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Current Members

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 approximately 15 predoctoral fellows who are conducting research both in the United States and abroad.


Photo © Emily Johnston for Artsy

Kress-Beinecke Professor
Lowery Stokes Sims
Museum of Arts and Design (emerita)



Photo © Bonnie Robinson for The Graduate School, 2017

Andrew W. Mellon Professor
Huey Copeland
University of Pennsylvania


Photo © Dana Hoey

Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor
Aruna D’Souza
Williamstown, MA


Photo © Chester Higgins

71st A. W. Mellon Lecturer in the Fine Arts
Richard J. Powell
Duke University

Senior Fellows

Fabio Barry, Stanford University
Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow
The Endless Revolution: The Dome, from Vault of Heaven to Hypersphere

Shira Brisman, University of Pennsylvania
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow, spring 2022
The Goldsmith’s Debt: Conceptions of Property in Early Modern Art

Kaira M. Cabañas, University of Florida
William C. Seitz Senior Fellow
Deviant Histories: Radical Psychiatry and Art as Creative Care

Kathleen James-Chakraborty, University College Dublin
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow
Expanding Agency: Women and Modern American Architecture and Design, 1923–1972

Juliet Koss, Scripps College
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow
Model Soviets

Jeffrey Moser, Brown University
Paul Mellon Senior Fellow
Moral Depths: Making Antiquity in a Medieval Chinese Cemetery

Christopher J. Nygren, University of Pittsburgh
Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow
Sedimentary Aesthetics: Painting on Stone and the Ecology of Early Modern Art

Visiting Senior Fellows

Sinclair W. Bell, Northern Illinois University
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, summer 2021
Visualizing Difference in the Roman Empire: Aethiopians in Imperial Art and Social Practice

Douglas Brine, Trinity University
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, fall 2021
Brazen Splendors: The Art of Brass in the Burgundian Netherlands

Lisa Gail Collins, Vassar College
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, fall 2021
Love Lies Here: Grief, a Quilt, and the Community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama

Frederick W. Gooding, Jr., Texas Christian University
Leonard A. Lauder Visiting Senior Fellow, summer 2021
Black Statues: Where We Stand on Race Within Our Capital Space

Homay King, Bryn Mawr College
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, fall 2021
Go West: A Mythology of California’s Silicon Valley

Sabine Kriebel, University College Cork
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, fall 2021
Objectivity Viewed Obliquely: The New Vision Photography of Florence Henri and Germaine Krull

Marcia Kupfer, Washington, DC
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, summer 2021
Sites of Anti-Judaism in Ethiopian Art and Culture

Pamela O. Long, Washington, DC
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, winter 2022
Machines on Paper: From Leonardo da Vinci to Vincenzo Scamozzi

John Peffer, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, summer 2021
How to Remember Apartheid with Pleasure: The Vernacular of South African Photography

Sarah-Neel Smith, Maryland Institute College of Art
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, summer 2021
Exhibiting the Middle East: The Lost History of America's Cultural Exchanges

Phoebe Wolfskill, Indiana University
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, summer 2021
Photography, Painting, and the Early Twentieth-Century Black Subject

Nicole L. Woods, University of Notre Dame
Leonard A. Lauder Visiting Senior Fellow, winter 2022
Acid Visions: Happenings, Expressionist Painting, and the Afro-Futurism of Bob Thompson

Ailsa Mellon Bruce National Gallery of Art Sabbatical Curatorial/Conservation Fellows

Sarah Battle
National Gallery of Art, Department of Academic Programs
An Oral History Project: The Black Artistic Community in Louisville, Kentucky, 1950–1970

Barbara H. Berrie
National Gallery of Art, Department of Scientific Research
Clear or Colored: Artists’ Use of Glass in Paint

Postdoctoral Fellows
Ellen Tani, Washington, DC
A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, 2020–2022
Black Conceptual Practice in Contemporary Art

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

Research Associates
Lauren Taylor
Research Associate/Edmond J. Safra Research Associate
The Humanisms of Dakar’s Musée Dynamique (1966)

Matthew J. Westerby
Robert H. Smith Research Associate
Reimagining a Hieronymite Choir Book from Seville

Fulvia Zaninelli
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

Predoctoral Dissertation Fellows
Predoctoral Fellows (in residence)

Luke A. Fidler [University of Chicago]
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2019–2022
Henry the Lion and the Art of Politics in Northern Europe, c. 1142–1195

Christine Garnier [Harvard University]
Wyeth Fellow, 2020–2022
Amalgamating the West during the American Silver Age (1848‒1893)

Isabella Lores-Chavez [Columbia University]
Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2020–2022
Plaster Casts in the Life and Art of 17th-Century Dutch Painters

Mohit Manohar [Yale University]
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2020–2022
The City of Gods and Fortune: An Architectural and Urban History of Daulatabad, 1200‒1500

Rachel Catherine Patt [Emory University]
David E. Finley Fellow, 2019–2022
Meaning, Materiality, and Pothos in Late Antique Gold-Glass Portraits

Catherine H. Popovici [The University of Texas at Austin]  
Ittleson Fellow, 2020–2022
Stones of Statehood: Art, Politics, and Placemaking in a Classic Maya Landscape

Erhan Tamur [Columbia University]
Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2020–2022
Site-Worlds: An Account of Material Lives from Tello (Ancient Girsu)

Predoctoral Fellows (not in residence)

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

Anna Aline Mehlman Dumont [Northwestern University]
Twelve-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2021–2022
From Design Reform to Fascist Craft: Textiles and Italian Women’s Labor, 1870–1945

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

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

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

Christopher T. Richards [New York University]
Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellow, 2021–2022
Picturing Desire and Desiring Pictures: The Ovidian Manuscript Tradition

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

Zhenru Zhou [University of Chicago]
Ittleson Fellow, 2021–2023
Between the Virtual and the Real: A New Architecture of the Mogao Caves (Dunhuang, China), 781–1036 CE

Ailsa Mellon Bruce Predoctoral Fellowships for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad

Brandon P. Eng [New York University]

Emma Kennedy [Northwestern University]

Tyler Shine [University of Pennsylvania]

Zoe Weldon-Yochim [University of California, Santa Cruz]

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