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Dr. Agnieszka  Szymanska
Dr. Agnieszka Szymanska
Assistant Professor of Art History
Grants and Fellowships

2016: Junior Fellowship in Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Harvard University’s Center for Byzantine Studies

2016: Council of American Overseas Research Centers, Andrew W. Mellon Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship Program

2015: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship

2014: Dissertation Fellowship, American Research Center in Egypt

2013: Koç University Scholarship, Intensive Graduate Summer Seminar Cappadocia in Context

2012: Spiro Kostof Fellowship, Society of Architectural Historians


2015: Graduate Student Paper Prize, 66th Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt (Second Prize)

2012: Graduate Student Paper Prize, Delaware Valley Medieval Association


2017: “From Theater to Church: The Architecture of Divine Spectacles,” 47th Middle Atlantic Symposium, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. March 3-4.

2017: “Divine Spectacle: The Early Byzantine Triconch at the Red Monastery in Egypt,” Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC. January 30.

2016: “Apa Enoch, Scribe of Righteousness: Writing the Book of Life in the Egyptian Desert,” 42nd Byzantine Studies Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. October 6-9.

2015: “The Vision of Christ as God: Picturing the Monk’s Spiritual End in Byzantine Egypt,” 41st Byzantine Studies Conference, Columbia University, City University of NY and Fordham University, New York City, NY. October 22-25.

2015: “Divine Spectacle: The Red Monastery Church as a Memory Theater,” Fellows Colloquium, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY. May 1.

2015: “Theōria as a Mode of Spiritual Seeing in Early Byzantine Asceticism,” 66th Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Houston, TX. April 24-26.

2015: “Vehicles of Memory: The Early Byzantine Ensemble of Architecture, Sculpture, and Painting at the Red Monastery in Egypt,” Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross, Brookline, MA. April 18.

2014: “The Memory of God in the Early Byzantine Sanctuary at the Red Monastery,” 2nd International Conference, Institute of Coptic Studies in Cairo, Egypt. December 5-7.

2013: “Designing the Vault of Heaven at the Cappella Palatina, Palermo,” Symposium in Celebration of the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Delaware Valley Medieval Association,” University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. April 13.

2013: “The Mise-en-page of NEP-27,” Toward a “Biography” of a Manuscript: A Copy of the Qur’an from Twelfth-Century Iran, workshop organized by Renata Holod and Yael Rice, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. February 22-23.

2012: “The Celestial Firmament and the Geometric Construction of the Muqarnas,” 38th Byzantine Studies Conference, Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Boston, MA. November 1-4.

2012: “Violence, Asceticism, and the Image of St. Sisinnios at Bawit,” 10th International Congress of Coptic Studies, Sapienza Università di Roma, Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Rome, Italy. September 17-22.

2012: “The Alchemical Harmony of the Musical Firmament and the Muqarnas,” 65th Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, Detroit, MI. April 18-22.


“Decoding the Mise-en-page of NEP-27,” in a peer-reviewed publication edited by Renata Holod and Yael Rice (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology). NEP-27 is a Qur’anic manuscript produced in twelfth-century Iran.

with contributions by Elizabeth Bolman and Stephen Davis, “The Red Monastery,” in Egypt from Alexander to the Early Christians: An Archaeological and Historical Guide, ed. Roger Bagnall and Dominic Rathbone.

with Elizabeth Bolman, “Ascetic Ancestors: Identity and Genealogy,” in The Red Monastery Church: Beauty and Asceticism in Upper Egypt, ed. Elizabeth Bolman (New Haven: Yale University Press): 165-173.

“Theōria and the Visual Environment of the Red Monastery,” The Bulletin of the American Research Center in Egypt 206: 35-39. 2015

with Elizabeth Bolman (principal author), with contributions by Luigi De Cesaris, Alberto Sucato, Emiliano Ricchi, Matjaz Kacicnik, Saad Mohammed Mohammed Osman, Aly Zaghloul Aly, Stephen J. Davis, Father Maximous al-Anthony, and Gillian Pyke, “The Tomb of St. Shenoute at the White Monastery: Final Conservation and Documentation,” The Bulletin of the American Research Center in Egypt 204: 21-24. 2014

Ph.D., Temple University 2017
Art History
M.A., Temple University 2010
Art History
B.A., DePaul University 2008
Art History and French
Contact Information
V313 Visual Arts Building
(804) 289-8768