the GAHA co-chairs announced that GAHA was successfully accepted as a recognized graduate student organization. Applications for GSS recognition of GAHA and other student organizations must be submitted annually.

Jared Bendis, a first year PhD student in the program, facilitated a PowerPoint workshop, held on September 13 in Mather House 100. The workshop introduced graduate students to ways of being more efficient and effective with PowerPoint, as this program has become the medium for art history presentations.


At the GAHA meeting on October 18 in Mather House 100, the Cleveland Symposium co-chairs announced the date and theme for the 2007 Cleveland Symposium, “Placing Art in Context: The Where of Art History,” to be held March 23, 2007 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Graduate students signed up to serve on one of three committees for the Symposium: communications, promotions and hospitality.


On November 7, GAHA held a panel discussion at the Cleveland Room of Thwing Student Center, organized and facilitated by Tami Gadbois, a second year PhD student in the program. In addition to Tami, the panel was comprised the following PhD students: Tony Morris, Rachel Geschwind, Megan Lykins and Aimee Marcereau DeGalan. The panel participants spoke about their experience and education, and offered advice to graduate students in attendance. At the GAHA meeting on November 17, graduate students who attended the panel discussion agreed that it was very helpful.


After Thanksgiving, graduate students in the Methodologies of Art History course began giving presentations on their research of art objects from the Cleveland Museum of Art. Following the last day of presentations on December 11, GAHA organized a reception at the Cleveland Room at Thwing Student Center. Many thanks to the Art History department and to Debby Tenenbaum for making the reception possible!

Student updates
Compiled by Tami Gadbois

Jared Bendis is the Creative Director of New Media at Case Western Reserve University and the Virtual Reality Specialist at The Cleveland Museum of Art. He is in the first year of the graduate program and has given several talks this year including “The Unexpected Artist and Critic” for the New Media Consortium Online Conference on Digital Media, October 2006, and “Surviving in the Virtual World” for the New Media Consortium Regional Conference at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, November 2006. Jared was a panel member for three panels at the First Annual Pachyderm Users’ Conference in Austin, Texas, December 2006. He also worked with Tim Shuckerow on the poster “Introduction to Multimedia Technology: A New Course for Art Educators” for the New Media Consortium Symposium on the Impact of Digital Media in Second Life, October, 2006.

Genny Boccardo is a first year masters student and the Gallery Director for La Cachette Gallery in Chagrin Falls. Genny’s upcoming exhibition at the gallery is “Maria Bertran and Walter Sauermann: New Paintings from Europe” on view December 9, 2006 – January 29, 2007.

Christine Corretti has completed dissertation research in Boston and is currently teaching Art History at Boston College.

Jenni Drozdek currently teaches at Duquesne and Carlow U. in Pittsburgh and is writing her dissertation on Polish modernism, for which she was awarded a Baker Nord Dissertation Completion Fellowship. In 2005, she presented two papers at the Midwest Art History Society conference, including “‘Detrimental to the Interests of the United States’: Cuban Artists (Not) in Residence,” which will be published in the forthcoming book Artistic Bedfellows, History and Discourse. She also served as art editor for The Front, a Pittsburgh weekly, and continues to serve as an advisory editor for Kritikos: A Journal of Postmodern Cultural Sound, Text and Image. Jenni recently married Daniel Morgan, who is, ironically, a devout anti-academic.

Rachel Duszynski is currently studying for her PhD exams and is working in the Exhibitions Department at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Last March, she presented her paper “Gabriel Metsu's The Doctor's Visit” at the MAHS conference in Dallas. This fall she taught Visual Arts Awareness at the University of Akron and is currently teaching a Western Art Survey class at CSU. Rachel recently married Matthew Gengler who works at the Ingalls Library.

Tami Gadbois is currently studying for her PhD exams in American art. Last fall semester, Tami taught Art History I at Kent State University. She published two exhibition reviews for the November/December issue of Angle magazine. In March 2006, Tami presented her paper “Feminist Considerations of Harriet Hosmer’s Sleeping Faun” at the Midwest Art History Association’s annual conference in Dallas, Texas . She continued to study Harriet Hosmer’s Sleeping Faun as a research assistant for the Cleveland Museum of Art this past summer.

