Current Graduate Students Bios

 

Ph.D. Students

Zoe Appleby is a first-year doctoral student studying medieval art history with Professors Elizabeth Bolman and Elina Gertsman. She concentrates on crossculturalism in the medieval Mediterranean world and cultural exchange in the liminal zones of the Byzantine empire. Her interests also include abstraction, materiality, cultural memory, and monumentality. Zoe holds an MA in medieval art history from UC Riverside, where she worked with Professor Conrad Rudolph on the aesthetic philosophy of Augustine of Hippo. The research on the Hagia Sophia she presented at the 2019 Cleveland Symposium won the award for Best Graduate Student Paper in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at UCR. As a visiting lecturer at UCR in 2021, Zoe designed and taught an upper division course, “Memory of the Empire: The Art of Early Medieval Europe and Beyond,” which focused on cultural synthesis and the communication of power and spirituality through inherited visual languages across the Mediterranean. She has directed Agora Foundation seminars on medieval literature and poetry, including a series on Jewish, Christian, and Islamic poetry called “Words of Divine Love in the Medieval East & West,” and another on “Le Morte d’Arthur.” Outside of the museum and classroom, her passions are rock climbing and mixing cocktails.

Aimee Caya is a sixth-year doctoral candidate studying late medieval art with Professor Elina Gertsman. She is particularly interested in exploring reception, performance, and materiality as they apply to late medieval sculpture. Aimee has presented research at the Midwest Art History Society conference, the International Medieval Congress at Leeds, and the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo. She has been a curatorial intern for the Islamic and Medieval art departments at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and taught at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art. She is currently writing her dissertation, entitled “Brazen Bodies: the Reception and Materiality of English Monumental Brasses, c. 1300-1540.” Her dissertation research has been supported by the Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art, the International Center of Medieval Art, and the College of Arts and Sciences at CWRU. Aimee is also pursuing the MLIS degree at the University of South Carolina.

Russell David GreenRussell David Green is a fourth-year doctoral student studying medieval art with Professor Elina Gertsman. He received his MA in Art History from Florida State University in 2018, where in his final semester he was awarded with the I.N. Winbury Award for outstanding writing. Russell’s research interests lie in the visualization of friendship during the Middle Ages. He aims to explore this idea through a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, and manuscript illumination. Russell also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting. After exhibiting his undergraduate thesis at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in the spring of 2015, he taught several painting workshops based on the materials and techniques of the Renaissance masters. In the summer of 2019, he taught the undergraduate course Art History I: Pyramids to Pagodas at Case Western Reserve University. Beginning Spring 2021, Russell will be the curatorial intern in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Department of Prints and Drawing, where he will work under the direction of Dr. Emily Peters.

Rebekkah Hart is a first-year doctoral student studying late medieval art with Professor Elina Gertsman. She is particularly curious about exploring sensorial reception, performativity, and materiality as they apply to late medieval objects. Rebekkah has recently presented research at the Vagantes Graduate Conference on Medieval Studies in Cleveland, the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, and the ARDS Colloquium on Current Research in Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in Paris. Her first publication will appear in the fall of 2022 in the postprint volume of the Paris ARDS conference entitled “Powders and Plasters: Alabaster and the Curative Consumption of Holy Medieval Sculpture.” She received her MA in Art History from University of California, Riverside. Rebekkah is also passionate about pursuing pedagogy and has recently taught “History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary” at Moreno Valley College.

Cecily Hughes is a first-year doctoral student studying with Professor Elina Gertsman. With an avid interest in medieval art, she is especially drawn to games and the wit and humor with which medieval makers imbued their objects. Cecily received her bachelor of arts degree in French language and literature from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin in 2008. She completed an MFA in Visual Culture at the University of Edinburgh in 2013. In 2022, she received her MA in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her previous work includes positions at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, Scotland. She also worked as a personal assistant to contemporary Scottish artist Kevin Harman. Cecily loves teaching and making medieval art accessible to all, adores dogs, enjoys swimming, and tolerates bad puns.

