Sarah Fox is a second year MA student with a concentration in Art Exhibition and Curatorial Practices. She completed her undergraduate degree in Art History with a minor in History at Carleton University. Her graduate research focuses on contemporary Canadian artist Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen and her (de)construction of Canadian identity through archival material. She has previously held internships at SAW Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada in Contemporary Art. Sarah is currently working as a Research Assistant at the Carleton University Art Gallery and is the president of the Art History Graduate Student Society.
Emily Putnam is a second year MA student with a concentration in Art Exhibition and Curatorial Practices. She completed her undergraduate honours degree at the University of Ottawa, majoring in both History and the Theory of Art, as well as English. Broadly, she looks at contemporary art that deals with issues of trauma, memory, resistance, and interrogating Canadian nation-building. Currently, she is working on a project looking at the ways in which contemporary Japanese Canadian art can illuminate ongoing issues of identity, memory, and trauma related to the Japanese Canadian Internment (1942-1949) through the work of Norman Takeuchi and Emma Nishimura. Emily works at the Ottawa Art Gallery and has previously held internships at the Ottawa Art Gallery (2015) and the Canadian War Museum (2016). She is the vice-president of the Art History Graduate Student Society and the Editor-in-chief of RENDER.
Jessie Raymond is a second year in the MA art history program with a specialization in Digital Humanities. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa where she practiced photography and new media. Currently her research interests include the idea of digital archeology and archive, and the implications of interactions through and with the screen. You can view examples of Jessie’s artistic practise at www.jessieraymond.ca
Marissa Villeneuve is a second year student in the MA program with a concentration in Digital Humanities. She completed her Bachelor of Arts, Honours at Carleton University. Her research focuses on material aspects of the digital and she is currently writing her MRP on the infrastructure of the internet.
Jessie Gamarra is a first year MA candidate in the Art History program. Originally from Lima, Peru, she grew up partly in Toronto and Ottawa. Having received her BA in Art History from Carleton University, with a minor in History, Jessie’s undergraduate experience includes additional studies at both Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. Her current research focuses on material culture, the built environment, and the postwar era. Jessie is a social media coordinator for the Art History Graduate Students Society and serves as the society’s GSA Councillor.
Leah Iselmoe is in her first year of the MA Art History program with a specialization in Art Exhibition and Curatorial Studies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Greek and Roman Studies with a double minor in Art History and Religion and has worked within a number of Ottawa’s cultural institutions such as the National Gallery of Canada, Carleton University and Canadian Museum of History. She has recently become a member of the Shishalh Archaeological Research Project (SARP), an ongoing field school and collaborative project with the shishalh nation of British Columbia. Her research focuses on myth and its manifestation within material culture and landscape, Canadian museum theory and exhibition development. Working under Dr. Ruth Phillips, her Graduate research will examine the relationship between place and memory and how these important elements of Indigenous culture are exhibited, preserved and represented within cultural institutions.
Nicola Krantz is a first year MA student in Art History. After completing her undergraduate degree at Concordia University, she spent four years working between several cultural institutions such as the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, National Arts Centre, Canadian Museums Association, and the National Gallery of Canada. Her current research focuses on the development of interior decoration as a profession in Canada throughout the interwar years and the role of Canadian women’s magazines helping to shape notions of identity, class, and taste. Nicola is the treasurer for the Art History Graduate Students Society.
Rachel Neilson is in the first year of the MA program with a concentration in Art Exhibition and Curatorial Practices. She completed my Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Art History in 2016 at Carleton University where she had the opportunity to do a practicum in her third year at the National Gallery of Canada in the Prints and Drawings department working on the exhibition Beauty’s Awakening: Drawings by the Pre-Raphaelites and their Contemporaries from the Lanigan Collection. After graduation from her undergrad, Rachel worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy as an intern during the summer. Rachel is a social media coordinator for the Art History Graduate Students Society.
Sarafina Pagnotta is a first year MA candidate in art history at Carleton with a concentration in Art Exhibition and Curatorial Practices. She completed her undergraduate History degree in Ottawa. History, religion and the history of art have always been her passions, and is excited to combine them in an interdisciplinary way through the Art History program. Sarafina has worked in several museums and galleries over the course of the past five years, both in full time staff and volunteer positions and developing acute practical experience which she is eager to combine with the theoretical knowledge that the faculty at Carleton has to offer. Her research interests include the art of the First World War, and the impact it has on commemoration, especially as Canada approaches the centennial of the Armistice in 2018.
Diana Hiebert is a first year graduate Art History student with a concentration in Art Exhibition and Curatorial Practices. She earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in art and design with a minor in English. Diana’s professional history includes working as an exhibition designer and/or gallery technician at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford, Langley Centennial Museum, Metzger Collection, and Mennonite Heritage Museum. Selected projects at The Reach include Clash: Conflict and Its Consequences (National Gallery of Canada travelling exhibit), The Navy: A Century in Art (Canadian War Museum travelling exhibit); Chronicles for Form and Place: Works on Paper by Takao Tanabe; By Land and Sea (Prospect and Refuge) (Marion Penner Bancroft); and textual vishyuns: image and text in the work of bill bissett. The focus of Diana’s research at Carleton will be to map artistic and aesthetic Mennonite histories in Canada and to explore questions of Mennonite identity within the contemporary art context.