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Students in Dr. Boeye's Museum Studies class curated an exhibition on Fore-Edge painting at the Loyola Notre Dame Library.

Students in Dr. Boeye's Bible as Book special topics course curated an on-line exhibition.

The students in Dr. Nygren's "Discovering Difference: Art in the Age of Exploration" curated a small exhibition near the gallery. 

Dr. Nygren's AH405 Prints and Printmaking course curated a small exhibition, Axel Haig and Georges Rouault; Spiritual Impressions in a Changing Europe. in the Julio Fine Arts Gallery.

Dr. Boeye's AH325 Gothic Art and Architecture and AH406 Museum Studies classes reinstalled and contextualized a 14th century Spanish statue of the Virgin and Child  in the Loyola/Notre-Dame Library.

Faculty News

Dr, Nygren is currently chair of the Fine Arts Department

Dr. Nygren’s article “Corn, Pope Leo X, and the New World in Giovanni Della Robbia’s Temptation of Adam and Eve,” appeared in Quaderni Culturali ILLA 2 (2021).

Dr. Nygren presented his paper “’Indian Wonders': The Landscapes of Early Colonial Mexico” at the virtual conference Image and Ascent: Mountain Terrains in the History of Art held in September 2020 at the Warburg Institute.

Dr. Nygren’s article “Reading Michelangelo/Michelangelo Reading” appeared in Word and Image 36, n. 3 (2020).

Dr. Boeye recorded a segment about his research for "The Academic Minute," that was broadcast nationally on NPR stations.

Dr. Nygren presented his paper “Singing Sibyls: Music, Revelation, Labor, and Art on the Sistine Chapel Ceiling” at the conference on Music and Visual Culture in Renaissance Italy held at the University of Sheffield in June 2019.

Dr. Nygren’s article “That savage should mate with tame”: Hybridity, Indeterminacy, and the Grotesque in the Frescoes of San Miguel Arcángel (Ixmiquilpan, Mexico)” appeared in Ornament and Monstrosity in Early Modern Art, eds. Maria Fabricius Hansen and Chris Askholt Hammeken (Amsterdam University Press, 2019).

Dr. Nygren’s article “Old Forms Grow in New Lands: Grotesque Decoration in the Open Chapel at San Luis Obispo (Tlalmanalco, Mexico)” appeared in Paradigms of Renaissance Grotesques ed. Damiano Acciarino (University of Toronto Press, 2019).

Dr. Boeye presented a paper “Iconographic Innovation in Thirteenth- and Early Fourteenth-Century English Psalters” at the symposium "Invention and Imagination in British Art and Architecture, 600-1500" at The British Museum (London).

Dr. Nygren presented his paper “Michelangelo’s Unicorn” at the at the 2019 Renaissance Society of America Conference. 

Dr. Nygren’s article “Savoldo’s Saint Matthew and the Angel: Problems of Iconography and Interpretation” appeared in Artibus et historiae n. 78 (2018).

Dr. Nygren presented his paper “The Ceilings of Tunja: Figuring the New World” at the Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference in November 2018. 

Dr. Nygren was profiled in the online edition of Loyola Magazine.

Dr. Boeye presented a paper “Reference and Person in the Historiated Initials of the St. Albans Psalter” at the symposium "Seeing and Reading in Twelfth-Century England" which was held at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance.

Student News

Rebeccah Swerdlow ('17) and Cassandra Clark ('17) each were awarded second place for their research presentations at the Loyola Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium on April 21. Elena Damon ('17, double major in Photography and Art History) won first place for her photographic presentation. 

Thanks to a donor's gift a number of current students were able to attend the College Art Association Conference in Washington, D.C. in February of 2016.

For her senior project, under the guidance of Dr. Headley, Nicolle Meilly curated the exhibition Honore Daumier: Caricaturing Bourgeois France. The exhibition was in the Julio Fine Arts Gallery on Loyola's campus through August 2015. 

Alumni News

Elena Damon ('17) will be attending the George Washington University Museum Studies program in the fall.

Rebeccah Swerdlow ('17) will be attending the University of Delaware where she will be working towards an M.A. in art history. 

Connar Masotti ('16) has opened 4501 Gallery, a gallery of contemporary photography in Union City, NJ. He is also currently attending the MA program in Art Business at Sotheby's in New York.

Maddie Galler ('16) has accepted a position an Education Assistant at the Walters Museum

Nicole Meily ('15) has received a editorial internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She continues to work at the Whitney Museum in New York, where she assists the film curators on an up-coming project on Andy Warhol.

Grace Boyen ('15) is attending on a scholarship Ewha University in Seoul, South Korea. Upon completion of the program she will receive a Masters in International Studies.

Emily Inglis ('15) is a manager at the Museum Trustee Association.

Noah Kearney ('13) is attending the Higher Education M.A. program at Boston College.

Elizabeth Berry ('12) is working in the sales department of the Baltimore Convention Center.

Lily Sehn ('12) is currently the assistant collections manager for the graphic arts and time-based media art collections at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.

Katie Fow ('12) is working in the Registrar's office at the Freer/Sackler Galleries in Washington, DC.

Colleen Grant ('11) has accepted a position at the New York Public Library as a Collection Manager in their Special Collections division. 

Alex Fricchione ('11) graduated in 2015 with an M. Arch from RISD.

Nell Fortune Greeley ('10) graduated from the art history Master's program at George Washington University in May of 2013 and is currently working as an acquisitions document specialist at the Smithsonian Museum of American History..

Nora Benedict ('10, minor) has received a digital humanities fellowship at Princeton University.

Molly Muraca ('09) graduated from the MA program in Art Therapy at George Washington University in Spring 2013 and is currently working as an out-patient mental health counselor and art therapist,.

Jessica Urban ('08, minor) is currently working in educational program development at the Cincinnati Museum of Art.

Alyssa Porambo ('08) is the social media director for LaSalle University.

Ali Kozlakowski ('08) is a Senior Press Officer at the Metropolitan Museum in New York where she focuses on modern art and photography. She previously worked in PR at Tom Ford Beauty.

Laura Klebanow ('08) is ‎a Marketing Writer at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Courtney Bancroft ('08) has received her doctorate in psychology from Pepperdine University.

Peggy Sell ('07) is currently employed at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas

Kate Civitello ('07) is a staff lawyer at K & L Gates in Washington, DC, specializing in consumer financial services

Elizabeth Riordan ('06), a recent graduate of the law school of St. John's in New York, is clerking for Judge Carmen Ciparick of the New York Court of Appeals.

Keri Smotrich ('06): Is in her second year of the Doctor of Psychology program at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA

Alexis Romano (Fine Arts/Art History), a PhD candidate in the History of Dress at the Courtauld Institute in London is a co-founder of the Fashion Research Network, which aims to promote and share the work of PhD candidates and early-career researches in fashion and dress studies.

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Mary Beth Akre

Mary Beth Akre, MFA

Professor of studio arts Mary Beth Akre, MFA, is also a celebrated landscape artist

Fine Arts
A collage of drawings of the human form with various cultural modifications
Course Snapshot

Exploring Studio Arts 303: Life Drawing

Students in this fine arts class examine the structure—and intellectual context—of the human anatomy.