Once again Art History at Florida State University was impressively represented at the 2015 Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC). This year’s conference was held October 21–24 in Pittsburgh, PA. SECAC is a non-profit organization that promotes the study and practice of the visual arts in higher education on a national basis. We’re very proud of the twelve FSU alumni and current PhD students who chaired panels and presented papers this year.
Amy Bowman-McElhone co-chaired the panel “Trading Spaces: Migration, Displacement, and Visual Culture” with alumna Krystle Stricklin.
Sarah Buck presented “Originality and Appropriation in The Grotesque Costumes of the Trades by the Larmessin (c. 1685-1695)” at the session “Eclecticism, Appropriation, Forgery: issues of Borrowing in Art Session.” Her paper analyzes formal similarities between the Larmessin’s Grotesque Costumes of the Trades and contemporary late seventeenth-century fashion portrait prints. Sarah was able to attend the conference through the support of our department’s Mason Conference Travel Grant, funding from FSU’s COGS, and the 2015 Gulnar Bosch Student Travel Assistance Grant offered by SECAC.
Michelle Demeter presented “From Tomb to Womb: Michelangelo’s Prisoners in the Grotta Grande of the Boboli Gardens” in the session “Landscapes for Art: Italian Sculpture Gardens and Parks.”
Gabriela Germana presented “The Vicissitudes of Retablos Ayacuchanos: From Religious Altars to Symbols of National Identity” in the session “Theories of the Object in the Art of the Americas.”
Jennifer Pride chaired the panel “Satire and Caricature as Mediators of Cultural Trauma,” in which she also presented her paper “Ironic Encounters on the Streets of Haussmann’s Paris.” Jennifer’s participation in SECAC was supported by the Gulnar Bosch Student Travel Assistance Grant from SECAC and the Mason Conference Travel Grant from our department.
Alison Reilly presented the paper “James Johnson Sweeney’s Bistro Model: Redirecting the Contemporary Museum” in the panel “Exotic or Mundane: Histories of Contemporary Museums and Exhibitions.”
Lesley Wolff presented her paper “Raw Into Refined: Edouard Duval-Carrié’s Sugar Conventions” in the panel “Trading Spaces: Migration, Displacement, and Visual Culture.” (co-chaired by FSU alumnus Krystle Steicklin Wolff’s paper examines Edouard Duval-Carrié’s multimedia work, Sugar Conventions (currently residing in the Art and Design Library in the William Johnston Building at FSU), as it pertains to sugar’s role in the dislocation of Caribbean identity.
Jennifer Courts (PhD 2011) gave the paper “Caterina van Hemessen and Career Building in Sixteenth-Century Antwerp” in the session “Women Painting Women in the Early Modern Era.” In her paper Jennifer shows that Caterina used her painting, in particular her self-portraiture, to secure a stable position in the court of Mary of Hungary, serving both as a companion and an arts teacher to other ladies-in-waiting. Jennifer is an Assistant Professor of Art History at The University of Southern Mississippi. She is currently finishing a book-length project, A Desire for Representation: Painting and Identity in Fifteenth-Century France.
Jennifer Feltman (PhD 2011) presented “The Last Judgment Porch of Lincoln Cathedral, 1250-1550: Confluence and Fluidity of Meaning Across Time” in the session “The Perils of Periodization, the Simplifications of Style: Revisiting Border Crossings in Medieval Art and Architecture.” Jennifer is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of West Florida. This year Jennifer was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for her book project, Moral Theology and the Cathedral: Sculptural Programs of the Last Judgment in Thirteenth-Century France.
Preston McLane (PhD 2006) chaired the panel “Still Lifes—Secret Lives” and presented “Notional Monumoments” in the Contemporary Art open session. Preston is an attorney and environmental administrator with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Krystle Stricklin (MA 2014) presented “Reassembling the Past: Thomas Demand’s Büro and the Politics of Memory” in the Contemporary Art Open Session and co-chaired the session “Trading Spaces: Migration, Displacement, and Visual Culture” with current FSU PhD student Amy Bowman-McElhone. Krystle is a PhD student and Teaching Assistant in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh.
Veronica Zingarelli (MA 2015) presented her paper “Robert Minor: Memorable Cartoons, Forgotten Political History” in the session “Warpolitics in Art.”