photo imageRebecca Semple

Becca is a second-year candidate in the Art History MA program, as well as a second-year candidate in the GDip in Curatorial Studies program. Becca is currently researching representations of transnationalism within Venetian Renaissance art and will be completing a research trip to Venice to look at 16th century merchant and pilgrim travel accounts. Becca has completed three practica, two at the National Gallery of Canada in the Prints and Drawings department, and one with the Student and Public Programs Coordinator at the Carleton University Art Gallery. At the National Gallery, she was involved with the production stage of the exhibition Masters of Venetian Portraiture: Veronese, Tiepolo, Vittoria, which was on view the summer of 2018. At the Carleton University Art Gallery, she was able to explore her interests in museum education programming, an interest which was further realized as the Art Education Assistant at CUAG during summer 2018. She is the student representative on the CUAG Advisory Board, and currently serves as the president of the Art History Graduate Students Society.

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photo imageAlexia-Leana Kokozaki

Alexia-Leana Kokozaki is a second year MA student in the Art History program. Her research interests centre around the practice of contemporary photography and participatory art. 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.

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photo imageAmanda Buessecker

Amanda Buessecker is a first 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. In 2015, she studied abroad in Israel, and returned to spend 3 archeological seasons at Tell es-Safi/Gath and Huquq. In addition to the Near East, Amanda is interested in Canadian Public Art, on which she wrote her undergraduate honours thesis.

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photo imageHilary Dow

Hilary Dow is a second year MA candidate who graduated from the Honours Bachelor of Arts Specialist program in Art & Art History at the University of Toronto in 2017. She currently holds a Research Fellowship at the Canadian Institute of Photography (CPI) at the National Gallery of Canada.  Working under Dr. Carol Payne and Dr. James Opp, her SSHRC-funded thesis research investigates photocollage albums made by women in Ontario between 1860-1890. Her research primarily focuses on art made by women in Canada and constructions of identity, nationhood, gender, and race in Canadian visual culture during the 19th century. Her work is informed by feminist art history and gender studies, post-colonial and settler-colonial studies, and photo theory.
Hilary is also enrolled in the Curatorial Studies Diploma through ICSLAC and she is passionate about critical museology theory and practice. Recent curatorial practicum projects she completed include an Indigenous community-engaged virtual exhibition on Quillwork baskets with Anishinaabe peoples from Mnidoo Mnising (Manitoulin Island) with GRASAC, and a curatorial assistantship at the National Gallery of Canada where she studied and published an article on photo albums from CPI’s collection.

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photo imageSharon Newton

Sharon is a second-year MA student studying photography and the works of William James Topley. Her undergrad is from Carleton as well, with a combined degree in Art History and English. She also holds an MA in English with a specialization in the Digital Humanities from Carleton. She has worked as an artist and photographer over the years, and now enjoys digging deep into the archives at LAC to find out what makes photographers from the past tick.

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photo imagePeter Stranberg

Peter Stranberg is a first year MA student in the Art History Department who is focusing his research on the history and theory of architecture. Specifically, his research will aim to answer questions about the evolution of curling (as a sport and a social experience); and the role that architecture has played in this evolution. He completed his undergraduate degree in History and Theory of Architecture from 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 two summers, gaining experience in research and public engagement.

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Beth Shepherd

Beth Shepherd is a visual artist and a first year MA student in Art History. With a background in science, business, psychology and art history, Beth takes an interdisciplinary research-driven approach to her art practice, where an idea can manifest into anything that helps raise consciousness in her audience.  Her art history research focus is understanding the way art, especially activist art, works at the visceral, emotional and intellectual levels.

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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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photo imageChristopher Davidson

Christopher Davidson is a second-year candidate in both the MA in Art History and GDip in Curatorial Studies programmes at Carleton University. His independent curatorial practice and art historical research are focused on Canadian and International modern and contemporary photography. Since graduating from the Master of Fine Arts (Photography) programme at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1998, Christopher has held prominent curatorial, teaching and administrative positions in public and private institutions across Canada, as well as in New York and Los Angeles. He has published his critical writing in North America, Europe and Asia, and continues to carry out research on Canadian art historiographies, gender/queer/masculinity studies, and lens-based art. Christopher was a founding board member of Festival X – the Ottawa Photography Festival and is concurrently curating in the Canadian Art collection at the National Gallery of Canada.

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photo imageMaggie Bryan

Maggie is a first-year MA student with a focus on transnational themes in Japanese art from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. She is also currently seeking a diploma in the Curatorial Studies Program. Maggie received her BA in art history and French from Bowdoin College in 2015, where she spent her final year working as a curatorial intern at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Her senior Honors Thesis investigated the Orientalist underpinnings of Japonisme, and, using Van Gogh and Monet as case studies, examined the impact that this phenomenon had on European painters’ perceptions and subsequent renderings of space, particularly landscape. Originally from Maine, she returned to North America this past spring after a three-year stint teaching English in Nagano, Japan.

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photo imageLaura Curtis

Laura Curtis is a first 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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photo imageLauren Lussier

Lauren Lussier is a first year MA candidate in the Art History program and received her HonBA in History and Theory of Art and Women’s Studies from the University of Ottawa. Her undergraduate experience included 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 current research interests centre around the ways in which contemporary art is often framed as ‘non-art’ and the 1937 Degenerate Art Exhibition (Entartete Kunst).

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photo imageElizabeth Stewart

Elizabeth Stewart is a first-year MA candidate in the Art History program. Following the completion of her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art History at Queen’s University in 2016, she held internship positions at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, and in the Traveling Exhibitions department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her research interests include museums as memorials, and the intersection of gender and art collecting, with special consideration to collectors Peggy Guggenheim and Isabella Stewart Gardner.

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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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photo imageAnnika Mazzarella

Annika Mazzarella is a second-year MA Art History and Graduate Diploma in Curatorial Studies student at Carleton University. From Brock University, she holds a BA (Hons.) in the History of Art and Visual Culture and Medieval and Renaissance Studies with a Concentration in Curatorial Studies and was the Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock, Faculty of Humanities undergraduate recipient upon graduation. Her research interests include: Medieval illuminated manuscripts and cathedral stained glass windows; High Italian Renaissance Florentine paintings; and German Reformation portraiture. Through the OBW Student Exchange Program, Annika studied at the University of Konstanz, completing the IBH Bodensee Summer School 2018 German course intensive. She is currently exploring the field of underwater Medieval archeology. Annika is the GSA Art History Councillor for AHGSS; Art History Steward for CUPE 4600 and Curatorial Studies Student Representative for ICSLAC.

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photo imageCasandra Brunet

Casandra Brunet is a first year MA student in Art History. She completed her Honours BA in Art History and a minor in German at Carleton in 2017. Her research interests concern 19th and 20th century German art, the impact of Jewish German émigres on Canadian art and art education, and linguistics. 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 restitution project.

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photo imageChristine Hodge

Christine Hodge is a late-career professional who allies extensive management experience of projects, budget, and teams with a love and deepening knowledge of Art. Through her studies for both a Master of Art History and a Curatorial Diploma she is developing her knowledge of non-western art. Drawing on 25 years of working in developing countries, she is particularly intrigued by the space in which Western Art History theory and the very real Asian, African and Latin American intersect and sometimes collide.

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