Majors News, Spring 2015

11 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.  And congratulations to those majors who are graduating, and 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)

Lisa Ballard (Art History ’15) is the recipient a Faculty Choice Award from the Department of Art History.

Erik Battista (Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’15) presented a paper titled “An Exploration of Bike-Oriented Development Patterns in Scandinavia” at this year’s Undergraduate Research Conference.

Jillian Brenner (Art History/French minor ’15) will be interning this summer at Musée Carnavalet in Paris for six weeks through the French Heritage Society. She will assist with the museum’s archives, research, and preparation for their 150th anniversary exhibition.

Barron Brocksmith (Art History ’16) was awarded a DURF grant to be used toward the research expenses for his honors thesis on images of the wound of Christ in medieval manuscript illumination. He was named this year’s Herman J. Wechsler Research Scholar in Fine Arts, “awarded to a student researching European fine art or art history and who will study or has studied at one of NYU’s European academic sites.”

Monica Bulger (Art History/Classical Civilization ’15) presented a paper titled “Let Them Say, ‘He is a Better Man Than His Father!’: An Examination of Paradigmatic Behavior in Portrayals of Heroic Fathers and Sons in Ancient Greek art and Literature” at this year’s Undergraduate Research Conference. She is the recipient of a Faculty Choice Award from the Department of Art History.

Nora Chuff (Art History/Steinhardt-Studio Art ’15) is the recipient of a Faculty Choice Award from the Department of Art History. A Studio Art major specializing in sculpture, Nora exhibited her work in a collaborative Senior Thesis show titled “On Air,” on view from April 8th-18th of this year; Here are photos of the show and Nora’s work.. Nora’s plans for this summer include a sojourn of about six weeks, starting in August, on Fogo Island in Newfoundland, where she will be an artist in residence. There she will work on her own artwork, and on an essay regarding reliquaries as they relate to contemporary art.

Gabriella Cirasella (Art History/History ’15) is the recipient of a Faculty Choice Award from the Department of Art History.

Natalie Covill (Urban Design and Architecture Studies ‘16) was awarded a DURF grant to go on a research trip to San Diego. She will study archives related to the planning of highways and transportation systems as part of the work on her thesis.

Julia Dankberg (Art History ’16) was an Individual Development Intern at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum this past semester.

Dominic Deluque (Art History ’15) writes, “This year I’ve curated two shows, one during the fall semester, ‘REIFERWEDEN’ (NYU Art Studios at St. Agnes, Berlin, in December 2014, co-curated with CAS student Maia Smillie) and another this semester called ‘Conterpret’ (an apartment show in Berlin Kreuzberg, opening 8 May, co-curated with GLS student Lola Harney). Additionally, NYU’s Global Dimensions blog interviewed me about the first show and a talk I gave about it at the NYU Abu Dhabi Global Leadership Summit.”

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Ilana Dresdner (Art History ’16) received a Gaeltacht Summer Award grant to study in Ireland this summer in a language immersion program offered through the Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange and the Fulbright Commission.

Laura Edelman (Art History ’15) presented a paper titled “Edward Burtynsky: Photographing the New Landscape” at this year’s Undergraduate Research Conference. This is also the title of her honors thesis, for which she earned high honors. After graduation, Laura will be an Art Genomer at Artsy, where she will contribute “to a Pandora-like online search and recommendation tool for art.”

Ellis Edwards (Art History/French ’15) has been accepted to NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts for fall 2015 to pursue a Master’s degree in Art History and Archaeology. Ellis plans to concentrate in modern and contemporary art in graduate school.

Ashley Frenkel (Art History/Russian and Slavic Studies ’15) presented a paper titled “Garudas and Nagas: An Eastern Approach to the Monstrous” at this year’s Undergraduate Research Conference.

Nathan Gelman (Art History ’15) is the recipient of the Jane Costello Memorial Award, presented to a graduating senior for excellence in the study of the history of art.

Nora Gorman (Art History/History minor ’15) presented a paper titled “Manuscript Collecting as Statecraft in the Courts of King Charles V of France and Jean, Duke of Berry, 1364-1416” at this year’s Undergraduate Research Conference. A co-president of the Fine Arts Society, she is the recipient of a Faculty Choice Award from the Department of Art History.

Alex Greenberger (Art History/Cinema Studies ’15) presented a paper titled “One Big Soul: The Unity of Bill Viola’s ‘Going Forth By Day’” at this year’s Undergraduate Research Conference. He is the recipient of the Douglas F. Maxwell Award in Art History, presented to a graduating senior for excellence in the study of art history.

Jesslyn Guntur (Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’15) presented a paper titled “Glocalizing Expressway Conversions: From Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to Public Urban Tech-Park ‘Midline” at this year’s Undergraduate Research Conference.