Rachel Geschwind will be presenting at Art for Lunch in February in preparation for her presentation of "Sex Ruins Everything: Hans Baldung Grien and the Erotic Fall of Man" at the Renaissance Society of America in Miami in March. She is in her second semester of teaching Survery 2 at YSU. .

Kimberly Hyde was awarded the James Renwick Fellowship in American Crafts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where she recently presented the lecture, “Masters of Color and Light: Women at Work in Tiffany Studios.”

Evelyn Kiefer is writing her dissertation on the art and cultural significance of the American dining room, recently gave tours of the exhibition “Barcelona and Modernity: Picasso, Gaudi, Miro, Dali,” and is the assistant to the Director of the Putnam Sculpture Collection (1yr +). Evelyn is also the Arts Editor and a contributing writer to Realneo, an online news portal (2 yrs+), Appraiser of fine arts (7yrs) and currently cataloging a large private collection of African art and modern and contemporary prints.

Ellen Lippert successfully passed the proposal for her dissertation on George Ohr in the fall of 2005. She does not have a title as of yet, but it will deal with placing Ohr in the context of the Gilded Age South as well as the consumer culture of the United States. Ellen is hoping to defend in the first half of 2007. Since August of 2006 Ellen has been a full time tenure track lecturer at Thiel College in Greenville, PA. In addition to teaching a team taught Humanities course and Survey I and II, she is also responsible for developing new Art History classes and an Art History curriculum that will hopefully evolve into a major.

Shannon Masterson taught a History of Photo survey at CWRU in the summer of 2006; she taught the same class at CSU for the fall semester, in addition to teaching a 19th century History of Photo course at CIA. Shannon gave a paper “A curious practice: 19th and early 20th century images of medical students and their cadavers” at the “Constructions of Death, Mourning, and Memory” conference in October 2006. She continues working at the CMA as Associate director of Exhibition and Educator programs.

Michael Morford is completing chapters on his dissertation after spending much of the past 2 years between Cleveland, Italy, London, and Boston to complete research. He is hoping for a spring defense of his dissertation. Michael has recently joined the Savannah College of Art & Design as a specialist in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art (Savannah Campus).

Frank Spicer had his dissertation proposal approved in May 2006. He made a dissertation research trip to MoMA's Archives the same month. Recently Frank completed a chapter of the dissertation. He is currently applying for dissertation completion fellowships for 2007 and planning his first research trip to London for early this year. Frank has been Dr. Landau's TA/RA this year; he TA'd for the Undergraduate Majors Seminar in the spring and the Picasso Seminar last fall.

Tiffany Washington Farian is in her 5th year of teaching Art History I and II at Cuyahoga Community College's Western Campus. In addition, she is also teaching two sections of Art History II at Youngstown State University. Tiffany is currently working on her dissertation, focusing on Associated American Artists, which has led her to Washington D.C. and Boston, Mass. for research trips.

