Officers & Committees

For general information on the organization of the IAS, please see our bylaws. Click on any officer’s name to contact by email.

Information on the Emerging Scholars Committee (ESC) and their activities can be found here

Further information on the responsibilities of the officers and committees may be found in the IAS By-Laws. Please consult the Vacancies page to see what opportunities are available for service to the IAS.

Board of Directors

President
Sarah Wilkins (2023)

Sarah Wilkins is a specialist in late medieval and early Renaissance art, whose research focuses on mendicant and Angevin patronage, and the veneration of Mary Magdalen. She has published articles on the visual cult of the Magdalen, including “Imaging the Angevin Patron Saint: Mary Magdalen in the Pipino Chapel in Naples“ in California Italian Studies 3.1 (2012) and “Countenances as Lightning: The Materiality of the Noli me tangere Fresco in Assisi,” in Convivium 5.2 (2018). Dr. Wilkins is a founding member of the steering committee of the biennial Andrew Ladis Memorial Trecento Conference and the co-editor with Holly Flora of Trecento Forum I: Art and Experience in Trecento Italy (2018), the inaugural volume of Trecento Forum, a new book series on the trecento for which she and Dr. Flora are the series editors. Her current project investigates the Magdalen Chapel in the Palazzo del Podestà in Florence, and the role played there by the Compagnia dei Neri. She is adjunct assistant professor at Pratt Institute and lecturer in Johns Hopkins’ Masters of Liberal Arts program.

Executive Vice President
Tenley Bick (2023)

Tenley Bick, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Global Contemporary Art in the Department of Art History at Florida State University and was the 2019–2020 Scholar in Residence at Magazzino Italian Art. Her research addresses postwar through contemporary Italian art in a global context, race politics and postcoloniality in Italy, and the history of Italian colonialism, intersecting with her work on contemporary African art. Her writings have been published in a range of scholarly journals, including Third Text and African Arts, and forthcoming publications “Ghosts for the Present: Countercultural Aesthetics and Postcoloniality for Contemporary Italy. The Work of Wu Ming 2 and Fare Ala,” in Global Revolutionary Aesthetics and Politics after Paris ’68 (eds. W. Cloonan, B. Faulk, M. Munro, and C. Weber; Lexington Books, out Feb. 15, 2021) and “Bochner’s Italian Picture,” in Bochner Boetti Fontana (Cold Spring, NY: Magazzino Italian Art, 2021). She has recently addressed debates in contemporary art, race politics, and activism in Italy in “‘My world now is black in color’: Pandemic-Era Programming, Anti-Racist Activism, and Contemporary Art in Italy,” CAA International News(August 11, 2020). She is the founder and curator of the digital project COSTELLAZIONE (www.costell-azione.com), a bilingual (IT/ENG) online series of live conversations on contemporary Italian art and activism. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles. www.tenleybick.com.

Vice President for Program Coordination
Janis Elliott (2024)

Janis Elliott earned her PhD in the History of Art from the University of Warwick (UK) in 2001. She joined the Texas Tech University School of Art faculty in 2005 where she is Associate Professor and teaches the history of Medieval art, including courses on Gothic art and architecture, the late medieval Italian city, illuminated manuscripts, art and pilgrimage, Islamic art, and a study abroad course on medieval Rome. She is the Faculty Advisor for Art History majors and for the Tech Art History Society student organization. She is currently the co-director of the TTU Medieval & Renaissance Studies Center. Dr. Elliott co-edited two books and a special issue of Art History with Cordelia Warr (Manchester) on the art and patronage of fourteenth-century Naples.  Her website, https://angevinchurchesinsouthernitaly.wordpress.com/ is dedicated to the Angevin patronage of churches, tombs, and church decoration across southern Italy. Currently she is working on the art patronage of Queen Joanna I of Naples and intersections with Hungary.

