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Julia Kershaw

Published March 1, 2017

  Research Area: Contemporary Art and Architecture of Brazil
Advisor: Dr. Tenley Bick
Dissertation Title: “Build Your Own Living Space: Architecture and the Politicized Body in the Work of Lygia Clark”
Julia Kershaw (pronouns: she, her, hers) is a doctoral student in the Department of Art History at Florida State University. She studies global contemporary art with a focus in contemporary art and architecture of Brazil and its cross-cultural exchanges with the United States and Europe. Her research interests include participatory art practices, the intersection of art and critical theory, and European modernisms. Julia’s dissertation focuses on Lygia Clark’s employment of architectural space across varying forms of media and its connection to issues of identity, modernism, and participation.

Julia graduated with her MA in Art History from Florida State University in 2018 and her BA in Art History and Visual Culture from Denison University in 2015. As a PhD student and Patricia Rose Fellow at Florida State University, Julia has received various fellowships and grants including the FSU International Programs Florence Teaching Fellowship (Summer 2019), Helen J. Beard Conference Travel Grants, College of Fine Arts Travel Grant, and Congress of Graduate Students Conference Presentation Support Grants. She has presented in symposia at the University of London, the University of St. Thomas, and Florida State University and served as a panelist for a global Indigenous film showcase at FSU. She presented her research about Oscar Niemeyer at the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) in Fall of 2019. She also co-organized and presented at the lecture series “Brazil in Perspective” in 2019–2020. Most recently, she presented her ongoing research at the CIHA World Congress (2022) and the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory, and Material Culture (2022).

Julia was selected for a Fulbright Study Award for dissertation research in Brazil where she will work with Professor Patricia Corrêa at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in the Department of Art History and Criticism. The award will support research at the Museum of Modern in Rio de Janeiro, the Lygia Clark Cultural Association in addition to the Museum of Contemporary Art of Niterói over a 9-month period beginning in February 2023.