Art History & Art Conservation

Department of Art History & Art Conservation
Magdalyn Asimakis

Magdalyn Asimakis, Ph.D Student

Major Fields of Interest: Modern portraiture, fin-de-siècle print culture, contemporary art, institutional critique and curatorial practice
Graduate Experience: University of Victoria, M.A., Art History (2010)
Undergraduate Experience: University of Toronto, B.A. (Honours), Major in Art History, Major in History (2007)
Supervisor: Dr. Allison Morehead

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Abby Berry, M.A. Candidate

Major Fields of Interest: Technical art history, image processing, and digital literacy in the arts
Undergraduate Experience: Queen's University, B.A. (Honours with Distinction) Major in Art History, Minor in Mathematics
Supervisor: Dr. Ron Spronk

Amber Berson

Amber Berson, Ph.D Candidate

Dissertation Topic: A Case for Utopian Dreaming: A Study of Labour Issues, Diversity and Community within Canadian Artist-Run Centres
Major Fields of Interest: Artist-run centres, Artist-run culture in Canada, Canadian contemporary art, institutional critique, feminist art, utopian theory
Graduate Experience: Concordia University, M.A. Art History (2010)
Undergraduate Experience: Concordia University, B.F.A. Art History (2008)
Supervisor: Dr. Susan Lord and Dr. Carla Taunton

Jennifer Burgess, PhD. Candidate

Dissertation Topic: Inuit Textile Production in Canada’s Modernity, 1950-1970
Major Fields of Interest: Canadian Textile History, Inuit Women Artists, German Modernist Textiles, Modernity and Aesthetic Modernism, Critical Theory
Graduate Experience: Queen’s University: MA Arts and Sciences (Art History)
Undergraduate Experience: University of Manitoba: BFA (Art History) Honours Supervisor: Dr. Norman Vorano

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Andrew Burton, M.A. Candidate

Major Fields of Interest: The art of Egon Schiele; The Vienna Secession; artistic cult followings; photographs of artists; modern European art; museums and collecting
Undergraduate Experience: Queen’s University, B.A.H. Art History (major), History (minor), 2017 
Supervisor: Dr. Allison Morehead

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Melanie Buteau, Ph.D. Candidate

Dissertation Topic: Georges Braque's Diaries: A New Perspective on Cubism
Major Fields of Interest: Modern art, its histories and historiographies; 19th and 20th century French avant-gardism; critical theory and interpretation 
Graduate Experience: M.A. Art History, Carleton University (2013)
M.A. Major Research Paper Title: “Perceptual Privileging in Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Cézanne: An Art Historical and Philosophical Review.”
Undergraduate Experience: BA Honours, Art History, Carleton University (2011)
Supervisor: Dr. Allison Morehead

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Erica Chan, M.A. Candidate
Major Fields of Interest: Colonial Architecture in South East Asia, French & Italian Baroque Architecture and paintings, French Rococo salon culture, Architectural Theory 
Undergraduate Experience: Queen's University, B.A. (Honours), Major in Art History, Minor in History (2016); Queen's University, B.Ed, Intermediate & Secondary Division (2017). 
Supervisor: Dr. Gauvin A. Bailey 
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Gabriel Cheung, Ph.D. Candidate
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Brendan Cull, Ph.D. Candidate


PhD. Thesis Topic: Ovide Brunet and the Botanical Imagination: Photography, Illustration, and Education in Nineteenth-Century Québec. 
Major Fields of Interest: Nineteenth-century photography, Canadian science images, botanical illustration, visual culture of science, international networks of science and art.
MA Thesis: "Ovide Brunet, the Atelier Photographique de Livernois & Cie., and Sites et végétaux du Canada: The Art and Science of Early Canadian Botanical Photography," 2015
Undergraduate Experience: B.Sc. Honours, major in Biology with a minor in Art History (2012); B.Ed. (Concurrent Education), Primary and Junior Divisions (2013); Queen’s University.
Supervisor: Dr. Joan M. Schwartz


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Shaelagh Cull, M.A. Candidate
Major Fields of Interest: Indigenous art, Northern Ontario craft communities, material culture
Undergraduate Experience: B.A. Honours, major in History (2017); B.Ed. (Concurrent Education), Intermediate and Senior Divisions (2018); Queen’s University.
Supervisor: Dr. Norman Vorano

