- Department of the History of Art and Architecture
2020-2021 Graduate Students
Maria Bastos-Stanek (1st year)
Maria Bastos-Stanek graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned a B.A. in the History of Art and Architecture and double majored in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. During her undergraduate career, Maria concentrated on modern and contemporary art and wrote her senior honors thesis on David Wojnarowicz. She has held internships at the National Endowment for the Arts, Pace Gallery, and Voices in Contemporary Art. At Tufts, she intends to study colonial Latin American art with a focus on Brazilian art and culture.
Emily Bealieu (2nd year)
Emily graduated from Bowdoin College in 2018 with a BA in Art History and Italian Studies. At Bowdoin, she spent a semester working on the exhibition Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe, curated by Professor Stephen Perkinson and held at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Emily went on to work with the Italian and Art History departments translating a catalogue from the 2016/2017 exhibition at the Museo di Roma entitled Artemisia Gentileschi e il suo tempo. Pursuing her interest in the study of Italian, in her senior year, she became a teaching assistant for the Italian department, instructing language classes for Elementary I and II Italian. For her studies of Italian culture, history, and literature while at Bowdoin, Emily received the Raimondi prize in Italian Studies. Originally from France, she is also fluent in French, as well as Spanish and Latin. At Tufts, Emily continues to pursue her interest in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, and has recently started to expand her area of study to Modern European and American art.
Madison Cook-Comey (1st year)
Madi began studying Art History while on a gap year program that travelled across Europe to study works in situ. This led her to pursue her undergraduate degree in Art History at Wheaton College, Massachusetts, with research interests surrounding feminist revisions of colonial narratives in contemporary American works. She interned at both the Shelburne Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum, and worked as a Senior Collections Assistant in the Wheaton College Permanent Collection throughout her undergraduate career. In one of the only undergraduate courses of its kind, Madi co-curated the jury-winning curatorial design for It’s Elemental: Fire(2018), which the class then developed, marketed, and installed. Madi got the chance to continue her studies in Johannesburg and Cape Town, where she examined post-Apartheid constructions of race and gender in contemporary South African photography and sculpture. At Tufts, she plans to continue studying anti-colonial discourses by focusing on contemporary artists, works, and visual culture that subvert hegemonic narratives.
Elizabeth Elliot (1st year)
Elizabeth graduated from Brigham Young University with her BA in Art History and Curatorial Studies and a minor in European Studies. During her undergraduate career she interned at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art, the Springville Museum of Art, and Special Collections at the Harold B. Lee Library. Most recently, she interned with the Historic Sites Division of the Church History Library in Salt Lake City, UT. In this role she developed educational programming and interpretive plans at 16 historic sites throughout the United States. Her interests include early modern British portraiture, colonial American portraiture and education and interpretative programming at museums and heritage sites.
Christine Evers (2nd year)
Christine recently earned her BA from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where she studied Art History and History. She worked as a Collections Assistant and later a Curatorial Intern for the Wheaton College Permanent Collection. In the summer of 2017, Christine worked on a grant-funded project conducting research in the Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections to better document the history of art education and art collecting at Wheaton College. As part of a seminar course in the fall of 2018, she co-curated the exhibition It's Elemental: Fire at the Beard & Weil Galleries. Through Boston University, Christine also spent a semester in London studying British art. While there, she interned at the Westminster City Archives in their conservation department. Christine is excited to explore her passion for provenance research during her time at Tufts. More specifically, she is interested in the questions and ethics surrounding the ownership, transaction, and control of art objects and its relationship to global inequalities of power, issues of restitution and repatriation, and the role provenance plays in the commercial art market today.
Natalie Gearin (2nd year)
Natalie grew up in Boston, but has spent much of the last few years in Philadelphia, where she got her BA in Art History and Global Studies from Temple University. In undergrad, she interned with the Somerville Arts Council and the Barnes Foundation, and has worked at the ICA Boston and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is predominantly interested in contemporary video art and its accessibility to viewers seeking an experience rooted in education and agency. She's also interested in creating inquiry-based lessons and tours for student groups in art museums that emphasize slow looking and students' personal experiences.
Gray Golding (1st year)
Gray Golding, Yale BA Architecture '18, is joining Tufts History of Art after spending the past couple of years working in architecture and making zines (about architecture) on the side. They are looking forward to shedding light on the intertwined histories of architecture and oppressive/ableist systems through the lens of psychiatric asylum buildings in the 19th and 20th centuries. More generally, they hope their career leads them to a place where they can open and expand dialogues about accessibility within art and architectural history.