Alexandra Kaczenski is a fifth-year PhD student studying late medieval art with Professor Elina Gertsman. Her research focuses on the medieval body and devotional practice, as well as on arts of the nineteenth century. She co-authored the book Sacred Landscapes: Nature in Renaissance Manuscripts with Dr. Bryan Keene, to coincide with their exhibition of the same name (Getty Museum, 2017). She has also presented papers at the UCLA Art History Graduate Student Symposium, the Medieval Association of the Pacific, and the Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference. In 2020 was awarded the Friends of Art Best PhD Paper. Alexandra comes to Cleveland from her native Los Angeles where she worked as both Curatorial Graduate Intern and Curatorial Assistant in the Manuscripts Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum. She received her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2013, and has held positions at Bonhams Auctioneers and the New Orleans Museum of Art, among others. She served as the curatorial intern for the Medieval Art Department at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2020/21. Alex was recently selected as the next Chair of the Board of Directors for the Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies. Beginning in August 2022, she will be the Curatorial Intern at the Norton Simon Museum.

Jillian Kruse is a third-year PhD student studying nineteenth-century European art with Professor Andrea Rager. Her research interests include late nineteenth-century collaborative and experimental printmaking, early photography, materiality and intermediality, history of collecting, global Impressionism, and ecocriticism. She holds Master’s degrees from the Université de Rennes II and Trinity College, Dublin. From 2017 to 2019, she served as the Margaret R. Mainwaring Curatorial Fellow in Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she curated the exhibition We the People: American Prints from Between the World WarsJillian has also held positions at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the National Gallery of Ireland. She has publishedon the collecting craze for French posters in the 1890s in Art in Print, presented on the art of John Ruskin at the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association conference,and was awarded a Getty research grant for her work on the prints of Camille Pissarro. Jillian also currently serves as a curatorial intern in Prints and Drawings at the Cleveland Museum of Art and as the Assistant Bibliographer for the Print Council of America’s Oeuvre Catalogue project.

Benjamin Levy

Benjamin Levy is a fourth-year PhD student working with Professors Andrea Wolk Rager and Henry Adams on late nineteenth-century through mid-twentieth-century art, with a focus on materiality and the artistic process in prints and photographs. Beginning in Fall 2020, Levy will be the curatorial intern in the Photography department at the Cleveland Museum of Art the under the supervision of Dr. Barbara Tannenbaum. This past year he was awarded the Jeremy Norman Scholarship to attend the Rare Book School. Prior to coming to Case, Levy served as the Assistant Curator for Collections & Academic Programs at the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, and as the Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Prints, Drawings & Photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art. He was a contributing author for the journal Art in Print. Levy was the Co-Director of the 2012 and 2015 Baltimore Contemporary Print Fairs, and serves on the National Advisory Board for the Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico. A 2009 graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Levy studied printmaking, book arts, and photography, gaining collaborative printmaking experience at Harlan & Weaver, Inc. and Dieu Donné in New York.

Marina Mandrikova is a Ph.D. student studying Byzantine visual culture with Professor Elizabeth S. Bolman. Her research explores the images of the damned in Byzantine, post-Byzantine, and Slavic monumental painting, and the nature of their sins, crimes, and punishments. Marina is also passionate about the conservation and preservation of medieval art and architecture. She was a 2020-2021 Graduate Student Fellow of the American Institute for Southeast European Studies and recently completed the ASCSA’s M. Alison Frantz Fellowship in Post-Classical Studies at the Gennadius Library that was held during the 2021-2022 academic year in Athens, Greece. She taught various undergraduate art history courses at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, and completed museum internships in Russia and Bulgaria. She co-organized two graduate student workshops for the Delaware Valley Medieval Association and presented papers at the DVMA meeting for graduate students and the Byzantine Studies Conferences. Marina transferred to CWRU from Temple University where she started her Ph.D. journey at the Department of Art History under the guidance of Doctor Bolman. Before that, she lived in Russia, where she earned her MA degrees in World Art History and International Relations from the St. Petersburg State University.

