Catalina Cherñavvsky Sequeira, PhD Student
Dissertation: “Working Around: Lea Lublin, Marie Orensanz, Mirtha Dermisache, and Margarita Paksa, 1968–1983”
Recent awards: International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Sciences Research Council (2020-2021); Fulbright Grant to Argentina (2019-2020); Mellon Curatorial Fellowship in Latin American Art, Blanton Museum of Art (2016-2018); Tinker Pre-Dissertation Field Research Grant (2017); Peter C. Marzio Award for Outstanding Research in 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2016)
Recent awards: Honorable Mention, Peter C. Marzio Award for Outstanding Research in 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2021); Mellon Curatorial Fellowship in Latin American Art, Blanton Museum of Art (2020-2021)
Nicole Smythe-Johnson, PhD Student
Nicole Smythe-Johnson is a writer and independent curator from Kingston, Jamaica. She has written for Flash Art, Terremoto, Jamaica Journal, Small Axe, and several other regional and international publications. Most recently, she was Assistant Curator on “Neither Day Nor Night” (2017-2019), an exhibition of the work of Jamaican painter John Dunkley at the Perez Art Museum in Miami, the National Gallery of Jamaica, and the American Folk Art Museum in New York City
Lucy Quezada Yáñez, PhD Student
Recent awards: Fulbright for Study in the U.S. (2019-2024); Mellon Curatorial Fellowship in Latin American Art, Blanton Museum of Art (2021-2022); Brazil Initiation Scholarship, Brazilian Studies Association (2020)
Chasitie Brown is a doctoral student studying contemporary Caribbean and Latin American art with a focus on Cuba. Her research interests include constructions of Afro-diasporic identities, black nationalism in the Caribbean, exhibition histories, artistic networks, and collaborative practices. She received her MA in Art History at Tulane University, where she was awarded a Tinker Foundation Research grant to conduct research in Cuba.
Sara Carrillo, MA Student
Sara Carrillo studies contemporary Latinx and Latin American art and its intersections with queer histories. Her research examines issues of sexuality, self-fashioning, utopias, artistic/social networks, pop culture, and ephemera. She received her bachelor’s degree in Art History from Stanford University in 2020.
María Emilia Fernández Nadurille, MA Student
María Emilia Fernández is an independent writer and curator from Mexico City. She worked as curatorial assistant at Museo Jumex before coming to Austin and previous to that as communications assistant at kurimanzutto gallery. She received her BA in Art History from Vassar College. She is interested in contemporary artistic practices, particularly in those that explore questions surrounding the archive, language and translation. Her research interests include modern and contemporary art from Latin America, especially works dealing with identity and self-representation, cartography as a tool to criticize established world orders and the intersection of art and art education.
Eva Caston, MA Student
Tori McClausland, MA Student
Tori McCausland studies modern and contemporary Latin American and Latinx art. Her research interests include postcolonialism, identity, and sexuality. She has worked on curatorial projects at St. Olaf College where she received her bachelor’s degree in both Art History and Spanish in 2020.
Alexann Susholtz, MA Student