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Convocation Ceremony
for Studio Art
Art History & Criticism

Friday, May 22, 2020
1:30 pm

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SBU-logo Z-gallery Portals: Lindenhurst 1 (2020) Acrylic on canvas by Julia Miller, MFA 2020


Virtual Convocation ceremony via Zoom video (recorded)


Introductory Word
Professor Margaret Anne Schedel
Chair, Department of Art

Commencement Speaker
Philip F. Palmedo

Presentation of Awards & Honors
Scholarships & Awards
Department of Art Faculty

Senior Show Awards: President’s Purchase Award, Dean of Students Awards, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Awards, Staller Center Awards for Excellence
Zuccaire Gallery Director Karen Levitov

Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities Art Exhibition
Jerrold L. Stein Dean of Students Art Competition
Virginia Fuller Award for Emerging Artists on behalf of Gallery North
Lecturer Jason Paradis

Commencement Speaker
Department of Art Alumnus
Rebecca Uliasz (MFA 2017; PhD Candidate at Duke University)

Presentation of Degree Candidates
Doctoral & Masters Degrees in Art History and Criticism
Graduate Program Director Shoki Goodarzi

Masters of Fine Arts Degrees in Studio Art
Graduate Program Director Isak Berbic

Bachelor Degrees in Studio Art and Art History
Undergraduate Program Director Lorena Salcedo-Watson 

Senior Honors Projects in Studio Art
Undergraduate Program Director Lorena Salcedo-Watson

Closing Message
Professor Howardena Pindell
Painting, Department of Art, Stony Brook University


Stony Brook University

“the Stony Brook community has drawn together in a powerful and inspiring fashion. Your resilience, skill, courage, and virtuosity are widely acknowledged and celebrated on campus, throughout the SUNY network, and across higher education nationwide”
Maurie McInnis, Stony Brook University President-Elect


Message from the Chair
Department of Art

Congratulations to the class of 2020!
While you might be graduating in isolation, always remember that you are part of a larger artistic community. As artists and scholars of art you have empathy for the experiences of others, and I encourage you to use this power to organize and forge coalitions to support each other. Develop networks to advocate for your peers, as well as the artists and scholars who have come before you, and those who are coming after. We are living in a time of profound change and I truly believe that the students graduating today have the power to make a difference for the arts in the future of our global civilization. I am so proud of you for persevering through the hardship of the transition to online classes, and I wish you and your families strength as we continue to confront this pandemic. Today is not only a time to celebrate, it is a time to reflect; I hope you can take some time to connect with your classmates and contemplate your educational journey. Then kick up your heels and revel in your accomplishments!

Professor Margaret Anne Schedel  

Philip F. Palmedo

Romero-photoPhilip F. Palmedo has had a diversified career as a physicist, entrepreneur, and non-fiction writer. Mr. Palmedo received his undergraduate degree from Williams College, with an emphasis on Art History and Physics, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT. Mr. Palmedo’s work as a physicist was carried out at the French nuclear laboratory at Saclay, and at Brookhaven National Laboratory. After leaving Brookhaven, he founded and was Chairman of the International Resources Group (IRG), an international consultancy in energy, natural resources and economic development, until its sale in 2008. Mr. Palmedo designed and was the first President of the Long Island Research Institute formed by Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and Stony Brook University to facilitate the commercialization of technologies. Mr. Palmedo has had an active, life-long interest in the arts and in non-fiction writing. In addition to articles on physics, economic development and energy policy, for the past 15 years he has concentrated on modern sculpture, with the objective of understanding and communicating the creative process and the nature of sculpture as an art form. Mr. Palmedo has published journal articles on the cultural place of art and several catalogue essays, some of which were for exhibits he created. His monographs on individual sculptors include books on Richard McDermott Miller, Bill Barrett, Joel Perlman, and Lin Emery. His most recent book on sculpture is The Experience of Modern Sculpture , published in 2015. His book Deep Affinities , on art and science, is due to be published in the fall of 2020. For many years Mr. Palmedo chaired the Art Committee at Brookhaven National Laboratory and was the first chairman of the Committee on the Pollock-Krasner House at the Stony Brook Foundation. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Williams College, and now serves on the Council for the Arts at MIT, and is a Fellow of the Williams College Museum of Art. Mr. Palmedo has two sons and lives in St. James, Long Island, N.Y. with his wife, Elisabeth.


Howardena Pindell

HPBorn in Philadelphia in 1943, Howardena Pindell studied painting at Boston University and Yale University. After graduating, she accepted a position at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, where she worked for 12 years (1967–1979). She held the role of Exhibition Assistant in the Department of Circulating National and International Exhibitions, before transitioning to the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, where she worked as a Curatorial Assistant, Assistant Curator, and finally as the Associate Curator and Acting Director. In 1979, she began teaching at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, where she is now a full professor. Throughout her career, Pindell has exhibited extensively. In 2018, Pindell was the subject of a major retrospective, Howardena Pindell: What Remains To Be Seen , which originated at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and traveled to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, through 2019. Howardena Pindell is the recipient of numerous significant awards and honors. In 2019, Howardena Pindell was awarded the Archives of American Art Medal by the Smithsonian Institute, the Artist Legacy Foundation 2019 Award, and the College Art Association 2019 Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement. Pindell’s work is in the permanent collections of major museums internationally, including the Fogg Museum, Harvard University; the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Princeton University Art Museum; the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; The Studio Museum in Harlem; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.


