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Art History: José de Alcíbar, Sor María Ignacia de la Sangre de Cristo, 1777
Art History: José de Alcíbar, Sor María Ignacia de la Sangre de Cristo, 1777

Art History

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.

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.


Arielle Myers

Art History, MA, 2016

My focus area is contemporary art. I am interested in the ways in which artists negotiate the politics of memory, confession, innocence and victimhood in their work. My current research focuses on responses to gendered nationalisms in the Yugoslavian wars of secession, inherent in the works of Bosnian female artists.


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.


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.