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Midwest Art History Society

Midwest Art History Society
Annual Conference 2015

St. Thomas campus, St. Paul, Minnesota, with the Minneapolis skyline
St. Thomas campus, St. Paul, Minnesota, with the Minneapolis skyline

The Midwest Art History Society will hold its 42nd annual conference in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, from March 26–28, 2015. The conference will be co-hosted by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the University of St. Thomas Department of Art History, with additional support from the Weisman Art Museum and the Thrivent Financial Collection of Religious Art. Dr. Alison Kettering, the William R. Kenan Jr., Professor of Art History Emerita and specialist in the Dutch Baroque from Carleton College in nearby Northfield, Minnesota, will serve as this year’s keynote speaker. To register online or by U.S. mail, click here. The DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotels in downtown Minneapolis will serve as the conference hotel. Buses will move participants from the hotel to the various venues of the meeting. The Twin Cities were selected to host the 2015 meeting due to their long history supporting and nurturing a celebrated arts scene, from the fine arts found in the museums, to the many local artists showcased in neighborhood galleries, from music to theater, literature and dance. In fact, the arts are so embedded into everyday life in Minnesota that a movement was fostered, leading to it being the only state whose citizens voted to include arts funding in the state constitution. For more details, click here. To see the 2015 Final Conference Program, click here.

History and Purpose

Welcome to the Midwest Art History Society, an organization that brings together academic, museum-based, and independent art historians in the common goal of scholarly inquiry and the exchange of ideas. Founded in 1973, the organization is open to all art historians, regardless of specialization.

The membership is focused in the states that comprise the Midwestern United States, but residents of any state or country are welcome to join. The Society gathers once a year in the spring, for three days of scholarly presentations, panel discussions and workshops. Meetings are usually hosted by universities, colleges and museums, and the programs reflect the collaboration between these institutions.

The Board of Directors meets every fall and during the annual meeting in the spring. Members of the organization work to foster close relationships between museum and academic art historians, and have devoted themselves to mentoring and encouraging the development of young art historians who are just entering the profession. Graduate student participation is eagerly encouraged, and grants to offset the expenses incurred by students presenting papers at the annual conference are offered.

Online Registration 2015

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Final Conference Program & Abstracts 2015

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New MAHS Catalogue

Seventeenth-Century European Drawings.
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Museums in the Midwest

Links to over 50 midwestern museums, from large metropolitan institutions to campus galleries. Click here

Photo Gallery

Photos of annual conferences and CAA sessions. Click here