USC Upstate News

USC Upstate Student Presented Her Work At Mint Museum

04- 14- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - Alyssa Ashdown, a senior at the University of South Carolina Upstate, was one of six college students selected to present her research paper at the Mint Museum of Art’s 19th Annual Regional Collegiate Art History Symposium on March 29. A native of Charlotte, Ashdown’s research topic was entitled “Beyond Appearances: Julie Moos’ Friends and Enemies Series.”

Ashdown is majoring in history and minoring in art history. She worked very closely with Dr. Rachel Snow, assistant professor of art history, in preparing this research paper with hopes of being invited to participate in the Symposium.

“This is a very prestigious honor for Alyssa and for the University of South Carolina Upstate,” said Jane Nodine, professor of art and director of the Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery at USC Upstate. “Alyssa is the first student from our university to be invited to participate in the Mint’s Symposium and we are very proud of her.”

The 19th Annual Collegiate Art History Symposium showcased undergraduate art history students' research on works of art from the Mint's collections, or the artists represented within the diverse collections.Since 1990, the Symposium has had the distinction of being one of the country’s few forums that spotlight undergraduate art history research.  After the students present their findings at the program, their research papers become permanent, bound additions in The Mint Museum’s Library for future research and reference.  The Symposium was sponsored by TIAA-CREF.

For more information, contact Jane Nodine, professor of art and director of the Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery at USC Upstate, at jnodine@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5838.