Kathleen is a Ph.D. student specializing in the history of European art from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries. She primarily focuses on the art of Central and Eastern Europe--particualrly the Balkans--with a secondary study of contemporaneous French art. Her major areas of interest consider the practice of national revival at the turn of the century, as well as the modern socio-political impetus of national revival throughout Europe from c. 1840-1940. She is currently a Robert H. and Clarice Smith Teaching Scholar Fellow.
Kathleen completed her B.A. in Art History at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City in 2007 (maxima cum laude, Alpha Chi, Gold Key). In 2012 she completed her M.Phil. in modern and contemporary art history at Trinity College, the University of Dublin (Honors), with a thesis that juxtaposed folk revival in Bulgarian and Irish painting from 1905 to 1935. She completed a pre-doctoral research fellowship for the continued study of Balkan modernism at the American Research Center in Sofia (ARCS), Bulgaria. Kathleen has presented her research at Yale University, the American Research Center in Sofia, and The Ukrainian Institute of America. She recently presented her paper, "'Symbols of Everything Fateful and Sacred:' The Native Art Movement and the Evolution of Bulgarian Modernism," at the 2016 College Art Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
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