Susana Montanes-Lleras is a Ph.D. candidate working with professors Henry Adams and Andrea Rager on European and American art in the long 19 th century, with a focus on book illustration at the turn of the 20 th century. Her research interests include Victorian and Edwardian art, the trans-Atlantic influence of Pre-Raphaelitism, the history of the book, and text and image relations and intertextuality in book illustration. Susana earned her bachelor's degree from Universidad de los Andes in her natal Bogotá, Colombia, where she majored in Languages and Sociocultural Studies and minored in Art. She also has an MA in World Heritage Studies from B-TU Cottbus, Germany, and a second MA, in Art History, from the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU). She has worked with several heritage preservation institutions, as an independent translator, as a Project Officer for the art department of the British Council, and as a curatorial intern at the Whitney Museum of Art. Last year she was a curatorial intern at the Department of Prints and Drawings
of the Cleveland Museum of Art where she cataloged the museum’s collection of prints by Daumier and worked on an exhibition on literary illustrations at the CMA that will open in 2024.

Reed O’Mara, advised by (the saintly) Professor Elina Gertsman, is a third-year PhD student and Mellon Fellow who focuses on the art of medieval Germany. Her primary research interests lie in Jewish illuminated manuscripts and the reception of medieval art. Starting Fall 2022, Reed will intern in the Department of Indian and Southeast Asian Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Reed’s article “‘On Golden Tablets’: The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā Manuscript as a Self-Referential Icon” appeared in 2020 in the journal Religions as a part of the special issue Seeing and Reading: Art and Literature in Pre-Modern Indian Religions. She has also written an entry for the exhibition catalog of the forthcoming CMA Focus show Tilman Riemenschneider’s Jerome and Late Medieval Alabaster Sculpture. Reed has presented papers at various conferences, including the International Congress on Medieval Studies and the Medieval Academy of America (MAA). Reed currently serves as Chair of the Graduate Student Committee of the MAA, and she is also the Mentorship and Professionalization Coordinator for the Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies Board of Directors. She has been awarded the Graduate Student Appreciation Award from the School of Graduate Studies in 2019 and 2020, three Best Paper awards from the Friends of Art, and the Rare Book School’s Philip J. Pirages Fine Books and Manuscripts Scholarship. In Summer 2021, Reed taught Art History 101: Pyramids to Pagodas.

Madeline Newquist is a first-year doctoral student studying with Professors Maggie Popkin and Elizabeth Bolman. Her research is currently focused on exploring cultural exchange and appropriation through the lens of early medieval Italian and Byzantine art. Madeline received dual bachelor of art degrees in Studio Art and History from Indiana University in 2018, and graduated again from IU with Masters in Arts Administration and Curatorial Studies in 2021. She has spent the last five years working with museums in southern Indiana, including the Mathers Museum of World Culture and the Eskenazi Museum of Art. Madeline has an avid interest in the practice of making art and continues to develop her own skills in the mediums of ceramics, drawing, and metalwork. In her free time, she enjoys writing, watching and critiquing films, and traveling as much as she can.

Clara Pinchbeck is a second-year doctoral student studying Late Antique and Byzantine art with Professor Elizabeth S. Bolman. She is interested in the material culture of early Christian pilgrimage, Late Antique domestic spaces, and the application of digital methods to analyze early Eastern Byzantine histories. Her research primarily focuses on Late Antique women and their relationships with objects and geographic networks. Clara is a Summer 2022 Putnam Collection intern working alongside Marina Savchenkova under the direction of Kathy Barrie. She received her BA in Art History and Anthropology from Kenyon College in 2018 and her MA in Digital Art History from Duke University in 2020. At Duke, Clara was the Samuel H. Kress Digital Art History Graduate Fellow. Her thesis was entitled Embodied Objects: A Digital Exploration of Women, Space, and Power in the Monza Holy Land Ampullae. She presented at CAA in 2021 and participated in Studying East of Byzantium VIII in 2022.