Rachel Hong (Art History ’15) was accepted to Emory Law School.

Valerie Itteilag (Art History/Urban Design and Architecture Studies minor ’15) presented a paper titled “Beirut’s Reconstruction: Colonialism, Architecture and Identity” at this year’s Undergraduate Research Conference and traveled to France during Spring Break on a DURF grant. A co-president of the Fine Arts Society, Valerie is the recipient of the Eileen Guggenheim Award from the Department of Art History, presented for scholarly accomplishments in the history of art, and the William and Pearl C. Helbein Scholarship for leadership from NYU. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa this year.

Seoyoung Lee (Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’15) was accepted to the Masters of Architecture program at Pratt.

Sharel Liu (Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’18) was awarded a DURF grant and named the Joan C. Suttles Estate Scholar. She gave a panel presentation at this year’s Undergraduate Research Conference on her vision for the architectural idiom of our time titled “Designing the Dynamism of Life.”

Nele Diane Mayer (Art History ’16) is the co-winner of the H. W. Janson Scholarship, presented to a junior for excellence in the study of the history of art. Nele also was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Lizzbeth Melendez (Art History ’15) is the recipient of a Faculty Choice Award from the Department of Art History.

Ariel Menche (Art History ’15) is the recipient of a Faculty Choice Award from the Department of Art History.

Elizabeth Meshel (Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’15) presented a paper titled “Reconsidering the Roles of Aplu in Etruscan Society” at this year’s Undergraduate Research Conference. She is the recipient of the Ada Louise Huxtable Award, presented 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.

Laura Miller (Art History/Italian minor ’16), writes, “For the summer of 2014, I received a grant from the Getty Foundation as a Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Intern. I worked in the photo-imaging laboratory department of The Getty Center in Los Angeles, California. The program was founded after the Rodney King Riots, in the hopes of creating more diversity within the artistic community of Los Angeles.”

Layo Olayiwola (Art History ’15) presented a paper titled “No Art Scene is an Island: Sites of Artistic Production in Trinidadian Art” at this year’s Undergraduate Research Conference.

Alexa Pearce (Art History ’17) writes, “I recently received a DURF grant for my work on exploring the role of illustrations in ‘translanguaging’ French/English children’s books! I’m using my grant to create two different models of illustrated bilingual books — the ‘Text-Based/Predominant’ and the ‘Illustration-Based/Predominant’ — which will explore the ways in which illustrations can potentially either engage/contextualize or distract the young second-language learner. I will be testing the books in both English-speaking New York classrooms and French-speaking Parisian classrooms when I go abroad.”

Alexa Pearce Illustration Based Model

Alexa Pearce Illustration Based Model

Alexa Pearce Text Based Model

Alexa Pearce Text Based Model

Shivam Jumani Prem (Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’17) was awarded a DURF grant.

Raka Sen (Urban Design and Architecture Studies/Sociology ’15) presented a paper titled “Locating the Middle Class in Mumbai” at this year’s Undergraduate Research Conference.

Tommy Sheridan (Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’16) received the Rudin Internship Award.

Robin Smith (Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’16), who is studying in Berlin this semester, was awarded the Evelyn Jablow Lilienthal, ’64 Heights Arts and Science Award, presented each year to an accomplished junior in the Urban Design and Architecture Studies Program. He will intern at Harden and Van Arnam Architects in Brooklyn, NY, this summer.

Claire Voon (Journalism/Art History ’15) presented a paper titled “The Urban Death Dilemma: Making Room for Memorialization in 21st-century New York City and Beyond” at this year’s Undergraduate Research Conference.

Sylvia Xin Yue Wang (Art History/French/Management ’15) writes, “This spring interning at Christie’s, I did extensive provenance research, prepared for auction preview, and communicated with potential buyers for the exceptional collection of Robert Ellsworth, a legendary collector and dealer of Asian Art. Ellsworth’s collection achieved four world auction records and resulted in sales of $134 million during Asia Week in March. Possessing a passion for medieval art, this summer I will volunteer and renovate a chapel in a small town in France through the NGO Volunteer for Peace. In fall, I will pursue my Master’s degree in Visual Arts Administration at NYU. I wish to create cultural exchange exhibitions between the West and China and to help the public understand art from different traditions.”

Anqi Xu (Art History ’16) is a co-winner of the H. W. Janson Scholarship, presented to a junior for excellence in the study of the history of art.

Daria Zlobina (Art History/French minor ’15) was accepted to the M. A. program in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She’ll begin her studies this fall.

For the complete program of this year’s Undergraduate Research Conference, which took place on April 24th, 2015, look here.

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