Alumna Nadia DelMedico has been accepted to the doctoral program in art history at the University of Minnesota for the fall. The program is fully funded for all graduate students and DelMedico was also awarded a College of Liberal Arts Graduate Fellowship for her first year. In addition, she will continue teaching an online survey of art history course for UA.
DelMedico was named the 2021 Outstanding Graduate Student in Art History: the “Outstanding” awards are the department’s highest honor. Her master’s thesis, titled, “Prejudice and Privilege: Artistic Interaction between Free People of Color and Italian Immigrants in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans,” discusses the creative relationships between Italian immigrants and free artists of color in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century New Orleans. Her recent research presentations include “Eras of Iconography in Manuel Hughes’ ‘Arkansas Memories’ Series,” at SECAC 2020; and “Finding Religion in Genre: Henry Ossawa Tanner’s Moroccan Scene,” at the 26th Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Art History, for which she won first prize in the Harrison Awards for Excellence in Research in 2021.
As an undergraduate at UA (BA 2019, art history), 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 and Dr. Stephens jointly presented research at the symposium, “Universities, Slavery, Public Memory, and the Built Landscape,” sponsored by the University of Virginia and the Slave Dwelling Project.
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