Jennifer Courts (PhD 2011) is beginning her second year as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. While a PhD student at FSU, Jennifer was the recipient of the Patricia Rose Teaching Fellowship, which she describes as excellent preparation for the challenges of teaching upper-level courses at a private liberal arts institution. She has directed three undergraduate thesis projects at Skidmore, one of which won the coveted departmental Art History Paper Prize in 2012. Jennifer is currently preparing a book-length project, A Desire for Representation: Painting and Identity in Fifteenth Century France, which expands on research begun for her dissertation.
Congratulations also to Tanja Jones (PhD 2011), who has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and ArtHistory at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, a Research I institution. Tanja received a PhD in Art History with Distinction from FSU for her dissertation The Renaissance Portrait Medal and the Court Context: On the Origins and Political Function of Pisanello’s Invention.
Also in a new tenure-track position this fall is Nathan Timpano (PhD 2010, MA 2006), Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Miami. During and after his doctoral work at FSU, Nathan was the recipient of national and international awards for his research, including a Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Fellowship at the Harvard Art Museums, a Fulbright Doctoral Fellowship to Vienna, Austria (2007-2008), and a DAAD Ph.D. Grant to Munich, Germany (2007). His most recent publications have examined Cuban abstract expressionism, Oskar Kokoschka and expressionistic sight, Lyonel Feininger’s photographic works, and Wifredo Lam’s use of artistic similitude.
These up-and-coming professors join the growing list of FSU Art History alumni in academic positions, as does Keri Watson (PhD 2010), Assistant Professor of Art History at Auburn University Montgomery. Keri has a chapter in Eudora Welty, Whiteness, and Race (University of Georgia Press, 2012) and is developing her dissertation into The Photo-book, Race, and the Great Depression (University Press of Mississippi).
Julianne Sandlin (PhD 2009) teaches art and architectural history at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon, and is the recipient of a Kress Travel Fellowship. Julianne’s dissertation explored the art and architecture of churches patronized by French monarchs in early seventeenth-century Paris.
Closer to home, congratulations to 2012 MA graduates Ann Marie Adrian, the Human Reources Assistant at the FSU Foundation; Juan Barcelo-Gonzalez, who holds a Curatorial Assistant position for Gadsden Arts Center; and Leah Sherman, who is busy recruiting around the state as an Admissions Officer for Florida State University.