About MAHS

About the Midwest Art History Society

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. Founded in 1973, the organization is open to all art historians, regardless of specialization.

President's Message

The 44th meeting of the Midwest Art History Society was held in Cleveland April 6-8, 2017. We were shown exceptional hospitality by the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Case Western Reserve University, and the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College.
Heidi J. Hornik

President's Message Details

President’s Message

The 44th meeting of the Midwest Art History Society was held in Cleveland April 6-8, 2017. We were shown exceptional hospitality by the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Case Western Reserve University and Oberlin College. During the business breakfast, officer elections (occurring every three years) were held and Interim Secretary Paula Wisotzki, Treasurer Valerie Hedquist, and Past President Henry Luttikhuizen joined me as officers. I am very honored, and very humbled, to continue after the exceptional leadership of the past presidents with whom I have served on the board (Judith Mann, Fred Smith, Randy Coleman, Paula Wisotzki and Henry Luttikhuizen).

My goals as president are very simple: Continuation, Appreciation, Communication, Information, and Progression. As stated above, I follow a terrific set of outstanding presidents, and my first goal is the continuation of this tradition. Without the dedication of the entire membership and board, there would be no MAHS. This leads me to the second goal, appreciation. You can see from the success of the Cleveland conference, we are on a strong trajectory and each conference program brings us to a new height. Financially, we have never been more solvent, and our keynote speakers could not have been more personable or academically esteemed. Our membership is up, our awards on track, board nominations coming regularly, and Facebook followers are at an all time high with a new user-friendly and attractive website. The CMA museum guards thanked us for being such a lovely, appreciative group of people in their museum! This success is a result of the collective efforts of each of you and for this, I say “Thank You!” The board of directors and on-site committee are especially appreciated.

Our newsletters are now distributed digitally, which allows for improved communication in a timely and regular manner. You will be receiving email blasts for all important upcoming events, such as when conference registration is open, call for papers, conference hotel information, etc. Our new MAHS website has been revised and is gorgeous and full of information that we hope will be useful for professional art historians. Read about past conference programs, and see the recipients of the 2017 Emerging Scholar Award and the Graduate Presentation Award.

The Annual Conference online photo Gallery has been updated, and if you have any conference photos that you would like to share, please email them to info@cmaohio.org. I also strongly encourage all members to email recent personal accomplishments to info@cmaohio.org as well, to get them added to the Recent News section of the website. Please post information about yourselves, your institutions, favorite links, or any comments that you would like to share to the MAHS Facebook page. You will also be periodically receiving requests for news from Gus Medicus, who compiles information for MAHS eNews, emailed to members. If you have suggestions or questions about the website, MAHS Facebook, or eNews, please send them to David Stark (our website and social media director). We want to know what you are doing and thinking!

Next year’s conference will be in Indianapolis, April 4-6, 2018. Please mark your calendars and save the dates! The program is shaping up to continue the progression of the Midwest Art History Society in its mission to bring together academic, museum-based, and independent art historians in the common goal of scholarly inquiry and the exchange of ideas.

Please feel free to email me about any concerns, questions and ideas. See you in Indianapolis!

Sincerely,
Heidi

Heidi J. Hornik, Ph.D.
President, Midwest Art History Society
Professor of Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art, Baylor University

Officers

MAHS Officers are elected by our members at the Annual Meeting and serve for three years.

Officers Details

President and Interim Treasurer

Heidi Hornik (2020)
Department of Art
Baylor University
One Bear Place #97263
Waco, TX 49546
254-710-4548

Secretary

Paula Wisotzki (2020)
Loyola University, Dept of Fine and Performing Arts
Mundelein Center 904
6525 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 76798-7263
(773-508-8306

Past President

Henry Luttikhuizen (2020)
Calvin College
105B Spoelhof College Center
3201 Burton SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(616-526-6327

Annual Conference Site Coordinator

Judith W. Mann
The Saint Louis Art Museum
One Fine Arts Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110-1380
(314) 655-5218
Academic Field: Italian Baroque

Conference Chair (Indianapolis 2018)

Board of Directors

Members of the MAHS Board of Directors serve three year terms.

