Recent News and Events2077-05The presentation of the 2013 Sir Denis Mahon Prize by Ashmolean Museum Director Dr. Christopher Brown, CBE, Orietta Adam, and Suzanne Marriott

December 15th, 2017: My article “Painting the ‘Baronial Castle’: Thomas Cole at Featherston Park” has been published in Huntington Library Quarterly. It can be viewed here.

July 12th, 2017: I have accepted the position of Associate Curator of American Art at the Newark Museum, with a start date of August 7th. I’m excited to work with one of the most important collections of the nineteenth-century American paintings I specialize in and look forward to joining the staff of this vibrant, open, community-serving institution.

February 8, 2017:   As the invited guest of the Center for Visual Culture at Bryn Mawr College, I will be giving the talk “Painter-Architects and the Making of the American Landcsape” in the Visual Culture Colloquium series. The talk poster can be viewed here

October 18, 2016:   As the invited guest of the Department of Anthropology and the Libraries of Haverford College, I gave a lecture on “The Uses of Architecture in American Art” in the Young Academic Alumni Lecture Series. The talk poster can be viewed here

October 12, 2016:   My article “From Villa to Studio: Thomas Cole’s Drawings for Cedar Grove” has been published in the Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts. The full text is available at that link.

May 28, 2016:    I am giving an invited lecture titled “The Country House in American Art” in Mount Vernon’s 2016 Symposium Brushstrokes and Buildings: Art, Architecture, and the Promise of America.

May 12, 2016:    My letter to the editor in response to a column titled “The Art World Pulls Another Juvenile Stunt” has been published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

March 13, 2016:    I am giving an invited lecture titled “Thomas Cole’s Country Houses” in the Thomas Cole National Historic Site’s “Sunday Salons” series. The event flier can be viewed here.

November 21, 2015:    I am giving the paper “An American Country House Abroad: Monte Video and its Afterlives” at the 2015 conference of the American Antiquarian Society’s Center for Historic American Visual Culture, with the theme “Moving Pictures: Images across Media in American Visual and Material Culture to 1900.” More information can be found here.

May 14, 2015:     With heartfelt thanks to my committee — Margaretta Lovell, Elizabeth Honig, and Andrew Shanken — I filed my doctoral dissertation today. I have accepted the position of Postdoctoral Fellow in American Art at Washington University in St. Louis for the 2015-16 academic year and am excited to get to work.

October 15, 2014:     My article “Sibelius, Gallen-Kallela, and the Symposium: Painting Music in Fin-de-Siècle Finland” has been published by the peer-reviewed journal Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide and is available online at the following link.

March 13, 2014:     The paper below on Colen Campbell’s Vitruvius Britannicus has been honored with the annual Dora Wiebenson Prize of the Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture for “an outstanding graduate student paper presented during the previous calendar year at a scholarly conference or as a sponsored lecture.” More information about the award can be found here.

February 14, 2014:     I will be presenting the paper “‘Both Instructive and Pleasant’: The Country House Garden in Vitruvius Britannicus” in the Historians of British Art session “British Country Houses: Architecture, Collections, and Gardens” at the annual College Art Association conference in Chicago. 

November 8, 2013:     I was awarded the 2nd annual Sir Denis Mahon Prize for unpublished work on an early modern topic by a scholar under 30 and gave the prize lecture at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The jurors included Dr. Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund; Professor Sir Christopher White, past director of the Ashmolean and Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art; and Dr. Gabriele Finaldi, Director of Conservation and Research at the Prado. The winning paper was titled  “‘To live in accord with nature’: Rubens’s Houses and the Construction of Neostoic Leisure.”

November 5, 2013:     As the invited guest of the Departments of American Studies and History of Art & Architecture and the Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College, I gave the guest lecture “Something of an Architect: Thomas Cole and the House Portrait” as one of the events accompanying their exhibition “The Hudson River to Niagara Falls: 19th-Century American Landscape Paintings from the New-York Historical Society.” The event poster can be viewed here.

October 5, 2013:     I presented a portion of my dissertation research on Thomas Cole’s “house portraits” in the 9th Annual Bryn Mawr College Graduate Group Symposium, “Home: Departure and Destination.” More information on the event can be found here.