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Hannah Darvin, Ph.D. Student
Major Fields of Interest: Nineteenth-century Victorian British Art, Material and visual culture of death, Victorian mourning rituals, Nineteenth-century medicine.
Graduate Experience: M.A. Fine and Decorative Art (2011), Sotheby's Institute of Art, London, UK; M.A. Art History (2010), University of Toronto.
M.A. Major Research Paper Title: "The Art of Dressing for Death: A Journey Through the Victorian Cult of Death and Mourning" (Sotheby's Institute).
Undergraduate Experience: B.A. Honours, major in Art History with a minor in Political Studies (2009), Queen's University
Supervisor: Dr. Allison Morehead

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Amanda Di Sabintino, M.A. Candidate
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Genevieve Flavelle, Ph.D. Student

Major Fields of Interest: Contemporary art, curatorial practice, queer theory, feminist art, archives
Graduate Experience: M.A. Art History, University of Western Ontario, (2016)
Undergraduate Experience: NSCAD University, B.A. Major in Art History, Major in History (2014)
Supervisor: Dr. Jen Kennedy

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Kennis Forte, Ph.D. Candidate, 


Dissertation Topic: “Experiencing & Performing Counter-Reformation Spirituality at the Italian Sacri Monti”
Major Fields of Interest: Sculpture in Italy during the 16th and 17th centuries, The Sacri Monti, Counter-Reformation Art, Art and Spirituality, and Baroque Sculpture
Graduate Experience: Queen’s University, M.A. Art History (2015)  

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Caylen Ferguson Heckel, Ph.D. Candidate

Major Fields of Interest: Renaissance European Art, cross-cultural contact, gender and sexuality
Graduate Experience: M.A. Art History, Queen's University (2013)
Undergraduate Experience: B.A. Honours, Art History, Queen's University (2010)
Supervisor: Dr. Una D'Elia and Dr. Stephanie Dickey

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Astrid Hobill, Ph.D. Student

PhD Research:  A Technical comparison of the works of Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Major Fields of Interest: Technical art history and the scientific examination of artworks, 15th and 16th century Netherlandish painting, conservation principles and practices
Undergraduate Experience: MA Art history, Queen's University; BAH in Political Science, Queen's University
Supervisor: Ron Spronk

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Anouk Jonker, Ph.D. Candidate

Major Fields of Interest: Technical art history, museum studies
Major Research Paper Topic: The history of analyzing brushstrokes in pursuit of a scientific method of attribution
Undergraduate Experience: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, with honours from California College of the Arts (2011); Professional Specialization Certificate in Collections Management, University of Victoria (2014)
Supervisor: Dr. Ron Spronk

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Cynthia Prieur, Ph.D. Candidate

Major Fields of Interest: Fourteenth and Fifteenth-Century Burgundian Court Art, Technical Art History
Graduate Experience: Sotheby's Institute of ARt in London: MA in Fine and Decorative Art specializing in Old Master Paintings (2014)
Undergraduate Experience: University of Windsor, B.A. (Honours) in Visual Arts and Art History (2012)
Supervisor: Dr. Ron Spronk

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Beth Knazook, Ph.D. Candidate

Major Fields of Interest: Nineteenth-century photography,   photographically illustrated books, book history and print culture, photographic archives, conservation of photographs
Graduate Experience: Ryerson University and George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, M.A. Photographic Preservation and Collections Management (2007)
Undergraduate Experience: University of Toronto, B.A. (Honours) Fine Art History, minor in Medieval Studies (2005)
Supervisor: Dr. Joan M. Schwartz


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Jillian Lanthier, Ph.D. Candidate

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Rosemary Legge, Ph.D. Candidate

Major Fields of Interest: Rococo art and culture, mirrors in 18th century interiors, Indigenous Canadian art, contemporary museum practices, and decolonization of the museum
Undergraduate Experience: Mount Allison University, B.A. (double major) in Art History and Fine Art, minor in Anthropology (2015)
Supervisor: Dr. Gauvin A. Bailey

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Isabel Luce, Ph.D. Candidate

Dissertation Topic: "Picturing Domesticity: An Investigation of household objects in the Victorian home"
Major Fields of Interest: Canadian women artists, Material Culture, Victorian Interiors,19th- century and early 20th- century Canadian and British art, artist networks in Canada and England, Feminist and Post-Colonial theory 
Graduate Experience: MA Art History and Curatorial Studies at York University (2014)
MA Major Research Paper Title: "Collaborative Portraits and Montreal’s Anglophone Elite: An examination of the artistic career of Gertrude Des Clayes (1879- 1949)"
Undergraduate Experience: BA Honours Art History and Major in Canadian Studies at McGill University (2012) 
Supervisor: Dr. Allison Morehead

