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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


Brian D. Goldstein, Swarthmore College
Paul Mellon Senior Fellow
If Architecture Were for People: The Life and Work of J. Max Bond Jr.

Robb Hernández, Fordham University
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow
Transplanetary: Speculative Arts of the Americas

Pamela Lee, Yale University
William C. Seitz Senior Fellow
The Art of Small War

Walter Simon Melion, Emory University
Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow
Praying through Prints: Technologies of Affective Piety and Image-Based Devotion in Dutch and Flemish Prayer Books, 1480–1680

Kathryn Blair Moore, University of Connecticut
Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow
The Other Space of the Arabesque: Italian Renaissance Art at the Limits of Representation

Alla Vronskaya, Universität Kassel
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow
Environmental Colonization: Architecture, Climate, and Geography in the Cold War Soviet Union

Visiting Senior FellowsAbout this fellowship program

George Baker, University of California, Los Angeles
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, March–May 2024
Paul Thek and the Italian South: From Pop to the Popular, from Process to Procession

Ragnhild Bø, University of Oslo
Beinecke Visiting Senior Fellow, June–August 2024
Christ Appearing to His Mother in Late Medieval Art: Visualizing the Resurrection across Convents, Parishes, and Courts

Sarah Elizabeth Fraser, Heidelberg University 
Beinecke Visiting Senior Fellow, March–April 2024
The Role of Tibetan Artists in Forging the Modern in Chinese Art: Alterity in Buddhist Pictorial Praxis

Margaret L. Laird, Wilmington, DE
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, January–February 2024
Drawing Beasts: Narrativity and the Ancient Roman Imagination

Jennifer Pruitt, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, May–June 2024
Inheriting an Islamic Golden Age: Globalism, National Identity, and Islamic Art History in the Architecture of the Arabian Gulf

James A. van Dyke, University of Missouri
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, January–February 2024
Shell Oil and the Political Confrontation of the Arts

Rashmi Viswanathan, University of Hartford
Leonard A. Lauder Visiting Senior Fellow, May–June 2024
Producing the Global Modern: Private Politics of Cultural Ambassadorship

Visiting Guest Artist

Dario Robleto, Houston, TX
Visiting Guest Artist, March–April 2024
Until We Are Forged: Hymns for the Elements 

Ailsa Mellon Bruce National Gallery of Art Sabbatical Fellows

James Meyer
Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Art
What Happened to the Institutional Critique?

Andrea Nelson
Department of Photographs, National Gallery of Art
Reading Modern Photobooks

Susan B. Wertheim
Office of Architecture and Engineering, National Gallery of Art
Contemplating Contemplative Spaces: The Power of Abstraction in Modern Architecture

Postdoctoral Fellows (in Residence)
About this fellowship program

Maria Gabriella Matarazzo
Beinecke Postdoctoral Fellow, 2023–2025
Beyond “Buon Fresco”: Experimenting with Oil in Wall Painting, c. 1500–1700

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

Postdoctoral Fellows (Not in Residence)
About this fellowship program

Anni A. Pullagura, Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston
Center/YCBA Postdoctoral Fellow, 2023–2026
Forms of Feeling: Collecting the Nation for Contemporary Cultural Institutions

Predoctoral Dissertation Fellows (in Residence)About this fellowship program

Meghaa Parvathy Ballakrishnen, Johns Hopkins University
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2022–2024
Untitled: Nasreen Mohamedi, Geeta Kapur, and Abstraction in Internationalist India, 1950–2016

Justin M. Brown, Yale University
Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2022–2024
Afro-Surinamese Calabash Art in the Era of Slavery and Emancipation

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. 1600–1830

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

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

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

Chasitie Brown, The University of Texas at Austin
Twelve-Month Ittleson Fellow, 2023–2024
The Dormant Scar: Embodying Blackness in the Queloides Exhibition Series in Cuba, the United States, and Spain (1997–2012)

Rowanne Dean, University of Chicago
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2023–2026
Valuing Virtuosity: Goldsmiths’ Work in Northwestern Europe, c. 1350–1500

Ryan Eisenman, University of Pennsylvania
David E. Finley Fellow, 2023–2026
The Limoges Champlevé Enamel Industry, c. 1180–1280

William Green, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Twelve-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2023–2024
Looking Back/Looking Ahead: Alternative and Antiquated Process Photography in North America, c. 1970

Hannah Kaemmer, Harvard University
Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellow, 2023–2024
Expertise and Empire: Fortification Building and the English Ordnance Office, 1660–1714

Chaeri Lee, Indiana University
Twenty-Four-Month Ittleson Fellow, 2023–2025
Āthār: Visualizing Vestiges of Time in 19th-Century Iran

James H. Miller, Princeton University
Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2023–2025
Fossils for a Future Time: David Smith and the Sculpting of Traces

Celia Rodríguez Tejuca, Johns Hopkins University
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2023–2025
From the Ground Up: Picturing Scientific Knowledge in the Late 18th-Century Spanish Americas

Julia Silverman, Harvard University
Wyeth Fellow, 2023–2025
Unmaking Tradition: Native Designers and the Representation of Knowledge during the “Indian New Deal”

Wenjie Su, Princeton University
Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2023–2025
Simulating Time: Cosmological Analogies, Cross-Cultural Similes, and the Transmission of Clockwork Objects between Early Modern Europe and China

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

Kale Doyen, University of Pittsburgh

Julia Hamer-Light, University of Delaware

Emily Kang, University of California, Berkeley

Joseph Mizhakii Zordan, Harvard University


Howard University Undergraduate Interns

Keauna Brantley, 2022–2024

Jada Brooks, 2023–2025

Clay Cauley, 2023–2025

Amaya Charley, 2022–2024 

Aletheia Couts, 2023–2025

Dana Goodridge, 2022–2024 

Aneesah Lawrence, 2023

Kennedy Martin, 2022–2024 

Sacha Reid, 2022–2024

Miles Kenyan Stewart, 2023–2025

Munyang Tengen, 2022–2024

Elroi Yonatan, 2023–2025

Research Associates

Postdoctoral Research AssociatesAbout our research projects

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

Molly Superfine
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Ruins and Remains: Performative Sculpture and the Politics of Touch in the 1970s

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