Board of Directors Details

Joseph Becherer

Joseph Becherer (2020)
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
1000 East Beltine Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Academic Field: Renaissance & Baroque; Modern; Sculpture

Rebecca Brienen

Rebecca Brienen (2019)
Oklahoma State University
Dept of Art, Graphic Design & Art History
108 Bartlett Center for the Arts
Stillwater, OK 74078

Robert Coleman

Robert Randolf Coleman (2020)
University of Notre Dame
715G Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5629
(574) 631-4547
Academic Field: Italian Renaissance/Baroque

Douglas Dow

Douglas Dow (2019)
Kansas State University
Department of Art
111 Willard Hal
Manhattan, KS 66506

Catherine Goebel

Catherine Carter Goebel (2020)
Augustana College
Dept. of Art History
639 Thirty-eigth Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
(309) 794-7489
Academic Field: 19th Century

Gustav Medicus

Gustav Medicus (2020)
Kent State University
School of Art
Kent, OH 44242
(330) 672-1364
Academic Field: Italian Renaissance

Mark Pohlad

Mark Pohlad (2020)
Department of History of Art and Architecture
DePaul University
1150 W. Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
(773-325-2569

Scott Sherer

Scott Sherer (2019)
University of Texas San Antonio
Dept of Art & Art History
1 UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249

Fred Smith

Fred Smith (2020)
Kent State University
School of Art
Kent, OH 44242
(330) 672-1359
Academic Field: African

Cheryl Snay

Cheryl Kathleen Snay (2020)
University of Notre Dame
The Snite Museum of Art
100 Moose Kruase Circle
Notre Dame, IN 46556-0368
(574) 631-4724

David Stark

David Stark (2020)
Columbus Museum of Art
480 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 629-0374
Academic Field: 19th Century

Erica Warren

Erica Warren( 2020)
Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603-6110
312-443-3694

Committees

Committees include Conference, Program, Communications, Membership, Publications, Awards, and more.

Committees Details

Awards

An award for a Distinguished Presentation by a graduate student is conferred at our annual meeting. Session chairs, after hearing the presentations, are to select a maximum of one graduate student (if none seem distinguished than no nomination need be made). The student is notified, and if he/she wants to submit, the written paper is sent to the awards committee and the appropriate session chair within 2 weeks of the conference. The awards committee reads the submissions, and after conferring with the appropriate session chairs, selects a candidate. An announcement appears in the spring newsletter and a book is given to the awardee.

  • Catherine Goebel (in charge of Outstanding Catalog Award)

  • Joe Becherer

  • Douglas Dow (in charge of Emerging Scholar & Graduate Student Presentation Award)

Communication

This committee includes, among others, the Newsletter Editor, the Assistant Editor, the website overseer, the treasurer for the membership list and listserv. Committee is responsible for organs of communication within society as well as the maintenance and building of membership.

  • Gustavus Medicus (in charge of E-News)

  • Mark Pohlad

  • David Stark (in charge of website & social media)

  • Paula Wisotzki

Governance

This committee is responsible for overseeing and ensuring compliance with the MAHS bylaws. When appropriate, the Committee makes recommendations to the Board for bylaws revisions as well as other documentation or written definitions of positions and responsibilities within the Society


  • Paula Wisotzki (chair)

  • Fred Smith

  • Randy Coleman

Membership

This committee includes, among others, the Newsletter Editor, the Assistant Editor, the website overseer, the treasurer for the membership list and listserv. Committee is responsible for organs of communication within society as well as the maintenance and building of membership.

  • Mark Pohlad (chair)

  • Rebecca Brienen

  • Douglas Dow

Nominating

This committee solicits and presents names to the board for new board members as well as nominations for officers and key positions on the board of the organization.

  • Cheryl Snay (chair)

  • Rebecca Brienen

  • Erica Warren

Program

This committee is responsible for coordinating the sites for the annual meetings with the hosts of the current and next year’s annual meetings. (This committee will incorporate the current Site Coordinator position.) This committee is responsible for all communications, web listings, and MAHS-sponsored sessions as an affiliated society of the College Art Association (CAA)

  • Judith Mann (chair)

  • Randy Coleman

  • Scott Sherer

Scholarship


  • Robert R. Coleman (chair)

  • Judith Mann

  • Beau Rutland

In Memoriam

We remember our dedicated members who have passed away.

Institutional Members

A list of MAHS member institutions. For benefits of institutional memberships, click on MEMBERSHIP.