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Professor Nina M. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer

Professor Nina M. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer presented the keynote address titled "Delacroix: The Larger Picture" at a symposium organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California, in conjunction with its exhibition Delacroix and the Matter of Finish, on November 3, 2013. Video of the symposium is available at http://www.sbma.net/events/delacroixsymposium.web

Professor Nina M. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer has published an essay titled "Peintre impressionniste, peintre régionaliste dans le Midi provençal, une contradiction? Le cas Cézanne" in L'Impressionnisme: du plein air au territoire (Presses Universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2013), the collected papers of a conference held at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen and Le Havre, France, September 8-10, 2010.

She also gave a talk titled "Horace Vernet's Reputation" at the 39th Annual AAH Conference held at the University of Reading, England, April 11-13, 2013.

Professor Nina M. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer published the following articles as part of catalogues for exhibitions on Delacroix and on Cézanne, in Madrid and Paris:

--"Du gout et des moeurs musicales chez Eugène Delacroix," in Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863), exhib. cat., La CaixaForum Madrid, October 19, 2011-January 15, 2012, Madrid, 2011.

--"Cézanne et Delacroix. Autour d'un hommage manqué," in Cézanne et Paris, exhib. cat., Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, October 12, 2011-February 26, 2012, Paris, 2011.

Professor Nina M. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer read a paper titled "Impressionnisme et régionalisme, une contradiction? Le cas Cézanne" at the international symposium "Normandie: Berceau de l'Impressionnisme" organized jointly by the University of Rouen, the Musée des Beaux Arts of Rouen, and the Musée André Malraux in Le Havre, France, September 8-10, 2010.

Professor Nina M. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer's new book on the painter Théodore Géricault just published More...

In 2008, Professor Nina M. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer will be Scholar-in-Residence at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, for the week of April 8-12. During her stay she will present the annual Shouky Shaheen Lecture and hold informal seminar meetings with the art history graduate students. On March 4-5 she has been invited to attend a meeting at the Institut Allemand, the German art historical institute in Paris, as part of a steering committee of scholars planning future research and conference projects to be held at the institute. In June she will be reading a paper in Bristol, England, in a joint conference organized by the University of Pisa and the Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts of the University of Bristol.

Professor Nina M. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer discovers missing masterpiece More...

Professor Nina M. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer speaks at Musée d'Art Américain Giverny More...


Wendy Bellion

Professor Wendy Bellion has published Citizen Spectator: Art, Illusion, and Visual Perception in Early National America (University of North Carolina Press, 2011), a study of pictorial and optical illusions in the early United States. Published with the support of the Wyeth Foundation for American Art and a National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the book investigates Americans' encounters with illusionistic art in the early republic, arguing that early national exhibitions doubled as spaces of citizen formation. Bellion also reflected on the pleasures of trompe l'oeil in "Slow Art," a recent essay for the online academic journal Common-place.org.
Click here for more information on Citizen Spectator from the University of North Carolina Press.

Professor Wendy Bellion leads scholar's day at Metropolitan Museum of Art More...

Professor Wendy Bellion delivers Summation at "Fields of Vision" conference More...

Professor Wendy Bellion presents "A Ghost Story: Reviving George Washington in the Early Nineteenth Century" More...

Professor Wendy Bellion and Professor Mónica Domínguez Torres have been awarded a $20,000 grant by the Terra Foundation for American Art in Chicago More...


Perry Chapman

Professor Perry Chapman has just published "Inside Vermeer's Women," an essay in the catalogue for the exhibition Vermeer's Women: Secrets and Silence, at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England (10/5/2011-1/15/2012). For more see:
http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300178999, and
http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/article.html?2793

Professor Perry Chapman lectures at symposium "The Legacies of Dutch Art in the Age of Rembrandt" More...







Moníca Domínguez Torres

Professor Mónica Domínguez Torres received a Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, administered by CAA, for her book Military Ethos and Visual Culture in Post-Conquest Mexico, forthcoming with Ashgate.

