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  1. Having trouble deciding between St. Andrews and the University of Edinburgh for Art History. Any comments or advice would be strongly appreciated. Thank you!
  2. Rate My Chances

    Hello! I am applying to History of Art Graduate Programs with a concentration in the History of Photography for this upcoming fall. I am currently a senior at NC State majoring in History with Honors and Art Studies with a concentration in Visual Art. I am also minoring in Film. I am graduating one semester late, but I am working on my honors thesis right now and was advised not to complete my senior seminars in both of my majors as I write it. My thesis topic focuses on the photographic artwork of Wilhelm von Gloeden and how Taormina, Sicily acted as a disparate location for homosexual men and artists. Last summer I travelled on a grant from my college to NYC, Berlin, and Florence over the course of eight weeks to research for this project. I got to interview scholars and curators familiar with von Gloeden's work, as well as see original prints in person at the Fratelli Alinari Archives. After my defense this spring, I will be returning to Italy to present my research at a conference in Sicily about eroticism. In graduate school I want to continue my research on queer photographers and their impact on the social history of sexual identity. I am applying to five PHD programs (Yale, Brown, Michigan, UCLA, and Princeton) and five Masters programs (Rutgers, UNC, UPenn, Penn State, and Columbia). My GPA is a 3.625 and I am a strong student in my department and have great recommendations (as I am sure every prospective PhD does). I studied abroad in Vienna for a summer to study German and the Secessionists. I have research experience abroad and also work at the Special Collections Research Center at my university as a student archivist. I have taken four German courses (although I did drop advanced German during a semester of 18 hours) and would say I have an intermediate reading proficient in German. In the fall I plan on taking accelerated French so I can add on elementary reading proficient in French. My boyfriend is getting his PhD in French Lit so I have more help with that language than German, but as of now I am only practicing German on the side of my coursework and thesis. As for museum work, I have interned as a photo archivist at the museum on campus and I have also interned at the North Carolina Museum of art as an education intern. Before I graduate I plan on completing a curatorial internship to add under my belt. I am a student ambassador and I have accolades and awards as a photographer. So what do you think are my chances? I have yet to take the GRE, but once my summer plans fall in place I will schedule my test date. Also, any advice for admissions is greatly appreciated!
  3. This is pretty last minute, but hopefully this will be of use to other people applying down the road as well. This is my current version of my essay for the University of Virginia. I'm specifically interested in feedback on the strength, or lack thereof, of the introduction. Any and all feedback is welcome. “The Annals of Rome were the mirrors into which revolutionaries constantly gazed in search of self-recognition”, observes Simon Schama in his history of the French Revolution. His statement highlights two themes which occupy my research: the eighteenth-century’s fascination with the fashioning of identity, and the receiver’s role in the production of historical meaning. The great Roman orators these men “recognized” in the mirror were in part effigies of their own making, a synthesis of historical fact and politicized projection. Reception scholars have recently grappled with this issue, and the metaphor of history as a mirror reflects a prevailing trend in the discipline, abbreviated by Charles Martindale’s dictum that meaning “is always realized at the point of reception.” This perspective marks an intriguing shift of emphasis from historical “fact” to the interpretation of historical events and objects by subsequent audiences. In this spirit, my research explores how Enlightenment political consciousness shaped, and was shaped by responses to antiquity. A sojourn in Berlin sparked my interest in the phenomenon of German philhellenism, the origins of which I would trace in my summa cum laude thesis on the politics of aesthetics in the work of Johann Joachim Winckelmann. Drawing on my training in art history and Early Modern philosophy, I examined Winckelmann’s decision to vilify the Romans and embrace the Greeks as the true model of antique perfection. Following threads started by Alex Potts and Moshe Barasch, I reasoned that this preoccupation reflects a deep antipathy towards the Roman imperial political model, which Winckelmann blames equally for the inferiority of both ancient Roman and modern Baroque art, with its paternal institution of ancien regime autocracy. Expanding on the work of several German scholars, I argued that Winckelmann’s contributions in historiography and aesthetics constitute a radical social critique which would come to color the emergent neoclassicism of the Enlightenment. Winckelmann’s image of antiquity, much like that of the French revolutionaries, was part of a discourse in which the present seems to define the past as much as the reverse is true. The methodology I utilized for this work was influenced by my research under Steven Ostrow and Matthew Canepa in the Art History department at the University of Minnesota. Steven Ostrow’s work on the religious function of post-Tridentine sculpture and public spaces has trained me in the study of iconography, topography and patronage, as well as the power of art to seamlessly integrate ideology into public life. Under Matthew Canepa I pursued questions about how the production, re-use and appropriation of artistic and religious history is used for self-fashioning and legitimization of political authority through techniques ranging from spoliation to ritual performance. In 2014 I focused on the Hellenistic Near East, contributing a term paper on the adoption of Babylonian rulership practices and rituals by the early Seleucids in Hellenistic Mesopotamia for a graduate level course. Later that year I was awarded with a research grant during which I studied aspects of art theory in the French academic circle and their (quite imaginative) basis in antiquity under the direction of Steven Ostrow. These research methods were formative in my approach to art history, fostering my preoccupation with the power of the past and its expression in the visual arts. The McIntire Department of Art is uniquely well-suited to support me as I continue to address a variety of current issues in Early Modern visual culture. Along with the late Mary Sheriff, Sarah Betzer’s work has been formative for my study of gender and viewership in the Rococo. Betzer’s forthcoming book will certainly present new questions relevant to my focus on the reception of antique sculpture, and converges with my extensive training in Early Modern philosophy, topics that could be expanded upon and developed in my future research under her guidance. Anastasia Dakouri-Hild’s approach also dovetails significantly with my past study of how ritual performance and space (both architectural and topographical) can be used to shape political identity in the ancient world, issues which have significantly guided my approach to art history in general. In addition, the prominent inter-departmental strength in the classics is a major incentive to study at the University of Virginia. Classical reception, central to my interest in the eighteenth century, quite obviously requires close study of antiquity. My background in Latin will provide the requisite skills to refine my understanding of the Roman sources which exercised immeasurable influence upon the artistic and literary figures of the Enlightenment. In this area, I plan to draw on the expertise of faculty such as John Dobbins and John Miller whose expertise in Roman literature and reception will be invaluable as I progress in my doctoral work. The University of Virginia thus provides the ideal atmosphere for me to engage, and ultimately contribute to, ongoing conversation about receptions of antiquity in the Early Modern world.
