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Material Culture Living Learning Community

The Material Culture Living Learning Community (LLC) is a community for freshmen admitted as Art History, Anthropology, or Art Conservation majors. Incoming material culture freshmen share experiences through opportunities and extracurricular activities developed by faculty members of Art History, Anthropology, and Art Conservation. Students will also have access to special resources, programs, and other activities including seminars, mentoring events, discussion groups, career development, hands-on workshops, and study groups. An exciting year is about to begin!

For more information about the Material Culture LLC, visit Residence Life & Housing.


Jeff Richmond-Moll

Graduate student Jeff Richmond-Moll was the 2013 Alfred Appel, Jr. Curatorial Fellow at the Delaware Art Museum, where he organized an exhibition on the American artist Violet Oakley (1874-1961). During World War II, Oakley collaborated with the Citizens Committee of the Army and Navy to produce portable altarpieces for use on American battleships, military bases, and airfields around the world. The Angel of Victory, now in the Museum’s permanent collection, was the first of her twenty-five wartime altarpieces, completed just two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. This exhibition reunites this altarpiece with preliminary studies for the project for the first time. It also explores Oakley’s unique creative process, and reveals how she responded to a volatile moment in world history by infusing her religious works with a democratic spirit and her lifelong belief in peace. “‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’: Violet Oakley’s The Angel of Victory (1941)” runs from February 8 to May 25, 2014. For more information, visit http://delart.org/peacemakers.


Omar Durán

Art History major Omar Durán won first prize in the Humanities category of the National McNair Scholars Research Competition with his entry "Observing Invisible Corpses: Gender and Violence in Teresa Margolles’s 'Embroidered Fabric,'" a study of feminicide in Guatemala through a particular work of the Mexican performance artist Teresa Margolles.  The project grew out of a summer project last year under the supervision of Professor Mónica Domínguez Torres. For a description of the McNair Scholars Program and for the other University of Delaware winners, see: http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2014/oct/mcnair-research-102413.html



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