Sharon Gerstel ’84 Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

Posted May 24th, 2010 at 3:07 pm.

gerstelSharon Gerstel ’84, a professor of Byzantine art and archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant made annually by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to “men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.”

The prestigious grant will support Gerstel’s work on her current book project, Landscapes of the Village: The Devotional Life and Setting of the Late Byzantine Peasant, which “analyzes the devotional lives of Eastern Orthodox Christian villagers in Greece between the 13th and 15th centuries.”

Gerstel, whose Bryn Mawr degree is in medieval studies, earned her Ph.D. from New York University in 1993 and taught at the University of Maryland, College Park, before her appointment at UCLA. A leading scholar of late Byzantine social history and archaeology, Gerstel focuses her research on the intersection of ritual and art. Her previous laurels include a J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship. She has written, edited, and co-edited several books, including Beholding the Sacred Mysteries: Programs of the Byzantine Sanctuary (1999), A Lost Art Rediscovered: The Architectural Ceramics of Byzantium (2001), Thresholds of the Sacred: Architectural, Art Historical, Archaeological, Liturgical and Theological Views on Religious Screens, East and West (2007), and Approaching the Holy Mountain: Art and Liturgy at St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai (2010), and has published numerous articles.

One Response to “Sharon Gerstel ’84 Wins Guggenheim Fellowship”

  1. Historian Camilla Townsend ’85 Wins Guggenheim | Meaningful Contributions Says:

    […] Camilla Townsend ’85 has won a Guggenheim Fellowship to continue her study of Aztec history. The Guggenheim, a grant made annually by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to “men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts,” was awarded to at least two Bryn Mawr alumnae this year (see earlier post about the grant awarded to Sharon Gerstel  ’84). […]