Alicia Caticha

PhD Candidate


Alicia is a doctoral candidate studying eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art and material culture with Professor Sarah Betzer. Her dissertation, "The Matter of Sculpture: Étienne-Maurice Falconet: Marble, Porcelain, and Sugar in Eighteenth-Century Paris," poses the Academic sculptor as a nexus between Enlightenment aesthetic theory and the mass-production of sculpture during the burgeoning consumer culture of the 1760s. Her research aims to explore the intersections between fine arts and decorative arts, and sculpture's relationship to a broadening global economy, and issues of ephemerality.

Alicia is currently a Praxis fellow in the Digital Humanities during the Academic year of 2016-2017. During the summer of 2016 she studied at the Andrew W. Mellon funded Summer Institute in Technical Art History hosted by the NYU Institute of Fine Arts. She has served as a teaching assistant for "History of Western Art II," "Paris: Capital of the Nineteenth Century," "Art and Culture of the American Slave South," and "Art and Popular Culture."

Alicia Caticha came to the University of Virginia from New York University, where she graduated in May 2012 with high honors. Her undergraduate thesis "Notre-Dame de Paris: Iconoclasm, Spoliation, and Sign Transformation in Revolutionary France," was the recipient of the Dean's Undergraduate Research Grant.