Claire Sumner is a first-year doctoral student studying Italian renaissance art with Professor Erin Benay. She received her MA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020. Her thesis was entitled Canonizing Zuccaro: The Early Life of Taddeo Series and the Building of an Artistic Legacy. It focuses on Federico Zuccaro’s attempt to control his elder brother Taddeo’s narrative and establish a familial legacy amongst the developing politics of art in 16th Century Rome. Her current research interests focus on the large-scale terracotta sculptures of the Emilia Romagna region and the relationship between material and subject.

Arielle Suskin is a second-year PhD student studying Greek and Roman art and archaeology with Dr. Maggie Popkin. Her interests include image replication and distribution of Roman Imperial portrait sculpture, ancient metallurgy, and classical art in the museum space. Her research primarily focuses on ancient processes of artmaking. She is a member of the 2022 cohort of the Summer Institute for Technical Studies in Art (SITSA) at the Harvard Art Museums and a remote Research Assistant with the American Excavations Samothrace. In 2017, she was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Paestum Archaeological Park with the Newington-Cropsey Foundation Archaeological Program in Paestum. She received her MA in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and her BA in Classical Studies and Studio Art from Tulane University. As an undergraduate, she was awarded a Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship and the Tulane Classics Department Classical Studies Prize.

 

 

Sam Truman is a fifth-year doctoral student studying medieval art with Professor Elina Gertsman. She received her MA in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago in 2018, and has previously worked as an intern for the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Archdiocese of Chicago. Sam is currently writing her dissertation on representations of ghosts in northern European manuscripts produced between approximately 1100 and 1500. She currently serves as the Webmaster for the Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies and as the VP of Communications for the CWRU Graduate Association of Medieval Studies. Sam has presented papers at several conferences, including the 57th annual International Congress on Medieval Studies. Beginning in Fall 2022, Sam will be the curatorial intern in the Manuscripts Department of the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Angelica Verduci is a sixth-year doctoral student in medieval art working with Professor Elina Gertsman. Angelica’s research interests lie at the intersections of macabre and eschatological imagery, performance, pastoral theology, and vernacular culture. Angelica received her M.A. in Art History at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, and a diploma in Archive Administration, Paleography and Diplomatics from the Milan Archivio di Stato. In 2018, Angelica co-chaired the 44th Cleveland Symposium, and was a teaching assistant for Art History 101, for which she received the 2019 Graduate Dean’s Instructional Excellence Award. Angelica served as one of the 2019-20 representatives of the Graduate Art History Association (GAHA), and worked as an intern in the CMA Department of Prints and Drawings under the supervision of Dr. Emily Peters. In the summers of 2020 and 2021, she taught Art History I: Pyramids to Pagodas and Art History II: Michelangelo to Maya Lin at Case Western Reserve University. She is currently working on several articles on Italian Triumph of Death and Dance of Death imagery, while also writing her dissertation, entitled Mors Triumphans in Medieval Italian Murals: From Allegory to Performance.” Her dissertation research has been supported by the International Center of Medieval Art. 

 

 

M.A. Students

Grace Hanselman is a second-year MA student and Barbato Fellow in the Art History program. Her primary interests lie in the application of feminist and queer theory to the study of modern and contemporary art. She graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2020, with a BA in Art History and Studio Art. As an intern at Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art, Grace curated her own exhibition titled The Butt of the Joke: Humor and the Human Body, informed by her academic interest in visual humor. In her spare time, Grace loves to make her own art, read fantasy novels, and pester her cat, Clementine.

Luke Hester is a second year Art History MA student and a CMA Fellow. He graduated from Kenyon College in 2020 with a BA in Art History and Studio Art, with a minor in Chemistry. His interests include eastern medieval art and Christian art outside of the cultural center of Constantinople. He is currently exploring the art of Byzantine North Africa, early Christian baptisteries, and ecocritical approaches to medieval art. His internship at the Cleveland Museum of Art includes researching objects of the Ancient and Medieval collections. When not walking around pondering ideas for a novel, you might find him preparing specialty coffee or sipping an espresso at the local cafe.

