Taylor Barrett is a second-year dual degree MA/MLIS student. She received her BA in studio art and archival studies from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. During her time at Smith, she held internships at The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Prior to arriving at Carolina, she spent two and a half years in Philadelphia, working with the ancient Egyptian Collection at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Most recently, she served as the Photography Archives Intern in the Minor White Archive at the Princeton University Art Museum. Taylor is interested in contemporary American art, material culture and artists’ archives.
Educational History: The Courtauld Institute of Art, MA in the History of Art, 2012; Oberlin College, BA in Art History, 2009
Franny is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, specializing in eighteenth-century French art and works on paper. She was advised by Dr. Mary D. Sheriff until Dr. Sheriff’s passing in fall 2016. Her dissertation, entitled “Drawing the Amateur,” is now being supervised by Dr. Melissa Hyde (University of Florida). Franny’s project examines drawings made by amateurs, particularly women, working outside of the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture in eighteenth-century France. Before arriving at UNC, Franny completed her BA in Art History at Oberlin College and her MA in the History of Art at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She completed her master’s degree in eighteenth-century French and British drawings, taught by Dr. Katie Scott and Professor David Solkin. Franny is pursuing a career in curatorial work and has held positions at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, The Frick Collection, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Ackland Art Museum. She has curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions, including “Visions of Antiquity in the Eighteenth Century” at the Dallas Museum of Art and “Celebrations and Revelries in Seventeenth-Century Dutch art” at the Ackland Art Museum. During the 2019-20 academic year she will be completing her dissertation with support from the UNC Graduate School’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship.
Educational History: B.A. Art History and Religious Studies, University of North Carolina Asheville
Cassidy is currently a Master’s student and received her Bachelor’s degree in Art History from UNC Asheville in 2019. She held undergraduate internship positions with the Thomas Wolfe Memorial House and the Asheville Art Museum. Her research interests include the gendered body in religious iconography, specifically female representations in biblical narrative.
Katherine is a Ph.D. candidate in early modern art history and specializes in eighteenth-century art related to cultural exchange between Europe and the Ottoman Empire. She is currently an instructor in the Department of Art & Visual Culture at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She previously worked as the Illustration Markup Manager for the William Blake Archive and co-curated its inaugural digital exhibition, “William Blake’s Canterbury Pilgrims” (January 2019). Her dissertation examines Western European representations of antiquities and ruins from the Ottoman Empire, including sites such as Palmyra, Aleppo, Mosul, and Athens. Feminist, postcolonial, and critical race theory are central to her analysis of how early modern paintings, prints, and illustrated travel literature constructed cultural difference and influenced the excavation and exhibition of antiquities. She completed the Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies at UNC Chapel Hill in 2017. Her work is published in the journal XVIII: New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century, and her research has been supported by fellowships and travel grants from the UNC Graduate School, UCLA Center for 17th & 18th Century Studies, the William Andrews Clark Library, AESECS, and the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale University. She teaches a wide variety of courses, including introductions to the visual arts, surveys of both Western and global art history, and upper-level classes on topics including eighteenth-century art and imperialism, women and the visual arts, art in an age of revolution, and race, gender, and identity in art.
Educational History: UNC-Chapel Hill, MA, Art History/MS Information Science, 2018; University of Chicago, MA Religious Studies, 2010; Boston University, BA English/Religious Studies, 2008
Erin is a Ph.D. student focusing on contemporary art and technology, with specific interests in media theory, histories of telecommunications technologies, visuality, materialism(s), and archives. Erin was a Fellow in the Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded “Learning from Artists’ Archives” program (2015-2017). Prior to coming to UNC, Erin was Development and Outreach Coordinator at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville, NC. From 2010-2012, she worked as a Mobile Facilitator recording stories and conversations across the U.S. for the national oral history nonprofit StoryCorps.