  4. Hi! I’m new in this forum so I hope this is the right section where to post this. Well, to put it “short”, I have a BA in Modern languages (taken in Italy) with a “minor” in art history and would like to pursue my studies in this field, going on to a MA and possibly even a PhD (I don’t know why but it really fascinates me to do any kind of research and maybe even to teach it). The problem is that during my bachelor I only took monographic courses which gave me no general view on art history: I took a 1850-1950 art history module, one about Caravaggio, another one on Flemish art (1350-1650), one on six 20th Century Italian artists and a general module on Aesthetics. Plus, I wrote my dissertation on August Strindberg and his role as a painter. In terms of credits, I would be perfectly admissible for a MA in Europe; yet, as I said before, I don’t have an overview on art history and haven’t done those readings an art history student would do during a bachelor. I feel so ignorant for this. So my final simple question is: given my background, what kind of readings should I do? Do you have any particular books/textbooks I should/must read? I have already started to read “A world history of art” by Hugh Honour, but I’m sure it won’t suffice Thanks a lot for those who will try to help me!
  5. Hi All! I've been slogging through past threads of applicants for Art History and thought it was time we created a current thread for this year's applicants. Currently seeking advice from those who are looking at various Master / PhD Art History / Curatorial / Museum Studies programs -- what criteria are you using to impact your decisions? Some background: I am primarily interested in MA programs (particularly funded!) in Art History or Curatorial Studies. I am also highly interested in IFA's joint degree in Conservation and Art History. Any insight for these in particular is very welcome! Please feel free to post advice / application anxieties here!
  6. How do admissions committees view professional experience? I'm planning on applying to art history and some interdisciplinary (UC CST) programs next year and am wondering how my experience will affect my application. I've worked as a research assistant at a top museum, an editorial associate at a scholarly press, and am now working as an assistant director of one of the interdisciplinary academic centers at a university. I earned an MA from this university and it is one of my top choices. The academic fellows at the center (full professors at the university) have also told me that they would write me a LoR when I decided to apply. I was hoping that my professional experience and MA (GPA: 3.9) would make up for my GPA from undergrad (3.5), but have heard conflicting opinions.
  7. Hey: I was hoping to get some help... I am interested in getting my Masters in Art History, and I am not sure if that is the right program for me. Is it possible for people to comment, to give me some advice? If it works better for you, you can message me through the blog/ forum. I have my Bachelors in Women's Studies, with minors in Philosophy and Sociology, and I am hoping to start a career as a Curator. I am not sure what that all entails, but I basically want to work in a Museum and teach people about art, that has some type of political significance, specifically art that pertains to feminism and gender issues. I not only want to teach people about the art (in a Museum setting), but I also want to understand the art, and its historical context. It would be a bonus if I can fix or restore the art as well.. Unless that is a separate career. All useful advice is appreciated. I am hoping to move to Boston, MA (Boston University), to get the degree - they have Museums out there as well, and New York is out of my price range in terms of the cost of living. I do not want to move to Philadelphia, since the only good school", that I am aware of out there is University of Philadelphia, and I do not have the GPA or interest in going to an Ivy League school. Thank you!
  8. So - a few questions regarding the writing sample: should I include an abstract? Currently I am using APA style, with end notes -- keep?
  9. I'm having a bit of a dilemma with my pursuit of a second Master of Arts degree. Let me preface this by saying that while a second Master's degree may not seem like a good idea to some, since my first Master of Arts degree is in Museum Studies, the second degree would be complimentary to it in some way. My issue is that I need to attend my second Master of Arts degree as a distance learning/online program, as I do not have access to these programs at the local university and cannot afford to move at this moment and am working a full-time job now. Therefore, the dilemma I face is the following: do I apply to multiple graduate schools in the different fields I am considering as my second Master of Arts and attend the one that I feel is best suited to my goals, or should I focus solely on what I know will help the end goal the most? The issue is this: my local university does not have Classics, Classical archaeology, ancient history, or art history offered at the graduate level here, and those are the areas in which I desire to combine into an interdisciplinary PhD (such as the NYU ISAW or UPenn's AAMW program), but I am seeking out a terminal MA at the moment because I am not able to move yet. I have found that Villanova University offers their Classical Studies MA online but it's synchronous, so I would have to attend at the offered course time, which is doable but challenging. Thus far, that is the only university that I have found that offers a program that would be competitive enough to gain me entry into an eventual PhD. My question is: Should I apply to the Classical Studies by itself or should I apply to Villanova, but also for the second MA programs I am considering, such as Art History, History, Library Sciences (which would help as I work in a museum and often collaborate with the research library, so it would be relevant but not to my end goal of a PhD), and/or English/Creative Writing MFA - it's a hard call because I know it makes me look like I don't have one concentration or focus, but as I will have a Master's in Museum Studies soon, any of these degrees would pair well (I know many will tell me to take the MFA out, which I have considered anyway, since I could always pursue that later if I felt like it). The issue with the art history and history options, is, of course, not many online programs will allow you to focus on ancient history. I know that there are a decent schools in the UK that would be able to offer this (such as the University of Wales Trinity Saint David), but I cannot afford to pay that much out of pocket, so for now I am looking into American schools only. I think the root of my issue is worrying that I won't get into Villanova and then not know what to do with myself if I don't, since there's not that many other options. Help?
  10. Online MA in Art History

