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Art History Student Publications and Conference Presentations

Published January 1, 2024

Doctoral student Danelle Bernten published “Tigers’ Eyes on Alabama Paper: Tailing Thornton Dial’s Drawings in the Princeton University Art Museum,” in the Winter 2024 edition of Princeton University Art Museum magazine.

Doctoral student Quentin Clark published “Symbolizing Reverence and Imperial Identity: The Elephant on the epi ton barbaron Seal,” in volume 54 of Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2023). His paper centers on one of only two known Byzantine seals featuring the image of an elephant. Quentin explores themes of administrative hierarchy and imperial identity, arguing that the use of the image of the elephant on this epi ton barbaron seal served dual functions. It represented its owner’s claim to imperial identity, particularly in relation to his administrative title, and it also functioned as a symbol of its owner’s own reverence for the emperor. Comitatus, published annually by the UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies, features articles by graduate students and recent PhDs in any field of late antique, medieval, Renaissance, or early modern studies.
Doctoral candidate Nina Gonzalbez has two new publications: “Brick by Brick: Constructing Identity at Don Lope Fernández de Luna’s Parroquieta at La Seo,” in Globalism in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age, edited by Albrecht Classen (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2023); and “Imagining the Medieval in Andalusia: Seville as the ‘exotic’ in Film,” in Cine-Medievalismos: The Middle Ages in Luso- and Hispanophone Film and Television, edited by Erika Loic, Alicia Miguélez Cavero, and Felipe Brandi (Madrid: Iberoamericana / Vervuert; forthcoming 2024). She will also present the second essay at the 59th International Conference on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo in May, 2024.
Doctoral candidate Tess McCoy will present her paper “Unbroken Connections: Customary Materials in Contemporary Alaska Native Art” at The Materiality of Resistance symposium at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco this March. Tess received support from the Terra Foundation and a Beard Travel Award from the Art History department to support her participation in the conference. Tess’s paper focuses on two installation works by Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Iñupiaq, Athabascan, Irish, German). She argues that these works are sources of healing, resistance, and reassert Indigenous stories, histories, and experiences through their creation, display, and viewers’ interactions with them.
Doctoral candidate Sheila Scoville co-authored the essay “Eggplant: Food, Sex, and Poison” for the Plant Humanities Lab, a digital platform developed by Dumbarton Oaks and JSTOR. Sheila will also present “A Chicano in a Color Field: César Augusto Martínez’s Bato con Sunglasses” at the 112th annual College Art Association conference in Chicago, on the panel “Expanded Histories of Postwar Painting: Identity, Memory, Visibility,” which is chaired by FSU alumna Lesley Wolff (PhD ’18). Additionally, Sheila was awarded a 5-week Interdisciplinary Residency this year at Oak Spring Garden Foundation, where she will be in a cohort with other scholars as well as artists, writers, and scientists examining plants, landscapes, gardens, and the natural world as she conducts research for her dissertation on agave in colonial Mexican manuscripts.
BA student Caelen Trujillo published “‘My Work is Painting:’ Politics and Apocalypse in the Art of Rufino Tamayoin” in the NCHC Journal of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity in the fall of 2023.
Doctoral student Estefanía Vallejo Santiago published the article “Echoes of Identity: Afro-Puerto Rican Women and the Creole House” in The LatinX Project, a program of New York University.
Doctoral candidate Emily White published a book review of Monique Kornell’s Flesh and Bones: The Art of Anatomy, in volume 54 of Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2023). The reviewed book corresponds to the 2022 exhibition of the same name at the Getty Center, which featured anatomical artworks within the collection.