Jean Marie Carey, a PhD candidate in the Department of Languages and Cultures, has been invited for a second time to present her research on the Expressionist painter, writer, and naturalist Franz Marc at the annual conference of the College Art Association. This marks the first time in the organization’s 105 year history that a student has been invited to present in back-to-back sessions.

Carey will present her paper “Serenity and Somnambulism in Franz Marc’s Portraits of Russi,” selected from more than 860 submissions, on the panel “Reception Studies in Modernism: Around the Great War” on February 15 2017 in New York City.

The paper stems from Carey’s PhD dissertation research, which is also about Marc, and her article “Eyes Be Closed: Franz Marc’s Liegender Hund im Schnee,” published in the January 2016 issue of the Universität Münster philology journal textpraxis. Her 2016 talk “Franz Marc’s Animal Images and the Attributes of Einfühlung,” presented with the panel “The Art of Animal Activism: Critical Parameters,” was CAA’s inaugural session acknowledging the intersection of the emergent discipline of animal studies and its connection to Modernism.

Connections made at the conference also led Carey, whose travels were funded by a Postgraduate Travel Grant from the University of Otago’s Division of Humanties, to a position as a staff writer for the CAA-affiliate, the Italian Art Society.

The College Art Association is the primary academic organization for both studio artists and art historians involved in higher education in North America and Europe.