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Nina Kallmyer

Professor Emerita Nina M. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer has published an article on Claude Monet entitled "Le Grand Tout: Monet on Belle-Île and the Impulse toward Unity" in the most recent issue of The Art Bulletin (September 2015).

Kallmyer has also been elected by the Editorial Board of The Art Bulletin to be the next Editor-in-Chief of the journal, beginning in 2016.

Wendy Bellion

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.

Perry Chapman

Professor Perry Chapman led a scholars' study day in the exhibition Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer, which is on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Monica Dominguez Torres

Professor Mónica Domínguez Torres has published the book Military Ethos and Visual Culture in Post-Conquest Mexico, a detailed study of martial images and symbols that emerged in the central Valley of Mexico in the aftermath of the Spanish Conquest. Part of Ashgate's series Transculturalisms, 1400-1700, this study not only discusses some of the representational strategies fostered by European friars in their missionary enterprise, but also the ways in which local communities and leaders appropriated, manipulated, modified and reinterpreted foreign visual codes. Professor Domínguez's book was awarded a Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant from the College Art Association in 2011. For more information, visit Ashgate's website: http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754666714

Ann Eden Gibson

Professor Emerita and alumna Ann E. Gibson has won the 2013 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Book Prize for her book Abstract Expressionism: Other Politics (Yale University Press, 1997). The prize is given out every three years for a book that has changed the field. She gave a talk about the book at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 21, 2013, and publicly accepted the prize.

Jason Hill

Professor Jason Hill spoke to The New York Times about photography at the 1940s New York City tabloid PM. He will also be participating in a panel discussion in conjunction with the exhibition PM New York Daily: 1940-48 at the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York on February 6.

Jessica L. Horton

Professor Jessica L. Horton's article "Ojibwa Tableaux Vivants: George Catlin, Robert Houle, and Transcultural Materialism" was just published in the journal Art History.

She has also been awarded a 2015 Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant by the College Art Association. The grant will support the publication of her forthcoming book, Places to Stand: Native American Modernisms on an Undivided Earth (Duke University Press, 2017).

Lawrence Nees

Professor Lawrence Nees has been elected to a four-year term as a Delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies. He will represent the International Center of Medieval Art, and will be a member of the governing Council of ACLS, along with the organization's Board of Directors. Founded in 1913, ACLS is the leading organization for learned societies in the Humanities and humanistic Social Sciences, and sponsors a wide range of grants and programs in this country.

Nees also recently published his sixth book, Perspectives on Early Islamic Art in Jerusalem, Arts and Archaeology of the Islamic World 5 (Leiden: Brill, 2016). He is currently working on his next book, Illuminating the Word: On the Beginnings of Medieval Book Decoration, which deals with book arts in the seventh and eighth centuries of the Common Era, especially in northwestern Europe.

His most recent conference presentations have been: Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting, University of Notre Dame, March 12-14, 2015, keynote lecture for session sponsored by the Fellows: "A Dagger from Korea, a Buddha from Sweden, and the Unknown Unknowns"; conference on "Books and Readers in the Pre-Modern World," Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia, April 16-17, 2015: "From ancient to medieval books: on reading and illuminating manuscripts in the seventh century"; international conference on "Graphic Compositions and Monogrammatic Initials in the Early Medieval Illuminated Book: Origins and Functions," Norwegian Institute in Rome, May 7-8, 2015: "Graphic quire marks and Qur'anic verse markers in the seventh and eighth century"; conference on "Les représentations du livre aux époques carolingienne et ottonienne," Paris, INHA and Sorbonne, 2015: "Design, Default or Defect in Some Perplexing Represented Books."

Ikem Stanley 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/

Lauren Hackworth Petersen

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.

Vimalin Rujivacharakul

Professor Vimalin Rujivacharakul recently published two books: Architecturalized Asia (2014), and Liang Sicheng and the Temple of the Buddha's Light (2015). Liang Sicheng and the Temple of the Buddha's Light was published under the auspices of China Classics Grant, administered by Ministry of Education, People's Republic of China. In spring 2015, she gave papers and lectures at the annual meetings of AAS, SAH, and the conference on Art and Sovereignty in Chicago. In May of 2015, she presented a paper on Contemporary Architecture and the Work of Ma Qingyun at the University of Cambridge (UK), in honors of Xu Bing, CRASSH Humanitas Visiting Professor, at the University of Cambridge. (Her talk can be viewed here, starting at 23:30. Note that during the event, Dr. Rujivacharakul was very ill and temporarily lost her voice. The convener, Professor Hans van de Ven, helped read her paper on her behalf.) Dr. Rujivacharakul also recently published a debate essay in Architecture Beyond Europe on the writing of global architectural history, "Connecting the Dots: Global Idea, Local Agency, and the Burden of Evidence-Based Architectural History." She is on sabbatical in 2015-2016.

Professor Rujivacharakul's Architecturalized Asia is named an Outstanding Academic Title for 2014 by Choice, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). "This is an ambitious historiographical intervention into architectural/art historical accounts of 'Asia.' In contrast to studies that take the continent's boundaries as cartographically or ontologically given, this volume emphasizes how Asia has been constructed and produced since the early modern period. . . . A valuable resource for specialists in art history, architectural history, anthropology, history, geography, religion, cultural studies, and Asian studies." — Choice (September 2014)

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David Stone

Professor David M. Stone participated in "A Piercing Agony: Two Baroque Interpretations of Saint Sebastian," a panel discussion in Princeton on January 21. The event centered on Guercino's Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian and Simon Vouet's Saint Sebastian, both of which are currently on loan to the Princeton University Art Museum. For more information, click here.

Margaret Werth

Professor Margaret Werth and Dr. Heather Campbell Coyle, Curator of American Art at the Delaware Art Museum, co-organized a session entitled "Comic Modern" at the College Art Association meeting in New York in February 2015. It included papers on French, Russian, and American art from painting to caricature, comics, and performance.

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