Dissertations in progress

* Corretti, Christine, “Benvenuto Cellini and the Loggia dei Lanzi: Configurations of the Body of State” (Olszewski)
* Drozdek, Jenni, “A Taste for Paris: The Modernist Dialogue between France and ‘Young Poland,’ 1890-1914” (Helmreich)
* Edwards, Karen, “Rethinking the Reinstallation of the Studiolo of Francesco I de’ Medici in the Palazzo Vecchio” (Olszewski)
* Frederick, Amy, “Rembrandt’s Etched Sketches and Seventeenth-Century Print Culture” (Scallen)
* Hyde, Kimberly, “Louis C. Tiffany and the Business of Art” (Adams)
* Kiefer, Evelyn, “The Birth and Death of the American Dining Room: An Evolution from the Colonial Hall to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dining Rooms and Beyond” (Adams)
* Lippert, Ellen, “George Ohr: His Life, Work and Influence on Contemporary Ceramics” (Adams)
* Marcereau DeGalan, Aimee, “Dangerous Beauty: Painted Canvases and Painted Faces in Eighteenth-Century Britain ” (Helmreich)
* Morford, Michael, “Carving for a future: Baccio Bandinelli Securing Medici Patronage through His Mutually Fulfilling Propagandistic Hercules and Cacus” (Olszewski)
* Spicer, Frank, “’Just What Was It That Made U.S. Art So Different, So Appealing?’: Case Studies of the Critical Reception of American Avant-Garde Painting in London, 1956-1969” (Landau)
* Watkins, Catherine, “Rembrandt’s 1654 Life of Christ Prints: Experimentation, Tradition, and the Question of Series” (Scallen)
* Weil, Michael, “Sowing the Seeds of a New Fine Art: Stieglitz, O’Keeffe and Photography in American Museums” (Landau)
* Woodall, Dena, “Sharing Space: Double Portraiture in Sixteenth-Century Italy” (Olszewski)

Alumni News
Compiled by Jenni Drozdek

Bradley Bailey (PhD, 2004) is Assistant Professor of Art History at Stephen F. Austin State University. In addition to completing his book on Marcel Duchamp for the Edwin Mellen Press, Bradley has spent the last year presenting papers at SECAC and the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture/American Culture Conference, as well as curating several exhibitions at the university gallery, which is managed by his better half, Shannon (Price) Bailey (MA, 2002). Bradley will be presenting his paper “Fragmentation, Transformation, and Self-Realization: Marcel Duchamp and the Formation of the Creative Imago,” at CAA in New York in 2007.

Shannon (Price) Bailey (MA, 2002) is the director of galleries at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, where she also teaches Art Appreciation and an Incan history class. She is currently completing a $1.7 million renovation on her downtown gallery, The Art Center @ The Old Opera House, which will have its grand opening on January 27, 2007 with “Modern and Contemporary American Prints” from the AG Edwards Corporate Art Collection and “Picturing Pollock: Photographs by Hans Namuth and Martha Holmes.” She has been married to Bradley Bailey (PhD, 2004) since July 2002.

Christopher Bedford (MA, 2003) accepted a position in the department of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum, where he will be collaborating on two upcoming exhibitions on David Smith and Paul Thek. In addition, Chris has been accepted at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, as a part-time student, to complete his PhD dissertation on Chris Burden and Performance Art. Recently, he managed all the curatorial files on the 28 sculptures that represent the Fran and Ray Stark collection of sculpture donated to the J. Paul Getty Trust in 2005, and researched and fully catalogued these for the forthcoming Stark Sculpture Catalogue. He has also collaborated closely with the Stark Team on the designs for the final installations of these sculptures throughout the Getty Center. In addition, Chris has developed programming ideas and undertaken interviews with the living artists represented within the Stark collection, as well as contributing articles on works in the collection to scholarly periodicals.

Elisha Dumser (MA, 1996) completed her Ph.D. in the Graduate Group in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania in May 2005. Chapters from her dissertation, "The Architecture of Maxentius: A Study in Architectural Design and Urban Planning in Early Fourth-Century Rome," have been published in a supplement to the Journal of Roman Archaeology and presented at national and international conferences. While a graduate student, Dr. Dumser served as editor and lead contributing author for Mapping Augustan Rome (JRA Suppl. 50, 2002), the first reasoned, period-specific map of ancient Rome; the project has received laudatory reviews in the American Journal of Archaeology and The Times Literary Supplement. Currently, Dr. Dumser is working with a University of Pennsylvania-based collaborative research group to map the city of Alexandria in Egypt. Dr. Dumser is an assistant professor in the Department of Art at Ursuline College, where she has taught for the past six years. In 2000, Elisha Dumser married John McGuire, and the two are expecting their first child in February 2007.

