Majors News

9 May

Congratulations to all of our Art History and Urban Design and Architecture Studies majors on their hard work and many achievements this academic year.  Best wishes for a productive and restorative summer and beyond!  To supplement or correct the information in this post, please contact Professor Kathryn Smith (Kathryn.smith@nyu.edu) with a copy to Peggy Coon (peggy@nyu.edu).

Erik Battista (Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’15) received the Evelyn Jablow Lilienthal Scholarship, presented each year to an accomplished junior in the Urban Design and Architecture Studies Program.

Alessandro Bello (Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’14) has been admitted to NYU’s London-based M.A. program in Historical and Sustainable Architecture.

Madeleine Black (Urban Design and Architecture Studies; Metropolitan Studies minor ’14) will begin her studies this fall at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) where she will pursue a Masters of Architecture.

Zara Chaudhury (Urban Design and Architecture Studies/Politics ’14) was elected to Phi Beta Kappa this year.

Evelyn Cheng (Urban Design and Architecture Studies/Journalism ‘14) presented a paper on “Back to the Future: The History and Outlook of East Midtown Development” at this year’s Dean’s Undergraduate Research Conference.

Meryn Chimes (Art History ‘14) has been an intern at Christie’s this semester.

Salem Chism (Art History ‘16) writes that she has gotten avery interesting internship at Bottega Veneta.  “This semester I am working with the visual merchandising team, and I’ve had a chance to develop my passion for and hone my skills in art history to assist with and execute window displays, in-store designs, and overall concept proposals,” reports Salem.

Natalie Covill (Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’16) received a FAST (Freshman and Sophomore Training) grant from the CAS Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund to learn ArcGIS (Geographic Info System) mapping software, which she hopes will help with her future work in urban design. Natalie thanks Professor Jon Ritter for his support and help in applying for the grant.

Matthew Dowsett (Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’14) was accepted to Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for Interior Architecture and Design; he has decided to attend Pratt Institute’s three-year Masters program. Matt is the recipient of a Dean’s Commencement Award, and he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa this year. He is extremely grateful to Professors Mosette Broderick and Jon Ritter for all their help and support over the last three years.

Claire Duleba (Art History ’14) presented a paper on “Purifying the Pharaoh: The Case for Pharonic Legitimation through Religious Art, and the Evolution of a Centralized Formal Egyptian Style” at this year’s Dean’s Undergraduate Research Conference. This research originated in an honors thesis that Claire wrote under the supervision of Professor Ann Macy Roth. Claire is the recipient of a Faculty Choice award from the Department of Art History.

Laura Edelman (Art History ’15) will be working as the curatorial intern in the Photography Department at the Museum of Modern Art this summer. She is a co-recipient of the H. W. Janson Scholarship, presented for excellence in the study of the history of art.

Ashley Frenkel (Art History ’15) reports, “For this summer I received a position at the American Museum of Natural History in their  Education Department’s Museum Education and Employment Program.  Ashley also was one of the three selected submissions to the Art History Writing Competition, co-sponsored by the Department of Art History and the Grey Art Gallery.

Paul Funkhauser (Art History ’14) is the recipient of a Faculty Choice Award from the Department of Art History.

Nora Gorman (Art History ’15) will be a Photoarchive intern at the Frick Art Reference Library this summer, and in August she will deliver an original Family Programs talk at The Cloisters. As of Spring 2014, she is an intern in the Collections Department of the New York City Fire Museum and an executive board member of the Fine Arts Society; she will serve as a co-president of the Society for the 2014-15 academic year. In Fall 2014, Nora will be researching the patronage and collection of Jean, Duke of Berry under the supervision of Professor Carol Krinsky. Nora was recently accepted into NYU’s Accelerated B.A./M.A. program in Public History.

Bryn Herdrich (Urban Design and Architecture Studies/Tisch Drama ’14) received a DURF Grant to research her honors thesis on “A Critical Examination of the Restoration and Future Use of Castle Clinton.” She presented this research at the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Conference and won a panel award for her presentationDevon Hersch (Art History ’14) was an intern at the Grey Art Gallery this summer and a co-editor of Ink & Image this year. He presented a paper on “The Final Other: Dark Souls (2011) Recoding Gaming History from 1980-2” at this year’s Dean’s Undergraduate Research Conference. He is completing an honors thesis on this topic under the supervision of Professor Pepe Karmel. Devon is the recipient of the Douglas F. Maxwell Award in Art History, presented annually to a graduating senior for excellence in the study of art history. The award is for travel outside of the U.S.A. to see and study original works of art. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa this year.

