|Research Area: Global Contemporary Art
Advisor: Dr. Adam Jolles
Dissertation Title: “Feu à Volonté—Fire at Will! The Tirs of Niki de Saint Phalle, 1961–1964″
Rachel Fesperman studies art after 1960 with an emphasis on transatlantic (especially Francophone and anglophone) visual culture. Her research and teaching interests center on ephemeral, multimedia, and performance art. Presently, she is developing her dissertation on the tirs (“shots”) of Niki de Saint Phalle.
Rachel graduated with Honors in Art History, minors in Modern European History and Gender Studies, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. She completed her MA at Florida State University, writing her qualifying paper on violence and representation in surrealism. As a PhD student, she is a member of FSU’s Graduate Fellows Society, as a Kress Foundation Fellow in Art History. As a Kress Fellow, she studied at Middlebury College’s Betty Ashburn ‘86 School of French in Summer 2017. She received the Helen J. Beard Conference Travel Grant when she presented her research on French decolonization and visual culture at the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) in October 2017. Rachel is also a recipient of the Mason Dissertation Research and Friends of Art History Research Awards (Summer 2018) from the FSU Department of Art History.