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The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts resident community of international scholars consists of the Kress-Beinecke Professor, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor, the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor, the A. W. Mellon Lecturer in the Fine Arts, and approximately 18 fellows at any one time, including senior fellows, visiting senior fellows, guest scholars, research associates, postdoctoral fellows, and predoctoral fellows.

In addition, the Center supports an internship program with Howard University and approximately 15 predoctoral fellows who are conducting research elsewhere, both in the United States and abroad.

Professors & Lecturers


Alessandra Raengo, Georgia State University
Paul Mellon Senior Fellow, fall 2022
Liquid Blackness in Contemporary Visual Arts: Black Study as Aesthetic Practice

Sarah L. Lopez, University of Pennsylvania
Paul Mellon Senior Fellow, spring 2023
Architectural History Is Migrant History: Construction Labor and Cantera Stone in Mexico and the United States

Megan R. Luke, University of Southern California
William C. Seitz Senior Fellow
Sculpture in an Age of Mass Reproduction

Angela Ho, George Mason University
Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow
Defining Self and Other: The Dutch East India Company’s Encounters with Chinese Culture, 1602–1740

Rune Nyord, Emory University
Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow
Nocturnal Propensities: Mortuary Religion and Ontology in the Ancient Egyptian Middle Kingdom

Morten Steen Hansen, University of Washington
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow, fall 2022
Idol-Phobia in the Spanish Empire: Translating the Sacred at the Escorial

Marius B. Hauknes, University of Notre Dame
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow
The Medieval Image of Chaos as the Image of the Other

Christopher Lakey, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow, spring 2023
The Materials of Anachronism: Gold Ground Painting During the Long Middle Ages (1200–1600)

Visiting Senior FellowsAbout this fellowship program

Adeyemi Akande, University of Lagos
Leonard A. Lauder Visiting Senior Fellow, spring/summer 2023
Dimensionality and Replacement: Photographs as Surrogates in West African Cultures and Religion

James M. Córdova, University of Colorado Boulder
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, winter 2023
Sacralizing Conquest: The Spanish-Aztec War in Religious Art

Anastasia Dakouri-Hild, University of Virginia
Leonard A. Lauder Visiting Senior Fellow, fall 2022
The World In Between: Egypt, Wawat, Kush and Meroe in Africa

Ann C. Huppert, University of Washington
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, fall 2022
Building Knowledge: The Culture of Construction in 16th-Century Rome

Kiki Karoglou, New York, NY
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, fall 2022
MANIA: Narratives of Madness in Classical Art

Michele Lamprakos, University of Maryland, College Park
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, fall 2022
Memento Mauri: The Afterlife of the Great Mosque of Cordoba

Nancy Micklewright, Silver Spring, MD
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, spring 2023
Fashion in a Global City: Dress and the Camera in Late Ottoman Istanbul

Tanya Sheehan, Colby College
Beinecke Visiting Senior Fellow, spring 2023
After Harlem Hospital: Modern Medicine and African American Art

Gregory Sholette, Queens College, City University of New York
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, summer 2023
Backstories of Art and Activism

Tomáš Valeš, Masaryk University
Beinecke Visiting Senior Fellow, summer 2023
Human Bodies, Gender, Race and Academy of Fine Arts in the Late 18th Century Vienna

Heather Wolfe, Folger Shakespeare Library
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, fall 2022
Paper Matters: The Socio-Materiality of Early Modern Paper

Ailsa Mellon Bruce National Gallery of Art Sabbatical FellowsAbout this fellowship program

Danielle Hahn, National Gallery of Art, Department of Music Programs
We Gather Together: The Role of Music Festivals in Healing and Rebuilding Communities Following Periods of War, Pandemic, Famine, Displacement, and Other Epic Disasters

Paige Rozanski, National Gallery of Art, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art
USCO: A Meditation on Technology and Mysticism and the Creation of a Psychedelic Aesthetic

Postdoctoral FellowsAbout this fellowship program

Nisa Ari, University of Houston
Beinecke Postdoctoral Fellow, 2021–2023
Cultural Mandates, Artistic Missions, and “The Welfare of Palestine,” 1876–1948

Benjamin O. Murphy, University of Oregon
A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, 2022–2024
Second-Order Images: Reflexive Strategies in Early Latin American Video Art

Kendra Greendeer, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Paul Mellon Guest Predoctoral Fellow, 2022–2023
Rematriating Indigeneity in Contemporary Native American Arts