Department of Art
Art History & Criticism
Studio Art

Art and art history foster creative & critical consciousness of the significant intellectual  and social issues of our time.

Graduating Class of 2020

Doctor of Philosophy
Art History & Criticism

Sandrine Canac
From Measured Volume to Indefinite Expansion: Robert Barry and the Long 1960s
Dissertation Advisor: Andrew V. Uroskie

Nicole Georgopoulos
Reflecting the Real: The Mirror in Nineteenth-Century French Art
Dissertation Advisor: James Rubin 

Yvonne Olivas
Lee Lozano, General Strike Piece and the Praxis of Total Revolution
Dissertation Advisor: Zabet Patterson 

Erin Stout
You, me, we: the Technosocial work of Tony Martin and the Audiovisual Avant-Garde, 1960-1969
Dissertation Advisor: Zabet Patterson

Master of Arts
Art History & Criticism

Jade Blanco
The Slave Market: Jean-Leon Gérôme and the Presentation of Reality
Thesis Advisor: Shoki Goodarzi 

Emily Finan
Accessibility and Democracy: The Politics of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Architectural Installations.
Thesis Advisor: Katy Siegel 

Kaitlin Grace Halloran
Not Just a Mrs.: How Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner and Elaine de Kooning Worked Against Female Stereotypes in the Age of Abstract Expressionism.
Thesis Advisor: Katy Siegel

Cianna Jackson
Ritual Irony and the Maiden: The Marriage-Sacrifice Metaphor in Classical Greek Vase Painting
Thesis Advisor: Shoki Goodarzi

Thomas Rutkowski
Metaphysical Documents: The Late Photography of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz
Thesis Advisor: David Mather 

Master of Fine Arts
Studio Art

Julia Miller
The World Through My Glasses: Personal Meets Public
Advisor: Maya Schindler, Readers: Lorena Salcedo-Watson, Ian Alan Paul 

Undergraduate Senior Honors Projects in Art History

Alexa Jade Frankelis
Spirits & Suffrage: The Use of Photography to Channel Grief B.A. Art History.
Advisor: Brooke Belisle

Yulong Hu
How Does a Fictional Documentary Film Disturb Audience: Ethics, Media, and Subjects in Dragonfly Eyes (2017)  B.A. Art History, ARS Minor, DIA Minor.
Advisor: Andrew Uroskie

Kachun Leung
Reading Ruth Asawa: Critical Reception, 1950s to the Present B.A. Art History, B.A. Psychology.
Advisor: David Mather

Undergraduate Senior Honors Projects in Studio Art

Ris Aguilo-Cuadra I Was an Angel Once
B.A. Studio Art, Art History Minor. Advisor: Maya Schindler

Loren Camberato The Art of Concealment
B.A. Studio Art, Art History Minor, DIA Minor. Advisor: Isak Berbic

Brian Kishinevsky Sonic Spaces
B.A. Studio Art, MAT BS, DIA Minor, CSE Minor, MTX Minor
Hon. College. Advisor: Ian Alan Paul

Ciara Miles Lampa Left Behind
B.A. Studio Art, Art History Minor. Advisor: Howardena Pindell

Nahee Lee Digital Phobic: Light in Analog
B.A. Studio Art, DIA Minor. Advisor: Isak Berbic

Katherine Maier 2020001M: Together in Isolation
B.A. Studio Art. Advisor: Jason Paradis

Yeonggyeong No Days
B.A. Studio Art, DIA Minor. Advisor: Isak Berbic

Ysabel Grace Simon In the Waiting Hours
B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies. Advisor: Lorena Salcedo-Watson 

Nga Sze Sit In a Dream
B.A. Studio Art, DIA Minor. Advisor: Isak Berbic

Joey Ventura Sky Series
B.A. Studio Art, Art History Minor. Advisor: Jason Paradis

Matthew Walsh Divine Ascension
B.A. Studio Art, DIA Minor. Advisor: Ian Alan Paul 

Samantha Wuestman Know Yourself
B.A. Studio Art, Art History Minor. Advisor: Lorena Salcedo-Watson 

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art

Caroline Amond

Mohammad Asem

Gary Beauvoir

Christian Buckheit magna cum laude

Ieokcheng Chang

Ye Chen

Yuntung Chen

Elizabeth Adele Dow

Rose Goldberg

Sabrina Huancayo

Brian Kishinevsky

Ciara Miles Lampa

Nahee Lee

Yihan Li

Jacob Lopez

Gregory Lucci cum laude

Katherine Maier summa cum laude

Daniel Maniace

Samantha Montes

Yeonggyeong No

Alexandra Oliver

Stephen Pritchard

Zheng Shan

Nga Sze Sit cum laude

Timra Tomengo magna cum laude

Lauren Umstetter

Joey Ventura summa cum laude

Jordan Villar

Matthew Joseph Walsh cum laude

Samantha Wuestman cum laude

Sijia Xie

Taylor Zierau 

Bachelor of Arts in Art History & Criticism

Ric Jorehll Aguilar

Victoria Buonagura

Haiyi Chen summa cum laude

Hanyu Chen

Jonathan Chianese magna cum laude

Alexa Jade Frankelis summa cum laude

Yulong Hu summa cum laude

Kachun Leung

Ihseong Margaret Jong

Suyeon Song magna cum laude


Congratulations, Class of 2020! 


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