Alumni News, Fall 2014

5 Nov

Dear Alumni,

Thank you for your tremendous response to our recent call for news, and hearty congratulations on all of your achievements!  It is wonderful to hear from you and to learn about your activities.  We hope to hear from more of you for our next Alumni News round-up, which we’ll post sometime in Spring 2015. Thanks also go to the Department of Art History faculty, including Professors Carol Krinsky and Mosette Broderick, who contributed to this post.

Please continue to send your news, links, photos, videos, and podcasts (and corrections) to Professor Kathryn Smith ( with a copy to our Administrator Peggy Coon ( Thank you again, and best wishes for happiness, fulfillment, and success to all!


Dr. Gabriel P. Weisberg (B.A. Art History, Fine Arts Department, Washington Square College, ’63; Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University), Professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota, is pleased to announce the launch of Journal of Japonisme, “a multi-disciplinary, global publication and dedicated to all aspects of the Japonisme movement from the first appearance of the name in France in the 1870s until the 21st century. The new journal will be published by Brill. Professor Weisberg serves as the journal’s Managing Editor and is a member of the editorial board.
Preview of “Preview of “Journal of Japonisme Weisberg (2).pdf””


Rosa Tejada (B.A. Art History, ’88; M.A. Gallatin School of Individualized Study, ’97) has worked as museum educator for more the twenty-three years. As a result of her contributions in the museums field in New York, El Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain, has invited her to present a paper about her work at a symposium on November 26th.

Preview of “El Museo del Prado schedule.pdf”



Dr. Victoria M. Young (B.A. Art History, ’95; M.Arch.H., Ph.D., University of Virginia) is Professor and Chair of the Art History Department at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Her book, Saint John’s Abbey Church: Marcel Breuer and the Creation of a Modern Sacred Space, was recently published by University of Minnesota Press. You can read more about it here.


Dr. Edmund Ryder (B.A. Art History, ’98; M.A., Ph.D. Institute of Fine Arts, ’07) is a specialist in the field of Byzantine art. He is writing the chapters on Early Christian and Byzantine Art for a new survey textbook, tentatively entitled Histories of Art, to be published by Cognella in 2016.  Currently he is a lecturer at Yale Divinity School and an adjunct Assistant Professor at Purchase College.


Sylvanus Shaw (B.A. Art History, ’02) currently has a solo exhibition at the Fraunces Tavern Museum, Manhattan’s oldest surviving structure, located at 54 Pearl Street. The show, Give Me Liberty, is on view though March 2015.

Preview of “Shaw Give Me Liberty Announcement.pdf”


Preview of “Shaw Give Me Liberty PR.pdf”


Stephanie Swinton (B.A. Art History/Urban Design & Architecture Studies, French minor, ’02; M.A. Visual Culture, Steinhardt ’06) is currently contributing to NYU Alumni as an Associate Director on the College Alumni Association (CAA) Board, and is serving on two committees, Fundraising and Events Planning. Stephanie continues to work in consulting for the arts and fashion and has been splitting her time between NYC and Southern California. In San Diego, Stephanie volunteers as the Event Planning Director for Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS), an international business honors organization. Recently, BGS SD worked with San Diego’s Helen Woodward Animal Center for their “HOPE Telethon,” which raised over $435,000 in one day and was attended by Diane Keaton. Furthering her involvement in the arts in San Diego, Stephanie will begin working with new contemporary art gallery Sparks Gallery in the historic (and now trendy) Gaslamp district downtown. She has become a member of the “Gallery Collective” young patrons group at the San Diego Museum of Art, located in Balboa Park, famous as the site of several early twentieth-century expositions. Stephanie invites fellow alumni to follow her adventures on her blog.


Catherine McNeur (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies, ’03; Ph.D., History, Yale University) is an assistant professor of history at Portland State University in Oregon.  She teaches courses on urban history, environmental history, US history, and public history.  She has recently published Taming Manhattan: Environmental Battles in the Antebellum City with Harvard University Press (see October 10 blog post).  The book is based on her dissertation which won Yale’s John Addison Porter Prize, the American Society of Environmental History’s Rachel Carson Prize for the best dissertation, and the Urban History Association Best Dissertation Award. Prior to starting at Portland State in 2013, she was the Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellow at the New-York Historical Society and the New School, and an adjunct associate professor in the Urban Design and Architecture Studies program.


Dr. Lydia Mattice Brandt (B.A. Art History, ’04; Ph.D. Art and Architectural History, University of Virginia), currently Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of South Carolina, has a chapter in the new book: Meet Me at the Fair: A World’s Fair Reader (ETC/Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2014).


Emily Dean (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies, ’05; M.P.A., Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University) is the Director of Energy Programs and Strategy at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services’ Division of Energy Management. She has been working on energy policy and project implementation for eight years.  In her current role, she manages the City’s strategy for reducing carbon emissions from municipal operations 30% by 2017, oversees a project budget of roughly $200M, and leads a team that develops and manages new programs to reduce greenhouse gas emission emissions, lower energy costs, and support agencies’ energy priorities and needs.  Emily is responsible for the implementation of the agencies’ activities related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other distributed energy resources.


Tamara Eaton’s (B.A. Art History, ’06) firm, Tamara Eaton Design, launched a new hospitality arm this year to complement her strong residential interior design business. Tamara and her team designed multiple large scale residential projects, including a ten-bedroom home in Kiawah, NC, a residential building on the Upper East Side, multiple townhouses in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and several houses in the Hamptons and Westchester.