Reagan Duplisea (MA, 2006) is now working as Associate Registrar at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida. In the spring of 2006, she presented the paper “Academies' Anatomy: The Gender Dilemma of Eighteenth-Century Academic Practices as Reflected in Zeuxis Imagery” at the Midwest Art History Society Conference in Dallas. She was chosen to represent the department in the Cleveland Symposium (2006) with the same paper.

Alicia East (MA, 2005) is in the second year of her course work at Ohio State University where she studies Himalayan Buddhist art. She spent two weeks in Central Tibet last summer with a group of colleagues on a photo-documentary research trip for the Huntington Archive of Buddhist and Related Art. Alicia is currently organizing a multi-disciplinary graduate student symposium sponsored by the Huntington Archive that will focus on Asian Studies. It is scheduled for this spring. She hopes to spend next year abroad at Oxford University in order to start dissertation research on the Bön religion. Otherwise, she is tentatively scheduled to complete her candidacy exams at the end of 2007.

Heather Ferrell (MA, 1997) is currently the Director/Curator of the Salina Art Center, a contemporary art center located in central Kansas. Previously, she was the Associate Curator of Art at the Boise Art Museum in Idaho for six years. She has served as the Vice President of Programs for the Western Museums Association, and as a board member of the Idaho Association of Museums. In 2004, Ferrell was selected to attend the Getty Leadership Institute’s Museum Leaders: The Next Generation, an international program dedicated to developing the career potential of museum professionals.

After completing his MA, Andrew Findley (MA, 2004) went on to work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Azerbaijan. There he worked as an instructor of teaching methodology at a regional college for students studying to become English teachers. After two years of teaching, as well as spreading peace and understanding, Andy then took a job working for the man (i.e. as a Human Resources Representative for J Ray McDermott in Baku, Azerbaijan).

Linda Hulsman (MA, 2003) recently left her long term role as Telecomm Manager to accept a new position as project manager for Design and Construction at University Hospitals - Case Medical Center. She continues to work part time at the Cleveland Public Library in Special Collections on the Howell and Thomas Architectural Drawings Collection.

Victoria Kasper Matisko (MA, 2000) currently lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with her husband and two dogs. She earned her teaching license and currently teaches Advanced Placement Art History and French at R.J. Reynolds High School. Victoria has also begun teaching Art Appreciation at Mitchell College this spring.

Claire Kovacs (MA, 2005) is heading into her last semester of coursework at the University of Iowa. She is working as a teaching assistant and will be teaching her own class, Intro to Renaissance, this spring. She is also chairing the University of Iowa symposium and serves as a graduate assistant at the Iowa Center for Teaching.

Debby Lepp lives in Los Angeles with her family where she works in the Registrar's Office at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Susan Martis (PhD, 2005) is a Research Associate for the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University.

Evelyn McCarthy (MA, 1997) is an Abstract Landscape Painter with an interest in archaeological drawing.

Alexandra Nicholis (MA, 2004) is curator of the Massillon Museum in Massillon, OH. She recently curated the exhibit “Adaptations: Artwork Inspired by the Massillon Museum’s Permanent Collection,” and authored its corresponding catalog. She serves as an adjunct professor at Walsh University, teaching History of Photography and serving as advisor for the student run Art Club. She was recently installed as a member of the Canton/Stark County chapter of Soroptimist, an international women’s organization.

Since summer 2004, Mattie McLaughlin Schloetzer (MA 2004) has been working in the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art. For the last year, she has been busily engaged organizing an exhibition that will open in the fall. The exhibition will document the history of the Carnegie's Hall of Architecture. In addition to work, she led a field session focusing on the challenges of preserving rural architecture at the 2007 National Trust for Historic Preservation conference in Pittsburgh, PA and is currently serving on the local planning committee as volunteer coordinator for the 2008 Society of Architectural Historians annual meeting, also taking place in Pittsburgh.

Julia (Vienhage) Modest (MA, 2000) continues to work at the Cincinnati Art Museum in the Education Division as the Manager of Docent Programs. She also married in November 2006.