    I was wondering if anyone knew of a good online graduate program online in Art History (preferably with an emphasis on ancient history, but I know many MA programs give a broader range of course material). I know that Academy of Art University has an online degree in Art History, but since it's a for-profit school, I don't feel like it would be a respected way to pursue my goals. Aside from that, the only place I have found that has an online program for Art History is Lindenwood University, which I hadn't heard of until I went on a search for a school in the U.S. that had an online Art History graduate program. The local university does not offer art history even at a BA level and I cannot yet afford to move again, so if I want to pursue my second MA, I would have to do it via distance/online learning. Thanks, all!
  11. Hi there! How about this program? LOL
  12. Hi everyone, I'm currently at a summer internship at a pretty widely known art museum, which I also interned at when I was in high school. I was thinking of getting a recommendation from our director of education (mainly because this seems to be a pretty important title) for doctoral Art History programs, but I'm not sure if this is the wisest. First, the director doesn't have a PhD, does this immediately discount them? They have an MA from a renowned school (but not one I'm planning to apply to). Second, like I said, my extent of interaction with this person is relatively slim, boiling down to 8 weeks in high school and 8 weeks this summer, with a few short run-ins between. Third, logistically, if I wanted to use this rec for multiple schools, would I just have to pester them from another state? Or would it be something they give to me to upload? I realize the fact that I have such hesitations probably means I shouldn't use this person, but I think I might need to, because my primary Art History professor, who has written many a recommendation for me in the past, is on sabbatical this year in a location where they are very hard to contact. Thoughts?
  13. Any recommendations for PhD programs in 16th- and 17th-century Italian art? I have already have an MA in Art History and solid language skills. I know that in the past five years a number of scholars in Early Modern art have retired, especially in the Baroque and the 17th century, so I am also considering working with scholars who focus on Medieval or Renaissance Italian art. Of course, funding is also a concern. Thoughts?
  14. Hey guys! New to the boards! I m currently an MA student looking to apply for Ph.D. programs fro the 2018/2019 academic year. I am currently getting an MA in Art History focusing on critical theory, mostly relating to the exclusion of animation from the art historical canon. I am hoping to continue this project and working with animation, particularly Disney, in a Ph.D program, but I am having trouble with programs that may be open to this. I have been looking at visual studies programs as well, which may be more flexible with my desired area of study. I just have no idea where to start, what programs would even potentially be a good fit for me, and if there are academics out there that may be a good fit for an advisor. Any ideas would be super helpful! Thanks!
  15. Waiting!

