Keynote Speaker

Dylan Miner | Director of American Indian and Indigenous Studies | Michigan State University

Dylan AT Miner is a Wiisaakodewinini (Métis) artist, activist, and scholar. He is currently Director of American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Associate Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. Miner is also adjunct curator of Indigenous art at the MSU Museum and a founding member of the Justseeds artists collective. He holds a Ph.D. from The University of New Mexico and has published approximately sixty journal articles, book chapters, critical essays, and encyclopedia entries. In 2010, he was awarded an Artist Leadership Fellowship through the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution). Miner has been featured in more than twenty solo exhibitions – with many more planned in the near future – and has been artist-in-residence or visiting artist at institutions such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, École supérieure des beaux-arts in Nantes, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Rabbit Island, Santa Fe Art Institute, and numerous universities, art schools, and low-residency MFA programs. His book Creating Aztlán: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island was published in 2014 by the University of Arizona Press. Miner is currently completing a book on Indigenous Aesthetics: Art, Activism, Autonomy and writing his first book of poetry, Ikidowinan Ninandagikendaanan (words I must learn). During 2016, Miner will have solo exhibitions in Ontario and Vancouver, conduct a workshop in Chile, be in residence at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, and exhibit work in Sweden.

Faculty Advisor

Bronwen Wilson | Professor of Renaissance and Early Modern Art | University of California at Los Angeles

Bronwen Wilson’s research and teaching explores the artistic and urban culture of Renaissance Italy and early modern Europe. The histories of Venetian art, of space and vision, and of European perceptions of the Ottoman Turks are important for several publications, including The World in Venice: Print, the City, and Early Modern Identity(winner of the Roland H. Bainton prize for Art History in 2006). Her recently-completed book, The Face of Uncertainty, turns to increasing doubt about the trustworthiness of the human face and accompanying artistic experimentation with physiognomy, animals, and sensation in Northern Italy. The moving image is the subject of her current study, “Inscription and the Horizon in Early Modern Mediterranean Travel Imagery,” which brings to the fore innovative uses of media and ways in which diverse temporal experiences were materialized in visual forms.

Fellowships include Villa i Tatti in Florence, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The Newberry Library, The Bogliasco Foundation in Liguria, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, which has also funded current projects in which she is a co-investigator: Making Worlds: Art, Materiality, and Early Modern Globalization and Early Modern Conversions, the largest international collaboration of its kind.


Kaylee Alexander | Duke University

Kaylee Alexander is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University under the supervision of Neil Mc.William. Her research focuses on the European “catacombs” of the 19th century and the visual culture of death in the longue durée. In 2015, she completed the M.A. in the History of Art and Architecture at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. Her thesis on the Paris Catacombs addressed the role of collective memory and post-revolutionary trauma in the formation of the city’s underground.

Nathan Jones | Columbia University

Nathan Jones is currently enrolled in Columbia University’s M.A. Program in Modern and Contemporary art history, where he is writing a thesis on Robert Smithson, travel, and infrastructure in the 1960s and 70s. His writing has appeared online at Hyperallergic and ArteFuse.

Hannah Kahng | University of California at Los Angeles

Hannah Kahng is a Ph.D. student in the department of art history at the University of California Los Angeles. She studies twentieth-century art, with an emphasis on experimental film and time-based media. Her current research focuses on the intersection of feminism and structural film at the London Filmmakers’ Co-op during the 1970s and 1980s. She received her M.A. from U.C.L.A. and her B.A. in art history from Barnard College.

Breton Langendorfer | University of Pennsylvania

Bret Langendorfer is a Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania, where he specializes in the art of Mesopotamia and ancient Iran. His research focuses on the visual culture of the state, particularly the relationship between representation, narrative, and ideology under imperial regimes. He received his M.A. at the University of Texas at Austin.

Carrie Miller | University of Colorado at Boulder

Carrie joined the M.A. in Art History program at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the fall of 2015 after having completed her B.A. in Art History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2014. Her current research focus is on theoretical issues surrounding the concepts of an artistic copy, the power of a replica, issues of authenticity, and the function of charged objects within the setting of the contemporary art world.  She acts as the United Government of Graduate Students Representative for the Art History Department and was awarded the Neuman Family Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year to pursue her research interests.

Kiersten Mounce | University of Delaware

Kiersten Mounce is a doctoral student in the Department of Art History at the University of Delaware. Mounce is currently conducting research in the curatorial department of the National Building Museum for an upcoming exhibition: “Architecture of the Asylum: St. Elizabeths, 1852-2017.” In 2014, they completed an M.A. at the University of Oregon with a focus on twentieth-century European design. Along with institutional architecture, their research interests include the construction of gender identity through furniture, revolutionary exhibition practices, and the relationship between design and government in the USA and Europe after 1851.

Abigail Rapoport | University of Pennsylvania

Abigail Rapoport is a Ph.D. student in the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on northern early modern European art with an emphasis on the period of global exploration. Her master’s thesis on Dutch representations of Ovid’s Vertumnus and Pomona myth analyzes the depicted gardens of the goddess Pomona in relation to the function, meaning, and topography of the newly cultivated gardens in seventeenth-century Holland. She received her B.A. summa cum laude in Art History from Barnard College in 2013. Before joining Penn, she completed the Teach for America program in New York City.

Lilit Sadoyan | University of California at Santa Barbara

Lilit Sadoyan is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she specializes in 18th-century French decorative arts and sculpture, the history of collecting and display, as well as museums. She has curated exhibitions at the Huntington Art Collections, San Marino and the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, Santa Barbara, where she has been a Curatorial Research Assistant and a Curatorial Fellow, respectively. Lilit has also been a Museum Educator at the J. Paul Getty Museum since 2008, and held numerous teaching and lecturer positions at universities in California, The Huntington, and UCLA Extension. Most recently, she joined the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as a Coordinator of Curatorial Initiatives.

Gabriel Schaffzin | University of California at San Diego

Gabi Schaffzin is pursuing his Ph.D. in Art History with an Art Practice concentration at the University of California, San Diego. His art and research consider the visual representation of pain and illness in a technologically mediated world dominated by a privileging of data over all else. He is a recovering capitalist who spent years working in the commercial world. These experiences inform his practice, which draws on the imagery and rhetoric of advertising and product design. You can see the emerging dialog between his research and artistic practice at