M. Teresa Lapid Rodriguez (MA, 1983) earned her MFA degree in Museology from Syracuse University in 1979 with distinction and a full academic scholarship from the University. Specializing in museum management, her nearly 30 year career covers museum registration, traveling exhibitions, curatorial and directorial work at the Key West Museum, The Newark Museum, The Morris Museum and the Montclair State University Art Galleries/George Segal Gallery. Ms. Rodriguez also received an MA in Art History from Case with full academic scholarship from the P.E.O. Peace International Scholarship Fund. She has extensive knowledge of Chinese, Japanese and Philippine art. A grant giver for the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, she headed the Middlesex County Neighborhood Art Consortium between 1995 and 2000. Graduating with a BFA degree in advertising, minor in painting in 1972 from the College of the Holy Spirit, Manila, Ms. Rodriguez is also an artist who exhibited paintings at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Manila Hilton Art Center, served as an art director for Sterling Chemical Co. and taught art at the University of the Philippines. She was part of the Philippine presidential research team for the writing of an ambitious book series, Tadhana: The History of the Filipino People. An author, independent curator, art juror, and grant writer, Ms. Rodriguez is currently director of the Montclair State University Art Galleries. To date, her most significant achievement as gallery director is acquiring for the Gallery and the University the sponsorship of the George and Helen Segal Foundation, and the naming of MSU’s latest gallery addition after the world renowned artist, George Segal. Her latest catalogues are Igarta: Monumental Figures (2000), Celestial Boundaries (2004), Street Crossing: Photographs by Donald Lokuta (2006), Alexander Calder Hammocks and Wall Hangings (2006) and a book publication in progress, Transparent Colors: Filipino American Watercolorists. Ms. Rodriguez became an American citizen in 1995.

Anne Swartz (PhD, 1996) is a professor of art history at the Savannah College of Art and design, currently teaching via e-Learning. She writes occasionally for NY Arts Magazine on artists and exhibitions in New York City and recently had an article on “American Art after 9/11: A Consideration of the Twin Towers,” published in symploke, an interdisciplinary journal in association with the University of Nebraska Press. She coordinated a day of panels at CAA’s annual conference in NYC in February 2007 and will chair one of them. This day of panels is part of The Feminist Art Project, a national initiative based at Rutgers University. She developed this day of panels with late critic Arlene Raven, whose life and intellectual legacy are the subject of a volume of essays Swartz is now editing for Critical Matrix: The Princeton Journal of Women, Gender, and Culture. She will contribute a critical biographical essay on Raven to this volume. Anne continues developing the exhibition “Pattern and Decoration: An Ideal Vision in American Art,” which the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York will originate in the fall of 2007. Anne continues working on her textbook History of New Media: From John Cage to Now for Prentice Hall. Anne serves as a consultant to artists, curators, and foundations. She actively lectures as part of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Horizons Speakers Bureau.

Becky Utech (MA, 2006) is excited to be working as one of seven lucky Intern Educators at the Brooklyn Museum. Her responsibilities include leading a variety of tour groups, preparing lesson plans, teaching a weekend gallery/studio class and working closely with a local middle school. In January, she will be conducting research for the internship, which she will relate to her Qualifying Paper on Western Museum's display of African Art.

Laura (Apolito) Valangeon is currently living in Dayton, OH with her husband Matt and their two sons Coleman (2 /12) and Bennett (1). She recently left the University of Dayton where she worked as an Interior Designer and is currently pursuing a M.S. Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Dayton, while looking for a full-time position within student affairs. She continues to teach Introduction to Visual Arts classes, as her schedule allows.

