Student Profiles - PhD

Candice Bogdanski

Candice Bogdanski has an Honours B.A. in History/Art History from Brock University, and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Toronto. She is in the final stages of completing her Ph.D. in Art History and Visual Culture at York University under the supervision of Dr. Malcolm Thurlby. Her doctoral research focuses on the mid-12th to13th-century reconstruction of Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway. In particular, she is interested in examining how the North Sea acts as a conduit for stylistic transmission between medieval architectural sites in Scandinavia and the Northern British Isles. Candice has been an undergraduate course instructor since 2011, teaching art history and visual culture courses at Brock University, the University of Guelph, and the University of Toronto Scarborough. She has also worked as a Writing Instructor at the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre (University of Toronto Mississauga) for the past three years. As a result of her work at the RGASC, Candice is especially keen to help students with critical reading, writing, thinking, and looking skills. Candice has presented her research at several national and international conferences, while also chairing panels relating to the history of medieval art and architecture. She organized the Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians at Brock University in 2017. Among others, Candice has published her research in the Journal of the North Atlantic, and has an article slated for publication in 2018 in Northern Studies. She is currently co-editing a book on Gothic architecture with Malcolm Thurlby that is slated for publication in late 2018. Candice's doctoral research has been generously supported by a Joseph Armand-Bombardier SSHRC-CGS and Ontario Graduate Scholarships.

David Elkayam

David Elkayam’s research focuses on imagery of evil and the realities of destruction of humanity, as depicted in the works of German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer, poet Paul Celan, composer Arnold Schoemberg, architect Daniel Libeskind, as well as others. David’s particular interest centers on the agonizing absence of presence and the aftermath effect of voids created by evil. David received his Master of Arts in Art History from York University, Master of Arts in Jewish Thought from Ben Gurion University, Israel, and Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from York University.

Meghan Bissonnette

Meghan Bissonnette is interested in modern and contemporary sculpture. She was awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship for her dissertation, which will investigate the historiography of American sculptor David Smith. She has given talks and conference papers on David Smith and Abstract Expressionist sculpture at a number of universities in Canada and the United States. Meghan received her Master of Arts from York University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Candice Bogdanski 

Candice Bogdanski is an ABD doctoral candidate at York University in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Working on medieval architecture in the northern British Isles and Scandinavia, c.1100-1300, her current research revolves around the concept of a ‘North Sea School of Architecture,’ using Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim Norway as a focal point for the discussion. Her dissertation will consider the cathedral in comparison to related sites surrounding the North Sea in architectural, stylistic and patronal terms, emphasizing socio-political contexts and ultimately highlighting the significant role of the Sea as a site for the exchange of constructional practices and sculptural techniques. Candice's research is supported by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship. She received her B.A. in History/Art History from Brock University and her M.A. in Art History from University of Toronto.

photo of Charlene LauCharlene K. Lau

Charlene K. Lau’s current research examines the role of the avant-garde project in contemporary fashion, with a focus on the practice of Paris-based designers Bernhard Willhelm and Jutta Kraus. Her writing has been published in Akimblog, C Magazine, Canadian Art, Fashion Theory, Magenta, and PUBLIC. Charlene has worked nationally and internationally with artists such as David Claerbout (Antwerp, Belgium), and arts institutions such as the Canadian Art Foundation, the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, the Textile Museum of Canada, White Cube (London, UK), and V tape. She received a Master of Arts in the History and Culture of Fashion from the London College of Fashion, University of Arts London (UK), and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Visual Studies from the University of Toronto.

photo of Jessica MaceJessica Mace

Jessica Mace’s research focuses on nineteenth-century domestic architecture in Canada. She has published and presented at conferences on this relatively unexplored facet of Canadian architecture throughout her academic career and will be pursuing it in greater depth through her doctoral dissertation.  In particular, Jessica will examine notions of style, identity and nationality in relation to house-building throughout the Victorian era. She received her Master of Arts in Art History from York University and her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Queens University.

Sally McKay

Sally McKay is an independent curator, artist and art writer. From 1997 to 2003 she was co-owner/editor of the Toronto art magazine Lola. Recent curatorial projects include the touring group show “Quantal Strife” (2006-2008), “Woodlot: The Third Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery Biennial” (2007) and “Mods and Rockers”, curated for Digifest and Harbourfront Centre in Toronto (2006). In 2008, McKay held a three-week curatorial residency at Open Space in Victoria, BC, which culminated in an ad-hoc exhibition of works by the diverse artists that she met. Pursuing a long-term interest in the connections and disconnects between art and science, Sally is currently programming the Too Cool For School Art & Science Fair (and exhibition) as part of Harbourfront Centre's Fresh Ground new works national commissioning programme. She is researching neuroaesthetics for her PhD program in Art History and Visual Culture. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Novia Scotia College of Art and Design in 1990.

photo of Gabrielle MoserGabrielle Moser

Gabrielle Moser's dissertation project investigates the circulation of photographic images produced by the Colonial Office Visual Instruction Committee: a series of geographic lectures and photographic slides developed by the British government in 1902 to educate British and colonial schoolchildren about the land and peoples of the Empire that circulated until 1945. She has curated exhibitions for the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Sleepwalker Projects, Vtape and Xpace and is a member of the Pleasure Dome experimental film and video collective. Her writing has appeared in Canadian ArtC MagazineesseFillipNo More Potlucks and in the Gallery 44/Ryerson University volume Emergence: Contemporary Photography in Canada, edited by Sarah Parsons. She is currently co-curating (with Arpi Kovacs) an exhibition on the role of intimacy in recent photographic and video practice for Gallery TPW, Toronto. Gabby has worked at the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery in Vancouver, Canadian Art magazine and The Power Plant and most recently served as assistant curator for The Leona Drive Project. She received her Master of Arts in Art History and Curatorial Practice from York University and her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Nineteenth Century Studies from the University of British Columbia.