Art History Graduates May 2016
Art History Thesis Presentations
On April 21 the Art History Program will hold its annual public presentation of the Art History majors' senior theses. Students will give a 20-minute presentation about their research and writing. Each student will answer questions from an audience of about 25 people that includes friends, family, faculty, and fellow students.
Senior Theses in Art History 2017:
Melissa Birle: “Political Art: Banksy and Warhol”
Michelle Costanza: “#aesthetic: The Path of New Media Vanguard to Vaporwave”
Kate Dolan: “How the Architecture of Greene and Greene Embodies Transcendentalism”
Mary Pat Norton: “Artemisia’s Redefinition of Femininity: An Understanding of Gentileschian Biblical Women”
Anna Selian: “What the Existentialists Got Wrong: Contemporary Architecture and Its Phenomenological Influence”
Ciara Sprance was awarded with the George T. Radan Prize in Art History for her paper entitled "Byzantine Iconoclasm and the Image Cult of the Virgin Mary: Constructive Desctruction."
The Bohdan P. Procko Prize for best undergraduate student paper in 2015 was awarded to Nelson Rice for his paper entitled, "The Frontier on Fifth Avenue: How Rodio Ben Lichtenstein, Jim Shoulders and Wrangler Jeans Refashioned the American West."
The Daniel B. Carroll Prize for best graduate history paper in 2015 was awarded to James Schmitt for his paper entitled, "The Postwar Wilderness Dilemma: the Relationship between Conservationists and the National Park Service from the Second World War to the Wilderness Act, 1941-1964."
The Richard L. Bates Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to History 2015 was awarded to Patrick Ciapciak.
Congratulations to all our winners!
Art History Thesis Presentations
On April 17, 2015, the Art History Program held its annual public presentation of the Art History majors' senior theses. Seniors Elaine Resso, Lauren Lynch, Lexy Stump, Ciara Sprance, and Ari Escobar each gave 20-minute presentations about their research and writing. Each student answered questions from an audience of about 50 people that included friends, family, faculty, and fellow students. The event took place in Bartley Hall, and included refreshments for all presenters and attendees.
Congratulations to Dr. Mark Sullivan on his recently published book!
Dr. Mark Sullivan has just given the department a copy of his recently published book, Picturing Thoreau: Henry David Thoreau in American Visual Culture (Lexington Books, 2015). Please join us in giving Dr. Sullivan a big congrats on his achievement!
Villanova's Art History Major Celebrates 20th Anniversary
This spring marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of Villanova's Art History major. Professor Emeritus George T. Radan was instrumental in the establishment of the major. There are now an average of 20 to 25 art history majors and minors in the program in any given year, and an average of 5 majors graduating from the program each year. Our majors have gone on to careers in teaching (at such schools as Kutztown University and Rutgers University), and in museum work (at such institutions as the Seattle Museum of Art). They have also found positions in auction houses both here and abroad (among them Sotheby's and Christie's).