Alumni Spotlights

Alumni from our undergraduate and graduate programs go onto careers around the globe and in specialties such as museum administration and archeological research. Below are spotlights on two of our graduates. Please send us your updates so we can spotlight your research, careers, and other ventures! For more information on HIAA alumni please see the HIAA alumni list or Brown's post-graduate data pages.


Philip Batler ‘20

Philip Batler lives in Washington D.C. and works as a curatorial assistant at the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland. Currently he is assisting on a small show of drawings and sculpture by Kara Walker, as well as a large traveling retrospective on Ellsworth Kelly's paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures. While at Brown, Philip focussed on Modern Art and Photography, served as one of the HIAA DUG leaders, and competed for the varsity track team.


Theodore Lau ‘19.5

Theodore Lau is an independent curator and writer from San Jose, California. They have held curatorial positions at Tina Kim Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, KADIST San Francisco, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose. Their recent projects include Mire Lee: Carriers at Tina Kim Gallery; Minouk Lim: Fossil of High Noon at Tina Kim Gallery; An Evening with Astria Suparak at MoMA; and Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; they are currently working on a project centering abolition and institutional fugitivity.


Alexis Lowry ‘07

Alexis Lowry is curator at Dia Art Foundation, New York, where she is responsible for exhibitions, commissions, and public programs across Dia’s sites and locations. At Dia Chelsea, she has curated new projects by Lucy Raven, Rita McBride, and Kishio Suga. At Dia Beacon, she organized the first North American retrospective of Charlotte Posenenske’s work, as well as installations by Mel Bochner, Mary Corse, Melvin Edwards, Charles Gaines, Barry Le Va, Lee Ufan, Robert Morris, Michelle Stuart, and Anne Truitt. Prior to joining Dia, she was curator of the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, and a freelance project manager for Creative Time, New York. In 2021, Lowry was the first invited curator-in-residence at the Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau, Germany.


Patrick Nasta '22, Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Patrick Nasta '22, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and History. His career interests revolve around sustainable architectural design and renewable urban agriculture. Beginning in October '22 he will spend a year in Pollenzo, Italy on a Fulbright Scholarship to study for a Masters in Gastronomy with a focus on World Food Cultures and Mobility. Read more from News @ Brown.


Dominik Halás, BA '16, authenticates vintage clothing for the RealReal

Dominik Halás, History of Art & Architecture concentrator, is one of the youngest team members trusted by vintage, designer clothing reseller, the RealReal. for the New York Times writes, "Mr. Halás started buying and reselling secondhand clothes online as a teenager. “If I had $100 to invest, I would buy something on Japanese eBay and sell it on the U.S. site for $300,” he said. After graduating from Brown University, where he studied art history and architecture, he worked at showrooms including Goods and Services in New York, and then consulted for Helmut Lang before joining the RealReal." Read more of Halás' feature.


Ella Comberg, BA '20 writes two articles

Ella Comberg has published two articles: one in the Brown Alumni Magazine, and one in Hidden City Philadelphia. Her piece about Jordan Carter ’12, “Curating the Ephemeral,” appears in the January 24, 2022 edition of the Brown Alumni Magazine. She explores the challenges he faces as a curator who showcases Fluxus and conceptual art — works that resist traditional means of exhibition and display in museums and galleries. In “Documenta ‘76: How an Avant-Garde Art Sensation Almost Happened in Philadelphia,” for Hidden City Philadelphia, Comberg writes about the plans to bring the 1976 Documenta exhibition to Philadelphia, none of which came to fruition. Read more in the News section.


Gizem Dörter, BA ‘03 joins Istinye University as Assistant Professor

Gizem Dörter has been awarded a full-time position at Istinye University in Istanbul, Turkey. As Assistant Professor, she currently teaches a general art history survey course to first year interior design students, and is expanding the syllabus to extend the course by another semester. Prior to joining Istinye University, Dörter was a Postdoctoral Associate at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. She received her PhD from Koç University in 2020. 