    It is May and I am still waiting to hear replies from the two schools I have applied in London. Birkbeck and The Courtauld. Is this normal? I did submit my application late (end of March). Is this a bad sign? This wait is incredibly frustrating. I need to find housing and get my student visa. And I don't know what to do???????
  16. PhD in History instead of Art History

    Hi! I'm asking advice about my PhD in History. I have applied for two programs in Art History (rejected from Toronto, accepted at St Andrews) and two in History at Cambridge and Oxford (accepted from both) as my research project involves both architectural history and history. My problem is that I've a MSc in Architectural History and Theory and a BA in History of Art and my dream was doing a PhD in Architectural History as I want to be an Architectural Historian. My MSc supervisor suggested me to apply for a PhD in History at Cambridge as there is a potential supervisor which has already worked on my research topic and the same in Oxford. With my surprise, I have been accepted but now I don't know what to do. I'm not worried about the supervisors who are expert in material culture (so both art and architecture) and really interested in the "architectural" part of my research. What I fear the most is that I wouldn't be prepared enough in History and that I wouldn't fit in the department and that I would regret not being in the Art History one. I can still accept the offer at St Andrews (with no chances of funding) but I feel really stupid in refusing the offers from Oxbridge. Is it true that I will be relatively free to shape my research regardless of the department? Can I attend courses held by other departments? My supervisor told me that a PhD in History (and from Cambridge) is more prestigious that a PhD in History of Art, Is that true?
  17. Columbia Art History Response?

    Has anyone heard back from Columbia yet for a Masters in Art History? The deadline to respond to my other school is approaching, and I don't want to make that decision without knowing of my acceptance or rejection from Columbia. Good luck to all!
  18. Hi all, I posted this is a different forum but wanted to share here. I've been working on a spreadsheet of where mod/con curators or directors got their education. This helped me as I have been deciding where to apply/where to attend. I looked mostly at museums I'm interested in working. Fascinating that for modern/contemporary at least, less that 20% have doctoral degrees. In order of most frequent: NYU, Courtauld, Columbia, Bard, Hunter, and Williams. Another consideration is how many students these programs have per year... Hope this helps someone else! It could be made into a google sheet if people want to contribute to it. https://www.dropbox.com/s/ii0568y5n50yysg/Modern%2FContemporary Curators (3).xlsx?dl=0
  19. Bryn Mawr for art history?

