UA Art Historians Host International Graduate Student Symposium

Graduate students from colleges and universities around the United States and across the globe will participate in the 28th Annual Graduate Student Symposium, in-person and via Zoom, March 31, 2023. View photos of this year’s symposium.

Students from Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary; Temple University; Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia; University of Texas at Austin; from University of Louisville; University of Notre Dame; Southern Methodist University; and Case Western Reserve University, as well as the hosting schools, The University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will present their current research in a variety of topics and approaches in art history, film and media studies, and related fields.

UA art history graduate students presenting are

  • Tom Wegrzynowski “Charles Alston’s Doctor”
  • Michele Taylor “William Aiken Walker and the Lost Cause: Romanticizing Slavery, Reconstruction, and the Antebellum South”
  • Olivia Sims “Nazli Hanim’s Photographic Portraits of the 1880s: How Orientalist Representation Influenced an Egyptian Princess”
  • Julie Weber “Female Self-Portraiture in Mid-Century Mexico: Rosa Rolanda and Her Use of Surrealism”
  • Riley Balzer “Deconstructing Nazi Visual Politics, Symbolic Representations of Power, and The Savior Complex: Notre-Dame de Paris from 1940 to 1944”

At 4:45 p.m., Dr. Birgit Hopfener, associate professor of art history, Ruth and Mark Phillips Professor and Confucius Chair at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, will present “A Group Dance that Never Ends: A Pluriversal Approach to the Contemporary Art Exhibition ‘Continuum – Generation by Generation.’”

The lecture and the graduate presentations are free to attend but require pre-registration. For the symposium schedule and links to register, click here.

The 28th Annual Graduate Student Symposium is generously supported by The University of Alabama Department of Art & Art History, the College of Arts & Sciences, The Graduate School, College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee, Asian Studies, and Harrison Galleries LLC.

We invite attendees to use the hashtag #UAUABArtHistoryGradSymposium when posting on social media about the symposium.

For more information about The University of Alabama’s programs in art history and studio art, visit our Degree Programs page.