Claudia Haines (1st year)
Claudia earned her BA in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh. During her undergraduate years, she held internships at several Pittsburgh arts organizations, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, and completed an honors thesis titled “Do Touch: Sculpture as a Means for Inclusivity in Art Museums,” which was awarded the John F. Haskins Prize. She also contributed to several exhibitions at the University of Pittsburgh’s Art Gallery, and was awarded the Archival Scholars Research Award and the New York City Scholars in Residence Fellowship to conduct research into the collecting of medieval manuscripts in the United States. Claudia is excited to continue to explore her research interests as part of the Tufts Art History community and plans to pursue a career in museum education after graduating.
Rafael Hernandez Cruz (1st year)
Originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, Rafael grew up in Florida until he left to attend Middlebury College. At Middlebury, Rafael earned his B.A. in film studies and Italian. For his work in the Italian department, he was awarded the John and Irene Mangione Italian Department Award. His senior thesis titled Gesture and Ethics in Film, which was awarded departmental honors, dealt with the film theory of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben and contemporary Italian neo-realist films. Rafael's interest in art history began in his junior year when he took contemporary art history graduate courses at the famous Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. At Tufts, Rafael hopes to look at the theoretical development of the film avant-garde. Apart from this, he is also interested in experimental film, video art, and broader issues in contemporary art. Because of his interdisciplinary background, he seeks to research topics in film studies, art history, and philosophy. Outside of academia, Rafael has a deep passion for learning languages. He is fluent in Spanish, Italian, German, and is currently in the midst of strengthening his French.
Corey Loftus (2nd year)
Corey Loftus graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 with a BA History of Art and minor in Religious Studies. At Tufts, she continues her studies with a focus on 20th century art in the Americas with interests in modes of transport in relation to the movement of art, materiality studies, and a geographical interest in Cuba. During her time in Philadelphia, Corey worked at a variety of major art institutions including the Barnes Foundation, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Arthur Ross Gallery, Christie's Auction House, and in the studio of Philadelphia-based artist, Douglas Witmer. Additionally, she remains actively involved in historic preservation efforts to protect 19th century architecture in West Philadelphia from potential demolition and development threats. Thus, questions pertaining to the ethics of preservation and lives (or lack thereof) of art and architecture over time also inform and complicate her research.
Abigail Lynn (2nd year)
Abigail (Abby) Lynn graduated from Manchester University as a triple major in art, history, and Spanish. During her undergraduate studies, she had the opportunity to work in a number of galleries, and complete an internship at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. At the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Abby coordinated interactive educational sessions that allowed youth to engage with art in a meaningful way. During her time as an undergraduate, Abby spent a year studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. Her experiences there inspired her senior thesis titled, A Call to War: How Propaganda was used to Encourage Civilian Involvement in the Spanish Civil War of 1936, which she later presented as the keynote speaker during Manchester University's Student Research Symposium in 2017. After completing her undergraduate degree, Abby moved to Manhattan, Kansas where she worked and volunteered at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. Here she assisted with the design, content, and editing of the museum's first digital humanities website. Abby's primary research interests engage with art as propaganda. More specifically, she is interested in how creators of images use particular tactics to influence an individual's thinking. During her time at Tufts, Abby hopes to expand her research concerning the political and motive power of images, explore the function of museums within society, and encourage all members of the community to engage with art in creative and evocative ways. After her time at Tufts, Abby intends to pursue a PhD in art history and hopes to enjoy a career as a museum curator.
Olivia Mann (1st year)
Olivia Mann specializes in the histories of modern and contemporary art and visual culture. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Delaware in 2019 with an Honors BA in Art History and History, where she also completed minors in European Studies and German. Before joining the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Tufts University in 2020, Olivia held curatorial, development, and education positions at a number of New York institutions, including The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Frick Collection, and the New-York Historical Society. At Tufts, she looks forward to exploring the relationship between notions of modernity and imagery of sex work in 1920s Berlin, Paris, and Shanghai as found in both low- and high-brow cultural artifacts, from matchbooks to portraiture. She is currently writing a book chapter dedicated to tax evasion and money laundering in the art world, and was on the editorial team for Miranda July’s self-titled monograph.
Sara McAleer (1st year)
Sara is a recent graduate of Loyola University Maryland, where she earned a BA in Art History and double minored in Philosophy and Gender and Sexuality Studies. At Loyola, she enjoyed the interdisciplinary nature of art history and pursued research that allowed her to connect the visual language of artworks to relevant social, political, and cultural modes of thinking. Her paper on Botticelli’s Madonna of the Magnificat, which she later presented at Loyola’s 2019 Undergraduate Research Colloquium, reinterpreted the painting’s overall social significance by associating the work with societal ideals concerning marriage, childbirth, and gender. As a member of the Tufts art history program, she plans to continue examining art through a social/political/cultural lens, particularly in regards to Renaissance art and architecture. She also hopes to explore interests, such as historiography, the role of art in identity formation, and transcultural exchanges in art.
