Art History Alumni

Here are just a few of our recent art history graduates, from the Class of 2000 to the present day. If you are looking for earlier classes, go to this page. If you’re looking for recent studio art graduates, go here.

We’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line and tell us what you’re up to! Complete our Alumni Update Form to share your news and contact info.

2020

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Anna Ingram attending online classes at Parsons.

Anna Ingram (BA, art history) is enrolled in Parsons School of Design’s MA in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies at Parsons School of Design. Read about her senior year during the COVID-19 pandemic and how she sorted out her next steps.

2019

Nadia DelMedico

Nadia DelMedico (BA, art history, minor, Italian) was accepted to the graduate program in art history at The University of Alabama. She serves as a graduate assistant in the Alabama Digital Humanities Center. As an undergraduate, DelMedico received the Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award as the result of her work, mentored by Dr. Rachel Stephens, on the history of slavery on the UA campus. She also jointly presented research with Dr. Stephens at the symposium, “Universities, Slavery, Public Memory, and the Built Landscape,” sponsored by the University of Virginia and the Slave Dwelling Project. Read more about DelMedico’s research here.

2018

Sarah Johns and Megan Goldman in the Secession Building, Vienna.
Sarah Johns and Megan Goldman in the Secession Building, Vienna.

Megan Goldman (BFA 2018, concentration: painting; minor, art history) interned with curator Mardee Goff at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, summer 2017.

Sommer Hallquist (BA 2018, art history and archaeology) received the MA in art and architecture from Cambridge University (UK) and has been accepted to the PhD program at Cambridge in the history of art in fall 2020.

Rebecca Teague (MA 2018, art history) is enrolled in the master of library and information studies program at UA and will be the project assistant for the on-line digital project Global Makers: Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts in 2020-2022, a collaborative project between UA’s art historians, the Alabama Digital Humanities Center, and the department of computer science funded by a Kress Foundation Digital Art History Grant.

2017

Kelby Cox
Kelby Cox

Kelby Cox (MA 2017, art history; BA art history and BA studio art, 2015) was recently hired as a museum technician at the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Cox has been collections assistant at the Cook Museum of Natural Science in Decatur, Ala., since Sept. 2017. In 2017, she presented her thesis research, “Stitching Agency: Enslaved African American Quiltmaking and the Prejudicial South,” at the 22nd Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Art History. She also presented papers at the Nineteenth Century Studies conference in Charleston, SC, and the Southern Studies conference at Auburn University at Montgomery, Ala., with travel funding from The University of Alabama’s Graduate School. During her undergraduate years, Cox was awarded an internship at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. She earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Alabama in three years with a double major in art history and studio art and a minor in Italian.

Lauren Eich (MA 2017, art history) is a senior adult education art instructor in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

John Paul Foley (BA 2017, art history) was awarded a summer internship at the White House Historical Association for the summer of 2017.

Alex Green (BFA 2017, digital media and photography; minor, art history) received two highly competitive internship positions: one as a marketing and design intern for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where he worked for the Trust on the Corridor Preservation Program, a collaborative project to preserve and document the historic Route 66. He was also awarded a museum internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, where he lived for two months in early 2019. Green improved his basic understanding of Italian as he led weekly art talks, gave tours of the collection and supported the assistant curator in installing exhibitions. Green, who minored in art history and studied Italian, had his first introduction to Europe during a study abroad trip in May 2017. He has also worked as a Route 66 Content and Social Media Intern at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington DC. In the fall of 2019, Green was awarded a Goodrich Internship at the Birmingham Museum of Art where he rotates among the Registration, Education, Development and Curatorial departments for in-depth learning how each works. His art website is https://www.alexleegreen.com/.

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Sommer Hallquist presents her research poster.

Sommer Hallquist (BA 2017, art history and anthropology) was awarded one of eight highly competitive summer internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Cloisters Museum in New York, summer 2017. Hallquist was accepted to the graduate program at Cambridge University, UK.

Emilee Hendrickson (MA 2017, art history) is a docent assistant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Taylor Murray (BA 2017, art history) received an internship at The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia for the summer of 2017.

Grace Fitts (BA 2017, art history) completed a semester-long internship at Freeman’s Auction House in Philadelphia in 2017.

