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Alumni Updates: 1990s

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Below are archived updates for Art & Art History alumni graduating between 1990 and 1999. Visit the main Alumni Updates page for more recent updates. Keep in Touch! We love hearing what you're up to.

Danielle Carrabino '98 (Art History) "I've worked at several art museums (the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Fogg at the Harvard Art Museum). I also received my MA in Art History from Tufts University before continuing my graduate studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. There, I received a second MA and finally, my PhD for my dissertation on Caravaggio in Sicily in July 2011. Since Fall 2010, I have been working as the Resident Art Historian and Student Services Coordinator for the University of Georgia's Studies Abroad Progam in Cortona, Italy. Three semesters per year, I teach a Renaissance course and a Baroque seminar and every Saturday, I lead guided tours through a different city in Italy among about 20. It is a very rewarding, if challenging position which brings together my passions for viewing art in situ, living in Italy, and teaching art history. In my free time, I working on some articles and thinking about turning my dissertation into a book. Before moving to Italy, I also received my certification in group fitness and I teach weekly exercise classes for my students. All in all, things are going well! I do hope to return to W&M for a visit someday as I have heard it has changed dramatically since I have left. I even had a student from W&M last summer so we were chatting about the college and living in Williamsburg. I still cherish my college years and all I learned through my amazing professors at W&M." (2012)

Christine Henry '92 (Art History) Christine writes: In the Fall of 2015 I started a tenure-track position as assistant professor in the Department of Historic Preservation at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. (Oct. 2016)

Christine Henry, ’92 (Art History) After finishing my PhD in Urban and Regional Planning and Design, I am now teaching historic preservation at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. (Oct 2017)

Sara Taylor Morasch '98 (B.A. Art History) Sara has obtained master's (2001) and doctoral (2006) degrees in art history from Bryn Mawr College. Her dissertation examined the integration of prehispanic and peninsular elements at the sixteenth-century convent of Santiago Apsstol in Cuilapan, a Mixtec community in the state of Oaxaca (Mexico). She served as an Assistant Research Curator in the Departments of Textiles and Amerindian Art at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006-08. Currently she's a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and would be more than happy to speak with any art history majors interested in pursuing graduate work or museum careers: sm-taylor [at] nga.gov. (2009)

Louis Nelson '90 is Associate Professor of Architecture at UVA. (2009)

Rene Rodgers '93 (Art History/minor in Classics) Rene writes: After graduating from W&M in 1993, I went to Durham University in England on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. I got my MA in Roman Archaeology, and then went on to get my PhD in Roman Archaeology.

After my PhD, I worked for two years in Durham's archaeology department as a research assistant, conference organizer, admissions assistant, and Lifelong Learning lecturer. I joined the publishing department of English Heritage, the UK government's statutory advisor on the historic environment, in 2000. During my time at English Heritage, I project managed and edited books and free guidance literature about archaeology, architecture and conservation. I also co-wrote a book on Christmas history and traditions for EH.

In 2011, I moved back to the US to be nearer family. After briefly working for a costume designer (!), I became the part-time associate director of Believe in Bristol, Bristol VA/TN's Main Street organization focused on downtown revitalization and the arts. I also worked on the content team for the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, developing the exhibit content for the museum prior to its opening. In 2013, I went part-time as the associate curator of the museum, and the museum opened in August 2014. I am now working for the museum full-time as Curator of Exhibits and Publications. I also freelance edit and proofread for private authors and academic publishers.

In my free time, I volunteer for Believe in Bristol and other local nonprofits and organizations, read, write and blog, enjoy walks and hikes in the wonderful parks and trails here in the Appalachian mountains, spend time with family, and enjoy my dog Pippa! (Oct. 2016)

Bart Shepherd '92 (Art History) Bart currently resides in San Francisco with his wife Kathy (Bello, Class of 1990) and their two daughters, Charlotte, 3, and Cecelia, 1. In May 2005, Bart was hired as the Curator of the Steinhart Aquarium, part of the California Academy of Sciences. They are now in the final stages of a $484 million renovation and will reopen the Renzo Piano -designed building to the public in the fall of 2008 (see calacademy.org for details). This has been an exciting couple of years for Bart, with the project allowing him to travel, SCUBA dive in the Philippines, and work hand-in-hand with architects, exhibit designers, and fabricators. He has also been in the press and on TV many times, including Mythbusters, and will appear in several other documentaries. (2009)