Kendall DeBoer is a PhD student in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, where she specializes in 20th-century outlier artists, surrealism, and craft. Her dissertation explores works characterized by artifice, ornamentation, excess, and theatricality. She foregrounds representations of metamorphosis, and deals extensively with works made from unconventional materials, such as cellophane, human hair, and vegetal fibers. Previously, she received three Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Texas at Austin (Art History, English, and French), and she synthesizes this interdisciplinary background in her current research. In 2018, she was the Windgate Museum Intern at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where she collaboratively curated “Mending: Craft and Community,” which displays craft objects that utilize formal and metaphorical mending as an act of transformation. Currently, she is a project assistant at the William Blake Archive, works on the editorial board of InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture, and is developing her amateur practice in wheel-thrown ceramics. She formerly interned at the Harry Ransom Center, the Blanton Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Austin.
The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) is pleased to announce the sixteen art history doctoral students selected for the sixth annual CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice. Joining from fifteen universities—six of which are sending a student to the program for the first time—this year’s cohort addresses a wide range ... Read More >