Art History alumna Allison Marino (BA ’20) will join the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, as the new Curatorial Assistant for Works on Paper in September. Allison received the Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Media Communication Studies from Florida State University in May 2020. At FSU she focused on sixteenth-century Northern European printed maps and the print market and completed her honor’s thesis, Printing Circularity in Early Modern Nuremberg, under the supervision of Dr. Stephanie Leitch. She went on to study at The University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Master of Arts in Art History in May, 2022. As a graduate student at UT-Austin, she continued her studies of early modern prints and expanded her focus to also include maps produced by Native artists in “New Spain” for her master’s thesis, The Intersecting Aesthetics of Crossed Borders: Albrecht Dürer’s Ideal City Plan and the 1581 Native Map of Cholula.
As the Curatorial Assistant for Works on Paper at the Clark, Allison will oversee the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper, coordinating class visits, individual appointments, and public programs, providing tours, and researching works in the collection to respond to public inquiries and prepare for upcoming exhibitions. She will also assist the Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs with exhibition preparations, including label writing, coordinating materials for exhibition catalogs, organizing and tracking object checklists, and assisting with mockups of installation layout and design. Allison writes:
I’m forever grateful for the head start I got at FSU. The close mentorship I received from my professors and the rigor of the academic research projects I undertook to complete upper-level art history courses and undergraduate seminars prepared me for my graduate program. Working with objects in Special Collections at Strozier and traveling to different cities to meet with art historians, explore collections, and participate in workshops with CoFA travel grants gave me the experience and confidence to pursue extracurricular opportunities during my master’s and led me to this incredible opportunity at the Clark, for which I could not be more grateful!