Midwest Art History Society


The Midwest Art History Society brings together academic, museum-based, and independent art historians in the common goal of scholarly inquiry and the exchange of ideas.

Call for Papers - Symposium, September 9, University of Iowa

Jun 6, 2017 Symposium: What's Your Sign? Retail Architecture & the History of Signage, University of Iowa, Iowa City. Proposals for papers due July 1, 2017 for September 9 symposium.

Call for Papers - Symposium, September 9, University of Iowa Details

Jun 6, 2017

Call for Papers:
What's Your Sign?
Retail Architecture and the History of Signage

September 9, 2017 | 9AM - 11AM | Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

The Legacies for Iowa Collections-Sharing Project at the University of Iowa Museum of Art seeks proposals for papers considering the history of retail architecture signage. For as long as goods have been bought and sold, shopkeepers and traders have visually communicated their wares through signs. This breakfast symposium explores the evolution of signage from the shutter paintings of ancient Pompeii to the wooden trade signs hanging along Medieval English streets to the neon of twentieth-century American roadside signs. How have symbols of selling shifted over the centuries? How do retail signs reflect or reject broader visual cultures? What technological shifts have precipitated the most dramatic design departures?

Papers may examine the iconography, typography, and materiality of retail signs as well as the cultural, financial, and geo-political forces that shaped storefront signs in the past. Papers may also contend with the future of retail sinage in an increasingly digital and global economy. This public event is live and occurs in conjunction with the City of Iowa City Downtown District’s CoSign project, which partners local artists and craftspeople with small business to create exciting and distinctive new signs.

Proposals from architectural historians, architects, designers, and related specializations welcome. Abstracts (up to 300 words) for 20 minute papers should be submitted with a CV by July 1, 2017. Please submit all materials electronically to Vero Rose Smith (veronica-smith@uiowa.edu).

Important Dates
July 1, 2017: Submissions due
July 15, 2017: Participants notified
August 25, 2017: Registration deadline
September 9, 2017: Symposium

2017 MAHS Conference Program

Apr 1, 2017 View the program of the 2017 MAHS Annual Conference that was held in Cleveland, April 6 to 8.

2017 MAHS Conference Program Details

Apr 1, 2017

Click here for the program of the 2017 MAHS Annual Conference held in Cleveland, April 6 to 8.

People in the Midwest

Feb 2, 2017 Robert Randolf Coleman, Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Notre Dame, announces the website launch of the Inventory-Catalog of the Drawings in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan.

People in the Midwest Details

Feb 2, 2017

Robert Randolf Coleman, Associate Professor Emeritus of Art History, University of Notre Dame, and Author and Project Director of the online Inventory-Catalog of the Drawings in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan, announces the newly launched website of the Inventory-Catalog, redesigned with the support of the Web and Software Engineering Unit, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Note Dame. Realization of the digital project is also made possible by the administration of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana and the staff of the Hesburgh Libraries and the administration of the Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame.

JULY 3, 2016
Norman Land, Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis, published four short articles in Source: Notes in the History of Art. They are "Franco Sacchetti on Women as Artists;" "Wine and the Renaissance Artist;" "A Concise History of the Tale of Michelangelo and Biagio da Cesena;" and most recently, "Michelangelo and the Stonecutters."

Susan Langdon, Professor and Chair, University of Missouri—St. Louis, presented a paper titled "Geometric Pottery for Beginners: Children and Production in Early Greece" at the conference, Pots, Workshops and Early Iron Age Society: Function and Role of Ceramics in Early Greece, at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium in November.

Theresa Leininger-Miller, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, won Faculty Development Council Grants from UC in 2013 and 2014. She curated The Drummer Boy of Shiloh: Illustrated Sheet Music of the Civil War for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2013). She published "Deborah Grant: Christ You Know It Ain’t Easy," Deborah Grant: Christ You Know It Ain’t Easy. New York, NY: The Drawing Center, Jan. 25-Feb. 28, 2014, 12-21 and "Daguerre’s Recently Renovated Diorama (ca. 1843) in Bry-sur-Marne, France," 19th-Century Art Worldwide (www.19thc-artworldwide.org), Vol. 13, Issue 1 (Spring, 2014): n.p.

