Kara Li

Kara Li is a PhD student specializing in contemporary East Asian art, focusing primarily on transnational Chinese artists and Inter-Asia connections. She is also interested in art collecting and emerging art markets. She holds a MA in History of Art and Archeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, and a BA in Art History from Duke University.

Nicholas Parkinson

Nicholas Parkinson is a PhD candidate specializing in the history of nineteenth century European art and criticism.  His dissertation, titled “The Image of the North: the Critical Reception of Nordic Art in France, 1878-1900,” traces the history of French interest in Scandinavia and Finland to examine how perceptions of northernness influenced how Nordic art was understood and discussed.  He is broadly interested in transnational approaches to art history, the history of aesthetic theory, and fin-de-siècle art and culture. Continue reading “Nicholas Parkinson”

Amy Rahn

Amy Rahn is an arts writer, curator, and PhD candidate studying 20th century American art. Her dissertation concerns the French contexts of American Abstract Expressionist painter Joan Mitchell.

Amy earned a B.A. in Art and Art History at Albion College and an M.A. in Art History and Criticism at Stony Brook University. In 2014-15, she taught courses on Art History and Art Theory at Albion College. She is a Graduate Council Fellow and a recipient of the Maurice and Miriam Goldberger Scholarship. Her dissertation research was recently supported by a GSEU Professional Development Award.

Tanya Kaiser Robinson

Tanya Kaiser Robinson is an emerging visual artist. Born in Germany and raised in Ohio, she currently resides in New York. Her ceramic sculptures examine decidedly female themes while exploring and at times challenging preconceived notions of beauty. She is especially interested in the cultural silencing of women’s suffering, due to the societal stigma associated with the female form. By directly confronting these issues through her artwork, she hopes that her pieces may serve as a vehicle for further discussion on women’s roles, health, and bodily autonomy.

Tanya received her BFA from Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, OH. She has exhibited her work in New York, Nevada, and in the Midwest. She is currently pursuing an MFA at Stony Brook University, where she received a teaching assistantship for her merits.

Sierra Rooney

Sierra Rooney is a PhD candidate at Stony Brook University specializing in public art and commemorative practices in the United States. Her dissertation examines the growing corpus of monuments dedicated to American women since 1980.

Her writing has appeared in Public Art Dialogue journal, the International Sculpture Center Press publication, Artists Reclaim the Commons: New Works/ New Territories / New Publics and the forthcoming anthology, Museums and Public Art. She is currently the editorial assistant for Public Art Dialogue.

Prior to joining Stony Brook’s graduate program, she received an MA in Art History from The City College of New York, CUNY, where she was the recipient of the Connor Fellowship. She is a Graduate Council Fellow at Stony Brook and a recipient of the United States Capitol Fellowship.

Rebecca Uliasz

Rebecca is a multi media artist who uses digital and physical materials to explore the relationship between collective and individual psychological memory and physical space. She holds a BFA in Studio Art and Digital Art from the University of Connecticut and is currently pursuing an MFA at Stony Brook University. She has exhibited in New York City, Long Island, California and New England and is currently living and working in New York State. She is pursuing a career in art education and programming and currently holds positions at Stony Brook University, where she was awarded a position as an Instructor of Drawing and the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a Studio Assistant in Studio Programs. In the past she has held positions as the Lesbensfeld Graduate Intern in the Education Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as positions at several children’s museums including the Lutz Museum.

Joseph L. Underwood

Joseph L. Underwood is a PhD candidate from Lexington, Kentucky. With degrees in art history, art criticism, and French, he has conducted research in North and West Africa and won awards including the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, James G. Stemler Scholarship, and Skidmore College Faculty Development Grant. He has contributed to exhibition projects at the University of Kentucky Art Museum, Musée Boribana (Dakar), The Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, and the Smithsonian National Museum for African Art.

He is currently a Lecturer (Visiting Assistant Professor) in the Art History Department at Skidmore College where he teaches courses related to Africa and its Diaspora, African-American Art, Politics of Display, and Ephemeral Exhibitions (World Fairs, Biennials, Festivals).

His research focuses on the platforms which Senegalese artists have used since 1960 to navigate the increasingly global art world, moving within transnational networks to engage both local and foreign audiences.

Allison M Walters

Allison M Walters is a visual artist specializing in the constructed experience. She is interested in the intersection of human experience, authority, and the absurd.

Matthew Ward

Matthew Ward is an Ma/Phd student interested in the ideas of identity and visual literacy in the fields of commercial art and illustration.

His work has explored the lives of illustrators such as C. Coles Phillips, the development of modern mythologies, and the role of propaganda in Latin American dictatorships.

Dewayne Wrencher

Dewayne Wrencher’s work is used to help facilitate dialogue on theoretic questions that deal with internal and external influences which may affect a person’s reality. Each Artistic study is essentially a visual representation of answers found in the conclusions of his research.