Gracia Tenorio Pearl

Gracia is a second year-candidate in the MA Art History program and first year candidate in the GDip in Curatorial Studies program. She holds a previous MA in International Affairs with specialization in International Development from Carleton University as well, and a BA in Science of Communications from UPAEP, in Puebla, Mexico.

For her research work, she is focusing on contemporary Indigenous art from Mexico and Canada. She was a recipient of the Reesa Greenberg Award through which she did a practicum at UNAM’s University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC) during the summer of 2019, in Mexico. The previous summer, she volunteered at the Library and Archives, at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

Along with her studies, she is working as a Children’s Museology Fellow with professor Monica Patterson, from the Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University; as part of it, she participated in a research poster session at the Symposium on Family Learning, Inclusion and the Value of Play in Museums of the Canadian Museum of History. She also works as a Teacher Assistant of Spanish at the School of Linguistics and Language Studies, at Carleton.

Her other interests include global art history, diasporas, and Asian art.

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photo imageAmanda Buessecker

Amanda is a second year student working towards an MA in Art History and a Diploma in Curatorial Studies. She received her BA in Art History from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT and has an extensive background in Near Eastern studies and Biblical Hebrew. She has spent many summers working at archaeological sites in Israel where she excavated Iron Age plaster walls in residential buildings at Tell es-Safi/Gath and Roman mosaics in the synagogue at Huqoq. In addition to the Near East, Amanda is interested in Canadian Public Art, on which she wrote her undergraduate honours thesis, and Mormon temple architecture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which has become the subject of her graduate research. She has worked in curatorial positions through the BYU Museum of Art, the Springville Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Canada.

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Peter Stranberg

Peter is a second-year student in the art history MA program, with a focus on the history of architecture. Peter is currently completing the course-work stream and will gain practical experience through the practicum program during the winter term. He also completed his undergraduate degree in the History and Theory of Architecture program at Carleton, with a term abroad at the University of Edinburgh. Peter has worked as an interpreter in the Natural Heritage Education department of Murphys Point Provincial Park for the past three summers, gaining experience in research and public engagement.

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photo imageGinny Stovel

Ginny Stovel is a first year MA candidate in Art History and is jointly pursuing the Curatorial Diploma. In the spring of 2018, she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a specialization in painting and a minor in history at the University of Ottawa. Her undergraduate thesis work centered around the canon of traditional European painting. Her painting questioned the differing roles of women and men in the narratives and subverted the patriarchal themes. She will continue to deepen this line of research in her graduate work along with expanding her curatorial portfolio. Ginny co-curated her first exhibit, [working space], during her fourth year and participated in and presented her work in two other exhibits, sk(in) and VOIX, with members of her graduating class.

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Maggie Bryan

Maggie is a 2nd-year M.A. student with a focus on Meiji and Showa period Japanese art in a transcultural context. She is currently writing her thesis on Kanae Yamamoto and the rural arts movement in early twentieth-century Japan. In addition to acting as president of the Art History Graduate Students’ Society for the 2019-2020 school year, Maggie also serves as the Curatorial Studies student representative for the department, and is in the process of completing the first semester of a yearlong Children’s Museology Fellowship with the Institute of Comparative Studies in Literature, Arts, and Culture. She also works as a research assistant for PoNJAGenkon, an international listserv for academics and artistic professionals devoted to the topic of postwar Japanese art. She completed her Curatorial Studies practicum this past summer at the Cernuschi Museum in Paris, where she worked with the curator of Korean and Chinese art on various research projects and exhibitions. Her secondary interests include contemporary Chinese art and the Japonisme movement in Europe. Upon receiving her degree she hopes to pursue a career in the field of international and comparative arts education.

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photo imageLaura Curtis

Laura Curtis is a second year MA Art History student. She completed her BA Honours at Carleton University in the program of the History & Theory of Architecture, and a minor in History. She has worked at several historic sites around the city including Pinhey’s Point Heritage Site, Fairfields Heritage House, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum and Billings Estate National Historic Site. Her interests cover topics of heritage, Canadian vernacular architecture and museum design. Her current research revolves around the Ontario Cottage and material culture. Laura is co-chair of the conference committee 2018-2019 for the Art History Graduate Students Society.

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Lauren Lussier

Lauren is a second-year candidate in the Art History MA program. She received her HonBA in History and Theory of Art and Women’s Studies from the University of Ottawa in 2018. Her undergraduate experience includes the co-curation of an art exhibition titled [working space] and a week-long study abroad in Venice where she attended the 57th Venice Biennale. Lauren’s research at Carleton University focuses on processes of calling art ‘bad’ and the impact(s) of exclusionary modes of thinking in the creation of art historical canons.

