Current Students

Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art History

Madalyn Brooker (MA 2018)
Primary areas of interest: accessible design, participatory art; secondary areas of interest: video art, healthcare architecture

 

Alden Burke (MA 2018)
Primary areas of interest: the intersection of language and identity in performance art; secondary areas of interest: the role of community engagement in museum learning and the creative possibilities of question-speak

 

Katie Cato (MA 2018)
Primary areas of interest: queer and transgender studies/artists; secondary areas of interest: Postminimalism, California based practices

 

Daisy Charles (MA 2018)
Primary area of interest: conceptual art in Canada; secondary areas of interest: ceramic history and theory, decorative arts

 

Alex Fiorentino (MA 2018)
Primary area of interest: American art and the AIDS crisis; secondary areas of interest: queer theory, social history, and the occult

 

Irena Frumkin (MA 2018)
Primary areas of interest: Eastern European contemporary art and Russian Constructivism; secondary area of interest: Design history and theory

 

Luna Goldberg (MA 2018)
Primary areas of interest: Contemporary Israeli Art, politically engaged art; secondary areas of interest: Memorials and monuments, architecture and nation building

 

Ned Marto (MS 2013; MA 2018)
Primary areas of interest: snapshot and photography studies.

 

Makayla May (MA 2018)
Primary area of interest: Contemporary art and visual culture in West and Central Africa with an emphasis on lens-based practices; secondary area of interest: history of photography

 

Ratna Patel (MA 2018)
Primary area of interest: South Asian contemporary art; secondary area of interest: Architectural history

 

Brandi Sjostrom (MA 2018)
Primary areas of interest: Post-Internet Art and Body and Performance; secondary areas of interest: Dada and Surrealism @saicopenstudios

 

Elle Tompkins (MA 2018)
Primary areas of interest: relational & interactive art and experimental eating; secondary areas of interest: design history, Chicago architecture.

 

Xue Yang (MA 2018)
Primary areas of interest: mass culture and socially-engaged art; secondary areas of interest: sonic art, art and activism, and new media art.

 

Madalen Claire Benson (MA 2019)
Primary areas of interest: North American Indigenous art, performance art; secondary areas of interest: critique and theory of contemporary art and architecture, photoconceptualism

 

Julia (Budgie) Birka-White (MA 2019)
Primary areas of interest: contemporary painting and sculpture; secondary area of interest: Medieval art

 

Stephanie Dvareckas (MA 2019)
Primary area of interest: consciousness in contemporary art; secondary areas of interest: social practice, exhibition practices, and public art

 

Susan Mackey (MA 2019)
Primary areas of interest: contemporary feminist art, contemporary art of the African Diaspora

 

Yue Ren (MA 2019)
Primary areas of interest: exhibition history/curatorial studies; North European experimental film and video; experimental projects in Asia in the 1980&1990s till present.

 

Sandra Shim (MA 2019)
Primary areas of interest: Contemporary Art, East Asia Art

 

Ingrid Sundstrom (MA 2019)
Primary area of interest: Contemporary Russian art

 

Jacob Zhicheng Zhang (MA 2019)
Primary areas of interest: postcolonial theories, Chinese art/visual studies, East Asian art/visual studies; secondary areas of interest: institutional critique, queer artists

 

Dual Degree in Art History and Arts Administration

Jameson Paige (Dual 2018)
Primary areas of interest: Contemporary performance and time-based media; queer, transgender, affect, and performance studies; secondary areas of interest: Post-socialism, citizenship and social conduct, utopia studies

 

Elliot J. Reichert (Dual 2018)
Primary areas of interest: history and politics of the modern Middle East, cultural heritage, museology; secondary area(s) of interest: contemporary Arab and Middle Eastern art, art criticism

 

Duncan Bass (Dual 2019)
Areas of interest: intersections of art, science and technology, social and media theory

 

Lindsey Bell (Dual 2019)
Areas of interest: Performance Art and Relational Aesthetics

 

Nicky Ni (Dual 2019)
Primary area of interest: computer-based art that involves real-time simulation; secondary areas of interest; video, performance, reception of contemporary Chinese art in a global context.

 

Carlos Salazar-Lermont (Dual 2019)
Primary areas of interest: Latin American Art, performance art and performativity in video and photography.

 

Celina Wu (Dual 2019)
Primary area of interest: Photography theory and criticism; secondary areas of interest: Affect theory and linguistics

 

Emily Crum (Dual 2020)
Primary areas of interest: Italian Renaissance and Baroque Catholic religious art, cultural science, museum institutions; secondary area of interest: 19th century Post-Impressionist artists.

 

Tess Haratonik (Dual 2020)
Primary area(s) of interest: gender, body, and performance based art; secondary area(s): conceptual sculpture and photography

 

Sophie Jenkins (Dual 2020)
Primary areas of interest: contemporary portrait photography; the history of the genre of portraiture; collections management and archives

 

Catherine LaMendola (Dual 2020)
Primary areas of interest: Art brut, 20th century American folk art

 

Whitney Mash (Dual 2020)
Primary area of interest: Contemporary Art & Technology; secondary areas of interest: Chicago Imagists, Surrealism

 

Shannon Hebert Waldman (Dual 2020)
Primary areas of interest: Social Practice and Socially Engaged Craft; secondary areas of interest: institutional critique and museum education.