Alexis Lowry, BA ‘07 receives fellowship at the Center for Curatorial Leadership

Alexis Lowry, Curator at the Dia Art Foundation in New York, will participate in the Center for Curatorial Leadership’s 2022 Fellowship. Prior to joining the Dia Art Foundation, where she is responsible for exhibitions, commissions, and public programs, she was a curator at the University’s David Winton Bell Gallery. Now, Lowry joins a cohort of curators that will travel to New York City in January, and again in May, for in-person intensives. In addition to coursework led by Columbia Business School, Fellows will meet leaders in the field, and develop both individual and collaborative projects. The 2022 cohort is the first group to participate in in-person programming in two years. The fellowship is one of Lowry’s several recent achievements; she has contributed to publications for Art Monthly and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and in 2021, was the first-invited curator-in-residence at the Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau, Germany.


Njaimeh Njie_The Village_Homecoming_Hill District_USA_ 2016–2019_Courtesy Office of Public Art_0.jpgDivya Rao Heffley, PhD '10 presented a Roundtable at Brown on “Civically Engaged Public Art in Pittsburgh: People, Place, History, Memory” on March 11, 2021 at noon

Divya Rao Heffley, the Associate Director for the Office of Public Art, works with artists and communities on residencies and commissions that address a range of contemporary issues, that seek to foster social justice and cultural equity in public spaces.  She presented a Roundtable conversation about how the Office of Public Art in Pittsburgh engages the creative practices of artists to collaboratively shape the public realm and catalyze community-led change, particularly those who have been historically marginalized and underrepresented in civic processes.


Two alumni Mariah Proctor-Tiffany, PhD '07 and Pascale Rihouet, PhD '08 have recently published books

Mariah Proctor-Tiffany, Associate Professor of Art History at California State University, Long Beach, has published her new book, Medieval Art in Motion: The Inventory and Gift Giving of Queen Clémence de Hongrie  (Penn State University Press, 2019).  Moving Women Moving Objects 400-1500 (Brill, 2019), co-edited with Tracy Chapman Hamilton. Professor Rihouet was interviewed in April 2019 at the École des Haute Études en Sciences Sociales, where she taught a seminar during the 2019-2020 academic year. In the video interview, at the Villa Medici, Professor Rihouet discusses her Brown/EHESS degree and her research on Roman prints. Her co-edited  volume, Eternal Ephemera: The Papal Possesso and its Legacies in Early Modern Rome (Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, University of Toronto Press, 2020) came out in July 2020.


Hui Hung Chen, PhD '04

Hui-Hung Chen is currently a full professor in the Department of History at National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Brown University, U.S., in 2004. She was awarded a Visiting Scholar of the Harvard Yenching Institute, U.S., in 2013-2014. Hui-Hung began her study of Early Modern European art and history at Brown University, focusing on Christian and Renaissance arts, the Jesuits and Counter Reformation, as well as cross-cultural encounters between Europe and China. Her research focuses on the Jesuits and relevant topics, and further explores the issues about European cultural and artistic encounters with non-Europeans, and Christianity in China from the 17th to 19th centuries. Her article entitled “The Human Body as a Universe: Understanding Heaven by Visualization and Sensibility in Jesuit Cartography in China,” published in The Catholic Historical Review 93 (3): 517-52 (July 2007), was awarded The Peter Guilday Prize by the American Catholic Historical Association, U.S.A. in 2008. This research was revised from a chapter of her Ph.D. dissertation. 


Sarah Joan Moran PhD '10

Sarah Moran recently edited the book, Women and Gender in the Early Modern Low Countries, 1500-1750 (Brill, 2019) which brings together research on women and gender across the Low Countries, a culturally contiguous region that was split by the Eighty Years' War into the Protestant Dutch Republic in the North and the Spanish-controlled, Catholic Hapsburg Netherlands in the South. Sarah is Associate Professor of Early Modern Art History at the University of Utrecht.


Valeria Federici, AM '19 in HIAA and PhD '19, in Italian Studies

ALJensen_Shadow_Play_4_0.jpegPoetic-Action is a site-specific installation by contemporary artists Anna Lise Jensen and Alyssa Casey, curated by Federici at the Garibaldi Meucci Museum, in Staten Island, NY. Poetic-Action is a response to the story of two women and their involvement in the Italian Risorgimento. The exhibition is supported by the Virtual Humanities Lab, Department of Italian Studies at Brown University and opened on October 4, 2020.