Mission accomplished! Bess successfully defended her dissertation this afternoon. A Forward Looking Art: Education, Creative Exchange, & the Rise of Modern Native American Artists looks at Native American artists in the Southwest in the C20th, and at the art education they received and gave; their relationship to the traditional Indian art of their tribes and families and to developments in modernism; at the impact of the G.I. Bill; at the different forms of commercialization that they embraced (and resisted) - it represents terrific research, and much perseverance! Truly, there's nothing like the happy feeling that a graduate student's defense brings, and if I feel that way, I hope that Bess is having a completely wonderful celebratory evening.