Treasurer
Antje Gamble (2023)

Antje K. Gamble is an art historian of Italian modernist sculpture and trans-Atlantic exhibition practices at mid-century. She is currently an associate professor of Art History in the Department of Art & Design at Murray State University in Kentucky. From Fascism to the Cold War, her work examines the exhibition, sale, and critical reception of Italian art and how it shaped and was shaped by national and international socio-political shifts. Dr. Gamble’s scholarship has been included in the recent volumes: Modern in the Making: MoMA and the Modern Experiment, 1929–1949 (Bloomsbury Press, 2020) and Postwar Italian Art History Today: Untying ‘the Knot’ (Bloomsbury Press, 2018). She also has recently published another essay on the 1949 MoMA exhibition, in a special issue on the exhibition in Italian Modern Art that shows how #MuseumsAreNotNeutral even in their exhibition design.

Secretary
Bradley Cavallo (2023)

Bradley Cavallo is an independent scholar who earned his Ph.D. from Temple University in 2017, specializing in Renaissance art with an emphasis on the technique of painting on stone and metal. His current research project treats with stone-, metal-supported, and micromosaic funerary portraiture in 16th–19th century Rome.

Committees

Awards Committee
Jasmine Cloud, Chair (2024)

This committee awards travel grants to graduate students, recent PhDs, and international scholars to support presentations on Italian art at any conference where the IAS is sponsoring a session (CAA, ICMS/Kalamazoo, RSA, SCSC, and SAH). It also awards two research grants: The IAS Dissertation Research Grant and the IAS Research & Publication Grant.

Members: Raffaele Bedarida (2023), Johanna Heinrichs (2023), Silvia Bottinelli (2025), and Judith Steinhoff (2025)

Emerging Scholars Committee (ESC)
Rebecca Howard, Chair (2023)

This committee is charged with creating opportunities and resources for graduate students and emerging scholars and managing a Facebook group, “IAS Emerging Scholars Committee,” and Twitter handle, #ias_esc, forums for announcements and conversations of interest to junior scholars. Learn more

Members: Ashley Offill (2023), Linda M. Mueller (2024)Christine Zappella Papanastassiou (2025)Jillianne Laceste (2025), and Megan Reddicks Pignataro (2025)

Membership, Outreach, & Development Committee
Nicola Camerlenghi (Development) and Katherine T. Brown (Membership), Co-Chairs (2023)

This committee is charged with growing and diversifying our membership and visibility in keeping with our mission to foster the study and appreciation of Italian art from prehistory to the present.

Members: Elizabeth A. Kassler-Taub (2023), Bridget Sandhoff (2023), and Flavia Barbarini (2025). The Executive Vice President, Treasurer, and Events Coordinator serve as ex-officio members of this committee.

Program Committee
Janis Elliott, Chair (2024)

The Program Committee shepherds IAS conference sessions from inception to completion. Vice President for Program Coordination Janis Elliott (2024) and the committee members solicit and accept conference session ideas year round.

Members: Andrew Casper (2023), Theresa Flanigan (2023), Grace Harpster (2025), and Angelo Lo Conte (2025).

Nominating Committee
Sarah Cantor, Chair (2023)

The Nominating Committee solicits and vets nominations for open officer, board, committee, and communication positions.

Members: Loren Whittaker (2023)Lucia Colombari (2024)Francesca Fiorani (2024), and Gilbert Jones (2024).

Communications Team

Publications Coordinator and Newsletter Editor
Livia Lupi (2023)

The Publications Coordinator welcomes submissions to the IAS newsletter, published three times annually.

Bradley Cavallo (2023), Publications and News and Notes Assistant, and Matteo Cocci (2024), Exhibitions Assistant

IASblog Editor
Samantha Hughes-Johnson (2023)

The blog editor looks forward to your comments and contributions to the IASblog.

Staff Writers: {coming soon}

Webmaster
Melissa Yuen (2023)

Direct comments and questions about the IAS website to the webmaster.

Social Media Coordinator
Elizabeth Ranieri (2023)

The Social Media Coordinator manages the IAS presence on FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, and Academia.edu. Please follow us on these sites!

Events Coordinator
Tiffany Lynn Hunt (2025)

The Events Coordinator organizes IAS events at conferences in the USA as well as abroad in Italy.

Officers & Contacts