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Predoctoral Fellows and Interns


Current Predoctoral Fellows and Interns

Every year the museum welcomes five new predoctoral fellows and interns under the Mellon Foundation–funded Chicago Objects Study Initiative (COSI) and the historic Rhoades Foundation–endowed collaboration with the University of Chicago. This year’s students are embedded in research projects in the departments of the Arts of Asia, Painting and Sculpture of Europe, Prints and Drawings, and Textiles.


Caitlin Irene DiMartino
Mellon COSi Predoctoral Fellow

Caitlin Irene DiMartino is a Mellon COSI Predoctoral Fellow and a PhD candidate at Northwestern University specializing in late medieval and early modern art of France, Spain, and Latin America. Her dissertation investigates how ideas about race, gender, and materiality were articulated and redefined in the artistic representations of French and Iberian “Black Madonnas,” a corpus of 12th century statues that were repainted in the early modern period to have dark skin. Prior to NU, she worked as an English-language teaching assistant in Collado Villalba, Spain, and received a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where she focused on representations of masculinity and racialization in late medieval manuscripts. In addition to holding a graduate curatorial fellowship at the Block Museum of Art, Cait served as a graduate student representative for the department of art history, a liaison for the Northwestern medieval studies cluster, and as organizer and membership co-chair for Northwestern University Graduate Workers Union. At the Art Institute of Chicago, Cait will work closely with Jonathan Tavares, curator in Applied Arts of Europe.

Sizhao Yi

Sizhao Yi
Rhoades Foundation Curatorial Intern

Sizhao Yi is the Rhoades Foundation Curatorial Intern working in Arts of Asia this year. Sizhao is a PhD candidate in East Asian art specializing in the visual and material culture of late imperial China. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Between Object and Subject: The Visual Discourse of Things in the Works of Chen Hongshou (1599–1652),” engages with issues of material and materiality, image making, intermediality, and the agency of things through the lenses of Chen Hongshou’s artistic practices and his engagements with material artifacts. Prior to starting her PhD, she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Hong Kong and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. She interned at the textile conservation department in the Archaeology Institute at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and worked as a freelance journalist at Quartz. At the Art Institute of Chicago, Sizhao will be co-mentored by Tao Wang, curator of Chinese art and Pritzker Chair of Arts of Asia, and Seung Hee Oh, assistant curator of Chinese art.

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