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Molly Katharine Thrailkill is a PhD student in the Visual Studies program at the University of California, Irvine. Her areas of interest include the history and theory of photography, American art and visual culture, and new media (with a particular focus on digital rendering and photorealism).

Education

PhD | Visual Studies
University of California, Irvine | Irvine, CA
Fall 2017 to Spring 2022 (anticipated)

MA | History of Art
The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU | New York, NY
Fall 2014 to Spring 2017

BA | Art & Art History and French
Colgate University | Hamilton, NY
Fall 2005 to Spring 2009

HONORS & AWARDS

2017 | Master’s thesis passed with distinction
2009 | Colgate University Award for Excellence in French
2009 | Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Academic Honor Society
2009 | Colgate University Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence
2008 | Colgate University Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence
2007 | Colgate University Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence
2006 | Colgate University Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence
2005 | Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society for First-Year Students

Teaching

Teaching Assistant | Art History
University of California, Irvine | Irvine, CA
Fall 2018 to present

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Business Director
artnet Auctions | New York, NY
July 2015 to August 2016

Business Manager
artnet Auctions | New York, NY
January 2013 to July 2015

Volunteer
The Morgan Library | New York, NY
April 2011 to February 2012

Photographs Cataloguer
artnet Auctions | New York, NY
February 2011 to January 2013

Intern
artnet Auctions | New York, NY
October 2010 to February 2011

Intern
Lori Bookstein Fine Art | New York, NY
October 2009 to August 2010

Intern
Blue Medium | New York, NY
October 2009 to March 2010

Intern
Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University | Hamilton, NY
Fall 2008 to Spring 2009


The Felling Men: Lumber, Rupture, and the Photographic Frame
| Getty Consortium seminar paper, Getty Research Institute

Boisgeloup, Guernica, and the Violence of Light | Graduate seminar paper, University of California, Los Angeles

The Rationalization of Trees: Digitizing Growth and Movement | Graduate seminar paper, University of California, Irvine

#eatdisneyland: Photography, Ingestion, and the Theme Park | Graduate seminar paper, University of California, Irvine

Coding the Islamic State’s Message to America | Master’s thesis with distinction, The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Architectural Pseudo-Photography and the Digital Modeling of Louis Kahn’s Unrealized Spaces | Graduate seminar paper, The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

The Earthwork in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction | Undergraduate senior thesis, Colgate University

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