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Professor Nina M. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer

Professor Emerita Nina M. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer is "Professeure invitée" at the University of Paris during Fall 2014.

Professor Emerita Nina M. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer, who served as Book Review Editor for The Art Bulletin between 1995 and 1998, was invited to write a critical essay, as part of the journal's centennial, on "Daniel Arasse, Le détail: Pour une histoire rapprochée de la peinture (Paris: Flammarion, 1992; paper, 1996)," which was published in The Art Bulletin 95, no. 4 (December 2013): 649-651.

She also co-chaired a session (with Professor Martha E. Lucy, Drexel University) on "Antimodernism(s) in French Art and Culture, 1860-1914" at the College Art Association's annual conference in Chicago, February 12, 2014.

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

Together with several current and former UD students, Professor Wendy Bellion recently published a collaboratively-authored contribution to the French journal Perspective: actualité en histoire de l'art, which is published by the Institut national d'histoire de l'art (Paris). The 2015 issue of the journal offered a state-of-the-field study of the art of the United States. Wendy and a group of UD-affiliated authors (including Dana E. Byrd, Louis P. Nelson, and current Ph.D. candidate Amy Torbert) contributed the following essay: "'Art Follows Empire': un état des lieux des connaissances sur l'histoire de l'art américain à ses debuts" ("'Art Follows Empire': New Scholarship in Early American Art History"). The contribution grew out of a roundtable that Bellion convened at a 2015 Society of Early Americanists conference in the U.K. called "London and the Americas." Janneken Smucker (Ph.D. 2010, History of American Civilization, University of Delaware) also published an essay in the journal.

Professor Wendy Bellion to present lecture at Miami University's Humanities Center More...

Professor Wendy Bellion delivers the keynote address at the 2015 Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC) conference on November 20-21 at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts. The theme of the conference is Moving Pictures: Images across Media in American Visual and Material Culture to 1900, and Professor Bellion will speak on "Representing Iconoclasm: Paint, Print, Performance." Also presenting papers at the conference are alumna Catherine Holochwost and graduate student Amy Torbert, as well as Clay Zuba, graduate student in UD's Department of English.

Professor Wendy Bellion speaks on "Politics in American Art" at the Art Institute of Chicago on Sunday, November 1 at 11:30 am. Her lecture, sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art, is part of the 2015 Chicago Humanities Festival.

Professors Wendy Bellion and Jason Hill spoke at "Crash and Burn: Destruction in American Art" at London's Courtauld Institute of Art.

Professor Wendy Bellion has been awarded the Smithsonian's Charles C. Eldredge Prize for her book Citizen Spectator More...

Professor Wendy Bellion presented an invited paper, "Benjamin West between Painting and Theater," at the London symposium "In Circulation: John Singleton Copley and Benjamin West in England, France, and America," on March 28, 2014. The event was hosted by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and co-sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Terra Foundation for American Art. A video of the paper, which was live broadcast on the internet as a webinar, can be found at the following URL (scroll to 03:08:00 for Professor Bellion's talk): http://www.mfah.org/calendar/live-stream-london-circulation-john-singleton-copl/9232/

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 quoted on Rembrandt's "selfies" in International New York Times More...

Professor Perry Chapman has just published "The Trouble with Artists" (The Art Bulletin 95, September 2013), which assesses the contribution and impact of two fundamental books about the idea and image of the artist, Die Legende vom Kunstler (1934), by Ernst Kris and Otto Kurz, and Born Under Saturn: The Character and Conduct of Artists. A Documented History from Antiquity to the French Revolution (1963), by Rudolf and Margot Wittkower. Professor Chapman, who is former editor-in-chief of The Art Bulletin, was commissioned to write this review essay as part of the journal's centennial.

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 discusses early Atlantic pearl trade at Winterthur More...

Professor Mónica Domínguez Torres presents keynote lecture at Rutgers symposium on April 1 More...

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

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

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


Jason Hill

Professor Jason Hill's book Getting the Picture named one of Choice's "Editors' Top 75 Community College Resources" More...

Professor Jason Hill and Professor Wendy Bellion spoke at "Crash and Burn: Destruction in American Art" at London's Courtauld Institute of Art.






