Art history Master's student and part-time faculty member in the art history department. Heather leads art history discussion sections that supplement the courses taught by senior faculty. Her research interests include the themes of space, memory and time in late modern art, as well as the influence of science and philosophy within transdisciplinary practices.
This past spring, Heather presented research at the Midwest Art History Society Conference in Columbus that analyzed the influence of the Proto-Renaissance artist Giotto di Bondone on the oeuvre of Mark Rothko, the color field painter. At the 2013 Kent State University Graduate Research Symposium, she delivered research that interpreted James Turrell's Ganzfeld Pieces as examples of philosopher Michel Foucault's notion of heterotopian space.At present, she is preparing her paper "Indian Summer: Temporal Delay in the work of Olafur Eliasson and Berndnaut Smilde" for presentation at the 2014 College Art Association Conference in Chicago this February. Her Master's thesis will explore the nature of Frederic Jameson's notion of hyperspace in the work of Olafur Eliasson.
Finally, she is an active participant in independent art and criticism endeavors as one of the contributing editors of the Akron-based web publication Buried Letter Press (http://issuu.com/buriedletterpress). Her numerous articles published by Buried Letter Press explore the nature of opticality, surveillance and technology within the field of art history.
Alicia received a B.A. in Art History from Kent State University in 2004 and has returned to complete her M.A. in Art History. Her academic focus is Northern Renaissance and Dutch Baroque genre scenes of artists such as Jan Steen and Pieter Aertsen, and their inclusion in the theater as a form of pedagogy.
She has interned for the Cleveland Museum of Art‘s collections management department assisting with the installation of Paul Gauguin: Paris, 1889, and Artistic Luxury: Fabergé Tiffany Lalique. and assisted with the accessioning of the gifted estate of Muriel Butkin, as well as the installation and de-installation of specific art works (i.e. Liza Lou’s Continuous Mile). She interned in the education department at the Cleveland Museum of Art, assisting with the John Hays Initiative, contributing research and art integrated high school level lesson plans.
Alicia worked as a curatorial intern at the Akron Art Museum where she assisted with the installation of the Pattern ID exhibition as well as other collection changes, also assisting with the integration and maintenance of museum’s archives and cataloguing of books and periodicals as the library intern.
In the field of education Alicia has worked as a graduate teaching assistant of Art History at Ohio University, the University of Cincinnati, and Kent State University. She is currently responsible for instructing Art History II (Renaissance through Modern art) discussion sections in assistance of Dr. Medicus and Professor Reischuck as well as assisting Dr. Fred Smith with the London- Paris study abroad course.