Newsletter Issue:
Spring 2021

Professional News Spring 2021

Since enrolling at IDSVA, students have led panel discussions and presented papers at prominent conferences, published papers and articles in leading publications, been awarded fellowships and promotions, and participated in solo and group exhibitions around the world. We’re pleased to announce that four of our recent graduates have forthcoming book publications from their dissertations.


Kimberly Aimée Alvarado

  • Panel Participant: Reframing Aesthetics: Diaspora, Historicity, and The Myth of Truth, College Art Association Annual Conference. February 2021

Hazel Antaramian-Hofman

  • Solo Exhibition: Art and Ethnography: Post-World War II Repatriation to Soviet Armenia at INALCO (Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales), Paris, France. November 2020

Susan Archer

Nandita Baxi-Sheth

  • Symposium Co-organizer and Presenter of the Midwest Biodesign Hub Launch, April 2021
  • Publication: What Biodesign Means to Us. January 2021

Nancy Bookhart

  • Conference Presentation: “The Aestheticization of History and the Butterfly Effect” College Art Association Annual Conference. February 2021

Theodore Davis

  • Awarded: 2021 California Arts Council Administrator of Color Fellowship. January 2021

Hector Garza

  • Cover artwork and illustrations are published Helen Najera Reyes book, Grandpa Lee's Stories, New Mexico to California. The book has also been nominated to the Latino International Book awards, under the young adult category. March 2021

Jocelyn Holmes:

  • Panel Co-Chair: “Reframing Aesthetics: Diaspora, Historicity, and The Myth of Truth,” College Art Association Annual Conference. February 2021
  • Conference Presentation: “Track and Trace: Being Written in Body and Blood” at SECAC. November 2020

Amy Keely

  • Conference Presentation: “The First Female Engineer at General Motor’s Descent into Alzheimer’s with Sundowners: A Daughter’s Scholarly Research and Case Study as Caregiver” at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC). July 2021

Carrie Kellerby

  • Conference Presentation: “Georgia O’Keeffe and Martin Heidegger: On the way to Dwelling in the Threshold” at American Society for Aesthetics Rocky Mountain Division Conference. July 2021

Paige Lunde

  • Conference Presentation: “Aestheticizing a Counter-Memory” College Art Association Annual Conference. February 2021

Carolyn Martin

  • Panel Co-Chair: Reframing Aesthetics: Diaspora, Historicity, and The Myth of Truth, College Art Association Annual Conference. February 2021

Mary Mazurek

  • Appointed: Diversity and Inclusion Chairperson for the Audio Engineering Society. January 2021

Katherine Melcher

  • Appointment:  interim editor of Landscape Journal, 2020.
  • Publication: “In praise of social distance in public space" in Town Planning Review. 2020
  • Conference Presentation: will present two papers "Design like a Nomad" and "Aesthetics in Landscape Architecture Discourse” at the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture conference, Spring 2021

Rikiesha Metzger

  • Group Exhibition: Celebrating Mother’s Day at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. May 2021
  • Group Exhibition: Busboys and Poets Baltimore. May 2021
  • Conference Presentation: “Teaching Art Online in the Home: Students-Art-Teachers” during the online symposium, Art School Pedagogy 2.0. April 2021

Natalya Mills

  • Panel Participant: “Reframing Aesthetics: Diaspora, Historicity, and The Myth of Truth,” College Art Association Annual Conference. February 2021

Sheila Rae Neal

  • Appointed: Assistant Professor, Art Department, Graphic Design & New Media at SUNY Potsdam. August 2020

Jill O’Connor

  • Publication: “The Clock in Profile: How Marcel Duchamp Challenged Time to Become an Artist-Philosopher” in Marcel Duchamp: inventing the Present. March 2021

Alaina Plowdrey

  • Conference Presentation: “The New Figure: Considerations of Phenomenological Deconstructionism” at SECAC. November 2021
  • Appointment: Head of Visual Arts Department at Pensacola State College. March 2021

Amalya Tumanian

  • Group Exhibition: Gallery Tuillier, Paris, France. 2020
  • Group Exhibition: Gallery Etienne de Causans, Paris, France. 2020

Lisa Williamson

  • Conference Presentation: "From Abuse to Transformation: The Interpretive Work of Counter-Confederate Structures." SECAC. November 2020


Dr. Kathe Hicks Albrecht (PhD, 2017)

  • Forthcoming Book Publication: Machine Anxieties of Steampunk: Contemporary Philosophy, Neo-Victorian Aesthetics, and the Future. November 2021

Dr. Jean Bundy (PhD, 2017)

  • Board member and Awards Chair for AICA International, AICA International Conference, Arctic Women Contextualize Climate Change, November 2020

Rowynn Dumont (M.Phil, 2021)

  • Appointment: Arts Editor, Agora Gallery, Chelsea (NYC) January 2021
  • Publication: "A Creole Interview with Jean-Daniel Lafontant: The Dual Tongue & The Haitian Revolution," SOVO // Magazine. August 2020
  • Group Exhibition: "Exit," FANG ARTE Gallery, Turin (Italy). February 2021
  • Curated: "Method of Control Part II,” February 2021
  • Group Exhibition: "Spring Showcase," SOLAS Studios, New York. March 2021

Dr. Heather Dunn (PhD, 2014)

Dr. Jason Hoelscher (PhD, 2019)