    Anyone apply and hear anything yet? I applied to 6 schools, got rejected from 5, and Bryn Mawr is my last hope (the wait is killing me). I also think I have the best chance of getting in here than anywhere else I applied. I saw one person who had been wait-listed in Feb of this year, but that's it. Any rejections or acceptances? I'm dying here.
  20. IFA MA vs. UT-Austin PhD

    Hello everyone I'm interested in studying photography (including issues of class, power and the documentary genre). I was accepted to the IFA's MA program, and the UT Austin PhD American Studies program (which would have a strong photography angle). I am wait-listed at U Michigan-Ann Arbor's PhD art history program. I ultimately want to get a PhD, then teach and curate photography. IFA is tremendously respected, and would open a lot of doors (maybe more in curating than academia), but would cost $70,000. UT Austin is of course free. But do you think it 1.) is respected / opens doors and 2.) might allow me to keep a foot in both academic and curating worlds? I would appreciate any insight you might have. Thank you!
  21. Hi everyone! I'm new to Gradcafe, and this is my first time to create a topic here! I'm applying to MA program in art history, and my long-term goal is to get a PhD in art history. I am very fortunate to be accepted to the MA programs of UMass-Amherst and Washington University in St. Louis, both with funding. I like both programs for their intimate atmosphere because of the small graduate student body, and both programs have professors that I would love to work with. I feel it very hard to make a choice between the two. I wonder if anyone could provide me with more information about the two programs? How well are their graduates placed to PhD programs and museums/galleries?
  22. Which language should I study?

    Hi all! I am a first-year student studying art history, and a requirement of my university's program is that I study two different languages. I am planning on taking a course this summer so I can put lots of focus into it. I am currently taking French, and am between taking either Italian or German this summer. I am interested in going to graduate school as well (and know that a lot of schools require reading knowledge of certain languages) and am most interested in the Renaissance and Baroque eras as of yet, so that's why I am focusing on Italian and German. I'm split because on one hand I have been told Italian will be much easier for me since I know French (I am at B2 level if that helps), and since I am more interested in the Renaissance I thought it might be better? I might also want to apply to the Venice Guggenheim internship in the future, and a requirement is that you know some Italian. However, I have personally been really interested in German culture/language for a while and have picked up a little bit. Someone suggested that I take German in the summer because it's harder and I'll have more time to focus on it, and Italian I can take another time because it'll be easier for me to pick up? Any suggestions or experience in how either or both of the languages helped in grad school/the art field/jobs in the non-art field would be amazing and appreciated! Or any tips on studying those languages!
  23. Williams Financial Aid

    Hi all, Does anyone have experience with the financial aid at Williams' grad art program? I was waitlisted yesterday with the following email: "You are currently wait-listed for admission to Williams, including financial aid. Your chances for admission are pretty good." It sounds like, if a spot opens up, they won't be offering me a merit fellowship, but I will be eligible for need-based financial aid. For context, I'm financially independent from my parents (meaning I won't file their tax returns on my FAFSA and won't provide them unless Williams asks), and my income last year was just under $30k. It seems like a long shot to expect a full need-based scholarship, but I don't really have any money to pay for grad school, and my parents aren't contributing anything. This is definitely not a degree I'm willing to take out loans for. So can anyone vouch for the quality of the program's financial aid? I have a full fellowship at a good but less prestigious master's program, but obviously I would like to pursue Williams if there's a possibility it will be financially feasible. Thanks for any insights y'all can offer.
  24. They said decisions will come out on March 1st but it's almost March 2nd... just wondering if everyone is still waiting or if I am waiting to get rejected.
  25. Hi! I'm asking advice as I received a conditional offer from Cambridge for a PhD in History. The problem is that I've a MSc in Architectural History and Theory and a BA in History of Art and my dream was doing a PhD in one of these subjects- However, my research project involves both architectural history and history and my MSc supervisor suggested me to apply for a PhD in History at Cambridge as there is a potential supervisor which has already worked on my research topic. With my surprise, I have been accepted but now I don't know what to do. Cambridge was my plan B (I know it sounds strange) and I haven't heard back from my first choice (PhD in History of Art at Toronto). In addition, I don't have news about funding from Cambridge. I'm not worried about the supervisor who is expert in material culture (so both art and architecture) but what I fear the most is that I wouldn't fit in the department and that I would regret not being in the Art History one. Is it very stupid to refuse an offer from Cambridge (obviously I will wait for the other notifications to come in)? My supervisor told me that a PhD in History (and from Cambridge) is more prestigious that a PhD in History of Art, Is that true?