Graduate Student Profiles

Landry Austin
Landry Austin
Landry Austin studies Chinese religious art with a special emphasis on Buddhist imagery in popular prints, and Buddhist relics.
Emily Beckstrand
Emily Beckstrand
Emily Beckstrand is interested in Latin American art with an emphasis on the 18th-century and the enduring changes Spanish colonization introduced for indigenous methods of artistic expression and style. She is also interested in museum studies and the role museums play in relation to power, representation and education within a society.
Zane Casimir
Zane Casimir
Zane Casimir is interested in the complex interrelationships amidst the assembly, the activation, and the aesthetics of constructed space—virtual and otherwise. His constellation of interests includes digital games, architecture of all forms/functions, modern and contemporary art, Japanese art, and cultural material.
Yinxue Chen
Yinxue Chen
Yinxue Chen’s area of interest is modern and contemporary Chinese art, architecture and film. She is also interested in the development of traditional gardening techniques in modern Chinese landscape design.
Jayne Cole
Jayne Cole
Jayne Cole studies global contemporary art with a focus on contemporary Chinese art in a transnational context.
Casey Curry
Casey Curry
Casey Curry works on contemporary curatorial and community-based art practices. Her focus is on how artists and arts institutions build cross-sector collaborations that produce innovation and social change.
Jesse Elliott
Jesse Elliott
Jesse Elliott is interested in the historical, cultural, and political contexts of Architecture and public space, as well as the history of design. He is pursuing a masters in architecture concurrent with his art history degree.
Carolyn Hernandez
Carolyn Hernandez
Carolyn Hernandez is interested in 17th and 18th century art, specifically focusing on still-life painting in Northern Europe. She is also interested in the impact of religious reformation in Europe on representational imagery.
Zoe Lalonde
Zoe Lalonde
Zoe Lalonde specializes in modern and contemporary Japanese art, globalization, and visual media in Japanese popular culture.
Emily Lawhead
Emily Lawhead
Emily Lawhead specializes in contemporary Japanese art and new media. She is interested in the globalization of the art world, intersections of art and technology, and variable media conservation.
Liam Machado
Liam Machado
Liam Machado is interested in Latin American modernism and the region’s unique assimilation of post-impressionist and European avant-garde styles. He is currently researching the radical interwar art and poetry of Brazil.
Liam Maher
Liam Maher
Liam Maher is interested in gender, sexuality, sex, and race politics in contemporary & modern art. He is also interested in the artistic performativity of gender.
Rae Root
Rae Root
Rae Root is interested in the intersection of modern and contemporary art and the city. She approaches this topic with an interdisciplinary method, drawing across the humanities, particularly literature and social justice. Rae is interested in exploring the evolution of the urban imaginary under the influence of globalization.
Cassidy Schoenfeld
Cassidy Schoenfeld
Cassidy Schoenfeld is interested in 19th century American landscape painting and how it corresponds with Transcendental philosophy. She is currently investigating the environmental art of 19th century landscape painters and comparing them to contemporary environmental/eco–art.
Sammy Shaw
Sammy Shaw
Sammy Shaw specializes in Modern Art and Comparative Literature, with an emphasis on Scandinavia and German Expressionism. She is also interested in Latin American & Mexican Modernism as well as Feudal Japanese art.
Emily Shinn
Emily Shinn
Emily Shinn’s research explores the stylistic transitions that occur in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including the interwar period and aftermath of both World Wars in Europe and America. She has additional research interests in Australian art, memorial monuments, and museum studies.
Katlyn Smith
Katlyn Smith
Katlyn Smith’s primary areas of interest are Colonial Latin America & Brazil, with an emphasis on global connections. She also enjoys studying Romance Languages and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Leanna Zamosc
Leanna Zamosc
Leanna Zamosc is interested in artistic depictions of women from different backgrounds and their connections to contemporary feminist movements.