Graduate Student Achievements

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Caitlin Beach (2018) has been awarded the 35th Annual Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art by The Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Claire Dillon is a 2023-2024 Public Humanities Graduate Fellow, sponsored by The Society of Fellows, Heyman Center for the Humanities (SOF/Heyman), and Humanities New York. She co-organized the workshop “Modern Extremism and the Medieval World” at Cornell University and is developing further programming on this subject.  

Mateusz Mayer has been awarded a one-year GSAS Mellon Humanities International Travel Fellowship for dissertation research in Austria, France, Germany, and the UK. He has also been selected to participate in the prestigious CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice. In early 2024, he will further spend several weeks as a residing fellow at the Dutch Institute for Art History in Florence, Italy.

Kalyani Madhura Ramachandran has been awarded the 2023 -2024 Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 


John Beeson has been awarded a GSAS Mellon Humanities International Travel Fellowship.

Claire Dillon is a Sylvan C. Coleman and Pam Coleman Memorial Fund Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she is developing her dissertation on textile production in medieval Sicily. She was also awarded a 2023 Grant for Innovation from the Medieval Academy of America, and a place in the NEH-funded Immersive Global Middle Ages Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities.

Tiffany Floyd is a recipient of a Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award from the Middle East Studies Association for her dissertation, “Dreaming of Ancient Times: Mesopotamia and the Temporal Topography of Iraqi Modern Art, 1958-2003”.

Rachel Lee Hutcheson is a recipient of the GSAS Mellon Humanities International Travel Fellowship, which will support research for her doctoral dissertation: "Color Photography, 1890-1920: Technology, Gender, Colonialism." In Fall 2022, she will participate in the Chromotope Symposium held by the Sorbonne Université, University of Oxford, and Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) in Florence, Italy.

Rattanamol Singh Johal (Ph.D., 2022) has been appointed Assistant Director, International Program at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Tara Kuruvilla has been appointed Collections Research Preceptor at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, where she will oversee undergraduate research on the Museum’s collection and teach in the Art History department.

Emma Le Pouésard is a Gerda Henkel Fellow.

Isabella Lores-Chavez (Ph.D., 2022) has been appointed Associate Curator of European Paintings at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, where she will oversee the Dutch and Flemish paintings in the collection.

Natalie McCann is the Kress Interpretive Fellow at Brooks Museum, Memphis.

Caitlin Miller is the 2022-2023 Eugene V. Thaw Fellow in the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her dissertation research looks at the intersections between politics and workshop spaces/practices in Milanese painting around the year 1500. 

Walsh Millette was awarded the 2022 Elaine Ling Fellowship at The Image Centre, Toronto Metropolitan University. During his time in Toronto this August, Walsh researched the photographs of Canadian doctor and artist Elaine Ling, the fellowship's namesake, who worked exclusively in black and white and traveled around the world to make images of deserts, stones, archaeological sites, and many different cultures and peoples.

Alyse Muller is a GSAS Lurcy International Travel Fellow. During this yearlong fellowship she will be working on her dissertation “Between Land and Sea: French Maritime Imagery in the Long Eighteenth Century,” in England and France. 

Cleo Nisse is currently completing her Paul Mellon Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art.

Annie Ochmanek was awarded a Terra Foundation Research Travel Grant for her dissertation chapter on the artist Eduardo Costa. She received a Fall 2022 residency from the Institut Français at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and in Spring 2023, she will be a GSAS Mellon Humanities International Travel Fellow. 

Daniel Sobrino Ralston is currently the Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica Curatorial Fellow in Spanish Paintings at the National Gallery in London. His recent reattribution of a painting in the collection to Bartolomé Esteban Murillo was published in the catalogue of the Kimbell Art Museum's exhibition Murillo: From Heaven to Earth. He is also contributing to the catalogues of the upcoming National Gallery exhibitions After Impressionism and Saint Francis of Assisi

Kalyani Madhura Ramachandran has been awarded the École Française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO) Field Scholarship to conduct dissertation research in India.

Julián Sánchez González started a research fellowship at the Museum of Modern Art's Cisneros Institute. Julián will be working on developing the museum's upcoming extended research project on Latin American and Caribbean modern art, which will run from 2023-25. 

Ianick Takaes has been awarded a one-year GSAS Thompson International Travel Fellowship. From 2022–2023, he will be in Italy working on his doctoral dissertation, “Renaissance Heaven: The Empyrean in the Art of the Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Italian Peninsula.”