With published projects in the New York Times twice in the past year, Tamara also received acclaim from New York Cottages and Gardens for her charity design work at the Ronald McDonald House this fall. In October, Dwell Magazine not only published a Soho loft she designed, but also the editors invited her project to be a feature on Manhattan Home Tour.

The Circuitous Route Home- Brooklyn Townhouse

A Cabin in the Hamptons

House In Southampton by Jasmit Rangr Singh

Tamara Eaton Design Southampton cabin

House In Southampton by Jasmit Rangr Singh

Tamara Eaton Design Southampton cabin


Tamara Eaton Design Soho loft

Tamara Eaton Design Soho loft


Chris Rawson (B.A. Art History, ’05) and his partners James Morrill and Jessamyn Fiore recently opened a new location for their gallery, Rawson Projects, at 221 Madison Street in the Lower East Side. Chris writes, “Our first exhibition was with painter Halsey Hathaway, and our next exhibition will open on November 9th. The gallery is also participating in this year’s New Yorker’s Passport To The Arts event, which takes place on Saturday, November 8th.”


Shannon Vittoria (B.A. Art History, ’07), was awarded a 2014 Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art for the completion of her doctoral thesis, Nature and Nostalgia in the Etchings of Mary Nimmo Moran (1842-1899). She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in art history at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Read a brief abstract of her dissertation.


Sarah Rogers Morris (B.A. Art History, ’08) graduated with an M.A. in the history of design, the decorative arts, and material culture from the Bard Graduate Center last May. A portion of her thesis, “Richard Nickel’s Photography: Preserving Ornament in Architecture,” was published in Volume 10, issue 2 of Future Anterior, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by the University of Minnesota Press that is dedicated to approaching “historic preservation from a position of critical inquiry, rigorous scholarship, and theoretical analysis.”  Sarah currently works at the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust in Chicago and also does freelance writing for popular and scholarly web and print publications.


Ksenia Nouril (née Yachmetz) (B.A. Art History, ’09) is in her fourth year of the Ph.D. program in Art History at Rutgers University, where she holds a Dodge Fellowship and works as a Curatorial Assistant in the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union at the Zimmerli Art Museum. Currently, she is organizing the exhibition Dreamworlds and Catastrophes: Intersections of Art and Technology in the Dodge Collection, which will open in April 2016. Her dissertation, “The Operative Object: Investigating the Historical Turn in Post-Soviet Art,” examines the effects of the afterlives of socialism on the works of contemporary artists from Eastern Europe. When she is not dissertating, Ksenia is the Research and Editorial Assistant for the Thomas Walther Collection in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her writing on Russian avant-garde photography will be featured in the online publication Object:Photo. Modern Photographs: The Thomas Walther Collection 1909–1949, launching in December 2014.


Hyunjee Nicole Kim (B.A. Art History, ‘11) completed her M.A. degree at the Courtauld Institute of Art this summer 2014. She specialized in contemporary American Art and gender theory. She was previously co-director of the Big Law Country Club gallery at the Silent Barn in Brooklyn.


James Newhouse (B.A. Art History/Chemistry ’12) accepted the position of Associate Scientist in Advanced Formulations Research at BASF in Tarrytown, NY, leaving his former position in the Analytical Department. Working with the technology of microfluidics, James’s research focuses on improving products by enhancing chemical or biological stability, as well as developing custom materials. He is thrilled about the change of pace and the opportunities ahead.


Nicole Pesce (B.A. Art History/History,’12) is now Development Associate at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.


Chad Rochkind (M.A. Historical and Sustainable Architecture, ’12) writes,I’ve been running a small non-profit in Detroit that assists young, entrepreneurial and creative people impact the revitalization of Detroit. It’s been a major learning experience for me, and I always credit the M.A. program at NYU for shaping my thinking around cities.”

Chad’s accomplishments were noted in a recent issue of Metropolis Magazine, which selected him as one of “10 New Talents” in their yearly feature. For more information, see our October 30th blogpost.


Kaylee Alexander (B.A. Art History, ’13) writes, “I am currently in my final year of study towards the M.A. in Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts. In addition to my coursework and thesis research I have been coordinating this year’s Daniel H. Silberberg Lectures. A description of this year’s theme and list of upcoming lectures can be found HERE.

“I have also been working as a research assistant for Conner-Rosenkranz, LLC, a private gallery specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American sculpture. I am excited to announce my forthcoming catalogue for the gallery, Monuments in Miniature: The Continuing Story of New York City’s Public Works. Exploring the history of public sculpture in New York City through maquettes, details and scale-reproductions, this is my first gallery publication following a series of short essays for the website. Copies will be made available for purchase via our website in May of 2015.”


In-Sung Kim (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies, ’13) began his studies at Boston University Law School this September.


Audrey Torricelli (B.A. Art History, ’14) writes, “I’m currently working towards my other field of study, which is psychology…I moved to Boston a couple of months ago and am doing two things: 1) working at Harvard’s Social Neuroscience and Psychopathology lab researching social deficits in children at risk for schizophrenia, as well as children who have autism; and 2) doing Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy with children with autism. I considered psychology and art history to be very different fields, but sometimes, when I think back to working in museums, I find myself laughing at how similar the responsibilities are: reading dense literature, applying for grants, recruiting/marketing, and a strong dose of administration.”


Nicole Justian (M.A. Historical and Sustainable Architecture, ’14) recently moved to Kentucky and has accepted a position there through Americorps with a small non-profit called InVision Hazard. InVision Hazard focuses on the revitalization of the Hazard, KY, downtown through the creation of an arts center in an old bus station as well as a community arts greenspace.





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