Shivam Jumani (Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’17) has been interning at the office of Council Member Jumaane D. Williams this spring. As Shivam reports, this opportunity “has given me an insight into how public policy is made and how the NYC Council functions. I have attended many public hearings in City Hall that shed light on how the departments in this city (Zoning, Education, Health, Land Use, Landmarks, etc.) function. One of my most recent projects was a press release regarding a proposal to designate Jackie Robinson’s house in Brooklyn as a Historic Landmark.”

Aliza Katz (Art History ’14) was elected to Phi Beta Kappa this year.

Andie Levinson (Art History ’14), an honors scholar, received a DURF grant to support the research for her senior honors thesis, “A Taxonomic Approach to Louise Bourgeois’ Early Paintings: 1937-49,” which she wrote under the supervision of Professor Kenneth Silver. She presented a paper with this title at this year’s Dean’s Undergraduate Research Conference. She is the recipient of the Department of Art History’s Eileen Guggenheim Award, presented each year to a senior major for scholarly accomplishments in the fine arts, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa this year. Andie will start a job in Sotheby’s New York’s Floater Program in August.

Elizabeth Lorenz (Art History ‘15) is the co-recipient of the H. W. Janson Scholarship, presented for excellence in the study of the history of art.

Emma Manheimer (Art History ’14) was elected to Phi Beta Kappa this year.

Meredith Menache (Art History ’15) was elected to Phi Beta Kappa this year.

Madeleine Mermall (Art History ‘15) writes,This past semester I have been an editorial intern at Artforum International Magazine. I have been able to work on all the major features for the magazine as well as to contribute to the ‘Previews’ section. This internship has been an incredible experience. I have loved being a part of a cutting-edge magazine and learning all there is about the current art world.”  Madeleine will continue in this position in the coming Fall semester.

Xintong Nancy Nie (Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’14) has been admitted to the Parsons School of Design’s M.F.A. program in Lighting Design.

Stella Sigal (Art History ’14) will begin the M.S. program in Library Science (MSLIS) at Pratt this coming Fall. She plans to pursue a degree that allows her to specialize in museum collections.

Robin Smith (Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’16) was awarded a Rudin Internship Fellowship.

Robert Wilson Tarbox IV (Art History ’14) presented a paper on “Marta Chilindrón: South American Conversations in Geometry and Participatory Art.” This research developed out of his honors thesis, which he wrote under the supervision of Professor Edward Sullivan. Wilson is the recipient of the Jane Costello Memorial Award, presented to a graduating senior for excellence in the study of the history of art.

Anna Van Niekerk (Art History ’14) is a co-editor of Ink & Image this year. She presented a paper on “Transformative Architecture in Post-Apartheid South Africa: The Constitutional Court and the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication” at the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Conference this year. She wrote an honors thesis on this topic under the supervision of Professor Carol Krinsky. Anna is the recipient of a Faculty Choice Award from the Department of Art History.

Christian Vastola (Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’14) presented a paper on “James Felt, Politician, Planner and Urban Liberal: A Master Builder of Progress” at this year’s Dean’s Undergraduate Research Conference. The research for this paper was funded by a DURF grant. Christian is the recipient of a Faculty Choice Award from the Program for Urban Design and Architecture Studies of the Department of Art History. He also received a Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Award and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa this year.

Stefanie Waldek (Art History ’14) was elected to Phi Beta Kappa this year.

Veronica Watson (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’14) is the Washington Square College Class of ’42 Research Scholar in Humanities. She received the Ada Louise Huxtable Award, presented annually to an outstanding graduating senior with the highest grade point average and most promise for future success in the field of Urban Design and Architecture. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa this year. Veronica presented a paper on “The Resor House: Perspective Representation and Mies van der Rohe’s ‘Inner Structure’” at this year’s Dean’s Undergraduate Research Conference. Her research on this topic was supported by a DURF grant.

Sarah Willis (Art History ’14) is the recipient of a Faculty Choice Award from the Department of Art History.

 

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