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UA Art Historians Host National Graduate Student Symposium

Graduate students from colleges and universities around the United States will participate in the 26th Annual Graduate Student Symposium, via Zoom, February 26, 2021. Students from the University of Chicago, Florida State University, University of Georgia, University of Houston, and Tulane 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 ranging from the medieval period to contemporary art.

UA art history graduate students presenting are

  • Elizabeth Orlofsky: “The Soul’s Sensational Journey Through the Portal at Kilpeck Church”
  • Lydia McCollum: “The Shape of Lust: Representation and Reception of Luxuria in the 12th Century”
  • Olivia Turner: “El Greco’s Allegory of the Holy League and the Tradition of Prophetic Imagery in the Culture of Early Modern Spain”
  • Nadia DelMedico: “Finding Religion in Genre: Henry Ossawa Tanner’s Moroccan Scene”
  • Meghan Ruyle: “In the Spotlight: The Enterprise of “Madame d’Ora” in Fin-de-siècle Vienna”

Alumnus Noah Dassinger (BA 2020, art history), who is in the master’s program in art history at the University of Georgia, will present his research paper, “Epigraphic Disparities in the Tomb of Leonardo Bruni: Understanding Tradition and its Relation to the Tomb’s Iconography and Choice of Lettering Style.” The full schedule can be seen here.

At 5:00 pm, Prof. Jacqueline E. Jung, associate professor in the department of the history of art at Yale University, will present the keynote address, “Images of Africans in Gothic Art: Race and Representation in Thirteenth-Century Northern Europe.” 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 26th 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, 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.