Predoctoral Dissertation Fellows (in Residence)About this fellowship program

Davida Fernández-Barkan, Harvard University
David E. Finley Fellow, 2020–2023
Mural Diplomacy: Mexico, the United States, and France at the 1937 Exposition Internationale in Paris

Rheagan Eric Martin, University of Michigan
Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2021–2023
Printed, Painted, and Illuminated: The Expanding Visual Culture of Venetian Printed Books (1469–1517)

Anthony J. Meyer, University of California, Los Angeles
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2021–2023
The Givers of Things: Nahua Religious Leaders and the Art of Making Gifts in the Mexica and Early Modern Worlds

Cleo Nisse, Columbia University
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2020–2023
Unraveling Canvas: Textile Supports and Venetian Painting from Bellini to Tintoretto

Delphine Sims, University of California, Berkeley
Wyeth Fellow, 2021–2023
(Re)surfacing Black Presence: Photography, Black Women’s Bodies, and Geographies

Zsofi Valyi-Nagy, University of Chicago
Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2021–2023
Vera Molnár’s Programmed Abstraction: Computer Graphics and Geometric Abstract Art in Postwar Europe

Predoctoral Dissertation Fellows (Not in Residence)About this fellowship program

Meghaa Ballakrishnen, Johns Hopkins University
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2022–2024
Untitled: Nasreen Mohamedi, Geeta Kapur, and the Subject of Abstraction in India, 1950–2000

David P. Bardeen, University of California, Los Angeles
David E. Finley Fellow, 2022–2025
Arboreal Formations: The Dynamics of Wood in Italian Intarsia and Painting, 1450–1525

Robyn A. Barrow, University of Pennsylvania
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2022–2025
Tracking North: Art, Ecology, and Exchange in the Medieval Nordic World

Barbora Bartunkova, Yale University
Twelve-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2022–2023
Sites of Resistance: Antifascism and the Czechoslovak Avant-Garde

Justin M. Brown, Yale University
Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2022–2024
Wind in the Cotton Tree: Afro-Surinamese Art and Ritual during the Period of Slavery

Kirsten J. Burke, Harvard University
Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellow, 2022–2023
The Art of Writing in Renaissance Germany: Johann Neudörffer’s Calligraphic Revolution

Christopher Daly, Johns Hopkins University
David E. Finley Fellow, 2021–2024
Painting in Lucca in the Late 15th Century: A Problem in Artistic Geography

Erin Dickey, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2022–2024
“Bad Information”: Networks, Knowledges, and Feminist Art in the 1980s

Bianca Hand, Johns Hopkins University
Twenty-Four-Month Ittleson Fellow, 2022–2024
What Is Assyria without the Other: The Subversive Role of Alterity in the Reliefs and Architecture of Sargon II’s Royal Palace at Khorsabad

Aleksander Musiał, Princeton University
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2021–2024
Immersion: Classical Reception and Eastern European Transformations of Hygiene Architecture, c. 1680–1830

Catherine L. Nuckols-Wilde, Tulane University
Twelve-Month Ittleson Fellow, 2022–2023
Unfolding the Sign: Iconography and Figuration in Maya Full-Figure Inscriptions

Kelvin Parnell Jr., University of Virginia
Wyeth Fellow, 2022–2024
Casting Bronze, Recasting Race: American Sculpture and the Bronze Economy (1840–1890)

Ailsa Mellon Bruce Predoctoral Fellowships for Historians of American Art to Travel AbroadAbout this fellowship program

Alexandra Artamonova, Northwestern University

Graham Feyl, University of California, Santa Barbara

Janina López, University of Pittsburgh

Brandee Marlese Newkirk, Duke University


Howard University Undergraduate InternsAbout this program

Keauna Brantley

Amaya Charley

Dana Goodridge

Kennedy Martin

Sacha Reid

Munyang Tengen

Research Associates

Postdoctoral Research AssociatesAbout our research projects

Angélica Becerra
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Chicanx Radical Digital Aesthetics: Artivism, Community, and the Algorithm 

Gloria de Liberali
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Artistic Imagination and Global Histories in Early Modern Bolognese Painting

Fulvia Zaninelli
Postdoctoral Research Associate
A Legacy at the Nexus of the Art Market and Cultural Philanthropy: Alessandro Contini Bonacossi’s Connections with the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University and the Boston Cultural Elite during the 1920s

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