Professor Mónica Domínguez Torres and team receive Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center grant More...

Professor Mónica Domínguez Torres is a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress in 2008-2009 for her project "Armorials of the Anahuac: The production, regulation, and consumption of indigenous heraldy in 16th-century Mexico".

Selected in its sixth full year of operation, the John W. Kluge Center continues to attract the world’s brightest minds to the Library of Congress where they pursue humanistic and social science research making use of the Library's large, varied collections and expert staff. While in residence, they also have the opportunity to interact with the Washington, D.C. diplomatic community as well as each other.

Kluge Fellowship recipients, all of whom are within seven years of having received the terminal advanced degree in their respective areas of study, spend four to ten months in a collegial residential setting at the John W. Kluge Center in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building.

The fellows are selected by the Librarian of Congress based on the appropriateness of their proposed research application to Library collections by LC staff and recommended by a panel of their peers assembled by the National Endowment of Humanities.

Professor Mónica Domínguez Torres co-presents a lecture with Art History graduate student David Amott, "Ouro Preto: Opulence and Splendor," at BACI (The Brazilian American Cultural Institute). "Ouro Preto: Opulence and Splendor" presents a journey through the history and art of Ouro Preto, one of the most important cities of colonial Brazil. Declared in 1980 a World Heritage site by UNESCO, Ouro Preto is home to sumptuous churches, monasteries, and civic buildings, erected during the Brazilian gold rush of the 18th century. Many of these monuments were designed and decorated by Antonio Francisco Lisboa, "O Aleijadinho," an idiosyncratic artist of a highly expressive style. With their dramatic, even theatrical interior and exterior decorations, Aleijadinho's works epitomize a unique moment of opulence and splendor in Brazil's history. Mónica Domínguez Torres is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Delaware, where she also holds a joint appointment in Latin American Studies. She specializes in the arts of colonial Latin America, in particular, in the interaction of indigenous and European visual cultures during the 16th and 17th centuries. She received a B.A. in Fine Art from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, a Master's in Museum Studies and a Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of Toronto, Canada. She worked as a curator at the National Gallery of Art in Caracas, Venezuela, and wrote the catalogue raisonné for the collections of 17th- and 18th-century painting. In January 2005, Professor Domínguez directed a study abroad program in Brazil, where she lectured on the art and architecture of colonial Brazil. David Amott will co-present this lecture with Professor Domínguez. A Ph.D. student in the Department of Art History at the University of Delaware, David's dissertation project focuses on the interconnections between Church, space, and society in colonial Brazil. WHERE: BACI (The Brazilian American Cultural Institute), 4179 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. (Tenleytown Metro). WHEN: Friday, November 2, at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit The Brazilian American Cultural Institute.


Professor Bernard Herman to chair panel on Experience of Slavery at Ending the International Slave Trade: A Bicentenary Inquiry Draft Conference at the College of Charleston, March 25-29.

Professor Bernard Herman in Selvedge 21 (January/February 2008) More...

Professor Bernard Herman at the "Contemporary Folk Art in America" roundtable symposium at the Smithsonian American Art Museum More...

Professor Bernard Herman is panelist in the symposium "Culture in Context: Self-Taught Artists in the Twenty-First Century" More...


Camara Holloway

Professor Camara Holloway and exhibition curator and alumna Anna Marley spoke to a group of alumni about the paintings of Henry Ossawa Tanner at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Watch Anna Marley's interview on the PBS NewsHour

Professor Camara Holloway and graduate student Katie (Mary) Wood among this year's fellows at the Smithsonian American Art Museum More...






