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  • Nov
    Spotlight Gallery Conversation
    Nov. 18th, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    Doctoral candidate Caitlin Hutchison leads a series of in-depth public conversations over three consecutive days (Thursday to Saturday) on an artwork in the PMA. This week: Albrecht Dürer's "The Knight, Death, and the Devil." 
  • Nov
    Imagined Forms: Modeling and Material Culture Conference
    Nov. 18th, 8:15 AM to 5:00 PM
    Hagley Museum and Library
    Join the Center for Material Culture Studies for their first Biannual Conference, “Imagined Forms: Modeling and Material Culture.” Co-organizer Prof. Sandy Isenstadt and five of our doctoral candidates will serve as panel chairs—Jeff Richmond-Moll, Galina Olmsted, Kiersten Mounce, Anne Cross and Emily Shartrand—at the Hagley Museum. This symposium will critically investigate the function and form of models, the materials and methods of simulation and representation, questions of scale and perception, experiment and presentation, and the limits of modeling from the perspectives of a wide range of disciplines, including art and architecture, art history, digital humanities, English, history, history of science, and media studies, music, and women's studies. See the full schedule for more information. 
  • Nov
    Lecture: "Oscar Wilde and the Visual Arts”
    Nov. 30th, 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
    Class of 1941 Lecture Room, UD Morris Library
    Nicholas Frankel (Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University) will present "Oscar Wilde and the Visual Arts." Frankel's book "Oscar Wilde: The Unrepentant Years" was published this year by Harvard University Press. His previous books include "The Annotated Importance of Being Earnest," published in 2015, and "The Picture of Dorian Gray: An Annotated, Uncensored Edition," released in 2011. This lecture is sponsored by the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, University of Delaware Library and the departments of Art History, English, and Women and Gender Studies, and is free and open to the public. 
  • Dec
    Yuletide at Winterthur
    Dec. 6th, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    Winterthur Museum, 5105 Kennett Pike, Wintherthur, DE 19735
    The Graduate Student Government presents Graduate Student Night: Yuletide at Winterthur. Enjoy live jazz, a yuletide house tour, and two exhibitions, "Treasures on Trial: The Art and Science of Detecting Fakes," and "Go To Your Room! Interior Design and the Youthful Imagination." Tickets are $10 for UD Graduate Students, Faculty, Staff and their guests. Please see the flyer for more information. 
  • Dec
    Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Track Ph.D. Lecture
    Dec. 7th, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
    101 Recitation Hall
    Alexandra Munroe (Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art, Guggenheim Museum, New York) will present the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Track Ph.D. Lecture on "The State of the Field: A Short History of Global Art," as part of the 2017-2018 Lecture Series. 
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  • Carleen Coulter
    The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

    ​My B.A. in Art History from UD has been of great value to me. It was essential in securing my current position with the education office at The Cloisters, the branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. At The Cloisters, I perform both administrative and academic tasks. I often use my training in academic research, looking up object files or pulling resources from the Museum's library. The Art History lectures and seminars I attended at Delaware gave me the academic platform necessary to brainstorm public programming ideas with coworkers, and to answer collection-specific questions. I also lead gallery workshops for children and their families through the museum. Last year I conducted a program focusing on the depiction of birds and their symbolic meanings in medieval art—a topic closely related to a research paper I completed for Dr. Nees's "Art at the Court of Charlemagne."​

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  • Jennifer Stettler
    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    ​The Art History major at UD provided an essential foundation for my career as an art historian and museum professional. After graduating in 2006 with an Art History major and French minor, I earned a master's degree in art history at George Washington University. A graduate internship led to an introduction to Anne d'Harnoncourt (then Director) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where I have subsequently held three grant-funded positions. Ms. d'Harnoncourt hired me as a Visiting Scholar and Research Assistant for the Calders on the Parkway project, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, to conduct research on the Calder family of artists and their connections to Philadelphia. When the project ended, I was hired in the Executive Office as Records Coordinator for the Anne d'Harnoncourt Records. Working closely with museum archivists and administrators, I organized over 100 boxes of Ms. d'Harnoncourt's executive materials in preparation for processing by the PMA Archives. Later on I moved into ​the Registrars' office as Registrar Assistant for the Collection Move. In this position I work with a team of registrars to inventory the collections of East Asian Art, American and European Silver, Rugs and Tapestries, and European Architecture in preparation for the collection move, which is part of the Frank Gehry underground renovation project. I plan to specialize in American and European art of the late 19th and early 20th century, and to achieve this goal I have recently applied to Ph.D. programs in art history to begin September 2010.

