Nicola Krantz is a second year MA student in Art History. After completing her undergraduate degree at Concordia University, she spent four years working between several cultural institutions including the National Arts Centre, Canadian Museums Association, and National Gallery of Canada. She recently spent the summer working as an archivist with Library & Archives Canada. Nicola’s current research focuses on the professionalization of interior decoration throughout the interwar years. She is the treasurer for the Art History Graduate Students Society and Editor of RENDER.
Jessie Gamarra is a second year MA candidate in the Art History program. Having received her BA in Art History from Carleton University, Jessie’s undergraduate experience includes additional studies at both Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. Her research interests concern Canada in the midcentury, while her thesis focuses the design of postwar elementary schools. Jessie is the Vice-President of the Art History Graduate Students Society.
Annika Mazzarella is a first year MA Art History and Graduate Diploma in Curatorial Studies student at Carleton University. She completed her undergraduate degree from Brock University double-majoring in the History of Art and Visual Culture/Medieval and Renaissance Studies with a Concentration in Curatorial Studies. Annika curated her first exhibition, Dancing in Circles: Rituals to Classical Ballet, consisting of artwork from the Samuel E. Weir Collection at RiverBrink Art Museum. Annika is a Conference Co-Chair for the Art History Graduate Students Society (AHGSS) and serves as their Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) Art History Council Representative.
Sarafina Pagnotta is a second year MA candidate in Art History, and is part of the first cohort completing the concurrent Diploma in Curatorial Studies through ICSLAC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in History and Religious Studies from the University of Ottawa. This summer she completed both a curatorial and collections internship at the Canadian War Museum, where she co-curated Canadian Medical Service in the First World War, a centenary photo-banner exhibition now on display at the Army Museum in Stockholm. She continues to work as a contract research consultant at the CWM while attending school full time. Her graduate research project focuses on the social art history of the First World War, specifically on soldier trench art, through the lens of material culture theory. Sarafina is the secretary for the Art History Graduate Students Society.
Leah Iselmoe is a second-year MA candidate in the Art History program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Greek and Roman Studies with a double minor in Art History and Religion. She is a member of the shishalh Archaeological Research Project (SARP), an on-going, collaborative project with the shishalh nation of British Columbia. Working under Dr. Ruth Phillips, her SSHRC-funded thesis research examines Salish women’s relationship to land through an in-depth study of petroform features built by shishalh women during their puberty rites. Leah has worked in several of Ottawa’s cultural institutions including the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of History, and Galerie SAW Gallery. She hopes to continue working closely with communities to foster and support art and culture through programming, grassroots events, and her own curatorial practice.
Rachel Neilson – I’m in the second year of the MA program with a concentration in Art Exhibition and Curatorial Practices. I completed my Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Art History in 2016 at Carleton University where I had the opportunity to do a practicum in my 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 graduating I worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy as an intern during the summer. My research is focused on Niki de Saint Phalle and her large-scale sculptural projects and I am interested in collections management. This year I am doing a practicum at the Canada Council Art Bank.
Sonia Poisson is a second-year MA student in art history with a concentration in art exhibition and curatorial practices. After graduating from l’Université de Montréal with a BSc in anthropology in 1993, she pursued a successful career in teaching ESL. She taught in different CEGEPS and spent 12 years teaching at McGill University. In 2011 she moved to London where she returned to university to complete an MA in visual anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London and graduated with a First. While in the UK, she worked in freelance research, consolidating her research skills, strong writing ability, ethnographic gaze and leadership qualities and applying them to various historical and arts-related projects for television, documentary and museums exhibitions. Most notably she worked on two important historical exhibits at the Château du Hohlandsbourg in France. She also researched and co-directed the documentary Penelope.
Alexia-Leana Kokozaki is a first year MA student in the Art History program. Her research interests centre around the practice of contemporary photography. She completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa where she majored in painting yet maintained a multi-disciplinary practice. As professional experience, she worked as a photo-media technician, co-directed uOttawa’s visual arts graduation exhibition, worked as a technician for the exhibition Endless Landscape organized by Axenéo7 and co-hosted an interactive National Film Board installation at the National Arts Centre. In 2016, she was selected as a recipient for the AIMIA Scholarship Photography Prize hosted in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Rebecca Semple is in the first year of the MA program, and is also pursuing a Diploma in the new Curatorial Studies program. She completed her Bachelor of Arts, Honours in History with a Subsidiary in Art History, and wrote her Honours Thesis on the depictions of the plague in 15th century Venetian Renaissance art. Becca’s undergraduate experience included one year of study abroad in Istanbul, where she was able to experience the vibrant history of Turkey’s art and culture first hand. Her current interests focus on art education programs within museums. Becca is a social media coordinator for the Art History Graduate Students Society.
Amélie Rapp is a first year MA student in Art History. She completed her undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in Art History in 2017. Recently she has worked at the National Gallery of Canada and the Pump House Museum in Kingston. Her current research interests include examining the way in which Indigenous artists approach the subject of reconciliation, in particular artists who have been affected by the residential school system. Amélie is a social media officer for the Art History Graduate Students Society.
Marie-Maxime de Andrade is a second-year MA student in Art History. In 2016, she completed an undergraduate honours degree in Art History at McGill University. Working under Dr. Brian Foss, her current research focuses art exhibitions held in Montreal’s department stores during the first half of the twentieth century and considers the impact of such a setting on the common reading of different types of art’s reception. Marie-Maxime works at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art and has previously held internships at the Darling Foundry (2016) and the Ottawa Public Art Collection (2017), as well as she was the French editor of Yiara, a feminist art publication based at Concordia University.
Hilary Dow is an artist and graduate student based out of Ottawa. She graduated from the Honours BA specialist program in Art & Art History at the University of Toronto. She also holds an Advanced Diploma in Arts & Design with a specialization in Painting from Sheridan College. From 2016-2017, Hilary interned as a studio assistant and archivist for the artist Suzy Lake, which involved working at the Art Gallery of Ontario library and archives. She also held previous Undergraduate RA positions at the University of Toronto, which concentrated on the legacy of 19th-century German Formalism in Art History, Art Historiography, and Canadian Art Institutional Histories. Previous curatorial experiences include her participation with the Blackwood Gallery in Mississauga, where she produced an exhibition catalogue and co-curated the 2017 show Ground/works. Some of Hilary’s scholarly interests include post-colonial studies, museology, contemporary performance art, global art studies, Indigenous art, 19th-century photography, and feminist art history.
Katie Kendall is a second-year MA candidate in the Art History program, also obtaining a Graduate Diploma in Curatorial Studies. She completed her Honours BA in Art History at Carleton, graduating with High Distinction and a Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Katie’s professional experiences include positions at CMagazine, Ottawa Art Gallery’s Art Rental and Sales, and Carleton University Art Gallery, where she curated “The 4th Carleton Community Art Exhibition” in 2017. She currently holds internships at Possible Worlds and Library and Archives Canada, and works part-time at the National Arts Centre. Her area of research is contemporary art and exhibition/curatorial practices, specifically concerning issues of identity, representation, community, and personal narratives in socially engaged art. This year, Katie received a SSHRC award to continue her studies at Carleton, and is also President of the Art History Graduate Students’ Society.
Meghan Ho is a second year MA student with a concentration in Art Exhibition and Curatorial Practices. She completed her Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Art History and English Literature at Queen’s University. She has previously worked at the Ottawa Art Gallery, and has held internships at the Strutt Foundation in Ottawa, Gallery 1313 in Toronto, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. Her current research interests include material culture and the built environment, and curating architecture and the city. Meghan is currently serving as a social media officer for the Art History Graduate Students Society.