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Melba Dalsin

Melba Dalsin

PhD Student - Art History

Thesis Title



Dr. Martha Langford

Research Interests
  • Photography
  • Photographic Theory
  • Modern Art in Canada
  • Phenomenology
  • Sociology of Art
  • Institutional Collecting Practices


Melba Dalsin is a PhD student in the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Art History at Concordia University. Her research is focused on photographic portraits of Canadian artists in their studios from the 1950s and 60s, and the role of such images in the construction of ideas about artistic identity.

Melba holds a BA, Honors Specialization in Art History and Criticism from the University of Western Ontario and a MA in History in Art from the University of Victoria. Her MA research paper, “Monuments to the Past, the Present, and the Future: The Artistic Legacy of Elza Mayhew”, explored the career of a little-known, but significant West Coast modernist sculptor and drew upon extensive archival research. Since completing her MA in the Spring of 2010, Melba has worked as a curatorial intern at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, and as a dealer at the Monte Clark Gallery in Toronto. She is now happy to call Montreal home as she pursues her doctoral studies.

Teaching – Undergraduate Courses

ARTH 359 Studies in Contemporary Photographis Art

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