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Emerging Scholars Shine in 2021 Undergraduate Methods Capstone Symposium

Published December 3, 2021

Undergraduate students in the fall 2021 Art History Methods class under the direction of Dr. Tenley Bick presented their research in a Capstone Symposium on Thursday, December 2nd. In a series of engaging presentations, seven students demonstrated innovative uses of art historical methods, sharing their original ideas on topics ranging from Nordic baptism and polytheism to Black queer futurity. The students enjoyed the opportunity to present their talks for other members of the FSU Art History community, and engage in a lively conference Q&A session. We are proud of these emerging scholars’ accomplishments in this capstone seminar, and look forward to seeing what they accomplish next!

Below is the list of speakers and paper titles. For paper abstracts, see the symposium program.

  • Callia Blake (they/them), “Portraits and Posterity: Envisioning Black Queer Futurity Through Photography”
  • Sophie Middleton (she/her), “Does art need to have an audience in order to be accepted?”
  • Moses Villanueva (he/him), “Afrotropes: An Imagined History”
  • Michelle Norris (they/them), “Redefining the Nordic Baptism: Deconstructing Viking Age Christian Iconography”
  • Dale Barnes (they/them), “Picturing Queer Horror: Visualizing a Recent History in U.S.-American Contemporary Art”
  • Kylie Stracuzzi (she/her), “Experimentation With the Decorative Arts: Traditional African American Quilting and Late Modernist Chromatic Abstraction”
  • Janet Diaz (she/her), “Decolonizing the Museum: Wendy Red Star and the Children of the Large- Beaked Bird”


Image: Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Every Moment Counts (Ecstatic Antibodies series), 1989. Digital chromogenic print on Fuji Crystal Archive matte paper, 47.24 x 47.24 in. (120 x 120 cm).