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Recap: 36th Annual Graduate Symposium

Published September 20, 2019

Congratulations to all who participated in our 36th Annual Graduate Symposium on March 8 & 9, 2019.  Graduate students from eleven universities presented and discussed their research with FSU students, faculty, and community members. The Symposium keynote address was delivered this year by Michele H. Bogart, Professor in the Department of Art at Stony Brook University. In the next week the Art History faculty will select the winner of the 2019 Günther Stamm prize for originality and presentation. For a complete list of this year’s talks, see the program.

2019 Symposium Participants

John Semlitsch – University of Texas at Austin
Donato Loia – University of Texas at Austin
Yue Ren – School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Héctor Ramón Garcia – University of Houston
Amy Miranda – Johns Hopkins University
Thomas Busciglio-Ritter – University of Delaware

Rebecca Lawder – University of Missouri, Kansas City
Alexa Amore – New York University, Institute of Fine Arts
Tara Kaufman – Temple University, Tyler School of Art
Sarah Leary – American University
Lauren Lovings-Gomez – Case Western Reserve University
Caitlin Mims – Florida State University


The Symposium is hosted annually by the FSU Art History graduate students and faculty and managed by the Symposium Coordinator, Prof. Kyle Killian with the assistance of the graduate Art History Association officers.  The 2018–19 AHA officers, who also served as session chairs, were Meggan McCarthy, Megan Murray, and Ari Hakkarainen.

Inaugurated in 1981, the Art History Graduate Symposium participates in a long tradition of student conferences in our discipline. This open forum brings together students, professors, and members of the community to share ideas and expertise. We call it a symposium, with all the classical associations of that word, to suggest that it is not just a series of lectures, but a conversation.

Our purpose is to provide the opportunity for students to present the results of their scholarly efforts in twenty-minute talks, and to profit from the audience’s response. At the end of each paper, the speaker engages directly with the audience, both students and faculty, so that the ideas they present become the basis for further exploration. Each year we invite a distinguished scholar to deliver the keynote address and participate in these discussions, as part of the Vincent and Agatha Thursby Visiting Scholars Lecture Series. Recent keynote scholars have included Barbara E. Mundy, Claire Farago, Felipe Pereda, Maria Gough, John T. Paoletti, and Richard Schiff.

Sharing research, meetings others in our field, creating long-lasting friendships and professional associations – these vital interchanges are at the core of the FSU Symposium experience. We seek to broaden the professional, personal, and academic horizons of every participant: the visiting young scholar, the returning alumnus, the local undergraduate considering graduate work — and of course the professors, who also learn a great deal in the process.

Our symposium is distinguished from similar gatherings because it was conceived from the start to result in a publication. Student speakers are able to submit their papers to our journal Athanor, published here in the College of Fine Arts by the FSU Museum of Fine Arts Press. The manuscript goes through several stages of editing before coming to fruition in the final article, published and shared with more than 300 libraries and institutions across America and Europe. Every issue of Athanor is now available online.

Students at the 35th Annual Art History Graduate Symposium in October, 2017


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