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The Department of Art History was saddened to hear of the passing of Eleonora "Sunshine" Luciano (IU '97). Eleonora Luciano of Washington, D.C., and Eagles Mere, Pa., passed away peacefully, with her husband Brian Gaul by her side, on August 17, 2017, after an over 4 year courageous battle with cancer. She was 54 years old. Eleonora, a distinguished scholar who was a curator at the National Gallery of Art, was born in Como, Italy.  Eleonora was given the nickname Sunshine at birth. She was raised in Italy but came to the United States for her final year of high school at Mercersburg Academy. She graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She then received her Master’s degree and PhD in art history from Indiana University, where her mother had become a professor of voice. Eleonora specialized in Italian Renaissance art and was most recently associate curator of sculpture at the National Gallery. She published frequently and among other things was co-author of the Gallery’s systematic catalogue of Renaissance Medals. She was a contributor for many exhibitions, and was the organizing curator and catalogue editor for the highly successful  Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes exhibition at the National Gallery and Frick Collection in New York in 2011-12. In 2014 she was the Alisa Mellon Bruce Curatorial Sabbatical Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts focusing on Raphael’s portrait of Elisabetta Gonzaga. 

Eleonora was an avid gardener and grew beautiful roses at her homes in Georgetown and Eagles Mere.  She was an adventurous traveler who had a particular interest in remote islands. She and her husband traveled widely including recently to such far-flung places as Antarctica, Easter Island, South Georgia Island, the Falklands Islands, the Faroe Islands, and throughout the South Pacific.She was proud to have successfully journeyed to the world’s most remote inhabited island Tristan da Cunha. But Eleonora most loved spending time in Eagles Mere, walking on the Laurel Path, watching sunsets from her deck, wandering around her garden and spending time with her husband and friends and family. In addition to her husband, Eleonora is survived by her many friends, family members and colleagues in the United States, Italy and elsewhere. You can find more information about memorial and burial services for Eleonora here.

Melissa Young (IU '15), a graduate student at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, is starting a new position as Drawings Collection Intern at New-York Historical Society.

Bart Pushaw (IU '13) was awarded a fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation for 2017-2018 to complete his dissertation research in Helsinki. He is currently ABD at the University of Maryland.

Bart Pushaw (IU '13) has become a celebrity in Estonia as a result of his game-changing exhibition "Conductors of Colour: Music and Modernity in Estonian Art" on view at Kumu, Tallin's art museum until August 2017. "Conductors of Color" looks into the parallels between the development of painting and drawing as expressions of identity in Estonia, and the development of all forms of music. He's the cover story on the January 2017 issue of The Baltic Guide, the English-language cultural journal documenting events in Estonia.

Art History alumnus, Dr. Aaron Rio (IU '04), has been appointed Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Curator of Japanese and Korean Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Art History alumnus, Bart Pushaw ( IU '12), has curated "Conductors of Colour: Music and Modernity in Estonian Art" at the Kumu Art Museum of Estonia.

PhD Graduates 2016

The department would like to congratulate the four doctoral candidates who were hooded at the 2016 commencement ceremony: Lindsey Hansen, Yasemin Gencer, Brittany Sheldon, and Stephanie Beck Cohen (from left to right). Congratulations on all of your incredible achievements!

Alumna Stefanie Dlugosz (IU '14) has accepted the position of Assistant Curator, Architecture, Design, and Decorative Arts at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Alumna Chrystine Keener (IU '14) accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture at Ringling College of Art and Design.

Alumna Margo Handwerker (IU '02; Princeton University '16) will leave her teaching post at UCLA to be the new Director of Galleries at Texas State University beginning in Fall 2016.

Alumna Melissa Young (IU '15) is finishing her experience learning about the auction world as she concludes her semester long paid internship for Christie's in New York via their Christie's Work Experience Program.

Alumna Carly Dannenmueller (IU '14) has been hired as Database Coordinator for Major Gifts for the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). She will soon begin the work of processing and acknolwedging the gifts of the IMA's generous donors and finding innovative ways to expand philnthropic support for the IMA's mission.

Alumna Kate Lemay has been appointed as historian for the Smithsonian's National Potrait Gallery. Director of the Museum, Kim Sajet, said "I am delighted to bring on Kate C. Lemay to the National Potrait Gallery. . . Her background in American art and American history fits perfectly with the museum's mission to tell the story of America through portraits of people who have made and are making this country." Lemay earned an M.A. in art history at Indiana University BLoomington before going on to earn a dual doctorate in American art history and American studies at IU. She was most recently assistant professor at at Auburn University Montogmery, specialzing in modern and contemporary American art history. Prior to her position at Auburn University, she served as visiting assistant professor of modern and contemporary art history at Brigham Young University. Please read the official press release for more information.

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