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Faculty Exhibition: Deborah Haynes
Faculty Exhibition: Deborah Haynes

Art History


Jade Gutierrez

Art History, MA, 2017

I am interested in colonial Latin America, especially the Andes, and the complex art forms that result from colonial hegemonic societies. I have recently been researching textile production in the Andes and how both indigenous and Spanish spirituality and religion manifest themselves in colonial clothing. I am also interested in memory, identity, and in the construction of meaning; especially in societies that have undergone extensive change or a traumatic event such as the Spanish Civil War and the colonization of the Americas.


Valeria Serrano

Art History, MA, 2018

20th Century European Art

Valeria is a first year Master’s student focusing on 20th century European art, specifying on German art and war. She completed her B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in art history at the University of Georgia in 2015. While in the University of Georgia, she interned in various departments of the Georgia Museum of Art, including Education and Curatorial. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Valeria spent the year 2015-2016 in Munich, Germany studying the language and learning more about German history and culture. Valeria therefore hopes to continue to explore her interests in German art and culture throughout her studies at the University of Colorado Boulder.


Molly McGill

Art History, MA, 2018

Molly graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in December 2014 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Art History. After spending a year interning with the Walt Disney Company in Florida, she is pursuing an M.A. in Art History at CU—focusing on Northern Renaissance print work. Her main interests lie in the boundaries of nudity and the difference between the public perceptions between pornography and fine art within the prints of the “Little Masters” in the period following the death of Albrecht Dürer.


Carrie Miller

Art History, MA, 2017

Contemporary Art, Post-War French Philosophy, Relic Theory, Collecting Practices, Cultural Exchange

Carrie joined the MA in Art History program in the fall of 2015 having completed her B.A. in Art History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2014. Her current research focus is on theoretical issues surrounding the concepts of an artistic copy, the power of a replica, aura, authenticity, and its role within the art historical discourse. Carrie also has research interests in the function of charged objects within the contemporary museum setting. She recently gave a talk entitled, “Replicas and Reconfigurations: What the Copy Needs from Deleuze and Benjamin” at Southern Methodist University (2016) in which she challenged current notions and approaches to copies and their ability to retain aura. She acts at the United Government of Graduate Students Representative for the Art History Department and she was awarded the Neuman Family Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year in order to pursue her research interests.


Alex Penn

Art History, MA, 2017

Contemporary art, participation, installation art, globalization, conceptual art, curating, digital humanities, museum studies, post minimalism and the history of sculpture.

Alexander is a second-year Master of Arts student. Before matriculating at CU, he received his Bachelor of Arts from the Department of History of Art at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. His research interests are found in the sub-discipline of contemporary art history and involve investigation of the development and use of participatory art practices as well as how contemporary artists respond to globalization. Alexander is the recipient of several honors and awards, including Vanderbilt’s Frances and John Downing Research Award and the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Warshawsky Fellowship. He has held positions at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Tinney Contemporary Art Gallery, both in Nashville, and at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Alexander currently works as a Research Assistant to the Director of the Denver Art Museum, and he fosters his interest in teaching as a teaching assistant to CU’s World Art lecture.