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Call for Submissions

Apr 18, 2019 Call for articles for Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome in the following areas: classical studies & archaeology; art history; and Italian cultural & historical studies from the Middle Ages to the present

Call for Submissions Details

Apr 18, 2019

Submissions are encouraged to The Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome (, established in 1915 and published by the University of Michigan Press.

Volume 40, bearing the calendar date of 1995, initiated a new phase in the life of series, which has subsequently appeared as an annual journal containing articles in the wide range of fields that have traditionally been important to the Academy. These include classical studies and archaeology, art history, and Italian cultural and historical studies from the Middle Ages to the present. Submissions are encouraged from any scholar working in these fields; formal affiliation with the Academy is not necessary.

For further information, please contact the editor, Prof. Sinclair Bell (

Announcing: MAHS Annual Conference, March 2020, is in Houston!

Apr 5, 2019 The 47th Annual Conference of the Midwest Art History Society, March 19-21, 2020 will be in Houston. Sessions will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The Keynote Speaker is Mari Carmen Ramirez, Museum of Arts, Houston. The conference hotel is the Magnolia Hotel Houston. Click the plus sign to reserve your room now and for more conference information!

Announcing: MAHS Annual Conference, March 2020, is in Houston! Details

Apr 5, 2019

Click here to reserve your room now in Houston for the MAHS Annual Conference, March 19-21, 2020, at the Magnolia Hotel Houston, 1100 Texas Avenue, Houston. Group rates are available until February 25, 2020.

Keynote Speaker Mari Carmen Ramírez is the Wortham Curator of Latin American Art & Director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She will be speaking on the evening of March 19.

2019 Program Booklet

Mar 8, 2019 The Program Booklet for the 2019 MAHS Annual Conference Booklet with complete schedule and abstracts is available as a PDF file. Click on the plus sign.

2019 Program Booklet Details

Mar 8, 2019

Click here for the 2019 Program Booklet, which includes a complete schedule of sessions and special events, plus abstracts of all papers.

MAHS First  e-Publication is Now Online

MAHS First e-Publication is Now Online

Dec 14, 2018 The first e-publication of MAHS is now online: "Monumental Troubles: Rethinking What Monuments Mean Today"
MAHS First  e-Publication is Now Online

MAHS First e-Publication is Now Online Details

Dec 14, 2018

The first e-publication of MAHS is now online! Click here to download "Monumental Troubles: Rethinking What Monuments Mean Today"—seven papers presented at the 2018 MAHS Annual Conference in Indianapolis in a session chaired by Erika Doss, Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. The essays address controversies surrounding various public monuments, from Civil War statues to AIDS memorials; how their meaning changed over time; and responses to them, including calls to remove, relocate, or destroy them. "Monumental Troubles" appears on ND Curate, the online platform of the University of Notre Dame for scholarly publlications. The MAHS publication was edited by Erika Doss and Cheryl Snay (Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame).

Photography Lecture & Symposium on March 3 at Minneapolis Institute of Art

Jan 27, 2018 In conjunction with the exhibition "Excavating the Future City: Photographs by Naoya Hatakeyama" a lecture by Naoya Hatakeyam and a symposium was held at MIA's Pillsbury Auditorium on Saturday, March 3.

Photography Lecture & Symposium on March 3 at Minneapolis Institute of Art Details

Jan 27, 2018

The Arnold Newman Lecture on Photography & New Media Symposium was titled "The Life Cycle of the City: Photography and Urbanism after Disaster." It was presented in conjunctiion with the exhibition Excavating the Future City: Photographs by Naoya Hatakeyama (March 4-July 22). The symposium was held at MIA's Pillsbury Auditorium on Saturday, March 3. Naoya Hatakeyama was the keynote speaker. Symposium panelists included Anne Wilkes Tucker, Curator Emerita, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Manny Fernandez, New York Times Houston Bureau Chief; and Kate Knuth, Chief Resilience Officer at City of Minneapolis. For more information, click here.

Robert R. Coleman Elected to Academy of Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Robert R. Coleman Elected to Academy of Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Jan 15, 2018 Dr. Robert R. Coleman, Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, was admitted as academicus to the Department of Borromean Studies of the Academy of the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan in November 2017.
Robert R. Coleman Elected to Academy of Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Robert R. Coleman Elected to Academy of Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana Details

Jan 15, 2018

Robert Randolf Coleman, Professor Emeritus of Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art History, Department of Art, Art History and Design; and Fellow of the Medieval and Nanovic Institutes, University of Notre Dame, was admitted as academicus to the Classe di Studi Borromaici (Department of Borromean Studies) of the Academy of the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan, on November 22, 2017. Coleman received this honor in recognition of his extensive research on Italian old master drawings and his role as author and project director of the Inventory-Catalog of the Drawings in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, a website inventory with scanned images.

