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Valeria Serrano

Art History, MA, 2018

20th Century European Art

Valeria is a second-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.


Emily Mullen

Art History, MA, 2018

Contemporary Native American Art and Museum Studies.

Emily graduated from Regis University in 2013 (summa cum laude) with a B.A. in Art History and another in Painting. She then spent seven months working with combat art as an intern at the National Museum of the Marine Corps to learn basic collections management and museum practices. She went on from there to intern at an art consulting firm in Denver and experienced the commercial side of the field. Later, after another stint at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, she returned to Colorado to work at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Emily currently also works at a western art gallery, and that is where she developed an interest in contemporary Native American art. After enjoying so many different facets of the art world, she decided to return to school to further her studies and her career. She was awarded an Arts and Sciences Fellowship in Humanities and the Arts, and will be a Center for Humanities and the Arts Graduate Scholar for the 2016-17 academic year

Katie Toler

Katie Katie Toler

Art History, MA, 2019

Contemporary Art

Katie is a first year Master’s student focusing on contemporary art and culture. She completed her B.A. in art history at the University of Colorado Denver in 2015. While in the University of Colorado Denver, focused her writing on issues of gender in both pre-Columbian, Contemporary art, and animal critical theory. She is interested in interdisciplinary research in gender studies, queer theories, and continental philosophy as they pertain to contemporary thought. Katie looks forward to furthering her research and continuing to follow her interests as a master’s student at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Laura Thompson

Laura Laura Thompson

Art History, MA, 2019

Modern and Contemporary Art and Theory

Laura is a first year Master’s student focusing on 20th and 21st century art and theory. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008. While in attendance at UWM, Laura studied ceramics and colonialist history in Peru and also received several awards from the University as well as the 2007 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Undergraduate Award of Excellence. Following her graduation, she moved to Portland, OR, where she continued her individual studio arts practice. While in Portland, Laura co-founded a performative arts collective, which utilized satire to comment upon contemporary socio-political issues. In 2017, Laura was awarded her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Notre Dame, where she worked as an instructor of record for two years and taught as an adjunct in the summer. While in residence, she explored sculptural installation using affect and abjection in response to various communal traumas. At the University of Colorado Boulder, Laura intends to continue studying artists’ responses and interventions in communal trauma.

Brianna Humbert

Brianna Brianna Humbert

Art History, MA, 2019

Brianna graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016 with a B.A. in Art History. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the work of contemporary performance artist Sheryl Oring, who she interviewed for the project. While there, she also participated in a collaborative curatorial project, and acted as a research assistant in the University Art Gallery archives. Brianna was a recipient of the Friends of the Frick Fine Arts Research Award, a presenter at the annual Women’s Studies conference, and graduated with departmental honors. After graduating, she worked at the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Museum before moving to Colorado to pursue a Masters degree at CU. Indigenous art, performance, gender, and postcolonial theory are the focus of her current research.

Caroline Martelon

Caroline Caroline Martelon

Art History, MA, 2019

Medieval Art

Caroline is a first year Master’s student focusing on Medieval Art. Her main interests center around illuminated medieval manuscripts, their production, and the role they played in connecting lay people to their religion in such a deeply ecclesiastical time in European history. She is enrolled in a concurrent Bachelors/Master’s program through the university, and will complete her B.A. in art history with a minor in English literature in May of 2018. During her time at the University of Colorado she has completed an internship at the Denver Art Museum, specifically working on the Untitled Final Friday event.


Gladys Preciado

Art History, MA, 2019

Gladys completed her Bachelors of Science (Magna Cum Laude) in Art History with a minor in Classical Studies at the University of California in Irvine 2017. At UCI, she focused on Italian Baroque art and materiality and studied abroad twice which allowed her to further explore her interests. While completing her undergraduate work, she became involved in the Art History Undergraduate Association, where she had the opportunity to curate several art shows, intern at museums such as the Laguna Art Museum, and was awarded awards such as the 2016 Gonosova Award for Academic and Leadership Excellence. The rich and unique resources that CU offers enabled her to pursue what has always interested her, which is the artistic influences that Spanish colonial rule had in Mexico, as well as the influences that Indigenous religions and customs had on Spanish Colonial art. She is also interested in Mexican murals which sought to bring about social reform in the 20th century, and the role they played in 20th century Mexican society. Gladys is excited to strengthen her understanding of her culture and roots through her discipline.