Melissa Gustin

Graduate Teaching Assistant

 

Melissa Gustin is finishing her dissertation with Liz Prettejohn. Her work explores American neoclassical sculpture by Harriet Hosmer and Emma Stebbins through a critical camp lens, using theories of time, intertextuality, classical receptions, and archaeology; her dissertation’s motto is “Make Neoclassicism Weird Again.” She is more broadly interested in the sculpture of the long nineteenth century, analogy, mythology and narrative, and museology. Before beginning her doctoral work, Melissa was Exhibition Research Associate in Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, working with materials from the Italian Renaissance through World War I and everything in between.  She has co-organized events at York including the Anachronic York conferences and The Leighton Network, and conference panels such as Sex, Sexiness, Sexlessness: Problems of Eroticism in Victorian Classical Forms. The Terra Foundation and the British Association for Victorian Studies have generously supported her research travel and international conference presentations. Her MA thesis from the University of California, Davis, was on Hiram Powers’ neoclassical ideal female busts, and earned her BA from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Art History.

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Melissa Gustin
Graduate Teaching Assistant
History of Art