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Izabel G

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Yale University


Art History, Architecture, Architectural History, Museum Studies


Izabel studied art history at Yale (M.A., M.Phil., A.B.D.), where she focused on European Romanticism, especially the work of the French artist Théodore Géricault. She augmented her academic research with curatorial work, including on the 2015 exhibition, The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760-1860. She is presently editing a collection of scholarly essays on the same theme. Prior to studying the humanities, Izabel majored in architecture at Rice University (B.A., B.Arch.), and spent a year working for the design firm Venturi, Scott Brown in Philadelphia. Given her curatorial and architectural background, Izabel is enthusiastic about projects that extend humanities research into practical or public applications. Outside of her academic work, Izabel frequently volunteers at a hospitality house and reads and writes poetry and creative nonfiction. She also enjoys classical ballet and growing tropical houseplants, despite being terrible at both. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her dog, Chuck.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Curate an Exhibition

This project will enable you to research a specific art historical topic while also learning the skills involved in curating a museum-based exhibition. We will attempt to simulate (within reason) the real process followed by curators when they research and develop exhibition ideas. You will begin by selecting a general topic in art history. This could be an artistic movement (e.g. Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, or The Harlem Renaissance), a specific artist (e.g. Claude Monet, Helen Frankenthaler, or James Van Der Zee), or another theme of your choosing. You will then research your topic by generating a brief annotated bibliography on the subject –– a list of sources followed by short summaries of their content. Drawing on this research, you will decide on a title and thesis for your exhibition, then generate three “deliverables”: First, you will create a “checklist” of objects to include (10 to 15 artworks, drawn from any of the many digitized museum collections available to the public; I will point you to these). Second, you will research and write a “wall label” for each of these objects (a very short paragraph that explains the artwork to a viewer). Third and finally, you will write the text for a short brochure which introduces a museum-goer to your exhibition, addressing these questions: What is the thesis of this exhibition –– in other words, what story does your exhibition tell about its topic? How does this story differ from what has already been said about this topic? How do these particular artworks tell that story?

Coding skills


Languages I know

French, intermediate (rusty)

Teaching experience

I have taught in a wide range of contexts at Rice, Yale, and the University of Vermont (UVM): At Rice I taught (and co-taught) seminars with a mix of undergrads and grad students in the School of Architecture. At Yale, within the History of Art department, I was instructor-of-record for a summer course and served as a teaching assistant for numerous undergraduate survey courses; I also taught one term in the Yale M.F.A. program. Finally, at UVM, I taught undergraduates –– both in large, intro-level surveys and specialized, upper-division courses –– and advised multiple independent study projects. In addition, I worked for several years as a tutor at the Yale Writing Center, mentoring individual students over a sustained period. This role included specialized ESL training.


Work experience

University of Vermont (2017 - 2018)
Yale University (2010 - 2017)
Teaching Assistant


Rice University
BDes Bachelor of Design (2008)
Yale University
MA Master of Arts (2011)
Art History
Yale University
MPhil Master of Philosophy (2013)
Art History
Yale University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
History of Art

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