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

This will likely be my final presidential letter and I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continual support.

President's Message Details

Dear Members:

This will likely be my final presidential letter and I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continual support. I also encourage you to join me and make a donation to the Charles Cuttler Fund, which helps us subsidize travel for graduate students. Make your contributions when renewing your Membership or becoming a first-time Member. Even a small gift can make a significant difference.

I also want to alert you to the forthcoming MAHS Annual Conference in Cleveland on April 6–8, 2017, which promises to be a fantastic event, and remind you, when conference registration becomes available in December, to sign up for the bus to Oberlin College if you will need transportation to the Allen Memorial Art Museum. The conference is hosted by the Cleveland Museum of Art and Case Western Reserve University. If you are going to the annual CAA conference in New York, you are invited to attend the MAHS affiliated society session devoted to Icons of the Midwest. This year’s session will focus on Watanabe Kazan’s Portrait of Ozora Buzaemon (1827), a Japanese hanging scroll housed in the Cleveland Museum of Art, the site of our forthcoming conference.

Appreciatively,
Henry Luttikuizen
MAHS President
November 2016

Officers

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

Officers Details

President

Henry Luttikhuizen (2017)
Department of Art and Art History
Calvin College
105B Spoelhof College Center
3201 Burton SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(616) 526-6327

Secretary

Heidi J. Hornik (2017)
Baylor University
Department of Art
One Bear Place #97263
Waco, TX 76798-7263
(254) 710-4548

Treasurer

Valerie Hedquist (2017)
The School of Art
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive
FA 305
Missoula, MT 59812-5400

Past President

Paula Wisotzki (2017)
Loyola University
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Mundelein Center 904
6525 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 508-8306
Academic Field: Modern/Contemporary

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 (Chicago 2016)

Mark Pohlad (2016)
Department of History of Art and Architecture
DePaul University
1150 W. Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 325-2569

Board of Directors

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

Board of Directors Details

Joseph Becherer

Joseph Becherer (2017)
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
1000 East Beltine Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Academic Field: Renaissance & Baroque; Modern; Architecture

Rebecca Brienen

Rebecca Brienen (2018)
Oklahoma State University
Dept of Art, Graphic Design & Art History
108 Bartlett Center for the Arts
Stillwater, OK 74078

Robert Coleman

Robert Randolf Coleman (2017)
University of Notre Dame
715G Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5629
(574) 631-4547
Academic Field: Italian Renaissance/Baroque

Douglas Dow

Douglas Dow (2018)
Kansas State University
Department of Art
111 Willard Hal
Manhattan, KS 66506

Catherine Goebel

Catherine Carter Goebel (2016)
Augustana College
Dept. of Art History
639 Thirty-eigth Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
(309) 794-7489
Academic Field: 19th Century

Erika Holmquist-Wall

Erika Holmquist-Wall (2017)
The Speed Art Museum
2035 S 3rd St
Louisville, KY 40208

Gustav Medicus

Gustav Medicus (2017)
Kent State University
School of Art
Kent, OH 44242
(330) 672-1364
Academic Field: Italian Renaissance

Beau Rutland

Beau Rutland (2018)
Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106

Robert Schindler

Robert Schindler (2017)
Birmingham Museum of Art
2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35203

Scott Sherer

Scott Sherer (2018)
University of Texas San Antonio
Dept of Art & Art History
1 UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249

Fred Smith

Fred Smith (2017)
Kent State University
School of Art
Kent, OH 44242
(330) 672-1359
Academic Field: African

Cheryl Snay

Cheryl Kathleen Snay (2016)
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 (2016)
Columbus Museum of Art
480 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 629-0374
Academic Field: 19th Century

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

  • Fred Smith (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)

  • Erika Holmquist-Wall

  • Rebecca Brienen

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.