Katelyn Jones is a second-year Art History MA student who concentrates on the art of the long nineteenth century. Her research interests include the intersection of art and science, gender and sexuality, and exploring the ‘uncanny’. She earned a BA in Art History (summa cum laude) from the University of Oregon, where she completed an honors thesis focused on the visual and cultural similarities between John Singer Sargent’s portraits of aristocratic women and contemporaneous  commercial mannequins. She is a former Oregon Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellow and a recipient of the Gloria Tovar Lee Scholarship for Promising Undergraduate Student in Art History. Katelyn spends her free time doting on her cat, taking long walks to the compost bin, and daydreaming.

Emma Lazerson is a first-year Art History MA candidate and a Barbato Fellow. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Art History and a minor in Latin from Emory University in 2022. Her research interests include Early Modern Cinquecento painting, gender, representation politics, and Renaissance medicinal practices. In her final year at Emory, she completed an undergraduate thesis, entitled “Performance and Imitation: The Devotional Images of Sofonisba Anguissola” under the supervision of Drs. Jean Campbell and Walter S. Melion.
Additionally, she acted as a docent at the Michael C. Carlos Museum for the exhibits Through a Glass Darkly: Allegory and Faith in Netherlandish Prints and Transcendent Deities of India: The Everyday Occurrence of the Divine.

Sarah Lavin is a second year MA student in the Art History & Museum Studies program and a Keithley Fellow. She aims to enter the field of art conservation, with an interest in paintings and works on paper. Her research interests include the materiality, artistic process, and presentation of Early Modern artwork. She graduated from CWRU in 2021 with a dual degree in Chemistry (B.S.) and Art History along with a minor in Studio Art. While completing her undergraduate degree, she conducted research for a variety of projects concerning technical art history and conservation science. She also held an internship position at the Intermuseum Conservation Association.

Jess Xiao Long a second-year MA student studying Art History and Museum Studies, with a focus in Contemporary Art. She earned a BA in Art History, minors in History, Studio Art, and Business Administration, and a Museum Studies Certificate from Ohio University in 2020. Jess’ research interests include performativity, feminism, body politics, legacies of colonialism, hybridity, and popular culture. Over the past year, she has worked with LAND studio to develop The City Is Our Museum public art app and assisted with significant public art events in Cleveland, including the FRONT Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art and the Cleveland Walls! Mural Festival. Jess is passionate about public engagement through the arts and dedicated to the mission of decolonizing cultural institutions.

Morgan McCommon is a second-year M.A. student and Barbato Fellow in Art History and Museum Studies. She graduated cum laude from Case Western in 2021, earning her B.A. in Art History and History. Her interests lie in ancient Roman art, particularly in portraiture and the curation of memory. As an undergraduate, Morgan completed an honors thesis titled “Attack on Portraiture: Vandalism on the Arch of Constantine,” for which she won the Baker-Nord Humanities Prize. Most recently, she was a recipient of the Eva L. Pancoast Memorial Fellowship to fund her travel and studies in Rome during the summer of 2022. Morgan has interned for various institutions, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland History Center, and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Emerson Page is a MA student and Barbato Fellow studying art history with a broad range of interests including art of the British Isles and arts of the Americas. She graduated from the University of Delaware with BA degrees in Art History and Anthropology as well as minors in Museum Studies and Religious Studies. This past summer, Emerson interned with the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s Education Department, where she evaluated prior educational training methods and implemented new tools to disseminate interactive information to young visitors. Previous museum and collections experience includes working as an interpreter at the George Read House and Gardens and as a Library Assistant in the University of Delaware Special Collections Department.

Emma Peters is a second year MA student in the Art History & Museum Studies program, and a third year JD student at the School of Law. She received her BA in Art History/Linguistics from Brandeis University. This year, Emma will serve as the Editor-in-Chief for the Case Western Reserve University Journal of International Law (JIL) and will represent nonprofits and businesses through the law school’s Community Development Clinic. Emma is passionate about museum decolonization, and her note, “Fair and Just Decolonial Solutions: Adaptation of the Washington Principles to the Context of Disputed Colonial Cultural Objects” was awarded note of the year and will be published in JIL’s 55th volume. Emma enjoys cooking, playing guitar, and going to the CMA.

