Lizzie Orlofsky is a graduate teaching assistant in art history. Her interests include twentieth-century American art, specifically the artwork of Zelda Fitzgerald, as well as gender studies and the semiotic relationship between text and image. In June 2021, she presented her research at the virtual Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) Festival hosted by the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. Her presentation, “The Soul’s Sensational Journey Through the Portal at Kilpeck Church,” stems from her research during a graduate seminar on medieval portal sculpture taught by Dr. Jennifer Feltman. Orlofsky graduated summa cum laude from Troy University with a BS in studio art and a minor in cultural studies. Before coming to UA, she served as a curatorial intern at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts where she helped curate the exhibition Zelda (canceled due to Covid-19). She is a recipient of The University of Alabama Graduate Council Fellowship and recently won second place in the Harrison Award for Excellence in Research for her presentation at the UA-UAB 26th Annual Graduate Student Symposium.
Recent and Upcoming Presentations
- November 10-13, 2021, SECAC (Southeastern College Arts Conference), Lexington, KY: “The Spectacle of Self: The Influence of the Ballets Russes on the Artwork of Zelda Fitzgerald.”
- October 16-17, 2021, Southeastern Renaissance Conference, Durham, NC, “Morality and Iniquity: Female Depictions of Virtue in Francesco Pesellino’s Seven Virtues Marriage Cassone.”
- June 17-19, 2021, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Festival, University of Kent, UK (virtual), “The Soul’s Sensational Journey Through the Portal at Kilpeck Church.”
- March 10, 2021, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University at Montgomery, on behalf of the Montgomery (Ala.) Museum of Fine Arts, “Zelda Fitzgerald.”
- February 26, 2021, UA/UAB 26th Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Art History, “The Soul’s Sensational Journey Through the Portal at Kilpeck Church,”
- March 2, 2020, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Docent Outreach Program, “Zelda Fitzgerald.”