Allison Springer (MA 2017, art history) is currently a PhD student in art history at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Her master’s thesis was titled “Mixed-Race Fantasies: Abolitionist Propaganda as Spectacles of Race in the Nineteenth Century.” Read more about Allison Springer here.

2016

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Erin Hein

Erin Hein (BA 2016, art history; BS, chemistry) is a doctoral student at Case Western Reserve University. During the summer of 2017, she interned in the European art curatorial department at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Hein presented her research, “Uncovering Roman Activity at the Aquae Apollinares through The Vicarello Goblet” at the 22nd Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Art History at UA, March 2017, where she won the Harrison Award for Excellence in Research – Graduate Paper Presentation. Hein was awarded a highly competitive, six-week art conservation internship at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum in the summer of 2015. For more on Hein’s experiences, click here to read The Loupe article.

Micah-Shea McKibben (MA 2016, art history) is a part-time instructor in art history for The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History. McKibben’s master’s thesis was titled “Moving Beyond Beauty: Uncovering Sandro Botticelli’s Isis,” under the direction of Dr. Tanja Jones. As a graduate student, she specialized in 15th-century Renaissance Italy and early 20th-century art. She presented her research on Botticelli’s “Isis” at the South Central Renaissance Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, a regional conference of graduate students and professionals in Renaissance Studies. McKibben graduated cum laude from the University of South Alabama’s Honors Program in 2012 with a BA in art history and a minor in history.

Sara Taricco (BA 2016, art history) was accepted to graduate programs in museum/preservation studies at the following schools: Florida State, Clemson, Tulane, and the University of Denver.

2015

Justin Greenlee (MA 2015, art history) is a PhD in student in Art and Architectural History at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville Va. His master’s thesis was titled “Quod Vocatur Paradiso: The Pigna and the Atrium at Old St. Peter’s,” under the direction of Dr. Tanja Jones.

Caitlin Huber (MA 2015, art history) wrote a thesis titled “The Battle House: Greek Revival, Religion, Race Relations, and Slavery Justifications,” under the direction of Dr. Rachel Stephens. Huber is currently pursuing a PhD in art history from Rice University.

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Caitlin Huber making a presentation, “Reinterpreting Alabama’s Greek Revival: The Battle House and Architecture’s Effect on Religion, Race Relations and Slavery Justification,” at the 20th Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Art History, UA

Kelly Konrad (BA 2015, art history) is currently enrolled in the MA program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies at the Parsons School of Design in Paris. Konrad was accepted there as a Dean’s Merit Scholar.

Carrie Chism Lien (MA 2015, art history) is a part-time instructor (online) in art history at Shelton State Community College and the University of West Florida. Lien’s thesis was titled “Recalling the Council of Ferrara and Florence: Two Fifteenth-Century Florentine uomini famosi Cycles,” under the direction of Dr. Tanja Jones.

Sara Morris (MA, 2015, art history) works as a management support assistant for the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

2014

Emily Brown Kelley (MA 2014, art history) teaches art history as an adjunct instructor at The University of Alabama and at Samford University. Her master’s thesis was titled “A Papal Hall of State: Ceremony and Function in the Borgia Apartment,” under the direction of Dr. Tanja Jones.

Rachel Robbins (MA 2014, art history) has taught art history as an adjunct instructor for The University of Alabama. Her master’s thesis was titled “Politics and Provenance: Five Hundred Years of Images of the Grande Chasse of the Sainte-Chapelle, Paris,” under the direction of Dr. Tanja Jones.

2013

Mary K. Dyer (MA, art history, 2013) teaches online art history courses full time for The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History. Her thesis was titled, “Images for the Bride: the Chastelaine de Vergi Fresco Cycle in the Palazzo Davanzati in Florence.”

Ashley D. Millwood (MA, art history, 2013) is a Marketing Associate for Keystone Property Group in Philadelphia.

Frances Nichols (MA, art history, 2013) is an art consultant for Gallery 1930 in Birmingham, Ala.

2012

Maggie Coats (BA 2012, art history) is a JD candidate at Sturm College of Law of University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.

