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.

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Elyse D. Gerstenecker

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

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Elyse currently studies American design and architecture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, particularly of the American South, under the guidance of Richard Guy Wilson. Her dissertation, "In Some Way Southern: Lycett Studios, Newcomb Pottery, and Design in the New South, 1883-1910," examines the emulation of Northeastern design in the art pottery produced by the Newcomb Pottery of New Orleans and the hand-painted china of the Lycett Studios in Atlanta, probing the potential relationships between these ceramics' designs, their anticipated consumers, and notions of regional identity. Her research has been supported by an Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Summer Research Award from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

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, where she curated several exhibitions of material 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. At the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, she participated as a student researcher in an exhibition project with 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 (Yale University Press, 2008). Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she managed the Pinewood Estate at Bok Tower Gardens. Her collaborative exhibition there, "A Look Back: An Exhibit Celebrating the 85th Anniversary of Bok Tower Gardens," was awarded the David C. Brotemarkle Award from the Florida Historical Society in 2014. Elyse remains dedicated to developing her curatorial practice at the University of Virginia, where she co-curated the exhibition "Reading Between the Lines of Jacob Lawrence's Struggle Series" at the Albert H. and Shirley Small Special Collections Library in 2016.