PhD candidate Nikki Otten studies nineteenth-century French printmaking, a medium that offers a window into a society marked by emerging technologies and by the ideas that flow from new inventions. She examines how artists “used images from the microscope to think about other things that scared them, like changes in society,” including shifts in the role of religion, the spread of feminism, and ideas about mental illness.
Annika Johnson (BA 2011) studies the interaction between indigenous art and representations of indigenous people. She is the Wyeth Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts and is back in Minnesota for a year to finish up her dissertation research.
Art history's newest faculty member, Anna Seastrand, specializes in South Asian art. She was drawn to the University of Minnesota’s legacy of fantastic scholarship in that area, and is excited to be working with students at UMN.
Alumnus Dr. Andrew Hennlich recently curated an exhibition titled After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art for the Richmond Center for Visual Arts at Western Michigan University.