William R. Levin, Emeritus Professor, Centre College, presented a paper titled "Biblical Texts with Contemporary Implications in Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise" sponsored by the Association for Textual Scholarship in Art History at the 69th annual meeting of the Southeastern College Art Conference, convened in October/November 2013 by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Professor Levin was also a featured speaker at SECAC’s annual awards luncheon. In addition, Professor Levin gave the keynote lecture and read a second paper, both addressing his research on sculpture of the building exteriors at the Piazza del Duomo, Florence at the 23rd Annual Arkansas College Art History Symposium, convened in March 2013 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Professor Levin also published reviews of Federico Botana, The Works of Mercy in Italian Medieval Art (c. 1050-c. 1400) (Medieval Church Studies, vol. 20), Turnhout: Brepols, 2011, in Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies, vol. 88, no. 3 (July 2013), pp. 762-765; and of Michele Tomasi, Le arche dei santi: Scultura, religione e politica nel Trecento veneto (Études lausannoises d’histoire de l’art, vol. 13), Rome: Viella, 2012, in Speculum, vol. 88, no. 4 (October 2013), pp. 1179-1181.

Edward J. Olszewski, Emeritus Professor, Case Western Reserve University, has published Parmigianino's Madonna of the Long Neck: A Grace Beyond the Reach of Art, Philadelphia, PA: American Philosophical Society, 2014. Professor Olszewski's former Ph. D. students have honored him with a festschrift: Renaissance Studies, eds. Jennifer Finkel, Michael Morford, Dena Woodall, New York: Peter Land, 2013.

Diane Radycki, Associate Professor, Moravia College, author of Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist (Yale University Press, 2013), was joined by The New Yorker staff writer and award-winning journalist John Colapinto; distinguished scholar of German and Austrian art Alessandra Comini; novelist Marie Darrieussecq (winner of the 2013 Prix Médicis, at work on a novel about Paula Modersohn-Becker); Susanne Gerlach, Director of Böttcherstrasse GmbH / Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum; and artist Grace Graupe-Pillard, in a discussion about Paula Modersohn-Becker as the first woman artist to challenge centuries of representations of the female body. The discussion was part of the New York Public Library's An Art Book series program, "Modern Painting’s Missing Piece", held April 9, 2014.

Anne Rudloff Stanton, Associate Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis, presented "'And Thereby Hangs a Tale': Storytelling and Similitude in a Gothic Prayerbook," at the Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies at St. Louis University (June), "Isabella of France and the Visual Arts: A Capetian Queen in Plantagenet England," at the University of Winchester (July), and "Design, Devotion, and Durability in Gothic Prayerbooks," at the Index of Christian Art at Princeton University (October), and participated in a roundtable event inaugurating the Karen Gould Manuscript Collection at the Spencer Research Library at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City (April).

Lindsay J. Twa, Associate Professor and Director of Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, Augustana College, has published Visualizing Haiti in U. S. Culture, 1910-1950, London, Ashgate Press, 2014.

James van Dyke, University of Missouri-St. Louis, has received promotion to Associate Professor with tenure. He presented "Otto Dix's Jankel Adler and the Materiality of the Eastern Jew in Weimar Culture" at the annual meeting of the College Art Association in New York (February), "Otto Dix, the Frontschwein, and the War Experience" at the conference on War in the Visual Arts at the University of Cork, Ireland (September), and presented a paper on the state art academy in Düsseldorf during the Nazi dictatorship at the conference Künstler im Nationalsozialismus at the Universität der Künste, Berlin. Three studies also appeared in print: "Otto Dix's Folk Culture" in Otto Dix and New Objectivity,"Ernst Barlach and the Conservative Revolution," in German Studies Review 36, and "Torture and Masculinity in George Grosz's Interregnum," in New German Critique 119.

