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Student Spotlights

AcıkgozÜmit Fırat Açıkgöz
received the Mary Ellen Hale Lovett Travelling Fellowship for dissertation research in Turkey.

ChadwickStephanie Chadwick
was awarded a Brown Foundation Dissertation Writing Award to complete her thesis entitled "Disorienting Forms: Jean Dubuffet, Portraiture, Ethnography."

ClarkAllison Clark
was awarded the Frank Lee Barry, Jr. Award for excellence in Art History.

EvansJane Evans
is William A. Camfield Graduate Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) for 2014-15.  Jane will assist with the upcoming exhibition on the Habsburg Imperial Collections.  

FullgrafHannah S. Fullgraf
joins the Rice Ph.D. program this fall after working as the McDermott Graduate Curatorial Intern for European Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, where she worked extensively on the 'Chagall: Beyond Color' exhibition.

HarmeyerRachel Harmeyer
joins the Rice Ph.D. program this fall after recently completing her MA in Art History at the University of Houston.

HooperRachel Hooper
Rachel Hooper has been offered a teaching position as a Graduate Instructor for the Program in Writing and Communication in the 2015-16 academic year.
She will be teaching a course entitled "Art Criticism."

MaoNatasha Mao
received a Wagoner Foreign Study Fellowship and Brown Foundation Dissertation Research Award for her project entitled "Revealing and Concealing: Interactive Objects in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italian Art, 1350-1570."

MooreNikki Moore
was selected as one of the 15 young researchers from across the world for the 2015-2016 Intercontinental Academia, organized by UBIAS (University-Based Institutes for Advanced Studies). This edition of the Intercontinental Academia will start later this spring with a workshop at the University of São Paulo's IAS in Brazil and will end at the University of Nagoya's IAS in Japan during the spring of 2016. Nikki will be fully funded by UBIAS to participate in these workshops in Brazil and Japan.

PalermoMelisa Palermo
was awarded a Brown Foundation Dissertation Research Award to complete her dissertation entitled "Cor ad cor loquitur, Divine Caritas, and Burning Hearts in Art after Trent." 

SealeLayla Seale
received a Summer Research Fellowship from the Art History Department to conduct research and study Dutch in the Netherlands.

Stepina-ZinnBetsy Stepina Zinn
recently received an MA in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she focused on conceptual art practices of the 1960s and 1970s. Betsy joins the Rice Ph.D. program this fall.

SweeneyKyle G. Sweeney
was appointed to the ICMA Student Committee this spring and presented a paper entitled “Flamboyant Fantasies: Architecture and Ornament in Late Gothic Normandy" at the Vagantes Medieval Graduate Student Conference in Austin in March.

VenatorMelissa Venator
received a Brown Foundation Dissertation Research Award for her project entitled "Light in the Arts of Weimar Germany."

WolfCaroline "Olivia" Wolf
Olivia Wolf was awarded a Brown Foundation Dissertation Research Award and the 2014-2015 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship to conduct research for her dissertation, "Isolated Monsters: Neocolonial Architecture, Immigrant Patronage: The Crafting of Transnational Identification in Modern Argentina, 1900-1940."

ZavistovskiKatia Zavistovski
received the Robert Lowry Patten Award from the Rice GSA for her service and achievement on behalf of graduate students.  Katia also received a Brown Foundation Dissertation Research Award.