Alumni News, Spring 2011

4 May

Great thanks to all of the alumni who responded to our call for news.  It is terrific to hear from you and to learn about your activities and achievements since graduation.  We hope to hear from more of you in the weeks and months to come; please send your news, links, photos, videos, and podcasts to Professor Kathryn Smith (, with a copy to Peggy Coon (

Nina Wishnok, ’89 lives in Boston, where she works as an artist and a designer (see  Recently, she began a new job as Designer at the MIT Media Lab (  Two of her prints will be included in the 1st International Mokuhanga conference in Japan this June (see

Sarah Laursen, ’02 graduated from NYU with a double major in Art History and East Asian Studies.  After completing undergraduate internships in the Asian departments of the Brooklyn Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sarah joined a two-year inventory project in the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at Harvard University.  In 2004, she began her doctoral studies in Chinese art history at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was elected to the Louis J. Kolb Society of Fellows at the Penn Museum and participated in public outreach programming in connection with the 2011 Secrets of the Silk Road exhibition.  In Philadelphia, she also taught courses at Temple University, Moore College of Art & Design, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  It has been almost ten years since Sarah left New York, and in that time she has traveled the globe, visiting Silk Road sites from Iran to Japan.  In May 2011, she will receive her Ph.D., and in fall she will return to her alma mater to join NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World as a two-year postdoctoral fellow.

 Ryann Pointon, ’03 earned her M.A. in Visual Arts Administration from NYU’s Steinhardt School in 2008.  Her master’s thesis explored African-American philanthropy in the arts.  She is currently the Director of Annual Giving at LREI (Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School) in Greenwich Village.   Ryann is also a member of NYU’s Young Alumni Leadership Circle and serves on the Visual Arts Administration Alumni Council.

 Tamara Eaton, ’06 launched her own interior design firm, Tamara Eaton Design, about a year and a half ago.  She recently completed a major project – the renovation of a historic Montrose Morris townhouse on Prospect Park that was the former residence of actress Jennifer Connolly.  For more information about the project and the design process, see the article published by the Park Slope Patch at  More photos of the project are available on Tamara’s website,

Carly Jane Steinborn, ’06 is currently working on her Ph.D. at Rutgers University. For the past year, she has been living in Italy as a Rome Prize recipient.  She will be at the American Academy in Rome from 2010-2012 on a two-year fellowship to conduct research on her doctoral dissertation, “Transforming Sacred Space:  Image and Materiality in the Orthodox Baptistery of Ravenna.”

Ksenia Yachmetz, ’09 will begin her doctoral studies in Central and Eastern European art this fall as a Dodge Fellow at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  Over the summer, she will be a research intern in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art.  Please also read Ksenia’s recent article, “Outside the White Cube, Inside the Art Fair,” posted on our blog last month (18 April).

Adrian Marshall, ’10 is currently working at Alexander and Bonin Gallery in Chelsea.  She also has been working at a new art journal, 491, which recently posted her review of the exhibition, Objects of Devotion and Desire:  Medieval Relic to Contemporary Art at Hunter College’s Leubsdorf Gallery (see (  Submissions to 491 from current and former Department of Art History students are welcome.  This fall, Adrian will be heading to Syracuse University to begin an M.A. in Renaissance Art.  The three-semester program at Syracuse includes one year at Syracuse’s center in Florence.

Alexandra Wellington, ’10 will begin the M.A./Ph.D. program in Art History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill this fall, pursuing research on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French and British art under the supervision of Professor Mary Sheriff.  A double major in Political Science and Art History at NYU, she is interested in art and politics in European art of the period, Orientalism, and the artists who accompanied Captain James Cook on his explorations of the Pacific, including Sydney Parkinson, William Hodges, and John Webber.  For the past year, Alexandra has been a curatorial intern at the Dallas Museum of Art, working in the Department of European and American art under curators Heather MacDonald and Olivier Meslay.  Her responsibilities include researching art in the permanent collection as well as works that the museum is considering selling or buying.  She also co-curated two exhibitions:  the first examines Impressionist print-making in France, and the second is a comprehensive exhibition about one of the museum’s most cherished holdings, Henri Matisse’s Ivy in Flower, a paper cut-out from 1953.  Currently she is planning a future exhibition on Chanel and the artists with whom she collaborated during her time at La Pausa, her private villa in the South of France.  Alexandra also has written wall labels as well as several entries for the museum’s publications.


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