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...




Jessica L. Horton

Professor Jessica L. Horton spoke on November 5 about the art of Cherokee painter Kay WalkingStick on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition, Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist, at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (November 7, 2015 - September 18, 2016). On October 16 she spoke about Pueblo painting, oil politics, and the space race in Iran during the Cold War at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/Terra Foundation for American Art conference, Shifting Terrain: Mapping a Transnational American Art History. Also presenting papers there were alumna Melody Barnett Deusner and graduate student Emily Casey.



Lawrence Nees

Professor Lawrence Nees presented a lecture in Paris on March 28, 2014 at a conference devoted to Charlemagne on the 1200th anniversary of his death. The conference was organized by and held at the Deutsches Historisches Institut/Institut historique allemand [German Historical Institute] in Paris, devoted to "Charlemagne: Les temps, les espaces, les hommes; Construction et déconstruction d'un règne" [Charlemagne: Time, Space, and People; Construction and Deconstruction of a Reign]. It was a three-day interdisciplinary conference bringing together historians, archaeologists, art historians, and literary specialists. Professor Nees, the only participant from the U.S., gave a paper on "Networks or Schools? The Production of Illuminated Manuscripts and Ivories during the Reign of Charlemagne." The papers will all be published next year, but they were also presented live on the internet, and can be seen at the following URL (scroll to 1:07:20 for the presentation by Professor Nees): http://charlemagne.hypotheses.org/343.

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 was an invited speaker at a three-day Dumbarton Oaks symposium on African Landscapes concluded May 11, 2013. Okoye's talk "Good Bush, Bad Bush: Representing our Natures in Historical Southern Nigerian landscapes," argued that the cultured extension of a moral, representational universe over the terrain of southern Nigeria indicates that historical African societies possessed concepts, procedures and productions of "the landscape" (including its representation in art) surprisingly comparable to those that emerged in European and American history. A longer synopsis of the earlier parts of the symposium is found at http://dirt.asla.org/2013/05/14/13774/

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 The Material Life of Roman Slaves, cowritten with Sandra R. Joshel (Cambridge University Press, 2014), has won two 2015 PROSE Awards. The Professional and Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers honored the book with the PROSE Award for Excellence in Humanities and the PROSE Award in Classical and Ancient History. Professor Petersen discusses her recent work in an interview in University of Delaware Research magazine. The Material Life of Roman Slaves has just been released in paperback by Cambridge University Press.

Professor Lauren Hackworth Petersen presents "The Art of Seeing Slaves in Roman Society" at Morris Library More...

Professor Lauren Hackworth Petersen has recently published Mothering and Motherhood in Ancient Greece and Rome, a co-edited project with Patricia Salzman-Mitchell (University of Texas Press, 2012). This anthology, which brings together scholars from ancient art history and classics, provides an interdisciplinary look at the potentially charged roles of motherhood in ancient daily life, politics, rhetoric, medicine, and art and architecture. Professor Petersen has also published two essays on Roman religion with The Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome and Arethusa. For more information on Mothering and Motherhood, visit: http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/books/petmot

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


Vimalin Rujivacharakul

After returning from her research leave at the University of Tokyo and Aoyama Gakuin University in late 2013 (under the auspices of the Social Science Research Council and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), Professor Vimalin Rujivacharakul has published her volume, Architecturalized Asia (2014), and delivered several public talks at major institutions. In March, she gave a talk at the Association for Asian Studies' Annual Conference titled "Along the Buddha Steps: Should We Find Alexander the Great or Darius III"; in April, she gave a seminar lecture for the Faculty of Anthropology and Sociology of the National University of Singapore, "Turanian Pigmies and Caucasian Pyramids"; and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, she presented a paper at the symposium on Asian art and architectural history titled "Ma Qingyun: Mocking the First Emperor Terracotta Warriors in the Age of Globalism." Earlier, she also gave a public seminar at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (Tobunken) in Tokyo, "Between the Globe and the World," and co-organized a workshop, "Beyond Established Categories in World Historical Studies." Her new book, Liang Sicheng and the Temple of the Buddha's Light, is in print.

