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Alumni Updates: 2000s


Below are archived updates for Art History alumni graduating between 2000-09. Visit the main Alumni Updates page for more recent updates. Keep in Touch! We love hearing from you.

Sarah Bean '04 (Art History) Sarah is currently working for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, under a U.S. Department of Education grant, Ready To Learn. The grant uses educational technology to help children in low-income communities build their literacy skills. Sarah told us that she is grateful for the analytic and writing skills she learned in the art history department at William and Mary. Her most exciting project to date at CPB is a suite of three online professional development courses that were developed in partnership with PBS. These courses were designed to help childcare workers build the literacy skills of young children. Sarah is currently applying for a Master's in Educational Technology Leadership at George Washington University in Washington, DC. (2009)

Courtney Benzon '07 (Art History) writes: "After spending a year as an AmeriCorps construction crew leader for DC Habitat for Humanity, I will be attending Rice University next fall for my master's of architecture." (2009)

Greta Glaser '09 (Art History) Greta is featured in an article in Art Conservation at the University of Delaware entitled "Preserving History's Fragile Images." (2012)

John Hawley '08 (Art History)  John writes:  "I am currently finishing my PhD in art history at the University of Virginia, writing my dissertation on the drawings of Cornelis Visscher. I have also begun to deal in old master and modern drawings, a selection of which can be found at" (2012)

Jennifer (Rich) Henel ’02 (Art History) Jennifer writes: As part of the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI), funded by the J. Paul Getty Foundation, the National Gallery of Art launched Online Editions Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century in April 2014 ( It was the recipient of the 2014 George Wittenborn Award, which selected the publication as the choice publication in the visual arts and architecture which combine the highest standards of scholarship, design, and production.
I served as the project manager for this catalogue, and I have spoken about the project to a number of institutions, such as VMI, Washington & Lee, Dumbarton Oaks, ARLIS, NFAIS, etc. I have also published a chapter about this project in: Technology and Digital Initiatives: Innovative Approaches for Museums (Juliee Decker, Ed., 2015). (October 2015)

Case Jernigan '08 (Art History) Case writes: "My next show is Invisible Cities, a solo exhibition of drawings and paintings, opens Thursday, October 10th at Idiosyncrasy in Brooklyn. The exhibition features new work inspired by the artist's recent travels in Crete and the Greek Islands, as well as Italo Calvino's book Invisible Cities."
The exhibition will be on view from October 6-14 at:
976 Grand Street
Studio D
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(Oct, 2013)

Lisa Junkin '04 (Art History) Lisa writes: “As Director of Education at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago, I had the privilege of curating several rooms in the museum's new permanent exhibition. This was the largest renovation and re-envisioning of the museum in 50 years.”  "I curated an historical exhibit called "Report to the Public: An Untold Story of the Conservative Vice Lords," which opened to the public on June 22, 2012 in Chicago, IL. This exhibit is about the history of a gang on Chicago's west side that incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in the 1960s and organized youth, protested unfair housing policies and working conditions, opened small businesses, and fought for peace and racial equality. This is an evolving, multi-site project that will remain on view through 2012. More information available at:  Also I was recently engaged to Arturo Lopez Jr., BA in architecture at University of Maryland, 2004." (2012)

Jessica Ruse '06 (B.A. Art History) writes: “Since 2007, I have been employed as a program assistant at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, part of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. I also am working on my M.A. in Museum Studies through Johns Hopkins University's online program and expect to complete it next year.” (2010)

Catherine Williams '07 (Art History) Catherine writes: "After graduating in May 2007, I spent a year in Indonesia with a Fulbright teaching grant. I taught eight sections of intermediate level English as a Foreign Language to high schoolers at a public high school in Makassar, a major city on the island of Sulawesi in eastern Indonesia.Within a month of returning to the U.S., I moved to Seattle with James Ambrose (W&M '07, BBA). We have lived in Seattle since July 2008, where James works for Microsoft and where I've worked in college access and attended the University of Washington for a Master's in Social Work. Currently, at the UW School of Social Work, I'm a writing consultant for fellow MSW students. Also, I'm completing my practicum (clinical internship) at University of Washington Medical Center in bone marrow transplant and oncology social work, as I receive the Carol LaMare Scholarship for Oncology and End-of-Life Care. I will graduate in June 2013. While I don't get to use my art history background in a traditional sense, I do believe that the writing skills developed as an art history major at William and Mary have been invaluable...Also, the W&M presence in Seattle is tiny but fierce; we'd love to meet up with any alumni passing through the area!"(2013)

Catherine Williams '07 (Art History) Catherine received notification she has progressed to the next round for a Fulbright grant. Her application was reviewed at the national level, and she was given a "recommended" status. Her application is now being sent to Indonesia and to another board in the State Department. (2009)