Elena Gross ’12, ARTH Artist House Teaching Fellow (Spring 2019)
Artist House Residency: April 1-7, 2019
Elena Gross is an SMCM alum, graduating with a BA in Art History in 2012. She is an independent writer and cultural critic living in Oakland, CA. Elena received an MA in Visual & Critical Studies from the California College of the Arts in 2016, and after graduating with her BA in Art History and a Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies minor. She specializes in representations of identity through fine art, photography, and popular media. Elena is the host of the arts & visual culture podcast, what are you looking at, published by Art Practical. Her most recent research has been centered around the work of artist Lorna Simpson and conceptual and material abstractions of the body in photography. While in residence at the Artist House, Elena will work with students in the “Curation and Exhibition” course on their semester-long project about African American photographer Robert McNeill and will visit “Sexuality and Modernity” to discuss queer critical perspectives in contemporary art.
Hannah Segrave, ARTH Artist House Teaching Fellow (Spring 2018)
Hannah Segrave is a curatorial-track PhD candidate in Baroque Art History at the University of Delaware, writing her dissertation “Conjuring Genius: Salvator Rosa (1615-1673) and the Dark Arts of Witchcraft.” She has held positions in several museums and was the curator of the 2015 exhibition, “The Novel and the Bizarre: Salvator Rosa’s Scenes of Witchcraft” at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She is currently the research fellow in European Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the witch behind #greatglassesofarthistory.
Sarah Cantor, ARTH Artist House Teaching and Research Fellow (Fall 2016)
Sarah Cantor received her PhD from the University of Maryland in 2013, specializing in Early Modern European art history. Her research explores the intersections between landscape imagery, natural history, and antiquarian culture in seventeenth-century Italy. She has taught at Maryland and University of Maryland University College and has worked as a curatorial fellow at a number of museums, including the National Gallery of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At the PMA, she curated an exhibition on printmaking and publishing in eighteenth-century Venice and last summer worked as a Kress Research Fellow at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine, organizing and editing the museum’s first ever online scholarly catalogue. Sarah has published articles on the meaning and function of pastoral landscapes and literature across Europe in the early modern period and on the reception of ancient fresco painting and its use by the landscape specialist Gaspard Dughet in seventeenth-century Rome. She also written entries for several exhibition catalogues on old master and modern drawings and organized an exhibition on amateur drawings in nineteenth-century Maryland at Belair Mansion and Stables in Bowie. She has presented her work at major international conferences, such as the Renaissance Society of America and Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, and has been invited to give talks at several specialized symposia. Throughout her career, Sarah has received grant support ranging from a Fulbright IIE Fellowship to conduct dissertation research in Rome to a fellowship in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks to begin preparing a manuscript based on her dissertation. Dr. Cantor will be teaching courses in art history in the fall 2016 semester at St. Mary’s and working new projects while in residence at the Artist House.