Professor Vimalin Rujivacharakul gave a public lecture at Princeton University on February 15, 2012 titled "Temple Under Auspicious Clouds: Sino-Japanese Connections and the Search for Buddhist-Chinese Architecture, 1920s-1930s." For more details click here

Professor 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 book Caravaggio: Reflections and Refractions reviewed in caa.reviews More...

Professor David M. Stone interviewed concerning recent scandal in Modena over Guercino attribution. For more details click here (article in Italian)

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 two talks in April 2014 related to her book on Manet in the 1870s. The first, "Manet, Mallarmé, and the Shadow" was an invited lecture for "Manet: Then and Now," a conference at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania. This conference brought together scholars of nineteenth-century art and contemporary art. The second, "Violence and Comic Masculinity in France, 1868-1874," was presented at the Society for French Historical Studies' annual conference in Montreal.

Professor Margaret Werth presented a lecture in the Art History Department at the University of Southern California in March 2013. The lecture was related to her book on Edouard Manet's work of the 1870s and was entitled "Manet's Dirty Laundry."

Werth has also just published "Heterogeneity, the City, and Cinema in Alberto Cavalcanti's Rien que les heures" (Art History, November 2013), a study of an unusual avant-garde city film of the nineteen-twenties by a Brazilian filmmaker. In association with her work on this film and others of the twenties she recently delivered lectures at the Southeastern College Art Conference on the early city film in a session on The Multi-Temporal City (November 1, 2013), and as part of "City Symphonies" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with the exhibition Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis (October 23, 2013).

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."


Alumna Lorena Baines (Ph.D. 2011) discusses museum accessibility programs in The Washington Post More...


Sarah Beetham

Alumna Sarah Beetham (Ph.D. 2014) interviewed in Public Art Dialogue newsletter about Confederate monuments More...

Alumna Sarah Beetham (Ph.D. 2014) interviewed about Civil War monuments on The Delaware Way [VIDEO] More...






Emily Casey

Graduate students Emily Casey (pictured) and Ashley Rye-Kopec both presented papers at the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) annual conference, which was held October 21-24 in Pittsburgh. Alumnae Sarah Beetham and Catherine Holochwost also presented papers at the conference, and another alumna, Nanette Luarca-Shoaf, co-chaired a panel.

Graduate student Emily Casey (pictured) and alumna Sarah Beetham (Ph.D. 2014) to present research at PAFA's "Art at Lunch" More...




Meghan Constantinou

Alumna Meghan Constantinou (M.A. 2010) recently interviewed for Fine Books & Collections magazine More...








Cynthia Fowler (Ph.D. 2002)

Alumna Cynthia Fowler (Ph.D. 2002), now Associate Professor of Art and Art Department Chair at Emmanuel College in Boston, has just published Hooked Rugs: Encounters in American Modern Art, Craft and Design (Ashgate, 2013), in the series “The Histories of Material Culture and Collecting, 1700-1950."

Cynthia relates that “the book was a labor of love and I credit the foundational work I did at Delaware on its completion. I am sorry that Bill Homer is not around for me to share this news with him. He was my advisor and supported my applications for grants in my early post-graduate years. So I am grateful to him as well and acknowledged such in my book. My interest in modernist hooked rugs developed when I was a graduate student at the University of Delaware and working on my dissertation. While researching the creative output of American modernist Marguerite Zorach, I discovered that Zorach had created hooked rugs during her lifetime. I then became aware of a group of modernist artists who were also interested in hooked rug production, some choosing to design and fabricate their own rugs, while others relied on craftspeople to manufacture their designs. I was intrigued by my discovery that the interest in modern hooked rugs extended far beyond the confines of the urban art world to form an intricate network between urban artists and rural communities involved in producing hooked rugs for an ever expanding market. My early research has culminated in this book on the modernist hooked rug. Dr. William Innes Homer, my dissertation advisor at the University of Delaware, sparked my interest in Marguerite Zorach and American modernism. I will always be grateful to him for his support of my research while I attended the University of Delaware and as I established my career as an art historian. His recent death is a great loss to American art historians like myself who worked with him and were influenced by his scholarship.”