Hannah McIsaac (2nd year)
Hannah earned her BA in Art History from Wheaton College, Massachusetts. Throughout her undergraduate career, she served as an intern at the Museum of Old Newbury in Newburyport, Massachusetts and pursued her interest in ancient Egyptian art through research opportunities at the Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy and the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden, Netherlands. Her undergraduate thesis discussed how international museum exhibitions address the history of Egyptology as a discipline. As a member of the Tufts art history community, she hopes to focus on her interest in cultural heritage, feminist theory, and the influence of ancient art in the Medieval world.
Atineh Movsesian (1st year)
Atineh earned her BA in Art History from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, with minors in English and French. As an Iranian-Armenian, her background and heritage have gravitated her studies towards medieval Armenian art and architecture. Her undergraduate research paper entitled “The Medieval City of Ani: Above and Underground”, which offers initial art historical examination of the Ani caves, earned an outstanding research award at the UCLA’s Undergraduate Colloquium in Armenian Studies. Throughout her undergraduate career, she worked as a Gallery and Collections Management Assistant at the Kellogg and Huntley University Art Galleries. In the summer of 2019, she was accepted to the Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship program and served as an intern at the Getty Villa’s Exhibitions Department. Atineh has also volunteered at the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Manuscripts Department as a researcher and translator, where she conducted research on the Armenian manuscripts of the Getty’s permanent collection. At Tufts, Atineh hopes to further her studies in medieval Armenian art and architecture history and expand her research concerning the relationship of medieval Armenia with the Byzantine, Sassanian, and the Islamic empires.
Alexandra Murillo (1st year)
Allie graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Art History, concentrating in African Diasporic art. During her undergraduate career, Allie worked in voter protections, and has spent the past year doing a variety of work in the Latinx community, including immigration work. Her primary area of interest is contemporary Latin American art, with a particular interest in art that nourishes decolonization. During her time at Tufts, Allie hopes to continue her research on narratives of absence and abundance in art from diasporic or migratory communities.
Franklin Redner (1st year)
Frank Redner earned his BA in Art History at Columbia University in 2013. Since then, he has worked in a variety of museum and gallery settings. Most recently he was on staff at the Peabody Essex Museum after completing a long-term position in PEM’s Native American Fellowship program. Working in the curatorial and interpretation departments, he contributed to collection installations and travelling exhibitions, such as PUAM's Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment. At Tufts, he plans on studying media theory and identity in digital environments and contemporary art.
Yuzhu Wang (2nd year)
Originally from Beijing, China, Yuzhu earned her BA in archaeology from Renmin University of China. Throughout her undergraduate career, she interned as an art history research and teaching assistant in the National Museum of China, Poly Art Museum and several other galleries. Additionally, Yuzhu had gained professional skills and experience as an excavator and investigator in Tuchengzi, a Neolithic site in Liaoning, China. She interested in gender studies and materiality, trying to explore the elucidation of ancient statues through relevant methods. At Tufts, Yuzhu intends to expand her art historical knowledge outside China to delve into the morphology between cultures. She plans to pursue a PhD and ultimately, a career in academia after graduation.
Sophia Wright (2nd year)
Sophia graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BA in Art History. During her time at SCAD, she led University workshops in the areas of Art History, Psychology, and Mathematics. She further developed her teaching skills as a Writing Fellow with Deep Center, a nonprofit organization that aims to foster creative development in Savannah's youth. Her undergraduate research paper entitled "The New Masses: Uncovering Ideological Attitudes through Visual Literature" earned an honorable distinction at the Larry W. Forrest Symposium for its innovative use of digital archives. Her current research interests are in contemporary art theory, with an emphasis on the intersection of virtual reality with art, spirituality, and consciousness.
Megan Zembower (2nd year)
Megan earned her BA in Art History and French from Denison University. While there, she completed a thesis entitled “Monuments, Movements, and Memory: the Visual and Spatial Implications of the Shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church,” which she later presented at Bowling Green State University's Emerging Perspectives in Africana Studies Conference. Upon graduation, she served as the McDermott Intern for African Art at the Dallas Museum of Art and later worked in educational programming at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina. Megan is interested in historical commemoration, traditional African Art, cultural heritage, and issues of restitution and repatriation.