Our Graduates in Art History

Sharon Corwin ’88, above, is director and chief curator at Colby College Museum of Art. Before working at Colby, she was a faculty fellow at the University of California, Berkeley; a guest curator at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; and acting assistant director of the Mills College Art Museum.

She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in 2001 from Berkeley and has been the recipient of fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, the Smithsonian Institution, Duke University, the University of California, and a professional development grant from the College Art Association. Her book, American Modern: Documentary Photography by Abbott, Evans, and Bourke-White was published in 2010 by the University of California Press. Most recently she oversaw a 26,000 square-foot addition to the Colby Museum by Los Angeles-based architect Frederick Fisher and Partners. Her New College thesis was entitled "Postmodern Art and the Politics of Representation: An Exhibition."

New College is proud of the many Art History graduates who have contributed to the field. Here's a sampling of some of our graduates:

Nicole Archer is on the faculty at San Francisco Art Institute and chairs the program in History and Theory of Contemporary Art. She researches contemporary art and material culture with an emphasis in modern textile and garment histories. She also concentrates on critical and psychoanalytic theory, corporeal feminism and performance studies. In her teaching, she explores the relations of politics and aesthetics through examinations of style, embodiment, and desire. She combined her AOC in Art History with Gender Studies.

Jennifer Belt has worked in the permissions department at HarperCollins Publishers, in the rights & reproductions office at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and as associate permissions director at Art Resource.

Cheryl Belz is an architect in Boulder, Colorado. At New College she studied art history and fine art.

Eleanor Cecconi, who studied Art History and Literature at New College, is marketing coordinator at Acosta Tax & Advisory CPA, PA in the Miami area. She has also been a features writer at Monochrome Effect, a literary agent assistant at Trident Media Group and a rights associate at Jane Rotrosen Agency, LLC.

Andrea Cox is director and CEO at Art & History Museums Maitland.

Robin Danzak is assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee.

Deirdre Fennessy is head of school at Golden Oak Montessori School in the San Francisco Bay area.

Carol Gaskin is the owner/editor at Editorial Alchemy, a full time book-editing business. She has published 15 books for adults and children, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as hundreds of periodical articles on countless subjects.

Pooja Gehi is a staff attorney at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SLRP) where she represents low-income, transgender and intersex people of color in the areas of discrimination, immigration, access to government benefits, proper identification and healthcare. Prior to working at SRLP she wrote criminal appeals in 4th circuit and was a member of the Justice and Solidarity Collective in Washington D.C. She studied Sociology and Art History at New College.

Samuel Howell Jr. is assistant professor of art history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Brian Lukacher is professor of art at Vassar College. His teaching addresses the social formation of European visual culture and its philosophical and literary affiliations from the Enlightenment until the threshold of modernism. He is the author of the monograph Joseph Gandy: Architectural Visionary in Georgian England and a contributing author to Nineteenth-Century Art: A Critical History.

Jennifer Posey is assistant curator of the Circus Museum at John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

Katrine Solli earned a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany and is currently education assistant at The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Peter Tush is director of education at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Janice Wilke is chair of the art department at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and teaches drawing, painting, and art history in Baldwin’s Upper School. She is represented in the collections of the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, the Community College of Philadelphia, the William and Uytendale Scott Memorial Study Collection of Works by Women Artists at Bryn Mawr College, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Fellowship.

Jessica Willis is director of curriculum and assessment at Girls Preparatory Charter School in New York City.

Claire Albiez graduated in 2013 and received a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany.

Alejandra Martino graduated in 2013 and earned a French Government Teaching Assistantship.

James Glisson is the Bradford and Christine Mishler Assistant Curator of American Art at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.

Lissa McClure is director of the Marian Goodman Gallery in New York City.

Carla Funk is the director of university museums for the Florida Institute of Technology.

Sample of Graduate Schools Attended by NCF Students in Art History

• Bryn Mawr
• Columbia University
• Cooper Union
• Cornell University
• Florida State University
• George Washington University
• Hunter College
• Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• New York University
• Northwestern University
• Oxford University
• Rutgers University
• St. John's Law School
• Stony Brook University
• Syracuse University
• University of California, Berkeley
• University of California, Irvine
• University of California, Los Angeles
• University of Chicago
• University of Colorado, Denver
• University of Concepcion Chile
• University of Delaware
• University of London
• University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
• University of Pennsylvania
• University of Texas, Austin
• Vanderbilt University
• Washington College of Law
• Washington University, St. Louis

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New College Art History students have an enviable record when it comes to earning Fulbright Scholarships, French Government Teaching Assistantships, and  entry into leading graduate school programs, like the University of Chicago and University of California, Irvine.

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