2009

Rebecca Godfrey (BA 2009, art history) won a cash award for her work, Fully Aware I, in the 2019 West Alabama Juried Show. Godfrey is a self-taught abstract artist working primarily with acrylic and watercolor. Before painting, she worked as a freelance graphic designer for fifteen years. Since 2016, she has also taught art classes at American Christian Academy in Tuscaloosa and a weekly small group for adults at her church, which now has a waiting list. “I was struck by how many adults wanted an opportunity to express themselves creatively, but felt scared and unqualified,” Godfrey wrote. “After that semester, I knew part of my personal mission is to help people realize they are creative…It’s so important to me that people know art is for everyone, that you were born to create, and the world desperately needs your unique creative expression.” Her art website is here.

2008

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Viola Moten Ratliffe, courtesy of the Birmingham Times.

Viola Moten Ratliffe (BA 2008, art history) is program manager for Bib & Tucker Sew-Op in Avondale, in east Birmingham, a nonprofit organization that teaches skills and provides economic opportunity for participants. Ratliffe is actively promoting programs like Quilting Activity Resource Kit (QUARK), which teaches fundamentals of quilting while slipping in mathematic concepts. Just after graduating from UA, she served as an intern at the Birmingham Museum of Art’s education department. For two years, Ratliffe also served as curator specialist for the Troy University Rosa Parks Museum, where she did everything from coordinating museum installation, liaising between artists and the museum, and implementing marketing, publicity strategies and public outreach programs. Previously she worked at Bowling Green State University, where she was graduate coordinator for their art history docent program, chief coordinator of a visiting artists program and collections registrar for the Park West Gallery’s Collection of Fine Art. Most recently, Ratliffe started her own business, The Lovely Home Party, which specializes in handmade home and party decor.

2007

Rachel Dobson (MA 2007, art history) is communications specialist and visual resources curator for the UA Department of Art and Art History. She loves to hear from our art and art history alumni, writes stories about them for our monthly newsletter and the Loupe, and writes the weekly West Alabama Art Roundup. She also manages this website. Contact her with your alumni news or story ideas. In graduate school, her main area of focus was medieval, and Dr. Mindy Nancarrow was her thesis advisor (“Image in Context: A Prayer to the Good Angel with an Annunciation in a Fifteenth-century Book of Hours“). Dobson went on to earn the MLIS in the UA School of Library and Information Studies and has published articles on her ancestors in Alabama and Georgia.

Corey Dzenko (MA 2007, art history) is co-editor, with Theresa Avila, of Contemporary Citizenship, Art, and Visual Culture: Making and Being Made, published by Routledge (2018). She received the PhD from the University of New Mexico and has been a Visiting Fellow in the University of Nottingham’s (UK) Department of Art History. Dzenko is currently Assistant Professor of Art History at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey.

2006

Tom Wegrzynowski (MFA 2006, painting) has been a full-time instructor in studio art and art history since 2006. In 2019, he had five paintings selected for the 23rd Annual No Dead Artists International Juried Exhibition Of Contemporary Art. Wegrzynowski is currently also enrolled in the graduate program in art history at UA.

2002

Dr. Jennifer M. Feltman (BS 2002, interior design; minor art history) is assistant professor of medieval art in the department of art and art history at The University of Alabama where she has taught since 2016. Feltman recently was awarded a 2020-21 Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Seed Grant to partner with teachers and digital media experts to build a virtual reality experience of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame at Reims in France and incorporate it into seventh- and eighth-grade media arts classes in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She received the M.A. and Ph.D. with distinction in the history and criticism of art from Florida State University and the B.S., summa cum laude, from The University of Alabama.

2000

Michelle Moseley-Christian (MA 2000, BA 1997, art history) is associate professor and chair of art history in Medieval and Early Modern Studies and co-director of the MA in Material Culture and Public Humanities in the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech, where she has taught since 2007. Moseley-Christian received her PhD with honors from the University of Kansas in 2008 in the area of seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish painting and prints. Recent publications by Moseley-Christian investigate investigate issues of class, gender, and economy in informal baroque and Renaissance portraiture, as well as the overlooked role of early modern women in collecting luxury objects. Others include Rembrandt’s etchings and early modern prints as a mechanism for the distribution of new pictorial genres in Europe. Current research projects focus on female collectors in the early modern Netherlands, representations of labor and identity in Dutch portraiture, and the material culture of early modern prints. In 2014, Moseley-Christian was the first recipient of SECAC’s William R. Levin Award for Research in the History of Art for her proposal “Women and Wildness in Early Modern Northern European Visual Culture: Picturing the ‘Wild Woman’ c. 1300-1650.”

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