Mid-Atlantic Followup

Joshua Kamins in front of the National Gallery Entrance

Joshua Kamins in front of the National Gallery Entrance

Second-year masters student Joshua Kamins was one of eight graduate students who presented papers at the Forty-Fifth Annual Middle Atlantic Symposium in Art History earlier this month. Joshua’s paper, Among the Prophets: Michelangelo’s David is drawn from his current thesis research, and examines the David’s intended location at the Florence Cathedral in relation to Biblical and Renaissance sources. Josh was the sole masters student in a panel comprised of Ph.D candidates from the University of Virginia, Bryn Mawr College, and University of Maryland.

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Joshua and his fellow AU students at the conference


College of Arts and Sciences: 25th Annual Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference


The annual American University College of Arts and Sciences student research conference will take place next Saturday, March 28, at the Katzen Arts Center. Among the students presenting original scholarship are several Art History graduate and undergraduate students.


SESSION 1: Informing the Future

(9:00- 11:30 AM)

Sarah de Blasio, Senior, History and Art History: “Curating America’s Cultural Foreign Policy in WWII”

SESSION 2: A Body of Work

(10:45 AM-12:15 PM)

Anne Schroeder, Senior Art History: “An Analysis of the Figura Serpentinata Pose in the Works of Michelangelo Buonarroti”

Genevieve Stegner-Freitag, Senior Art History: “Nobody’s Perfect: A Macrobian Analysis of Titian’s The Bacchanal of the Andrains

Jennifer Wu, MA Candidate, Art History: “Sex and Spirituality in Lucas Cranach’s Nymph of the Spring

Elizabeth Mullen, MA Candidate, Art History: “Titian and Saint Sebastian’s Resurrected Body”

Session 3: Curling Up with a Good Book

(1:45-3:15 PM)

Catherine Vassaux, MA Candidate, Art History: “Powerful Flesh: Lucretius and the Body of Venus in Bronzino’s An Allegory of Venus and Cupid

Session 3: Docent

(1:45-3:15 PM)

Erica Bogese, MA Candidate, Art History: “Jacques-LouisDavid’s Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier and His Wife: Self-Definition at the Dawn of the French Revolution”

Rebecca Blader, MA Candidate, Art History: “László Moholy-Nagy’s Photograms: Rejecting Tradition for Scientific Creativity”

The full 2015 conference program can be found here. 

AU Student to Present at the 45th Annual Mid-Atlantic Symposium


This weekend, the 45th annual Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art will take place at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the National Gallery of Art. This year, American University is sending second year masters student Joshua Kamins, who will present Among the Prophets: Michelangelo’s David, a paper drawn from his ongoing thesis project that discusses the original intended location of the Michelangelo’s infamous David. His presentation will take place at the National Gallery of Art West Building Lecture Hall on Saturday, March 7 from 2:00 to 4:00pm.