Mariah received her B.A. from UC Santa Cruz in History of Art and Visual Culture, completing a thesis on architecture and cultural expression in New Caledonia. After growing up in Placerville, living in the Bay Area and traveling throughout North America, Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia, she is interested in exploring the ideas of identity and cross cultural influence expressed through visual culture.
First-year M.A. candidate Natalie De La Torre is originally from Roseville, California. She earned her B.A. with honors in Art History and a minor in Italian Studies from St. Mary’s College of California. In 2015, she was chosen to present her senior thesis at the Bay Area’s Annual Undergraduate Art History Symposium held at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Her research lies mainly in 20th and 21st-century art–specifically focusing on the relationship between contemporary German and Austrian artists and the psychological theories of transgenerational trauma.
Corrie Hendricks received her B.A. from the University of South Dakota where she studied art history, psychology, sociology and dance. Her background in the social sciences inspired her concern with the interaction between art and issues of social justice. She is currently researching the contemporary practice of craft activism and its connection to William Morris and the Arts & Crafts movement of the nineteenth century.
Renata McRee began her journey at U.C. Davis as part of a Community College transfer admission agreement. Renata transferred to U.C. Davis, despite obstacles such as being diagnosed with a learning disability. In 2013, Renata received her B.A. in Art History with a minor in English. Renata is now a 2nd year in the U.C. Davis Graduate Program in Art History. She has many interests including Chinese art, Roman art, and Buddhist ideas. Her current interest is the sometimes termed “eccentric” paintings of 17th century China.
Lydia Rogers received her BA in Art History from neighboring Sacramento State with a concentration in modern and contemporary art. Her undergraduate research mostly centered on the role and experience of the female artist, specifically in the mid-20th century. Other interests include feminist theory, late modern and contemporary nonwestern art, especially but not exclusively as a means of political activism, the use of craft as a transgenerational medium, and dress as a tool of identity.
Iman Seale was born in central Florida where she developed an interest in the arts at an early age. After relocating to California in 2013, she studied studio art at Mission College before transferring to UC Davis to pursue a BA in Art History. Now a graduate student, Iman’s academic focus is the unique visual culture of the Swahili coast and how it was impacted by its interactions with the Islamic world. During her time at Davis, Iman has explored different areas of work in the arts through internships at the Pence Gallery and Manetti Shrem Museum.
Lorella Silvestri was born and raised in Tuscany. In 2002, she completed all the coursework towards the Laurea in Lettere (Degree in Arts), at the Università degli Studi di Firenze (University of Florence), Italy. Before moving to Sacramento in 2001, Lorella was part of the Florentine Gregorian Choir Viri Galilaei. Lorella has many interests, but all ranging in the humanities. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History with a minor in Italian, from California State University, Sacramento, in 2014.
Virginia received her B.A. from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon where she researched Baroque sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Currently, she is continuing her research of Bernini, but within the scope of ephemeral art and celebratory commissions revolving around Piazza Navona and the Four Rivers Fountain in Rome. Additionally, her research interests include Ancient Egyptian art, early modern city planning and architecture, and political art commissions.
After receiving his B.A in Communications from UC San Diego, Zheng became a journalist in bay area. He started off covering crime beat and slowly directed his focus onto issues and events related to art, which had always been his passion. He has been questioning politicians and the society as a whole for five years as a reporter. Then there was a day when he stopped and pondered: Is it as important if not more to critically think of the answers collected as the will of collecting them?