Outstanding Art History Project History and Art History

Presented to an outstanding graduate student nominated by the faculty.

2022 Awardees

Roser Boltes Beard

Roser Boltes Beard

Roser is an MA in art history student at George Mason University. She received a BA in art history from Florida Atlantic University with a minor in Spanish and philosophy. Her research interests include the art and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean. Specifically, she focuses on Greek and Sicilian coinage and the iconographic elements that symbolize a governing political authority of a mixed demographic. 

 

Catherine Ellie Canning

Catherine Ellie Canning

Ellie Canning is a second-year master's student in art history at George Mason University. She previously attended the University of Delaware, where she double majored in art history and Latin and Iberian studies for her BA. Currently at Mason, Ellie focuses on Latin American art and has research interest in collecting practices, borderlands, and how geography and material culture intersect with the discipline of art history. She is writing a thesis on folk art in the 19th century American Southwest. In the future, she hopes to work with institutions and expand access to art in communities. When not reading volumes of nonfiction for school, she enjoys reading and listening to fiction audiobooks, cooking, sewing, and gardening. She would like to thank the interlibrary loan staff at Fenwick for all their help this semester and the work they do to connect researchers to resources. 

Laura White

Laura White

After spending over 20 years working in defense contracting, Laura joined George Mason University in 2015 as an art history major. In 2016 she completed study abroad programs in Florence and Rome. Laura received a bachelor of arts degree in art history in 2018 and will complete her master of arts degree in art history in spring 2022. Laura participated in curating the GMU Plaster Cast Collection under the supervision of Dr. Chris Gregg. This involved cataloguing objects; creating labels; planning cast placement in Horizon Hall; and researching and writing an essay published in the GMU Exhibition Catalog. Laura has had an internship with the Medici Archive Project (MAP) in Florence, Italy since 2020. She is currently assisting with an exhibition on the Florentine Ghetto, which was established by Cosimo I de’ Medici in the late sixteenth century. The exhibition is scheduled to be held at the Uffizi in 2023. Laura looks forward to continued involvement with MAP in the future, and is considering pursuing post-graduate work. Her main areas of interest are Ancient Rome and Pompeii; Counter-Reformation art; and Medieval and Renaissance women manuscript illuminators.