Lawrence Nees

Professor Lawrence Nees presented a lecture on "Ernst Kitzinger's Contribution to Scholarship on the art of Western Europe," at a conference at the Warburg Institute, University of London (United Kingdom) on "Ernst Kitzinger and the Making of Byzantine Art History," in January 2013. At a conference of the Delaware Valley Medieval Association devoted to medieval Islamic art, at the University of Pennsylvania in April 2013, he presented "Insular sources on early Islamic Jerusalem: the problem of 'Arculf' on the earliest mosque." At the 49th International Medieval Conference, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in May 2013, he participated in a session sponsored by the Historians of Islamic Art Association devoted to art in early Islamic Jerusalem, presenting the lecture "The Dome of the Chain." Also in May 2013, he took part in a conference on the 5 Senses in medieval art, at the Center of Medieval Studies at the University of Poitiers (France), giving a lecture on "Incense in late antique and early Islamic culture."

Professor Lawrence Nees has participated at the following conferences during the current year: In September he was invited to present a lecture at an international conference in Hildesheim, Germany, on the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of the great monastery built there by its Bishop and Abbot Bernward: "Aspects of Antiquarianism in the art of Bernward and its contemporary analogues." In October he was especially busy, chairing a session at the 36th Byzantine Studies Conference, Philadelphia, 2010: "Medieval European Views of Byzantium," then presenting the invited keynote address at the 37th St. Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies: "Reading and Seeing. The beginnings of book illumination and the modern discourse on ethnicity," and toward the end of the month organizing a session at the 2nd Conference of the Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA), at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C.: "Objects on the Borders of Islamic Art," and at the conference also being one of six scholars chosen to present a workshop devoted to an object in the museum's collection: "A Late Antique, Sasanian or early Islamic Silver Stand in the Freer Gallery of Art." In November, he was the invited keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA), at Roanoke College: "The Eagle Capital in the Dome of the Rock." Professor Nees has been awarded a 2010-2011 fellowship at the National Humanities Center, where he is currently at work on a new book, Essays in the Margins of Early Islamic Art.

Professor Lawrence Nees elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA) of London More...

Professor Lawrence Nees wins fellowship to attend symposium on Islamic art More...


Ikem Okoye

Professor Ikem S. Okoye gave a lecture at the University of Virginia titled "A Glare from African History: Contemporary Euro/American Architecture and a Hole in the Road at Onitsha," to a joint audience of the McIntire Department of Art's Linder Center for Art History, and the School of Architecture. The following morning, he led a joint seminar of graduate students in Art History and History of Architecture. The lecture explored how, for a West African city and its vicinity (Onitsha) famed as much in the 1920s as today for its vanguard modern and contemporary artists and architects, a mere pothole in a road at the outskirts of the city has, instead, become theoretical anchor for influential contemporary American and European architectural theory.

Professor Ikem S. Okoye is an invited speaker giving a talk in Germany this January 13. The title of his paper is "Quadrantanopsia: Fetishism from the space of T. E. Bowdich's Mission to Ashantee to the time of E. O. Owusu's Obidie Aba: Time Will Tell." It is part of a major joint conference organized by the Institut für Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft at the Universität Duisburg-Essen and the Ruhr Universität Bochum. Details at: http://www.between-fetish-and-art.de/ (Click here for schedule).

Professor Ikem S. Okoye on Representations of Slavery in Africa: From Visual Imagery Then, to Literary Imagination Now.

Professor Ikem S. Okoye is scheduled to speak at L'Objet à l'œuvre: Repenser l'objet dans l'histoire et les théories de l'art, Colloque du département d'histoire de l'art de l'Université du Québec a Montréal More...


Lauren Pettersen

Professor Lauren Hackworth Petersen's book examines art, lives of freed Roman slaves More...












Vimalin Rujivacharakul

Professor Vimalin Rujivacharakul recently received two prestigious awards. In February, she was selected to receive the Membership of the Institute for Advanced Study under the auspices of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She will therefore be in residence at the School of Historical Studies of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton from summer of 2011 to August 2012.

In March, Professor Rujivacharakul also received the 2011-2012 research grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation is among the most highly regarded grant sponsors in the United States. It makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. Professor Rujivacharakul's project is a study of visual rhetoric of world architecture in the early twentieth century.

