Katelyn DelGallo Crawford
B.A., History, Columbia University, 2006
Kate is a fifth-year doctoral candidate studying American art and architecture with Professor Maurie D. McInnis. She is particularly interested in American and British art, portraiture, and material culture studies. Her dissertation, "Transient Painters, Traveling Canvases: Portraiture and mobility in the British Atlantic, 1750 – 1780," examines the paintings of portraitists working within the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world, demonstrating the impact of mobility on artistic practice and portraiture on identity construction. Considering a network of about ten portraitists, the canvases they produce, and the travel of both individuals and images throughout the British Atlantic in the mid eighteenth century, this study identifies a shift in the construction of artistic communities as artists take to sea. By considering portraits and conversation pieces across the Atlantic rim, the project reveals visual convergences (in empire-wide visual conventions) and divergences (between local idioms in various port cities) that illustrate the development of regional identities within imperial conventions.
In addition to her dissertation research, Kate has recently worked as a curatorial intern, aiding in the early stages of planning for a 2015 exhibition of colonial American portraits at the New-York Historical Society. She has served as a teaching assistant for courses in the department including American Art II, Arts & Cultures of the Slave South, and British Art. She also continues work she began in her master's thesis on an eighteenth-century Charleston, South Carolina portraitist Jeremiah Theus.
Her research has recently been supported by fellowships from Winterthur Museum, Library & Garden, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Massachusetts Historical Society, and Yale Center for British Art. She was also the recipient of a University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Presidential Fellowship from 2008 – 2012 and a Terra Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship in American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum from 2012 - 2013. During the 2013 - 2014 academic year, Kate is a Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellow in American Art and a Visiting Research Associate at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.email Kate