Michele Frederick

In October 2015, graduate student Michele Frederick (CTPhD program) delivered a paper entitled "Put a Bird on It: A Case for Emulation and Collaboration in Jordaens's Prometheus" at the 7th Annual Anne d'Harnoncourt Symposium, organized jointly by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the University of Pennsylvania in conjunction with the exhibition "The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titian," currently on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In September 2015 she published the article "Imitatio and Aemulatio: Reevaluating Aert de Gelder's Self-Portrait as Zeuxis" in the journal Athanor.

Graduate student Michele Frederick (CTPhD program) has curated a reinstallation of Gallery 219 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, "A Closer Look: Early Netherlandish Painting." This new interpretive space repositions the Museum's masterpieces of small-scale early Netherlandish paintings from the 1400s by prompting visitors to look closely at the magnificent level of detail and artistic skill of these exquisite treasures. The centerpiece of the reinstallation is a digital interactive focused on Jan van Eyck's Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata, one of the smallest but most significant paintings in the Museum. The interactive enables visitors to dive deeply into the painting to explore its intricate surface, innovative pictorial strategies, and complex symbolism. Other sections of the installation explore the role of devotional imagery, the relationships between manuscript illumination and panel painting, and the rise of intense observation of the natural world to give visitors an in-depth introduction to the transformative movement known today as early Netherlandish painting.


Katrina Greene

Graduate student Katrina Greene researches prints in the Reese Collection at the Delaware Art Museum More...








Isabelle Havet

Graduate student Isabelle Havet has been awarded a Fulbright grant to study in France during the 2012-2013 academic year. During the grant period, she will research her dissertation project, entitled “Beneath the Surface: Representations of Subterranean Space, 1850-1900.” Her dissertation examines how subterranean space was understood, imagined, and consumed through various media during the second half of the nineteenth century in France. Catacombs, sewers, caves, mines, the deep sea, and the newly-launched metro system all took on rich visual and textual forms in Second Empire and Third Republic France. Isabelle will consider how the underground articulated the complex and often contradictory manifestations of modernity, and participated, as it does to this day, in constructions of community identities and social space.


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


Margarita Karasoulas

Graduate students Margarita Karasoulas (pictured) and Ashley Rye-Kopec were invited to present papers at the Nineteenth Century Studies Association's annual conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. This year's conference theme is "The New and the Novel in the Nineteenth Century/New Directions in Nineteenth-Century Studies."

On April 14, Ashley gives her talk, "Modernization and Photography in Nineteenth-Century Venice," in a panel on "New Uses of Photography." On April 16, Margarita presents her paper, "'I used to make puzzles, you know': John Sloan and the Modern Art of the Newspaper Puzzle," at a session on "New Play with Genre."

Graduate student Margarita Karasoulas discusses John Sloan exhibition on WHYY's Friday Arts More...


Katie Wood

Alumna Katie Wood Kirchhoff (Ph.D. 2015) joins curatorial staff at Shelburne Museum in Vermont More...








Graduate student Craig Lee pens op-ed on Trump sign controversy in Chicago Tribune More...


Sarah Leonard

CTPhD student Sarah Leonard discusses internships at Harvard Art Museums and Delaware Art Museum More...








Isabel Oleas-Mogollon

Graduate student Isabel Oleas-Mogollón's paper, "Troubling Encounters: Portrait of Francisco de Arobe and His Sons," was recently published in Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas, vol. VIII. Isabel's paper proposes that the portrait of the indigenous leaders of Esmeraldas, commissioned by a Spanish judge at the end of the sixteenth century, shows the struggles in the process of conquest by superficially recognizing the sitters as noblemen, while simultaneously questioning their status.





Galina Olmsted

CTPhD student Galina Olmsted discusses internships at National Gallery of Art and Museum of Fine Arts More...

Graduate student Galina Olmsted participating in the National Gallery of Art's 2014 summer internship program More...






Kerry Roeder

Alumna Kerry Roeder (Ph.D. 2011) publishes book on comics artist Winsor McCay More...

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.