Professor Vimalin Rujivacharakul recently published her edited volume Collecting China: The World, China, and a History of Collecting. This book grew out of a simple question: how does a thing become Chinese? Fifteen essays from renowned academics and museum curators explore this question from different angles in the history of collecting, ranging from close examination of world-renowned private collections (the Rockefellers, the Goncourts, the Walters, the du Ponts, the Yeh family, and the Getty Research Institute, among others) to critical reinterpretations of historical writings that continue from records of Emperor Wu Di of the Han Dynasty to the story of Robinson Crusoe and the first international exhibition of Chinese art. With accounts that incorporate records normally unavailable to the public, the authors map the vast network of collecting practices in different periods, and demonstrate the ways in which material things produced in China acquire new cultural identities through collecting practices.

For more information: http://www2.lib.udel.edu/udpress/collectingchina.htm

Professor Vimalin Rujivacharakul's talk for the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge More...

Professor Vimalin Rujivacharakul's talk for the History of Art series at the University of Cambridge More...

Professor Vimalin Rujivacharakul's talk “Thing, Thingness, and Thingless-ness” at Seminar "China and Materiality" in Workshop/Roundtable at the Needham Research Institute (Cambridge, England), April 30, 2008.

Professor Vimalin Rujivacharakul's talk at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

Professor Vimalin Rujivacharakul speaks at the Getty Research Institute More...

Professor Vimalin Rujivacharakul named Mellon fellow at Cambridge More...

Professor Vimalin Rujivacharakul lectures at Duke University More...


David Stone

Professor David M. Stone has published an article on Caravaggio in The Art Bulletin More...

Professor David M. Stone gave an evening lecture at the Kimbell Art Museum on Guercino More...

Professor David M. Stone was quoted in an April 30, 2010, article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper about the recent acquisition by the Kimbell Art Museum of a rare early work by the Bolognese Baroque painter Guercino representing Christ and the Samaritan Woman at the Well (ca. 1619-1620).

Professor David M. Stone recently shared his expertise on Caravaggio by lecturing at a symposium held for scholars of the Italian Baroque painter and inadvertently found himself at the center of an artistic controversy during the opening in Malta of two exhibitions on the 17th-century master More...

For a short webcast of the introductions to the "Caravaggio in Malta" Symposium organized by Professor Stone and held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. on October 24, 2009, please click here.

Professor David M. Stone featured in news article in The Malta Independent. With his work of art depicting the death of the Baptist, in the Beheading of St. John, Caravaggio also painted his own resurrection--of his new name and fame, said Caravaggio expert and scholar Professor David M. Stone More...


Margaret Werth

Professor Margaret Werth gave a paper entitled "Painting, Poetry, Politics: Impressionism" at the University of Sheffield on March 26, 2010, for the conference Poetry, Politics, and Pictures in the Nineteenth Century, organized by the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at the University of Sheffield.








LaTanya Autry

For the fall semester, graduate student LaTanya Autry began working at the Museum of Modern Art as the Project Coordinator of the new Museum Research Consortium initiative. This Mellon Foundation funded partnership with the graduate art history programs at Princeton University, Yale University, Columbia University, the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and the Graduate Center at City University of New York aims to deepen ties between MoMA and the academic community while training future curators and art historians.

LaTanya writes: "This innovative project requires a diverse skill set. Fortunately, my varied academic training in art history, museum studies, teaching, social media-based public engagement, and prior work experience as an administrative assistant serve as an important foundation in this position. In addition to managing the activities of the five year-long fellows, I am organizing two annual study sessions that bring together Consortium participants (museum curators and conservators, faculty members, graduate students, and guest scholars) to discuss and closely examine objects in MoMA’s collection. Also, I am working with a team to develop an interactive digital platform that will feature new research and commentary pertaining to the study sessions’ objects. Besides these primary undertakings, I am performing bibliographic and website development research for an upcoming exhibition."