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photo imageElizabeth Stewart

Elizabeth Stewart is a second-year MA candidate in the Art History program and is also pursuing the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture’s Graduate Diploma in Curatorial Studies. Since the completion of her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art History at Queen’s University in 2016, she has held internship positions at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario. Her research focuses on the art collections of Peggy Guggenheim and Isabella Stewart Gardner, with special consideration to the intersection of gender, philanthropy, and art collecting, as well as memorialization of collectors through museum programming

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photo imageKatie Lydiatt

Katie Lydiatt is first year MA candidate in the Art History program, with a focus on contemporary Canadian art. She previously attended Carleton, earning a bachelor’s degree in Art History and Communication Studies. Her current research looks at the ways in which memory gets addressed in conceptual and performative art forms. Her scholarly interests include memory studies, feminist art history, photography and contemporary performance art. Along with her MA she is also pursuing a diploma in curatorial studies and is the assistant editor of RENDER.

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Casandra Brunet

Casandra Brunet is a second-year candidate in the Art History MA program. She completed her Honours BA in Art History with a minor in German at Carleton University in 2017. Her research interests concern 19th and 20th century German art, the impact of Jewish German émigres on Canadian art history and art education, and linguistics. She is currently writing her thesis on Julius Held and his lectures at the National Gallery of Canada in 1935-1937. She has worked at the National Gallery of Canada, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg e.V in Germany, and as a research assistant for an art exhibition project.

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Kendra Anderson

Kendra Anderson is a first year MA Student in the Art History department. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) with a Double Extended Minor in Visual arts and Art History. There she worked in sculptural work and print media, while perusing her love of Art History. Through the university she was chosen to take part in their internship program in connection to The Reach Gallery Museum, where she curated two exhibitions of her own. There she also served on the board of directors as the UFV student representative on behalf of the Visual Arts Student Association. In reconnecting to and reclaiming her Metis heritage as Germanic/Celtic/Anishinabek, she is focusing her research on Indigenous female Artists and their role in the decolonialization of the art institution.

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Emily Lu

Emily Lu is a first-year MA student who received her undergraduate degree from Carleton in Business Commerce (International Business) with a minor in Art History. Her current research interest includes contemporary Chinese art in traditional medium and its associations to Chinese religions. She has worked in the marketing department as a trade show coordinator in a medical enterprise and as a student assistant in the Defence and Security sector of Global Affairs Canada. In addition, she also has experience in teaching mandarin. Over the years, she has worked with watercolour, graphic designs, digital illustration, and photography.

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Rebecca Watson

Rebecca Watson is a first-year MA student in the Art History program, after having completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Nipissing University. Rebecca’s research interests include utilizing a feminist and queer perspective to explore the intersection of themes such as sexuality, mythology, and body politics throughout both history and new media.

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Phoebe Sampey

Phoebe is a first year MA Art History Student. She completed her BA Honours at the University of Ottawa in the History and Theory of Art where she was awarded a Special Achievement in Art History. Phoebe has worked at contemporary art galleries in Ottawa, such as Studio 66 and L.A. Pai Gallery. She has also co-curated several exhibitions at the University of Ottawa and commercial galleries within the city. Phoebe is interested in researching contemporary printmaking. Phoebe is currently the treasurer for the Art History Graduate Students Society.

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Kiana Darvish

Kiana Darvish is a first year MA student in the Art History program. Her research is focused on Persian contemporary artists as well as Iranian diasporic art. In the Spring of 2019, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a specialization in painting, at the University of Ottawa. For her undergraduate thesis exhibition, she created a series of portraits/self-portrait of Iranian immigrants, being an Iranian immigrant herself, to bring into conversation the canon of portraiture as well as the Iranian diaspora. This series was shown in her graduating exhibition, “MERIDIAN.” She has participated in multiple “Iran Days,” a convention that showcases Iranian talent and culture, held in June of every year at the City Hall of Ottawa.

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Kelly Buda

Kelly is a first year MA student in the Art History program. In June 2019, she achieved a major personal milestone by earning her BA at Carleton in Art History with a Minor in Greek and Roman Studies. At convocation, Kelly was also awarded a Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic achievement. She has volunteered for the past two summers in the Library and Archives at the National Gallery of Canada, which has only intensified her love of books and archival research. Kelly has pursued a wide variety of educational opportunities at Carleton and is primarily interested in the graphics arts, printmaking, and satirical cartoons/caricature.

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Jessa LaFramboise

Jessa Laframboise is a second year MA candidate in the Art History program and is simultaneously pursuing a GDip in Curatorial Studies. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Nipissing University where she established a print making and textile-based practice that is anchored in feminist art history and theory. She has exhibited her work in North Bay, Kingston, Hamilton, Toronto and Syracuse and has helped curate several shows across Ontario. Her research as an MA candidate at Carleton University has been primarily focused on gender performativity and feminist performance art from the latter half of the twentieth century. Currently her work seeks to elaborate on dialogues of cosmetics, identity, gender, femininity and performance through an exploration of two types of feminist performance art – the private documented and material trace performance – and consider how these types of performance simulate the process of time. This past summer she completed an artist residency on Toronto Island at Artscape Gibraltar Point with the Feminist Art Collective and is currently working with the Collective in preparation for their 2020 Feminist Art Festival in Toronto. Most recently she had her paper, “Politics and Performance: Categories of Second-wave Feminist Performance Art” published in the seventh edition of RENDER.