Graduate students Ashley Rye-Kopec and Margarita Karasoulas speak at the 2016 conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Hannah Segrave

Graduate student Hannah Segrave (CTPhD program) is the guest curator for an exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art, "The Novel and the Bizarre: Salvator Rosa's Scenes of Witchcraft," on view from February 15, 2015 to June 14, 2015. For more information, visit http://www.clevelandart.org/about/press/media-kit/cleveland-museum-art-presents-novel-and-bizarre-salvator-rosa’s-scenes-witchcraft.






Kristel Smentek

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








Ingrid Steffensen

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








Alumna Colleen Terry (Ph.D. 2014) receives Wilbur Owen Sypherd Prize 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."







2015-2016 Lecture Series: Dr. Melanie Gifford of the National Gallery of Art delivers the Wayne Craven Lecture More...


Art History on the Steps: Dr. Matthew Palczynski on artist Mark Rothko and John Logan's play Red More...


2015-2016 Lecture Series: Dr. Tanya Sheehan speaks on "The Racial Politics of Amateur Photographic Humor" More...


Event on March 15: "Lynching in Modern America: Some Responses by Visual Artists" More...


Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium on Wednesday, March 2 at 5:30 pm in 211 Old College More...


UD at CAA, February 2016: A list of UD speakers and events at this year's conference More...


2015-2016 Lecture Series: Dr. Beatrice Kitzinger of Princeton speaks on Carolingian manuscript illumination More...


Art History on the Steps: Discussion of two current exhibitions at Philadelphia Museum of Art More...


Art History's End-of-Semester Party will be held on Tuesday, December 8 at 5:30 pm in Old College More...


Dr. Nancy Rose Marshall discusses Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelites More...


Dr. Stephen Greenblatt of Harvard speaks on "Lucretius and the Toleration of Intolerable Ideas" More...


Art History on the Steps: Professor Lawrence Nees on "Lost and Found Manuscripts" and The Name of the Rose More...


2015-2016 Lecture Series: Dr. Richard E. Spear discusses recent court case involving Caravaggio's Cardsharps More...


Come to the Art History Undergraduate Reception on Wednesday, November 4 at 12:30 pm in 211 Old College More...


2015-2016 Lecture Series: Dr. Bridget Alsdorf of Princeton speaks on Angrand, Gérôme, and Vallotton More...


"Green Light" symposium brings scholars, designers, and professionals to campus to examine artificial illumination More...


"Green Light" symposium at UD's Clayton Hall on Friday, October 16, 2015 More...


Resources for career paths in art history and the humanities More...


2015-2016 Lecture Series: Professor Lawrence Nees speaks on a mysterious ca. 8th-century plate in Berlin More...


2014-2015 Lecture Series: Keith Christiansen of the Metropolitan Museum of Art speaks on the "Age of Caravaggio" More...


2014-2015 Lecture Series: Joel Smith of the Morgan Library & Museum delivers the William Homer Lecture More...


2014-2015 Lecture Series: Dr. William Noel speaks on the Archimedes Palimpsest More...


2014-2015 Lecture Series: Professor Alan C. Braddock speaks on ecology and art history More...


2014-2015 Lecture Series: Jacquelyn Days Serwer speaks on National Museum of African American History and Culture More...


2014-2015 Lecture Series: Dr. Kellie Jones of Columbia delivers the Wayne Craven Lecture More...


New Material Culture LLC for first-year students majoring in Art History, Anthropology, and Art Conservation More...


Video: Robert Wittman discusses careers in fighting art crime More...


2013-2014 Lecture Series: Dr. S. Hollis Clayson gives the Wayne Craven Lecture on "Electric Paris" More...


First annual symposium on "Art and Science: Connections and Intersections" at the ISE Lab on April 25, 2014 More...


2013-2014 Lecture Series: Dr. Christiane Gruber discusses contemporary Iranian visual culture More...


2013-2014 Lecture Series: Professor Alexander Nehamas gives the David Norton Memorial Lecture More...


2013-2014 Lecture Series: Dr. Annemarie Weyl Carr to speak on February 19 More...


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


Award of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant launches Art History's Curatorial Track Ph.D. program 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/