Olivia Dudnik is a Master's student in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania. A native of Toronto, Canada, Olivia holds a BA in Art History & Classics from McMaster University. Her research focuses on late Impressionist paintings. She has held internships at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Contemporary Art Department and the Registrar's Office, and the European Department at the Art Gallery of Hamilton (ON).
Jessica Hough is a graduate student in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania. From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jessica received her BA in Cinema and Media Studies and Human Rights from the University of Chicago and an MA in Film Studies at Columbia University. To date, her research has focused on modern and contemporary art, with a particular emphasis on intermediality, representations of gender, activist art, and the history of film and photography. Currently, she is the curatorial assistant at The Philip & Muriel Berman Museum of Art. She has held internships at Artists Space, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, Electronic Arts Intermix, and worked at the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago and the Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta. Together with Francesca Richman, she curated Remote Control at Tiger Strikes Asteroid in 2016. She also co-curated the fall 2017 exhibition, Loose Ends, at Seraphin Gallery with Isabelle Lynch.
Jeff Katzin is a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania. From Cleveland, Ohio, he specializes in modern and contemporary art of the United States. He received a double BA in art history and government from Wesleyan University, where he wrote his senior honors essay on Barnett Newman’s Stations of the Cross series. He then earned an MA in art history from the University of Texas at Austin, where his master’s thesis covered Adolph Gottlieb’s career in painting. He has also obtained a certificate in Art Museum Studies from Smith College and completed internships at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Blanton Museum of Art, and the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve. He is particularly concerned with abstract art and its capacities to convey political, philosophical, and personal meaning. Jeff’s research interests also range into photography, film, video, and video games. He is currently conducting research towards his dissertation on the abstract photography of Alvin Langdon Coburn, Henry Holmes Smith, Liz Deschenes, Wolfgang Tillmans, and others. He curated Sources of the Self at AUTOMAT in 2017 and will co-curate the spring 2018 show at FJORD.
Isabelle Lynch is a doctoral student in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania where she is specializing in contemporary art. She studied Art History at McGill University in Montreal (MA in Art History) and at the University of Ottawa (BA in Philosophy and History and Theory of Art). Previously, she worked as a curatorial assistant at Vancouver’s The Polygon Gallery and at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. She has also worked as an educator at McGill University, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Icelandic Art Center. Recently, she co-curated (with Sophie Lynch) the exhibition Blood, Sweat, Tears at the Art Gallery of Guelph and was the recipient of the the 2016 Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators. She co-curated Loose Ends in fall 2017 with Jessica Hough.
Laurel McLaughlin is a doctoral student in the History of Art at Bryn Mawr College. She earned a BA in both the History of Art and English from Wake Forest University (2013), an MA with Distinction from The Courtauld Institute of Art (2015), and an MA from Bryn Mawr College (2017). Her research at Bryn Mawr focuses on contemporary performance that engages theories of identity, embodiment, and feminism. She has previously worked as a Curatorial Assistant at The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Slought Foundation and is currently a Bryn Mawr College McPherson Curatorial Fellow at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts working with Curator of Contemporary Art, Jodi Throckmorton on the upcoming retrospective "Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World." With Mechella Yezernitskaya, she curated "Beyond Boundaries: Feminine Forms," a dual-sited exhibition at both Bryn Mawr College and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, which is accompanied by programming and a catalog. As the History of Art Co-Chair for the upcoming Graduate Symposium "Nothing in Moderation: Ancient to Contemporary Perspectives on Excess," she is also co-curating an accompanying exhibition, "Fragmentary Excess: Body, Text, Receptacle," opening in November, 2017 at Bryn Mawr College. Together with Francesca Ferrari in the spring of 2017, she curated "passages" at FJORD.
Ramey Mize is a doctoral candidate in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania. From Atlanta, Georgia, she holds a BA in Art History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. The majority of her research and publications to date examine the intersection of nineteenth-century art, gender, and material culture in Europe and the United States. Previously, she worked as the Anne Lunder Leland Curatorial Fellow at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, where she curated the exhibition Lois Dodd: Cultivating Vision (2014) and contributed essays to the catalogues Whistler and the World: The Lunder Collection of James McNeill Whistler at the Colby College Museum of Art (2015) and A Usable Past: American Folk Art at the Colby College Museum of Art (2016). She also spearheaded a number of diverse campus and community outreach schemes, including the formation of a Student Advisory Board to the Colby Museum as well as "Young Curators," the first-ever teen program in the history of the institution. Most recently, she co-curated the exhibition Expanding the Audience for Art in the Nineteenth Century at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery. Together with Naoko Adachi, she curated Traversals at New Boon(e) in 2016.
Tamir Williams is a doctoral student in History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in American Studies and French from Middlebury College. Previously, she has held fellowships and internships at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, The Library Company of Philadelphia, and Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her research interests focus on the intersections of the body, race, gender, sexuality, and disability studies in contemporary art.
Francesca Richman is a MA candidate in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Francesca is from Greenwich, Connecticut and graduated from Bucknell Univeristy with a double BA in Art History and Italian Studies. While broadly interested in modern and contemporary issues, Francesca’s research focuses on public art and architecture. She is currently a Graduate Lecturer at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania and is involved with Philadelphia's ongoing Monument Lab. Previously, Francesca has held internships at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Glass House, and Phillips Auction House. Along with Jessica Hough, she curated Remote Control at Tiger Strikes Asteroid in 2016.