Alexandra Perez

Alexandra Perez
Mentor: Dr. Melissa Hyde
College of the Arts
 
"Art historical research has provided me a more profound way to analyze and discuss art, develop a fuller understanding of its subject matter and visual characteristics, explore its cultural and political aspects, and determine its crucial role in history. My specific goal is to expand my knowledge of French art during the 18th and early 19th centuries and to explore the role of women and their representation in the art and culture of this period."

Major

Art History

Minor

Studio Art

Research Interests

  • European Art
  • Gender Representation
  • Visual Culture

Academic Awards

  • University of Florida Anderson Scholar 2015
  • E. Robert Langley Scholarship 2016
  • Goza Award for Undergraduate Research 2016
  • University Scholars Program 2016

Organizations

  • Art History Association
  • Camera Optics and Photography Association

Volunteer

  • Curatorial Intern, Harn Museum of Art
  • Education Intern, Harn Museum of Art

Hobbies and Interests

  • Travel
  • Photography
  • Ceramics
  • Fitness and Nutrition
     

Research Description

Women and the Visual Arts in France
This research project will consist of museum exhibition preparation as well as art historical research and writing. As Dr. Hyde will be curating an exhibition titled "Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment" at UF's Harn Museum of Art, I will be assisting in the research and planning of the show by executing tasks such as composing wall label text for artworks. My research for this show will revolve around 18th and 19th century French drawings, specifically those addressing the different ways in which women were depicted and what defined the lives of women during this time. I will also be pursuing research for a separate but related project that considers the cultural conditions that shaped how women were portrayed in art as well as their ability to become artists. My research will conclude with a paper on a lesser-known female artist included in the exhibition, Marie Gabrielle Capet, and will examine her self-representations, how she defined what it meant to be a female artist and how she managed to have a professional career working on the fringes of the official art world.