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    Board of Advisors

    Stephen J. Campbell, Johns Hopkins University 
    September 2020–August 2023

    Bridget R. Cooks, University of California, Irvine 
    September 2019–August 2022

    Maria Gough, Harvard University 
    September 2020–August 2023

    Joan Kee, University of Michigan 
    September 2021–August 2024

    Joanne Pillsbury, The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
    September 2019–August 2022

    Alicia Walker, Bryn Mawr College 
    September 2020–August 2023

    Michael Zell, Boston University 
    October 2019–August 2022

    Center Board of Advisors (clockwise from top left): Alicia Walker, Maria Gough, Joan Kee, Stephen J. Campbell, Bridget R. Cooks, Michael Zell, and Joanne Pillsbury, April 2022

    Curatorial Liaison

    Franklin Kelly, National Gallery of Art 
    Christiane Ellis Valone Curator of American Paintings 
    September 2021–August 2024

    Special Selection Committees

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

    Nicole Fleetwood, Rutgers University 
    February 2021–March 2023

    Jessica L. Horton, University of Delaware 
    February 2021–March 2023

    Jordana Moore Saggese, University of Maryland 
    February 2020–March 2022

    Howard University Undergraduate Internships

    Roger Lawson, National Gallery of Art 
    2022–2024 internship cohort

    Jeannette Ibarra Shindell, National Gallery of Art 
    2022–2024 internship cohort

    Sherri Williams, National Gallery of Art 
    2022–2024 internship cohort

    Postdoctoral Fellowships

    Eddie Chambers, The University of Texas at Austin 
    October 2019–February 2023

    Kellie Jones, Columbia University 
    October 2017–February 2022

    David Young Kim, University of Pennsylvania 
    November 2020–February 2024

    Laura E. Pérez, University of California, Berkeley 
    November 2020–February 2024



    Steven Nelson, Dean

    Therese O’Malley, Associate Dean (to September 2021)

    Peter M. Lukehart, Associate Dean


    Helen Tangires, Center Administrator

    Nathalie Meza, Assistant Administrator for Budget and Accounting


    Elise Ferone, Center Support Specialist

    Frances Grant, Gallery Support Specialist (from February 2022)

    Emily Koller-Apelskog, Support Specialist, Fellows Program (from February 2022)

    Caroline Marsh, Regular Meetings Coordinator (to November 2021)

    Annie G. Miller, Special Meetings and Publications Coordinator (to May 2022)

    Jen Rokoski, Communications Officer

    Abby S. Whitlock, Assistant to the Program of Research (to September 2021)

    Andy Wolanski, Fellowship Officer


    Valeria Federici, Postdoctoral Research Associate (to August 2021)

    Miriam K. Said, Postdoctoral Research Associate (to August 2021)

    Lauren Taylor, Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Matthew J. Westerby, Robert H. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Hilary Whitham Sánchez, Postdoctoral Research Associate/Edmond J. Safra Postdoctoral Research Associate (from November 2021)

    Fulvia Zaninelli, Postdoctoral Research Associate


    Tour of the exhibition Afro-Atlantic Histories led by Center dean and exhibition cocurator Steven Nelson, April 2022

    Lowery Stokes Sims, Museum of Arts and Design (emerita) 
    Kress-Beinecke Professor, 2021–2022

    Huey Copeland, University of Pennsylvania 
    Andrew W. Mellon Professor, 2020–2022

    Aruna D’Souza, North Adams, MA 
    Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor, spring 2022

    Richard J. Powell, Duke University 
    71st A. W. Mellon Lecturer in the Fine Arts, spring 2022

    Senior Fellows

    Fabio Barry, London, England
    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

    Curator Andrea Nelson with Sabine Hake, Rachel Catherine Patt, Isabella Lores-Chavez, and Fulvia Zaninelli during a tour of the exhibition The New Woman Behind the Camera, December 2021

    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

    Ian Bourland, Georgetown University
    Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow, summer 2021
    Gold Standard

    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

    Sabine Hake, The University of Texas at Austin 
    Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, summer 2021 
    The Representation of the Worker and the Aestheticization of Work in Nazi Art and Design

    Kristin Love Huffman, Duke University 
    Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, spring 2022 
    Visual Invention: Reframing Jacopo de’ Barbari’s View of Venice

    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 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

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

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

    Nisa Ari and Ellen Tani during a tour of the exhibition Afro-Atlantic Histories, April 2022

    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)

    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

    Center fellows Douglas Brine, Rachel Catherine Patt, and Luke Fidler with conservator Sue Ann Chui during a tour of paintings conservation, October 2021

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