Michael Yonan, Associate Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis, presented a paper titled "How to Be an Empress in Eighteenth-Century Europe: Maria Theresa of Austria and Catherine the Great Compared" in a symposium on The Enlightened Gaze: Gender, Power, and Visual Culture in Eighteenth-Century Russia at the Georgia Museum of Art. Prof. Yonan also received a research fellowship at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study at Uppsala University, Sweden (Spring 2014).

The Midwest Art History Society announces the December 2014 publication of Seventeenth-Century European Drawings in Midwestern Collections: The Age of Bernini, Rembrandt, and Poussin (University of Notre Dame Press, 2014), co-edited by University of Michigan Professer Emerita Shelley Perlove and George Keyes, former chief curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The volume presents a fascinating and representative selection of Italian, Dutch, Flemish, and French drawings in Midwestern repositories, offering new insights on many of these works of art. Many are relatively unknown, and some have never before been published.

Museums in the Midwest: People

Feb 2, 2017 Judith W. Mann, Saint Louis Museum of Art, announces two publications, "Learning to See: Renaissance and Baroque Masters," and "Frederico Barocci; Inspiration and Innovation." She also curated an exhibition on Artemisia Gentileschi at the Palazzo Braschi in Rome.

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Feb 2, 2017

Judith W. Mann, Curator of European Art to 1800, Saint Louis Art Museum, and Elizabeth Wyckoff, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Saint Louis Art Museum, announces the publication of Learning to See: Renaissance and Baroque Masterworks from the Phoebe Dent Weil and Mark S. Weil Collection, to accompany an exhibition of the collection opening at the Saint Louis Art Museum (March 3--July 30, 2017). Mark Weil is a past board member of MAHS and in 2014 was the recipient of the Charles Cuttler Award for Contributions to the History of Art.

Judith Mann also announces the publication of Judith W. Mann, ed., Federico Barocci: Inspiration and Innovation in Early Modern Italy (London-New York: Routledge, 2017), based on the 2013 symposium on Frederico Barocci held at the Saint Louis Art Museum. It includes her essay “Drawing the Virgin: Barocci’s Doctrine of Mary,” and another that she co-authored with Babette Bohn, Professor, Texas Christian University, "New Insights into Federico Barocci’s Senigallia Entombment and Suggestions on his Late Workshop Practice." Other authors include Richard Spear, David Ekserdjian, Alessandra Giannotti, Claudio Pizzorusso, Carol Plazzotta, and Stuart Lingo.

Mann also was one of three curators for the exhibition "Artemisia Gentileschi e il Suo Tempo," Museo di Roma a Palazzo Braschi, Rome (29 November through 7 May 2017). From the original idea of Nicola Spinosa, the exhibition was curated by Spinosa for the Neapolitan period, by Francesca Baldassari for the section on Florence, and Mann for the two sections on Artemisia in Rome. She also authored 2 catalogue essays on Artemisia's career in Rome. Mann was interviewed by Sylvia Poggioli for a National Public Radio story that aired in early December.

Adelheid "Heidi" Gealt, director of the Indiana University Art Museum since 1989, has announced her retirement. She assumed the role of director emerita in July 2015. Her successor is Dr. David Brenneman of the High Museum. "We thank Heidi for her many years of service as director," said Lauren Robel, provost of IU Bloomington and executive vice president. "Her leadership helped the museum grow into one of the nation’s finest university museums and one of Bloomington’s true cultural gems."  During her tenure, the IU Art Museum established its first National Advisory Board and grew endowments amounting to over $15 million, with another $22 million in documented planned gifts. Three positions are fully supported by endowments, including the Andrew W. Mellon and Anthony J. Moravec Senior Academic Officer. Established in 1941, the IU Art Museum is one of the foremost university art museums in the United States. It houses a wide variety of internationally acclaimed collections, including ancient gold jewelry, African masks and paintings by Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso.

