Students selected for national art history Symposium at Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art

By Jill Carlson

ST. JOSEPH, MO – March 9, 2022—The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art (AKMA) continues its collaboration with the Missouri Western State University (MWSU) School of Fine Arts for the sixth year. The annual refereed AKMA / MWSU Undergraduate Art History Symposium offers the opportunity for students from across the United States to present original research papers on various topics advancing the field of art history. The Symposium will take place from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Missouri. Members of the public are invited to attend this free event, in-person or virtually.

Out of a national call for proposals, eleven students were selected by a panel of art historians based on original research and academic rigor. Participating students represent eleven universities in eight states. In addition to the speakers, a musical response to the presentations will be performed by undergraduate music students at the MWSU School of Fine Arts led by associate professor Dr. David McIntire. MWSU assistant professor Toby Lawrence and undergraduate cinema students, also in the School of Fine Arts, will provide additional technical support and recording expertise. Presentations will be recorded and made available on the Albrecht-Kemper’s YouTube channel.

This year’s keynote presentation “The Fantasy of the Middle Ages: Medievalisms and the Museum” will be given by Dr. Larisa Grollemond. Dr. Grollemond is the Assistant Curator in the Manuscripts Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, specializing in French manuscript illumination and early print culture of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The 2022 keynote address is supported by the Missouri Western Arts Society.

Schedule of Events – Saturday, April 9, 2022

9:00 am: Morning sessions moderated by Julia Bishop, MWSU.

Sarah Reiser, Missouri Western State University (St. Joseph, Missouri)

“Warning Through Tragedy: A Semiotic Analysis of Russian Artist Karl Bryullov’s The Last Day of Pompeii (1830-33)”

Aidan Miles-Jamison, University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

“Queering the Label: Three Works of Contemporary Art from Thailand, Everywhere, and Nowhere”

Maya Virdell, Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio)

“The Rebellious Iconography of Female Rule in Byzantium”

Jingxian Jin, Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, Missouri)

“Framing the Flowers: A View on the Copper Square Dish in Painted Enamels from Kangxi’s Reign”

Caitlyn Martin, University of Missouri-Kansas City (Kansas City, Missouri)

“The Power of Storytelling in Art: 20 Odd by Sara Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin”

Jacqueline Schwartz, University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, California)

“Displaying the Dark Ages: The Medieval Galleries at the British Museum and the V&A”

Lunch Break: 12:30 – 1:45 pm

Musical response performed by School of Fine Arts undergraduate students at Missouri Western State University led by Dr. David McIntire, Associate Professor of Music Technology.

2:00 pm: Keynote Presentation

Dr. Larisa Grollemond

Assistant Curator, Manuscripts Department, J. Paul Getty Museum

The Fantasy of the Middle Ages: Medievalisms and the Museum

3:00 pm: Afternoon sessions moderated by April Cowan, MWSU.

Makayla Fuemmeler, University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg, Missouri)

“Culture, Class, and Connections: Women Artists in the Seventeenth Century”

Wang (Sophie) Xi, Smith College (Northampton, Massachusetts)

“Transitioning from This World to the Netherworld: Tomb Gates in Eastern Han (25-220 CE) Shaanxi”

Molli Banks, Fort Hays State University (Hays, Kansas)

“Histories of Hosteen (Hastiin) Klah and We’Wha: Tales of Native North American Two Spirits”

Nell Roberts, University of Colorado, Denver (Denver, Colorado)

“Mohammed’s Journey with Burāq’s to the Heavens: Diverging Depictions of the Prophet and his Steed Over the Centuries”

Kate Noelle Hodgson, University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, Arkansas)

“A Mirror of Conscience: The Hours of Joanna Castile I”

The 6th annual Undergraduate Art History Symposium is made possible through the leadership of Dr. Madeline Rislow, Assistant Chair of the MWSU School of Fine Arts and Associate Professor of Art History. Financial support for the event is thanks to Missouri Western State University’s Arts Society and the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art’s members. To become an AKMA member and support programs like this, visit

Following its mission, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art aims to enrich the community through the collection and exhibition of visual arts by providing education, creating unique experiences, and nurturing regional artists. The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 1 PM to 4 PM. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for seniors, and $1 for students. Museum members and children under age 6 are free. For more information about the exhibitions, call 816-233-7003.

About AKMA: A work of art itself, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art houses one of the finest collections of American Art from the Colonial period to the present. The former William Albrecht home provides the perfect backdrop for works by artists including Mary Cassatt, Thomas Hart Benton, Gilbert Stuart, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. A wide variety of special programs complement the museum’s collection, including temporary exhibitions, art classes, gallery talks, and special events.

About MWSU: Missouri Western State University is a student-centered learning community preparing individuals for lives of excellence through applied learning. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, MO., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit


Media Inquiries:

Jill Carlson

Marketing & Communications Manager

Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art

2818 Frederick Ave.

Saint Joseph, MO 64506

(816) 233-7003

Kent Heier

Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications

Missouri Western State University

(816) 271-4124

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