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School of Art Alumni Biographies

The DAAP School of Art has graduated many accomplished alumni who have gone on to create, educate, and lead in a variety of fields. The School of Art will regularly feature biographies of some of our notable graduates. These four are from the Art History MA program.



Guisela Latorre (UC DAAP '99) is an associate professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University where she teaches classes on visual culture, Latina feminism, and Latin American art. Prior to Ohio State, she worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has a PhD in art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MA in art history from the University of Cincinnati. She is the author of Walls of Empowerment: Chicana/o Indigenist Murals from California (University of Texas Press, 2008) and of numerous journal articles.



Graydon Sikes is director of the Fine Art Department at Cowan’s Auctions, Inc. in Cincinnati. He holds a BA in art history from Indiana University and a MA in art history from the University of Cincinnati. Cowan’s Auctions holds numerous cataloged auctions a year with sales approaching $20 million annually. Sikes has general expertise in 19th- and 20th-century art, with an emphasis on the masters of the American West. He works frequently with private and institutional clients. Sikes has presided over the sale of two paintings achieving over one million dollars at auction and over 15 million dollarsin total auction sales in this category. Sikes is a USPAP certified appraiser and a fully licensed auctioneer in the State of Ohio. He has participated in a wide range of appraisal fairs at institutions, including KET’s Kentucky Collectibles television series. He has also given several talks on early 19th-century artists of the American West.


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Diane Smith was hired as an art historian at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1978 after earning her MA in art history from the University of Cincinnati.  Smith’s degrees in English and art history prepared her to teach in both disciplines during her early years at the Art Academy. Having taught art and design history for 31 years, she values the time spent in the classroom with students. For 10 years Smith was the chair of the Academic Studies Department and she has been the academic dean since 2010. From 2011-2012, she served as interim president, a role that brought new horizons. Each opportunity has allowed her to advance as a teaching professional and administrator, providing a well-rounded perspective. She has enjoyed an amazing “ride” at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Smith is extremely grateful for the many opportunities that she’s been afforded at the college over the years.



Eumie Imm Stroukoff is the Emily Fisher Landau Director of the Research Center at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, NM. She is responsible for planning, programs and events, budget, and administration of the Research Center. Stroukoff manages the scholarship program; the center’s activities; archival and library collections; records management; and access of the collections by museum staff, scholars and researchers. Prior to her promotion, she served as assistant director, Research Center and librarian at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Stroukoff was library director of the Thompson Public Library in Connecticut, and also held positions in New York City at The Museum of Modern Art, The Print Collection in the Research Division of the New York Public Library, and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. She holds a MS in library and information service from Columbia University, as well as a MA and a BA in art history from the University of Cincinnati.

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