Doug Allen (left) became the first Chief Information Officer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in 2015. Allen owns a consulting firm that specializes in helping organizations deal with the rapid speed of technological change. “I’m delighted that Doug has a passion for the arts as well as a demonstrated excellence in integrating systems in the for-profit and the not-for-profit worlds,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. As CIO, Allen is responsible for the conception, development, implementation and support of comprehensive information strategies. He ensures the holistic integration of technology to deliver the mission of the Nelson-Atkins, support the staff, and operate the institution. “It’s fascinating to see how many museums have hired CIOs and have invested so much in this position in recent years,” said Zugazagoitia. “I look forward to the Nelson-Atkins joining the national dialogue about enhancing digital platforms that will bring art and people together, generate potential visitors, and provide access to scholars around the world, [while also enhancing] our internal data bases and systems.”

At the Saint Louis Art Museum, Mariah Keller has been appointed head of publications and digital media, where she directs the planning and publication of catalogs and other material relating to collections, exhibitions and education programs. Keller came to the Museum with a distinguished career in editing and publishing, most recently through her company, Keller Editing. She also has edited and managed publication projects at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery and Sackler Gallery, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. MAHS Board Member Judith W. Mann, Saint Louis Art Museum's curator of European art to 1800, was awarded the Samuel H. Kress Foundation AAMC Affiliated Fellowship for 2015 by the Association of Art Museum Curators and the American Academy in Rome. The fellowship honors exceptional curatorial vision by providing funding for curators to carry out research in Rome. Mann will research stone altarpieces for an exhibition on European painting on stone from the 16th to 18th centuries. Since joining the Museum in 1988, Mann has organized major international exhibitions on Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi (also seen in the Rome’s Palazzo Venezia and the Metropolitan Museum of Art) and Federico Barocci (also seen at the National Gallery, London). The latter received the Association of Art Museum Curators’ Outstanding Monographic Exhibition Award.

Also at the Saint Louis Art Museum, M. Melissa Wolfe joined the staff as curator and head of the Department of American Art. “Melissa Wolfe is an impressive and prolific curator, having organized dozens of groundbreaking exhibitions, symposia, and publications over her career that speak to her creativity and intellectual rigor,” said Jason T. Busch, deputy director for curatorial affairs and museum programs. Wolfe was curator of American art at the Columbus Museum of Art. There her projects included George Bellows and the American Experience (2013), and George Tooker: A Retrospective (2008) were received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Henry Luce Foundation and Terra Foundation for American Art. She also shepherded the acquisition of the Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art, 1930-1970. Wolfe received her Ph.D. in history of art at The Ohio State University. Rhiannon Paget joined the staff in 2015 as the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Japanese Art. A native of Sydney, Australia, Paget is completing her doctoral dissertation on Japanese art at the University of Sydney. She has held positions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and the Clark Center for Japanese Art, Hanford, California. Paget’s projects will include an exhibition on Japanese art donated by Charles and Rosalyn Lowenhaupt.

Lucian H. (Hugh) Shockey Jr. joined the Saint Louis Art Museum as head of conservation, supervising a team of conservators working in the museum’s objects, painting, paper and textiles labs. Shockey worked in conservation for the last 10 years as objects conservator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lunder Conservation Center, where he has played a key role in large-scale institutional projects and served as a member of the Smithsonian’s Haiti Cultural Recovery Project following the devastating earthquake of 2010. Shockey holds a Master of Science degree in Art Conservation from the University of Delaware. He was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the National Museum of the American Indian, and has worked in at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Kristen Watts was appointed director of exhibitions and design, where she plans and supervises all aspects of the museum’s robust exhibition schedule. Watts was director of collections and exhibitions at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, where she served as project manager of noteworthy exhibitions and catalogs, including Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100, and Double Solitaire: The Surreal Worlds of Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy. Watts also was project manager for the Mint's expansion and development in 2010. She holds master’s degrees in applied history and library and information science from the University of South Carolina.