The last time Rebecca Quinn Teresi ’11 was on campus, she had just completed a triple major in art history, French and Spanish and received the Weil Undergraduate Research Award for her use of SMU libraries’ resources in writing her art history honors thesis. From SMU, Teresi entered the art history Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins University as one of only five students nationwide admitted with five years of full funding. Now completing her doctoral dissertation, she has returned to the University as the Meadows/Kress/Prado Curatorial Fellow at the Meadows Museum.
“I’m thrilled and honored to be back at SMU,” Teresi says. “I started my fellowship in the fall, and since then, I’ve gained practical and diverse experience researching potential acquisitions and the permanent collection, as well as working on exhibitions, installations and loans. I’ve also had the chance to give a number of tours, talks and presentations.”
A highlight of her fellowship will be a six-week stint at the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain this spring.
“Since I specialize in Spanish art, being at the Meadows and the Prado are relevant to my field of study. It’s why I’m here and part of the appeal of the fellowship,” she says.
It has been “a particular treat” to work at a small, focused institution like the Meadows, she says. “I’m able to witness and participate in a broad range of museum work not limited to curatorial affairs. The staff at the Meadows is not only knowledgeable, but also very generous with their time and expertise.”
Meadows Museum Director Mark Roglán praises Teresi’s contributions. “Rebecca’s skill at research has been a valuable asset to the Meadows Museum,” he says. “Thanks to the support of many donors, the museum is actively acquiring new works of art, and the Meadows/Kress/Prado Fellow plays a very important role in that process, investigating such things as provenance and authenticity, the work’s place within the artist’s oeuvre, and how it relates to both our collection and others.”
As a researcher, Teresi appreciates the vast resources provided by SMU’s libraries.
“I’ve made good use of most of the libraries on campus, both during my undergraduate years and now as a fellow,” she says. “I also rely on the convenient Interlibrary Loan system, which I’ve used frequently.
“I’ve found the library staff to be just as helpful and friendly as I remembered,” she adds. “They also are very receptive to acquiring new materials related to research on early modern Spain to strengthen the existing collection.”