2019-2020 Visual Culture Program Research Fellow
Rebecca Szantyr, Brown University
Rebecca Szantyr is a PhD Candidate in the History of Art and Architecture at Brown University. For her dissertation Nicolino Calyo: A Wider View of American Art, 1833-1835, Szantyr undertook an ecocritical and holistic approach to her research to re-identify Neapolitan-born artist Calyo and his panoramic and urban landscape work as American. Szantyr examined our graphic and textual collections documenting antebellum exhibition culture and depictions of race, as well as historical sources related to canals, coal, the Fairmount and Schuylkill Rivers, and the stakeholders of the Schuylkill Navigation Company, Schuylkill Coal Company, and the Reading Railroad.