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Krista Gulbransen

BA, University of California, Los Angeles, Art History and Business/Economics, 2003
MA, University of Virginia, McIntire Department of Art and Architectural History, 2007
Ph.D Candidate, McIntire Department of Art and Architectural History

Major Interests: South Asian art and architecture

Krista is a student of Professor Daniel Ehnbom at the University of Virginia, focusing on the art and architecture of South Asia, particularly sixteenth and seventeenth century north Indian painting traditions. Her Master's thesis, "A Problem in the Study of Painting in Bikaner," was awarded the 2007 Lindner Center Master's Thesis Prize in Art History. In addition to being awarded a 2009-2010 Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to conduct her dissertation research on late sixteenth and seventeenth century Mughal and Rajasthani painting in India, Krista was awarded a 2010-2011 Theodore Rousseau Fellowship from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, allowing her to contiunue her project in Europe. Krista has also held a President's Fellowship from the University of Virginia as well as a Critical Language Scholarship and a Foreign Language Area Study Fellowship from the US Department of State.

Krista has presented her research in a number of forums, including the 2009 University of Virginia Art & Architectural History Graduate Symposium ("Reincarnating Krishna: Images of the God in the Service of Indian Nationalism"), the 2010 United States-India Educational Foundation Fulbright Conference, the 2011 Metropolitan Museum of Art Fellows' Colloquia ("A Mughal Painting Re-Red"), the 2011 School of Oriental and African Studies South and Southeast Asian Art & Archaeology Research Seminar ("The Impact of Popular Mughal Painting: 16th-17th Century"), and the 2012 University of Cambridge Graduate Student Conference in the History of Art ("Rao Surjan Singh and the Origins of Painted Portraiture in Bundi"). During the 2011-2012 academic year, Krista was the Lindner-Luzak Fellow at the University of Virginia Art Museum where she worked with Professor Ehnbom to design an exhibition of the museum's Indian paintings. She has taught a number of undergraduate courses, most recently a summer course at the University of Virginia on the Arts of India. In Spring 2013, Krista will teach an undergraduate seminar entitled "Art of Colonial India." She is currently completing her dissertation, "Akbar Period Portraiture and the Development of Painting in Rajasthan," and plans to graduate in May 2013.

Email: Krista Gulbransen

University of VirginiaSchool of Architecture