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Jennifer Stettler Parsons


B.A. Art History, University of Delaware, 2006
M.A. Art History, George Washington University, 2008
Ph.D. Candidate

A fourth-year doctoral candidate, Jenny specializes in modern American and European art. Her research interests include the development of modernism in America, visual and material culture, transatlantic dialogue, and regional identity and consciousness. She is writing her dissertation, "John Sloan: Between Philadelphia and New York, 1892-1907" under the direction of Elizabeth Hutton Turner. Her project focuses on the early career of John Sloan in Philadelphia to shed new light on the significance of mobility between urban centers, the role of artistic networks, and the function of each for the cultural construction of artistic identity at the turn of the century. She presented a portion of this research at the 2012 SECAC conference in Durham, North Carolina.

Jenny won the 2012 Graduate Research Essay Prize from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art for her essay, "Absence and Presence: Arthur Dove's Paintings 'From the Radio.'" It is published online: http://www.aaa.si.edu/essay/jennifer-parsons

Before coming to UVa, Jenny worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where she was a research assistant for the Calders on the Parkway program, and subsequently worked in the Executive Office, Registrar's Office, and Special Exhibitions department. She has interned at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., The Phillips Collection, the Delaware Art Museum, and the University of Delaware University Museums. At UVa, she was a teaching assistant for Art Since 1945, Art History II, and served as a graduate research assistant for faculty.

As the 2013-14 Barra Fellow in American Art, Jenny is currently in residence at the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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