Thomas M WintersBA, Art History, University of Utah, 2010
MA, Art History, University of Virginia, 2012
PhD candidate, University of Virginia
Tom Winters was born in the English Midlands and raised in North Wales, but has lived in the United States since 1997. He graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. in Art History in May 2010. As an undergraduate, Tom's main area of focus was Dutch art of the seventeenth century, with a senior seminar paper on the significatory role of music within genre paintings, and a research project on the attribution of a landscape painting in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.
In August 2010, Tom joined the graduate program in Art and Architectural History at the University of Virginia with a Presidential Fellowship. He continues to specialize in the field of early modern Netherlandish art, working under the advisement of Professor Lawrence Goedde. In May 2012, Tom was awarded his M.A. in Art History after having completed a thesis that examined the representation of women in the pastoral and genre paintings of the Dutch Caravaggist painter Gerard van Honthorst.
During the opening years of his graduate career, Tom greatly enjoyed eight semesters working as a Teaching Assistant for a variety of courses in Art and Architectural History. In 2015, after having finished his work as a TA, he was awarded a Departmental Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. In more recent years, Tom has worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for UVa's 'Jefferson's University - Early Life' (JUEL) Project. He has also presented academic papers at several conferences, the most recent being SECAC 2015.
At the present moment, Tom is the Barringer-Linder Curatorial Fellow at the Fralin Museum of Art at UVa, where he performs a variety of duties in relation to the museum's collections and exhibitions. The majority of his time, however, is currently spent working on his PhD dissertation, an expansion of his M.A. work which is entitled "Honthorst's People: Art, Gender, and the Virtuosi," and comprises a study of the representation of gender within the figure painting oeuvre of Gerard van Honthorst. He is on course to graduate in May 2017.