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  • Megan Kuck
    Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

    ​As Program Coordinator at The Phillips Collection's Center for the Study of Modern Art, a large part of my job is planning the Center's programs and representing the Center to our constituents. The programs include an annual symposium, a distinguished lecture series featuring notable artists, critics, scholars and collectors, and a series of informal talks called "Conversations with Artists" that provide an opportunity for the public to hear from innovative artists. I double majored in Art History and a language (French), something that I would advise students to do if they are interested in an art career. I also highly recommend seeking internships with a local museum or art center. In addition to my internships, I credit the exceptional instruction and guidance of UD's Art History faculty for my success at The Phillips Collection. The seminars and research opportunities made available by the Department prepared me to contribute to the Center program's agenda in ways I never would have expected. I feel very fortunate to be part of such a prestigious museum. I also feel privileged to meet and work with some of the artists and scholars that at one point I studied. In a time when the humanities are not receiving as much credit as they deserve, I adamantly say that majoring in a field such as art history truly prepares you for professional life, providing analytic and practical skill sets that are invaluable regardless of where your path may lead you after college.​

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  • Amanda Antonucci
    Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia

    ​At the CHF, I am a program assistant for the area of electronics and emerging technology at the Center for Contemporary History and Policy. The Center provides knowledge, perspective, and advice on issues related to molecular sciences and technologies based on historical and contemporary source materials. I am currently contributing to the Gordon E. Moore biography project by processing Gordon E. Moore's archives from Intel Corporation. I have re-housed the materials to acid-free folders and boxes, and created a detailed finding aid and inventory. I have begun to digitize the collection so that scholars can readily explore Moore's history at Intel. When I started this position, I had little understanding of who Gordon Moore was and his influence on the semiconductor industry. By incorporating my ability to analyze and interpret different sources, as well as the research skills that I acquired at UD, I came to understand Moore's contribution to the electronics field. One day a week I work with the Special Collections department as assistant image archivist. I also assist with the Foundation's new web project inputting our Fine Arts collections into a database. My art historical training allows me to contribute to the descriptions of the alchemical paintings and works of art on paper for the new website. It pleases me greatly that my work will permit these valuable historical materials to be more accessible to researchers, whether they are interested in the semiconductor industry or alchemy.​

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  • Kelly Baum
    Curator of Postwar and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art

    ​Kelly Baum holds both a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Delaware. She was appointed Curator of Postwar and Contemporary Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Department of Modern and Contemporary Art in 2015. She previously served as the Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Princeton University Art Museum, where she was the founding curator of the museum's department of modern and contemporary art.

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  • Kristel Smentek
    Associate Professor of History, Theory and Criticism, Department of Architecture, MIT

    ​Kristel Smentek earned her M.A. in Art History from the University of Delaware in 1996 and her Ph.D. in 2008. The following year, she won the Council of Graduate Schools/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Humanities and Fine Arts, generally acknowledged to be the nation's most prestigious honor for doctoral dissertations. Appointed to MIT's faculty in 2008, Smentek is a historian of eighteenth-century European visual culture, with specializations in the history of collecting, the art market, and the European encounter with Asia. She is the author of Mariette and the Science of the Connoisseur in Eighteenth-Century Europe (Ashgate, 2014).

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  • Franklin Kelly
    Deputy Director and Chief Curator, National Gallery of Art

    Franklin ​Kelly earned a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Delaware in 1985, where he was awarded the Sypherd Prize for his outstanding dissertation in the humanities. He has worked at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and has taught at Princeton University and the University of Maryland, College Park. Since 2008 he has been Deputy Director and Chief Curator of​ the National Gallery of Art in Washington. (Photograph by Karen Jordan)

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