Ten Graduate Students Awarded Dissertation Fellowships in American Art


George Luks. Houston Street. Oil on canvas, 1917. In her dissertation on the racial significance of Ashcan School imagery, Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellow Margarita Karasoulas examines George Luks's depictions of Jewish street markets in early-twentieth-century New York City in this painting and others, in addition to images from other Ashcan School artists.

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the recipients of the Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art, supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The 10 advanced graduate students were selected for their promising research in object- and image-based US art history.

“This fellowship program has supported more than 250 exceptional young scholars of US art history as they research and write their dissertations,” said Matthew Goldfeder, director of fellowship programs at ACLS. “Over their careers, Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellows have helped to shape the field of American art. Many former fellows return as senior scholars to participate in this program’s rigorous peer-review process, and thus help to select the promising new scholars who will continue to build that field.”

This year’s fellows are pursuing projects on a wide range of topics, media, and time periods, from colonial America to the present. Each fellow receives a stipend of $30,000, as well as up to $4,000 for travel and research during the 2017-18 academic year. Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellows and project titles are listed below; for more information about the recipients and their projects, click here.

Noga Bernstein (State University of New York, Stony Brook) Global Age Design: Ruth Reeves and Cross-Cultural Practice

Elizabeth Buhe (New York University) Sam Francis: Functional Abstraction

Jennifer Chuong (Harvard University) Surface Experiments in Early America

John Vincent Decemvirale (University of California, Santa Barbara) Knowing Your Place and Making Do: Radical Art Activism in Black and Latino Los Angeles, 1960 to the Present

Saisha M. Grayson (City University of New York, Graduate Center) Cellist, Catalyst, Collaborator: The Work of Charlotte Moorman, 1963-1980

Margaret Grace Innes (Harvard University) Signs of Labor in the American Photographic Press, 1926-1951

Margarita Karasoulas (University of Delaware) Mapping Immigrant New York: Race and Place in Ashcan Visual Culture

R. Tess Korobkin, Ellen Holtzman Fellow (Yale University) Sculptural Bodies of the Great Depression

Christina Michelon (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) Interior Impressions: Printed Material in the Nineteenth-Century American Home

Audrey Sands (Yale University) Lisette Model and the Inward Turn of Photographic Modernism

Contact: Matthew Goldfeder, 212-697-1505 x124