The Connoisseurs Circle Fellows

Thanks to the generosity of the Connoisseurs Circle, the Institute is pleased to be able to award several student fellowships each year.


2014-15 Connoisseurs Circle Fellows

Daniella Berman
Through the financial support she received from the Connoisseurs Circle, Daniella has advanced her studies and research on different facets of eighteenth-century French art. She completed her coursework and refined her emerging dissertation topic, which considers the unrealized history paintings of the French Revolution and Empire periods. Daniella is currently working on an article, which stems from material developed for a seminar, about the creation and treatment of pendant paintings. She presented a portion of this research that focuses on collecting and display practices at a conference in Cleveland, Ohio in October.

Elizabeth Buhe
Elizabeth is in her third year of doctoral study with Professor Tom Crow and focuses on modern and contemporary art. She spent this past year publishing a digital humanities article on the first museum of Egyptian art in Paris in the journal Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide and developing her dissertation proposal on painting and sculpture in the 1960s, primarily in California, including the work of Sam Francis. Elizabeth is also a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Kara Fiedorek
In her fourth year of doctoral study, Kara has completed course work and passed her qualifying exams. She is currently working in the Photography Collection at the New York Public Library, conducting research, and writing her dissertation, which investigates the significance of religious thought to photographic practice in the United States and England from the mid- to late-nineteenth century. She will be a fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art beginning in the spring of 2015.

Marya Fisher
Marya is in her fifth year of doctoral study. With the funding she received from the Connoisseurs Circle this year, Marya was able to study in Greece as a Regular Member of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Spending time in Greece has allowed her to increase her knowledge of ancient sites, complete onsite research for her dissertation and learn from her colleagues working in Greece. The opportunities provided by the Connoisseurs Circle Fellowship have helped her grow as a scholar and progress toward the completion of her doctoral degree.

Rebecca Gridley
Rebecca is a second-year student specializing in Objects Conservation at the Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center. She looks forward to a busy and fulfilling year, during which she will complete courses focused on instrumental analysis, preventive conservation, art history, and the treatment of stone, wood, glass and decorative arts objects. Rebecca will also serve as the representative for the Conservation Center in the Graduate Student Association.

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Stephen R. Beckwith, Chairman
William L. Bernhard
Jane Draizen
Roberta Huber
Guillaume Malle
Judy Steinhardt
David Tobey
Alicia Volk
Patricia Rubin, Ex-Officio

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