Holly Witchey (PhD, 1990) is currently Director of New Media at the Cleveland Museum of Art and immediate past chair of the American Association of Museum's Media & Technology Standing Professional Committee. In addition, she serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Museum Computer Network, and is an AAM appointed member to the National Committee for Archives, Libraries, and Museums (CALM). For reasons that are still unclear to her, Witchey has a Ph.D. in 15th Century Italian Painting and Sculpture. As Associate Curator of European Art at the San Diego Museum of Art, she began developing content-rich projects for museums using new technologies. In 2000 she left the curatorial world to start the New Media Department at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Witchey writes and speaks about museum ethics, accessibility, and issues that have arise as a result of the use of new technologies in museum settings. She is the author of three books none of which have anything to do with new media and can be purchased at significantly discounted prices on Amazon.com. They make excellent door stops. If you don’t need any doorstops you can always read random musings about museums and technologies by her, and other museum technology professionals, at www.musematic.net

Spotlight: New Faculty
Kirsten Swenson
by Rachel Duszynski

During spring semester Kirsten Swenson will be teaching courses on contemporary art at Case. Swenson received her Ph.D. in Art History and Criticism, with a secondary degree in Philosophy, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in May 2006. Her specialization is in postwar American art, specifically from the 1960s and 1970s, though she also has a strong interest in gender politics and feminist art history.

Previously, Swenson was a Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and was the 2004-2005 Douglas Foundation Predoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington, D.C. She has taught courses in twentieth century American and European art at SUNY and New York University.

While teaching at Case, Swenson has been working on outside projects. Her most recent contribution to Art in America is a feature on Louise Lawler's survey at the Wexner Center, which was published in the December 2006 issue. In addition to writing for Art in America, she has been thinking about what kind of book she wants to result from her dissertation “From Factory to Kitchen: Eva Hesse's Labors.” One idea is based on the new methods and materials that emerged in the late 1960s and 1970s, associated with what was then called "anti-form." Swenson explains: “This was an important, very physically-engaged transformation of the art object and even of exhibition spaces that should be more thoroughly considered. This was really a last bastion of pure abstraction--much ‘anti-form’ art departed from Jackson Pollock's drip paintings--yet the body, bodily notations, process, etc. was so embedded in ‘anti-form’ that, even if an artwork was a heap of torn felt or shredded latex, it was entirely about the residue of performance and action.”

More than being a gifted art historian, Kirsten is an accomplished amateur cook. In her spare time, which she admits is not often, she experiments with new cuisines, ingredients, and techniques.

Since 1998 Swenson has lived in Brooklyn, New York with her husband in a neighborhood called Greenpoint – a Polish community home to many artists. However, while she is in Cleveland, Kirsten stays with her mom in Shaker, where she grew up and attended Shaker Heights High School (class of 1990).

Besides growing up in Cleveland, Swenson’s family has a broad history in the Case community. Her grandfather was a professor of chemistry at Case, her mother was a graduate student in psychology at Case, and her father went to Case Tech. Moreover, being familiar with the program and Professor Landau’s work, Kirsten considered attending grad school at Case, but ultimately took a different course.

Having the opportunity to teach at Case has been rewarding for Swenson. In her own words, Kirsten describes one memorable experience while teaching at Case: “A highlight of the semester for me was spending a day at the Wexner Center in Columbus with the students from my ‘institutional critique’ class to see the Louise Lawler survey and a performance by Andrea Fraser, and artists' talks by both. There were several speakers lined up for our group, including an OSU grad student who talked about the architecture of the Wexner Center, the curator of Louise Lawler's show, Helen Molesworth, and a good friend of mine who teaches contemporary art at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. The Case students distinguished themselves with their brilliant questions and level of engagement; all the speakers commented to me about this, and I was very proud. Several students even got a private audience with the artists; they asked tough questions and got great material for their papers.”

This spring, along with the assistance of Ellen Rudolph, Kirsten will be holding a series of lectures and screenings of rare and interesting artworks in film and video at the Cinematheque. She encourages anyone from the department to attend, as it will be an extraordinary opportunity.

Furthermore, Swenson encourages all students to talk with her about the field of art history. She advises Case students to interact with students from other programs, and that it is important for students in Cleveland to be competitive in the job market outside of the region. Moreover, Swenson encourages students apply to graduate student conferences and journals, even if you are in your first or second year. “I made a rule for myself after my first year of graduate school that I should always have something under review, a conference abstract or an article.”