Current Students

Renee Gondek

B.Phil., Classics and History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, 2005
M.A., Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Virginia, 2007
Ph.D. student

Graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 with a Bachelor of Philosophy in Classics and the History of Art and Architecture, Renee was primarily interested in the Roman world and, more specifically, the impact of the hour system on Roman society. After her first year in graduate school at the University of Virginia, Renee became more interested in the dress and adornment of women in the Greek world. Her Master's, Adorning the Bride: Dress, Gender, and Ritual on Athenian Vases, examined the (re)presentation of women in wedding scenes on black- and early red-figure Attic vases. Her Ph.D. (Gender, Dress, and Ritual in Greek Vase-Painting) expands this investigation by looking at both women and men in nuptial contexts, and some of her findings have been included in the publication resulting from the 42nd Annual Chacmool Conference (Identity Crisis: Archaeology and the Problems of Social Identity). At UVa, Renee has been a Teaching Assistant for Art History 101 three times, as well as for Roman Art and Art History 102. She has taught her own courses both aboard Semester at Sea ("Art in the Mediterranean", 2009) and for the UVa McIntire Department of Art ("Women in Antiquity", 2010). Renee has excavated at Mycenae (Summer 2006), and for two summers she excavated with the American School of Classical Studies in the Athenian Agora (2007, 2008). While a student in Charlottesville, Renee has worked in the Visual Resources Collection, and she has acted as a Coordinator of Study for UVa's Hereford Residential College ( More recently, during the 2011-2012 academic year, Renee conducted research at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens as a Student Associate Member. She plans to defend and graduate in the spring of 2013.

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