Y. L. Lucy Wang has been awarded a one-year GSAS Mellon International Travel Fellowship for dissertation research in East Asia. She has also received a 2022 Carter Manny Research Award Citation of Special Recognition by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Kojo Abudu (MODA, 2022) curated Living with Ghosts at the Wallach Art Gallery as a 2021–22 MODA Curates Fellow. Abudu is also the inaugural recipient of the Solomon B. Hayden Fellowship for Art History, made possible by a generous gift from Hugh Hayden and Lisson Gallery.

Brandon Agosto has been awarded a Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) grant from Duke University for the Yucatec Maya language study program. Brandon also received Honorable Mention for the Ford Foundation fellowship program.

Susannah Blair will be the 2022–23 Morgan Drawing Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York. While in residence, she will revise her book manuscript based on her dissertation, Constantin Guys and the Modern Newspaper.

Alison Braybrooks (MA, 2022), Qisen Song, and Emily Wehby helped organize The Way We Remember: Koenig’s Sphere, 9/11 and the Politics of Memory, curated by Professor Holger A. Klein, at the Wallach Art Gallery. 

Vivian Crockett was appointed Curator at the New Museum.

Claire Dillon was awarded a Public History Project Award from the Lehman Center for American History, a Community Building Award from the Medieval Academy of America, and a RaceB4Race Social Media Fellowship from the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She also completed internships with the United Nations and UNESCO, and studied Arabic in Oman through a scholarship from the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center.

Zoë Dostal has been awarded a two-year Kress Institutional Fellowship in the History of European Art. From 2022–2024, she will hold a joint research appointment at the Courtauld Institute of Art and Warburg Institute (London), where she will be working on her doctoral dissertation, "Rope, Linen, Thread: Gender, Labor, and the Textile Industry in Eighteenth-Century British Art." Zoë has also been awarded this year’s GSAS Dr. Devon T. Wade Mentorship, Service, and Advocacy Award.

Katherine Fein has been awarded the Oxford Art Journal Essay Prize for her essay “White Skin, Silvered Plate: Encountering Jonathan Walker’s Branded Hand in Daguerreotype.” An interview with Katherine can be found here.

Charlotte Gorant  was invited to give the prestigious Foundation Day public lecture for the Indian Museum Kolkata, which was entitled "Sculptures from the Bhārhut Stūpa in the Indian Museum: Stories from an Ancient Imaginary." She also provided research in support of the May 2022 exhibition “The Power of Museums: Rare Treasures from the Collection of the Indian Museum,” featuring rare inscribed objects from the ancient world. She is currently the Asher Family Fellow at the Indian Museum Kolkata awarded by the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS).

Maddie Hampton (MODA, 2022) will be a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow as part of the Independent Study Program (ISP) at the Whitney Museum of American Art this fall. 

Eric Mazariegos has been awarded a fellowship to participate in the 2022 Summer Institute for Technical Studies in Art at the Harvard Art Museums.

Hannah Pivo has received a 2022 Buell Center Fellowship. The fellowship will support her project “Dots, Graphs, and Pictograms: Social Science, Market Research, and Graphic Design in the United States, c. 1900–1970,” which investigates the relationship between social science, graphic design, and corporate marketing in the 20th-century United States.

Julián Sánchez González started a research fellowship at the Pérez Art Museum's Caribbean Cultural Institute. As a result of his investigation on the museum's collection, he published the article “Vessels of Myth: The Shamanic Paradigm in the Works of Arnaldo Roche Rabell, Belkis Ayón, and Purvis Young.”

Emily Small (MODA, 2022) curated A.K. Burns’ Negative Space: Prepositions of the Future  at the Wallach Art Gallery as a 2021–22 MODA Curates Fellow. She will also be participating in the Independent Study Program (ISP) at the Whitney Museum of American Art as a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow this fall.

Erhan Tamur will start a two-year position as the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this fall. He is also the co-curator of an international loan exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, which will open in October 2022. He is currently the Chester Dale Fellow (2020–22) at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art.

Alexis Wang (PhD, 2022) will start a tenure-track position at Binghamton University as Assistant Professor of Art History this fall.

Y. L. Lucy Wang received a 2021 Carter Manny Research Award Citation of Special Recognition by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Alex Zivkovic published his article “Joan Jonas’s Ecological Portraits: Echo and Narcissus” in Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Criticism 49, no. 1 (March 2022). Alex also received the 2022 Core Preceptor Award for Excellence in Teaching Art Humanities.