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Art History Graduates


Chad Davis

Art History MA, 2016
My research involves a semiotic approach to art within the colonial period from both Mesoamerica and Northern Europe. I am interested in the cross-cultural negotiations, alterations, power discrepancies, adaptations, and influences between the two varying sign systems in an attempt to discover new, heterogeneous interpretations and variants in the image.  


Hope Fuchs

Art History MA, 2016
My area of focus in art history is the Italian Renaissance and the Baroque. Specifically, I am studying sculpture, and am currently exploring the myth of the artist as genius using Bernini's bozzetti as a case study. I hope to examine notions of spontaneity and the value of the artist's touch while questioning contemporary beliefs regarding Renaissance art practice.


Krystle Kelley

Art History MA, 2016
My research interests are in critical theories of art and cultural districts and tourism/consumerism and the intersection of public and private spheres, particularly in the consideration of education and social equity. I also work with the Visual Resources Center and Dr. Ariana Maki on a grant funded project using the image archive of Dr. Ronald Bernier (former CU professor and Himalayan art and architecture specialist), tracing and cataloging major art and architectural sites in the Himalaya region that are at risk and useful for further scholarship.


Arielle Myers

Art History MA, 2016
Focusing on contemporary art in Eastern Europe, specifically from the South Slavic region, my research explores the ways in which artists negotiate the politics of memory, confession, innocence and victimhood in their work. I am interested in the strategies that artists from this region employ to forge new identities following the fall of socialist government and the 1992-1995 Wars of Secession. In this case, art often serves a generative function- aiding in the construction of new, more inclusive national narratives by allowing artists and publics to perform memory and process trauma through the recalling of experiences before, during, and after the war. I have previously written on artworks that respond to gendered nationalisms and gendered violence in the Yugoslavian Wars of Secession, such as Jenny Holzer’s Lustmord series (1993-1996) and Maja Bajević’s Women at Work series (1999-2001). My master’s thesis will expound on the relation of conflict and memory in South Slavic post-Socialist contemporary art.


Jamie Summers

Art History MA, 2016
I am interested in the ways images of women are used to communicate anxieties the of men during times of socio-political uncertainty, and how those images are utilized to propagate these anxieties with the intention of control or eradication. My research focuses on the fin-de-siècle, looking specifically at femme fatale imagery and its relationship to the changing political, scientific, and social climate leading up to World War I.


Mary Rose Williams

Art History MA, 2016
My focus area is Medieval art. My current research explores the sculpture of the French Romanesque period.


Morgan Butts

Art History MA, 2016
I will be focusing on Latin American art for my thesis. My current research delves into imagery that relates to Pre-Columbian perceptions of death, sacrifice, and the afterlife in the Andes.


Raquel Vega

Art History MA, 2015
I'm interested in the subject of mestizaje in colonial visual culture, namely  how public space is affected by religious and other dominant structures, and how this develops meaning over time for Latino communities.


Katie Kisiel

Art History MA, 2015
My thesis is on the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. More specifically, I am interested in the six "alternate chapel paintings," currently on display next door at the Menil Collection, which were included with the original commission but never installed. My thesis will explore the possibilities that these "extras" might hold for the Rothko Chapel space.


Katie Morrison

Art History MA, 2014
My interests are twentieth century urban photography and visual culture, race, and class in the United States.  My research concerns the visual development of urban identity in Detroit, Michigan from images of the 1967 Twelfth Street riot through the contemporary phenomenon of “ruin porn.”    


Giustina Renzoni

Art History MA, 2014
My focus is on representations of gender, class and race/ethnicity during the Spanish Colonial period, as well as how the present-day repercussions of these cultural constructs are depicted in contemporary Latin American art.


Caitlin Roberts

Art History MA, 2014
I am focusing on spousal portraiture in fin-de-siècle France, specifically dealing with two paintings by Matisse and Cézanne.  By setting these works in contrast to Picasso's portrait of Gertrude Stein, I hope to illuminate social and sexual issues, which have been previously naturalized under the guise of marriage and domesticity.


Amanda Saracho

Art History MA, 2014
My research focuses on how the display of Native American Art in museums has affected the art practices of contemporary Native American artists. This will include studying sacred objects, items used for daily use, and contemporary paintings.


Mack Sjogren

Art History MA, 2013

Focused on contemporary performance art and critical theory, especially works around the world that create a body of resistance to forms of ideological oppression--performance art that is ethically committed to community. 



Caleb Zuniga

Art History MA, 2013
My research explores the construction of place and communal identity in ancient and early modern Latin America through various media, including: pictorial manuscripts, architecture, and personal adornment.


Rachel Hawthorn

Art History MA, 2013

Focused on Critical Theory and 20th century art, related to memory, specifically the public and private face of representation of loss in terms of national traumas and tragedy.