In the wake of the white-supremacist terrorism of August 11-13, we wish to highlight and paraphrase some of the comments of Ian Baucom, Dean of Arts and Sciences:
Be assured that the Art Department remains a space where all can pursue the dialogue that counters the lies of racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, and nativism.
We are prepared to stand up for and support those who have been singled out as targets for hatred. The courage of free thought opposing cowardice and bigotry endures and persists here despite violence.

Current students

Elyse D. G. Justice

BA, Historic Preservation and Art History, University of Mary Washington, 2006
MA, History of Decorative Arts, Bard College, 2008

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Elyse, under the guidance of Richard Guy Wilson, studies American design and architecture in the first half of the twentieth century. She is particularly interested in the dissemination of design ideologies in applied arts in the American South. Elyse's focus on the South is influenced by her time as Curator of Decorative & Folk Art at the William King Museum in Abingdon, Virginia. There, she curated numerous exhibitions of decorative arts from Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee, including An Educated Woman: Art from Girls' Schools and Women's Colleges and Mischief-Making: Contemporary Craftsman Jacob Cress. Prior to joining the University, she managed the Pinewood Estate at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida and taught art history as an adjunct instructor at Florida Southern College in Lakeland.

At the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, Elyse explored relationships between the architecture and interior design of 1930s American collegiate residence halls for women and collegiate administrations' assertions of societal norms and regional identities. She also participated as a student researcher in a collaborative exhibition project between the BGC and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, English Embroidery from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1580-1700: 'Twixt Art and Nature, contributing an essay and catalogue entries to its corresponding catalogue.