M.A. in Art History, 2016
Maria Ferguson came to the university of Memphis after receiving her B.A. in Art with an emphasis in Photography from Penn State University in 2004. She graduated from the University of Memphis in 2016 with a Masters of Arts in Art History and a Certificate in Museum Studies. Her thesis is titled, "Silent Resistance: The History and Resonance of 19th Century Photographs of Native Americans." While in graduate school, Maria worked as Graduate Teaching Assistant, and presented papers at the 2014 and 2015 Southeastern College Art Conferences. She also completed internships with the Davies Manor Plantation and the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa. Maria was hired as a Museum Assistant with the Davies Manor Plantation after her internship, and has been involved in the execution of a number of projects, including planning and designing seasonal exhibitions in the manor house and developing a traveling trunk for local elementary schools. Maria's areas interests in Art History include the History of Photography, American Art, and Modern/Contemporary Art.