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Eleanor Mackie, M.A. Candidate

Major Fields of Interest: Medieval Art, Romanesque and Gothic France, Theology, Art of the Crusades, Pilgrimage, Martyrs and Saints, Relics and Reliquaries, Miracle Working Objects, Aesthetics of Light. 
Undergraduate Experience: Queen's University, B.A. (Honours), Major in Art History, Minor in History (2016)
Supervisor: Dr. Matthew Reeve

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Ben McHutchion, Ph.D. Candidate

Areas of interest: Cultural heritage and its conservation, visual culture of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Europe and the Americas, British settler societies, American history, visual symbolism in politics and popular culture.
Undergraduate experience:  University of Alberta, B.A. History (2014)
Supervisor: Dr. C. Hoeniger

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Steven McNeil, Ph.D. Candidate
Major Fields of Interest: Nineteenth and early twentieth-century Canadian art; the Regency interior in British North America; material culture and the British Atlantic World
Undergraduate Experience: University of New Brunswick, B.A. Honours in Canadian history
Graduate Experience: Carleton University, M.A. in Canadian Art History
Supervisor: Dr. Janice Helland
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Andrea Morgan, Ph.D. Candidate

Disseration Topic: "Collecting Rembrandt and Dutch Art and in Early Modern Britain"
Research Interests: Seventeenth-century Dutch art, Rembrandt's historical reception and historiography, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British art and theory, the history of collecting, and museum studies.
Undergraduate Experience: James Madison University, B.A. (honors) Art History, concentration in Museum Studies (2014)
Graduate Experience: Tufts University, M.A .Art History (2016)
Supervisor: Stephanie Dickey

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Joshua Nelson, Ph.D. Candidate
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Norah Petersen, Ph.D. Candidate
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Sheilagh Quaile, Ph.D. Student


Thesis Title: “Paisley, Scotland’s nineteenth-century shawl designers: innovators or imitators?”
Major Fields of Interest: Textiles, material culture, design, industry, labour, and globalisation during the long nineteenth century (c.1750 to 1914)
Graduate Experience: MA Art History, Queen’s University (2015). Thesis: “Wrapped in import: Kashmiri shawls in British paintings of the long nineteenth century.”
Undergraduate Experience: BA (Hons) with distinction – major in History, minors in Art History and Studio Art, University of Guelph (2014).
Supervisor: Professor Janice Helland

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Jennifer Rutkair, Ph.D. Candidate

Major Fields of Interest:  Nineteenth-century photography, visual culture and nationalism, photographic archives, archival history and practice, decolonization of the archive.
Graduate Experience: MA Archival Studies, University of Manitoba (2011). MA Thesis: “Adding Gender to the Archival Contextual Turn: The Rocky Mountain Photographic Records of Mary Schäffer Warren.”
Undergraduate Experience:  B.A. Honours, History, University of Manitoba
Supervisor:  Dr. Joan M. Schwartz

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Alexandra Simpson, Ph.D. Candidate
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Emily Smith, M.A. Candidate
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Nuard Tadevosyan, M.A. Candidate

Major Fields of Interest:  Medieval manuscript illumination, cross-cultural exchange, Orientalism and Eurocentrism, and diaspora identity
MA Thesis Title: "Illuminations of a Diaspora Kingdom: Cultural Exchange and Identity in Cilician Armenia"
Undergraduate Experience:  University of Toronto, B.A. (Honours), Major in Art History, Major in Classics (2016)
Supervisor:  Dr. Matthew Reeve

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Erin Wall, Ph.D. Candidate


Major Fields of Interest: 19th- and early 20th- century Canadian visual and material culture; the construction, narration and imagining of Canadian identity; Canada and the British Empire; object biographies; art historiography; postcolonial studies; museum studies
Major Research Paper Title: 'A Charm to Canadian Winter Life': Identity, Exclusion, and Canadian Sleighs at the Great Exhibition of 1851"
Graduate Experience: M.A., Art History, Queen's University (2014) 
Undergraduate Experience: B.A. Honours, Art History with a minor in English, McMaster University (2011)
Supervisor: Dr. Janice Helland

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Shannon Welsh, M.A. Candidate
Undergraduate Experience: University of British Columbia, Okanagan, B.A. Major in Art History, Minor in History (2016)
Research Interests: Italian Renaissance, Baroque Art, women artists, visual and material culture, feminist theory