Niles Marthone is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Mediterranean Art and Archaeology Program studying under Dr. Tyler Jo Smith. She studies Archaic Athenian ceramics with a focus on iconographic depictions of mythological scenes and figures. She finds the social formation of myth and religion in art captivating and studies power dynamics, and the politics of representation.
Kaarin Percy is a first-year doctoral student in the Mediterranean Art and Archaeology Program studying Classical Archaeology under the direction of Dr. Tyler Jo Smith. She studies ancient Greek ceramics and has a background in Bronze Age Crete. Percy’s research interests also include applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and photogrammetry to archaeological material and legacy data.
Leo Palma is a doctoral student in the Department of Art working under the direction of Professor David Getsy. He studies transgender theory in art history.
Emmy Monaghan is a doctoral student in the Department of Art working under the direction of Professor Henry Skerritt. She studies contemporary Aboriginal Australian art and is currently an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow in Indigenous Studies at UVa.
Rolando Vargas is a media artist and scholar working with installation and digital media. He has a BFA in Fine arts from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, received a Fulbright grant for his MFA in Intermedia and Digital Arts at the University of Maryland, and has a Ph.D. in Film and Digital media from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Tatiana Flores is a scholar of the visual culture of the hemispheric Americas, specializing in modern and contemporary Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx art. She is the author of the award-winning monograph Mexico’s Revolutionary Avant-Gardes: From Estridentismo to ¡30-30! (Yale University Press, 2013). Committed to public-facing work, she has been active as an independent curator for over two decades.
Elnaz is a Ph.D. student in the History of Art & Architecture graduate program at the University of Virginia. Moreover, she is a research fellow in Indigenous Studies (IDF) and a junior fellow in the Society of Fellows (SOF) at UVA.
Alex Del Dago is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Art & Architectural History graduate program at the University of Virginia. Working with David Getsy, Alex studies and works in the field of Modern & Contemporary American Art, with an emphasis on gender & sexuality, queer studies, and social/political art and material culture.
Huajie (Catherine) Fan is a first-year doctoral student studying medieval Buddhist art with Professor Dorothy Wong. Before joining UVA in 2022, Catherine graduated from SOAS University of London with an MA in History of Art and Archaeology. The master's thesis at SOAS, entitled "An Iconological Study of the Uṣṇīṣavijayā Cult in Dunhuang," explored different stages of the Uṣṇīṣavijayā cult in Dunhuang from the eighth to thirteenth century to reveal distinctive localized development of this cult.
Emily is a first-year PhD student in Art & Architectural History studying with Dr. Sarah Betzer. Emily’s research focuses on the materials of sculpture, specifically plaster in nineteenth-century France.