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Exceptional undergraduates at Washington University have the opportunity to engage in and present their research at a variety of symposiums. From senior thesis and independent study work, our undergraduate majors have presented their original research projects at Washington University's Undergraduate Research Symposia, which is held every spring and fall, and at art history symposiums across the country. In addition to these opportunities, our undergraduates are also elegable for a variety of fellowships and internships. These internships establish our students with further skills and networks that will benefit them after graduation.
For more information about undergraduate research opportunities, visit the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Recent student activity and awards include:
Morgan Dowty is now a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Jamison Liang is now working for Walk Free, an Australian foundation that works on modern-day slavery issues, including labor exploitation, human trafficking, and domestic worker abuse. He is the new Senior Southeast Asia Campaigner for Indonesia and the Philippines, and based in Jakarta.
Morgan Dowty, Gabriela Esquivel, and Alejandra Zarazua co-curated a small exhibition for the Kemper's teaching gallery. The exhibition, titled "Neither Here Nor There: Boarders and Mobility in Contemporary Art," focused on issues surrounding borders and mobility within the context of a globalized society. Their goal was to highlight the negtive affects of globalization, whereas many discourses on the subject tend to romanticize it. This was in conjunction with the Greenberg Fellowship, and was a year long process which included a summer internship at the Kemper during which the students conducted research.
Cecelia Vetter interned at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art where she assisted with the exhibit Little Black Books: Address Books from the Archives of American Art on view from August 7 to November 1 in the Smithsonian Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture. For the exhibition Cecelia chose material to put on display, wrote wall labels, and edited audio files containing the oral histories of American artists for visitors to listen to in the gallery.
Academic Year 2014-2015
Morgan Dowty, Gabriela Esquivel, and Alejandra Zarazua were the recipients of the Greenberg Fellowship.
Academic Year 2012-2013
Samantha Allen, Elizabeth Korb, and Danielle Wu were recipients of the Greenberg Fellowship. The Greenberg Fellowship Program is a competitive program that offers upper-level art history majors the opportunity to curate an exhibition in the Museum’s Teaching Gallery. Samantha, Elizabeth, and Danielle curated Wŏmen (我们): Contemporary Chinese Art, opening on January 25, 2013.
Academic Year 2011-2012
Lucy Yan ('13) was a recipient of the Merle Kling Undegraduate Honors Fellowship, which honors five of the University’s most promising and talented undergraduate scholars. The MKUHF program provides these students with the opportunity to conduct ongoing, independent research on a topic of their choosing. Students develop research proposals, write papers, and present their findings to the other Fellows. At the end of the two year program, Fellows publish full-length articles in Slideshow, the program’s academic journal. Her project examines the commercial interactions between China, the Ottoman Empire, and Italy through the lens of ceramics from the 13th-17th centuries.
Academic Year 2010-2011
Mary Julia Bressman ('12) was awarded a summer 2011 Bemis award for research related to her planned Art History honors thesis on artistic connections between the Franciscans and Poor Clares in early modern Italy.
Michael Rao ('12) was a recipient of the Merle Kling Undegraduate Honors Fellowship, which honors five of the University’s most promising and talented undergraduate scholars. Michael worked with Professor John Klein on his proposed topic, “Movement, Dance, and Viewership in the Works of Henri Matisse."
Academic Year 2009-2010
Marc Hajjar ('11) presented "The Situationist City," at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. This project shed new light on the Situationists’ practices of the dérive (urban wandering), détournmonte (re-appropriation of popular imagery), and their theory of unitary urbanism. After examining the Situationists’ textual and visual archives, it becomes evident that these three tenets are infused with playful interactions. This project shows how the Situationists centered their lives and designs on play in order to foster uninhibited creativity. His research mentor was Professor Alicia Walker.
Alexandra Collins ('10) presented "Not So Beautiful: A Contextual Analysis of Martha Rosler's Bringing the War Home: House Beautiful," at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. This project considered the series of works in their full and varied contexts, which include the Vietnam War and the opposition it generated; the history of photomontage; the fledgling feminist movement; the critical debates being conducted in late 1960s America on the nature and functions of art; and the events and circumstances of the artist’s own life. A contextual analysis suggests that the effectiveness of Rosler’s Bringing the War Home: House Beautiful series was a unique product of its time and underground political context. Alexandra's research mentor was Professor Angela Miller.
Lucy Gellman ('11) presented " 'It Would Ruin St. Louis': Public Reception, Carl Milles' Meeting of the Waters, and Richard Serra's Twain" at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. The presentation explored the largely local influence of the print media in mediating and manipulating public opinion alongside the works’ controversial patronage and production, site-specificity and material, and gendered connotations. Lucy's research mentor was Professor John Klein.
Lucy was also the recipient of the Bemis Scholarship, awarded annually to a rising senior whose scholarship would benefit from research in Europe. Her research examines the connection between extremest political activity, female agency and an early feminist discourse in the life and work of Felicie de Fauveau (1799-1886), who offers a complex and compelling 19th-century political and feminist narrative. Lucy spent part of the summer in Paris, where she was able to expand her research base with access to the Documentation of Sculpture at the Louvre, detailed study of her dagger at the Louvre Museum, and meeting with several Fauveau scholars such as Jacques de Caso, Charles Janoray and Sylvain Bellenger. She will continue her research on Fauveau during the academic year 2010-2011, in independent studies with Professor Jami Ake and Professor Elizabeth Childs.
Betty Gibson ('11) presented "The Liberation of Color and Decorative Art at the Dawn of the 20th Century in France" at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Her research examined the changing use of decoration and color by artists of the French avant-garde, specifically Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, and Henri Matisse, from 1880-1930. Her research mentor was Professor John Klein.
Academic Year 2008-2009
Jamison Liang ('09) presented "The Ikats of Sumba: Weaving History and Wrapping Bodies in Eastern Indonesia" at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. He was advised by Professor Gwen Bennett.
John Witty ('10) presented at the Sixth Annual Case Western Art History Club's Undergraduate Research Conference in March 2009. He presented a poster of his conference talk at Washington University's Undergraduate Research Symposium entitled "Innovation Through Appropriation: New Forms and Programmatic Choices in Michelangelo's Last Judgement." His advisor for the project was Professor William Wallace.
Academic Year 2007-2008
Hannah Fullgraf ('08) presented her independent senior thesis entitled "The Everlasting Carnival: The Paintings of Max Ernst in America, 1943-1953" at the Fifth Annual Case Western University Art History Club's Undergraduate Research Conference during March 2008. After her first conference experience, she participated in a poster session during the Undergraduate Research Symposium held at the Saint Louis Art Museum on April 28, 2008. Her advisor for the project was Professor Elizabeth Childs.