"This opportunity strongly relates to my interests in connections between academic spheres, museums, and broader publics. As I participate in this project, I will strengthen my knowledge of object-based art historical approaches, museum work, and digital humanities."

Graduate student LaTanya Autry has been awarded one of twelve PAGE fellowships as part of the program "Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life."



Graduate students Catherine Holochwost, Mary "Katie" Wood, Catherine Walsh, Nenette Luarca-Shoaf, and Sarah Beetham are recipients of prestigious fellowships More...


Kerry Roeder

Graduate student Kerry Roeder received a Henry Luce/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Dissertation Fellowship in American Art for 2010-2011 for her dissertation on the American comic strip artist Winsor McCay. In late 2009 Kerry was featured in a UD Daily story after a book to which she contributed, A New Literary History of America, was named one of National Public Radio's 10 best gift books of 2009.






Kristel Smentek

Alumna and MIT Assistant Professor Kristel Smentek wins prestigious 2009 CGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award More...










Alumna Ingrid Steffensen (Ph.D. 1994) featured in the President's Leadership Series More...



Corina Weidinger

Graduate student Corina Weidinger has been awarded a Fulbright grant for Belgium during the 2011-2012 academic year to research her dissertation topic, "Labor, Technology, and the Body: Representing Mine and Factory Work in Wallonia, 1880-1905."








Lecture Series: Dr. Christiane Gruber discusses contemporary Iranian visual culture More...



Lecture Series: Professor Alexander Nehamas gives the David Norton Memorial Lecture More...



Lecture Series: Dr. Annemarie Weyl Carr to speak on February 19, 2014 More...



Join the Friends of Art History and UD President Harker at the International Center of Photography in New York More...


Photo of 05-07-2009
Art Historians and Conservators in Collaboration Seminar
Thinking with the Painter: Art Historians and Art Conservators Collaborate

Thinking with the Painter: Art Historians and Art Conservators Collaborate
A workshop sponsored by the Department of Art History and the Department of Art Conservation at the Trabant University Center Theatre. Organized by Professor David M. Stone and Professor Joyce Hill Stoner, with presentations by David Bomford, Anthea Callen, Wendy Bellion, Gridley McKim-Smith, David M. Stone, and Joyce Hill Stoner.





Carrie Barrat giving lecture

Carrie Barrat, Senior Curator of American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, gave a lecture titled "Collecting, Caring for, and Displaying American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Historical Perspective."








K. Foster with students and Wayne Craven

Wayne Craven Lecture Series
Kathleen Foster
, McNeil Curator of American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, gave a lecture titled "The Museum and the Marketplace."

(pictured, from left: Barbara Kutis, Wayne Craven, Kathleen Foster, Adam Koh)






Decoding the Masters Flyer

Decoding the Masters: The Technical Examination, Conservation, and Reconstruction of Old Master Paintings
Presented by Brian Baade, Painting Conservator, Instructor, and Researcher of Historic Painting Materials and Techniques at the University of Delaware, and Kristin deGhetaldi, Painting Conservator and Doctoral Candidate in the Program in Preservation Studies at the University of Delaware. The materials and techniques used by the Old Masters were discussed, and the speakers explained how historically accurate reconstructions of paintings can be used to facilitate the visual understanding of paintings from Giotto to Pablo Picasso. Analytical methods and art conservation strategies currently used in major museums and institutions were discussed. The presentation previewed a few of the subjects that will be covered in the new UD course, "Decoding the Masters" More...


Artemisia Gentileschi Movie Flyer

An Evening with Artemisia Gentileschi
Produced by Ellen Weissbrod and Melissa Powell and sponsored by the Departments of Art History, Foreign Languages and Literature, Art Conservation, Art, and English, the Center for Material Culture Studies, and the Women's Studies Program. More information about the film at: http://www.awomanlikethatfilm.com/