  • Forthcoming Book Publication: Art as Information Ecology: Artworks, Artworlds, and Complex Systems Aesthetics by Duke University Press. September 2021
  • Conference Panel Participant / Chair: “Art and Information Illiteracy in the Age of Fake News” at SECAC. November 2021
  • Conference Presentation: “Notes on Information Ecologic Interfaces” at Eidos Foundation/UNFINISHED Festival National Museum of Art, Bucharest, Romania (online). September 2021

Dr. yaTande Whitney V. Hunter (PhD, 2020)

  • Co-curated: “Futuring the Past: Contemporary Explorations of Traditional Performance Practices in Technology” at The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) 2021 National Conference, April 2021

Dr. Keren Moscovitch (PhD, 2020)

  • Publication: “BEAVER: The Exhibition” in "An Otherness Both Repellant and Repelled, a Deep Well of Memory That is Unapproachable and Intimate" (a series of images produced in dialogue with Julia Kristeva's Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection). December 2020

Dr. EL Putnam (PhD, 2014)

  • PUBLICATIONS: a paper in Performance Research special issue “On Diffraction” and book chapters in Digital Art in Ireland: New Media and Irish Artistic Practice (Anthem Press 2021), Technology and the City Towards a Philosophy of Urban Technologies (Springer 2021), Mothers, Mothering, and COVID-19: Dispatches from a Pandemic (Demeter Press 2021), and Responding to Site: The Performance Work of Marilyn Arsem (Intellect 2020). She has also created a new work in collaboration with Irish novelist Mike McCormack, An Invitation, which was featured in the National University of Ireland Galway Arts in Action series (streamed live April 2021).

Dr. Michael R. Smith (PhD, 2013)

  • Forthcoming Book Publication: Wittgenstein and the Problem of Metaphysics: Aesthetics, Ethics and Subjectivity, Bloomsbury Publishing. November 2021

Dr. Louise Carrie Wales ( PhD, 2019)

  • Forthcoming Book Publication: Politics and Heidegger’s Concept of Thinking in Contemporary Art. Routledge. September 2021


Dejan Lukic

  • Published a small book titled The Oyster, Or, Radial Suppleness with the independent publisher Contra Mundum.
  • Served as a guest on the podcast for the London based Theatrum Mundi, an organization that researches public life of cities through architecture, design, art, and performance.
  • Invited to write a preface for a catalogue detailing a project of an architectural team from Stockholm, representing Sweden in the upcoming Venice Architecture Biennale, titled “Timescape Garden.”
  • Invited to give a series of workshops titled “The Inhuman Caress” at the Academy of Fine Arts Eugeniusz Geppert in Poland.
  • Invited to give a seminar titled “Charismatic Image” at the New Centre for Research & Practice.


Silvia Mazzini

  • Published Berlipolis. A constellation of walls, a postscript to Karin Koppers' photographic project “Sphairagrams” in March 2021.
  • Her article Notes for a Sustainable Philosophy will be published in a collection of essays in Autumn 2021, as well as her introduction for the special issue on Gianni Vattimo in the Journal for Italian Philosophy (The (non-)transparent Society: an explosive “context for multiplicity”)
  • She also has three entries for The Vattimo Dictionary (“Democracy,” “Utopia,” “Enlightenment”), edited by Simonetta Moro, forthcoming by Edinburgh University Press.

Simonetta Moro

  • Curated the group exhibition Still Utopia: Islands for gallery MC, New York City, October 2020, including more than 30 participating artists.
  • Visiting Artist/speaker at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, in 2020.
  • Published the article “Mapping practices and the cartographic imagination,” Subjectivity 13, no. 4 (December 9, 2020): 298-314. DOI 10.1057/s41286-020-00111-y.
  • Published a chapter in the book Spatial Transgressions in the Arts, edited by Gregory Blair (IDSVA alumnus 2015) and Noah Bronstein (Palgrave McMillan, 2020).
  • Her book Mapping Paradigms in Modern and Contemporary Art: Poetic Cartograpy is forthcoming by Routledge, Advances in Art and Visual Studies, 2021.
  • Participated in a two-person virtual exhibition with Joyce Kozloff, Mapping a Friendship, opening on May 18, 2021, at Temple University Rome Gallery:
  • Currently editing The Vattimo Dictionary, to be published by Edinburgh University Press.

Janae Sholtz

  • Named a Fulbright Specialist for the period of 2020-2024.
  • In Fall 2020, she published the book, French and Italian Stoicisms: From Sartre to Agamben (London: Bloomsbury Press) (co-edited with Kurt Lampe) and an article entitled “Post-Covid Communities: Immanent Engagements and Intersectional Transversality”, Special Issue: Socio-Political Dimensions of the Covid-19 Pandemic, Keanean Journal of Arts.
  • In April 2021, she published the article, “A Thousand Plateaus and Cosmic Artisanry: On Becoming Destroyer of Worlds,” in the Special Issue: A Thousand Plateaus40 Years in Deleuze and Guattari Studies.
  • In November 2020, she was a featured speaker for the Philosophy and Cosmology Series, at Laurentian University and University of Sudbury Philosophy Departments and Laurentian University Physics Department.
  • In August 2020, she gave a presentation entitled “Thinking/Feeling: The Space of Forgiveness” as an invited speaker for the International Webinar: Forgiveness is Liberation organized by Sri Vishnu Mohan Foundation, Chennai India.

Shannon Rose Riley

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