Eliza Rosebrock is a first-year MA student in the Art History program. She graduated summa cum laude in 2020 with a BA in Art History and English and minors in Anthropology, History, and Classics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research interests include patronage during the Italian Renaissance and in 18th- and 19th-century England, gardens and landscape architecture, and cross-cultural interpretation, borrowing, exchange, and manipulation. In 2020, Eliza completed her Disciplinary Honors Thesis, entitled “‘A Taste Which Has Obtained So Much Among Us of Late:’ Classical and Renaissance Themes in English Landscape
Gardens” under Dr. Heather Holian. She spends her free time knitting, perfecting her coffee-brewing setup, and adding to her (already large) collection of unread books.

Laura Rybicki is a first-year MA student in the Art History and Museum Studies program and a Keithley Fellow. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in History, and she has worked at the Blanton Museum of Art and the Met Cloisters. Her interests include late medieval art, especially marginal art, decorative arts, depictions of the apocalypse and hell, and the iconography of both real and mythical beasts. She also enjoys researching the many connections between medieval art and Early Netherlandish painting. Outside of art, Laura loves biking, cooking, traveling, sipping tea, and spending quality time with her cat, Tangerine.

Marina Savchenkova is a second-year MA student and a Barbato Fellow in Art History. She is interested in Western medieval art, particularly in performativity, reception, semiotics, and multisensory aesthetics. Marina graduated with an MA in Public Relations from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and studied theater history and theory at the Russian Institute of Theater Arts. Before returning to graduate school, Marina worked in charities in Russia and Europe. In the summer of 2022, she interned at the CWRU Putnam Sculpture Collection. Besides all things medieval, Marina enjoys mountain trekking, opera, and ballet, with regular escapes to newest TV series and rewatching time-tested movies.

Portia Silver is a first-year MA art history student and Barbato fellow. She graduated magna sum laude from Wellesley College in 2022 with a degree in Art History and departmental honors. Her senior thesis focused on the artistic and humanitarian work of several female photographers active in the Boston Camera Club at the turn of the 20th century; her research obtained a Friedman Fellowship which supported travel. Portia’s interests lie in late 19th and early 20th Century art, with focuses on photography, gender, imperialism, and female artists. As an undergraduate, she completed an internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy and assisted CWRU Professor Dr. Catherine Scallen as a short-term research assistant.

Rebekah Utian is a first-year Art History MA Student and Barbato Fellow. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2022 with a BA in Art History and Studio Art, with a minor in Italian. During the four years of her undergraduate studies, she interned as a curatorial associate leader at the Graham Gund Gallery and delivered a presentation at the annual AAMG conference. Her research interests center around the relationship between art, early scientific practices, and natural history. She is also fascinated by the blurring between mythologies and realities in the Early Modern period, specifically in Italy, where she spent a semester abroad. In her free time, she enjoys creating art and going for long runs.

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Katharine Young is a second-year MA student in the Art History & Museum Studies program. She is pursuing a career in collections management and administration, which gives her the opportunity to work with objects and curators from diverse periods of art history. Her art historical research centers around middle-period devotional art across Eurasia. She earned her BA with honors from Walsh University, majoring in art history and museum studies with minors in Spanish and history. Katharine has experience in curatorial work, archival research, collections management, and provenance research. She has interned at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Italy, the Canton Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, ICA- Art Conservation, and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

Emma Zavodny is a first-year Art History and Museum Studies MA student and a Cleveland Museum of Art Fellow. She is interested in the art of the nineteenth century, specifically the Pre-Raphaelites, the repatriation and restitution of cultural property, and the role museums play in society. She received her BA in Art History and Anthropology from American University in 2022. While completing her undergraduate degree, she gained museum and collections experience through internships at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum and the archives of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. In her free time, she enjoys reading mystery novels and painting.