Brittney Bailey is a PhD Candidate specializing in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Modernism. Brittney received her BA in English Literature from Linfield College in 2008 and her MA in Art History from American University in 2015. Her master’s thesis “Masks and Muses: Marie Laurencin’s Artist Group Portraits” examined the Cubist underpinnings of Laurencin’s oppositional identities of both artist and female muse within la bande à Picasso. Her current project examines networks of representation through the portrait practices of the interwar Parisian avant-garde. Her research interests include questions of gender, race, identity and representation. Brittney has held internships in the education departments of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC and the Portland Art Museum, Portland Oregon.
Franchesca Fee is a PhD Candidate specializing in Italian Renaissance art, with a particular focus on painting and patronage. After graduating from Penn State Erie, the Behrend College with a major in Arts Administration in 2014, she earned a Master’s degree in Art History from The Pennsylvania State University in 2016. Her research interests include ecclesiastical patronage, chapel decoration in Rome, and the intersection of art and politics. Franchesca has presented research at a number of international conferences and has held internships at the Erie Art Museum, Chautauqua Institution, the Erie Insurance Heritage Center, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.
Jessica Mingoia is a PhD candidate at Rutgers University specializing in Hellenistic and Roman art history, architecture, and archaeology. She received her B.A. in History with a minor in Theatre Arts from SUNY New Paltz in 2010 and her M.A. in the History of Art and Archaeology from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts in 2016. Her dissertation research focuses on hospitality, inns, rental accommodations, and apartments in Pompeii and Herculaneum in order to better understand the daily life of the lower and middle Roman social classes. She has conducted funded research in Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Ostia, and Rome and has previously worked as a Graduate Assistant at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World and an intern at the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.