The Ambrosiana Drawings Project, which Coleman developed and has maintained since 1982, is housed in the University's Medieval Institute, which has a photographic archive of drawings and manuscripts in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana. In addition to his other scholarly publications, Coleman authored The Ambrosiana Albums of Giambettino Cignaroli (1706-1770): A Critical Catalogue (2011), a monograph which offers an analysis and evaluation of 395 drawings and prints by an important eighteenth-century painter working in Verona.

Pictured in the photograph, left to right: Mrs. Patrice Coleman Boatwright; Rev. Dr. Alberto Rocca, Director of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and the Classe di Studi Borromaici della Accademia Ambrosiana; Prof. Robert Randolf Coleman; Mons. Franco Buzzi, Prefect of the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana.

Interview on Baylor U's Kress Collection & Armstrong Browning Library & Museum

Nov 11, 2017 Watch MAHS President Heidi Hornik talk about the Samuel H. Kress Collection and the Armstrong Browning Library and Museum, both at Baylor U, in a TV interview.

Interview on Baylor U's Kress Collection & Armstrong Browning Library & Museum Details

Nov 11, 2017

MAHS President Heidi Hornik (Department of Art, Baylor University) was recently interviewed on the local TV show, Central Texas Living, on the Samuel H. Kress Collection and the Armstrong Browning Library and Museum, both at Baylor U. To watch the interview, click here.

Fall Exhibitions at Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame

Jul 21, 2017 The Snite Museum of Art's late summer/fall exhibitions include "Dimensions of Power: African Art," "Prints, Drawings, & Sculptures by Willie Cole," and "Rembrandt's Religious Prints."

Fall Exhibitions at Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame Details

Jul 21, 2017

The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame inaugurates the reinstallation of its African Art collection with a lecture presented by Dr. Delinda Collier, Associate Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and author of Repainting the Walls of Lunda: Information Colonialism and Angolan Art, on October 5 at 5 p.m. A public reception is planned for Friday, October 6, from 4:00-6:30 pm. The new installation was organized by Dr. Elizabeth Morton, Associate Professor at Wabash College, around themes of power, with many objects never before on display from the Owen D. Mort Jr. Collection. Complementing this permanent display featuring traditional African art will be a temporary exhibition Making Everything Out of Anything: Prints, Drawings, and Sculptures by Willie Cole from August 20 through November 26, 2017. Cole will be a visiting artist at Segura Studios in South Bend, where he will mark his visit by making a print. While on location, he will speak at the museum on October 19 at 5:00 pm as part of its Third Thursday program.

Also on view at the Snite Museum will be Rembrandt's Religious Prints: The Jack F. and Alfrieda Feddersen Collection of seventy etchings from September 3 through November 26. Dr. Larry Silver, Farqhuar Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, will deliver a lecture entitled "Rembrandt and the Divine" on September 14 at 5 p.m. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog written by Professor Emeritus Charles Rosenberg, University of Notre Dame, and co-published with Indiana University Press.

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, September 9.

Symposium, September 9, University of Iowa Details

Jun 6, 2017

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 presents a breakfast symposium on 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 symposium explores the evolution of signage from the shutter paintings of ancient Pompeii to the wooden trade signs hanging along Medieval English streets to neon of 20th-century American signs along roadsides. 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?

Among topics to be discussed at sessions are 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. An additional area to be covered will be the future of retail signage in an increasingly digital and global economy. This public event is live and occurs in conjunction with the CoSign Iowa City project, which partners local artists and craftspeople with small business to create exciting and distinctive new signs.

Important Dates
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 (, 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.

Museums in the Midwest: People Details

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.

Lloyd Engelbrecht (1927-2016)

Lloyd Engelbrecht (1927-2016)

Jan 16, 2017 Dr. Lloyd Engelbrecht, who taught Art History at the University of Cincinnati from 1980-2001, wrote the comprehensive 2009 biography "Moholy-Nagy: Mentor to Modernism."
Lloyd Engelbrecht (1927-2016)

Lloyd Engelbrecht (1927-2016) Details

Jan 16, 2017

Professor Emeritus, Dr. Lloyd Engelbrecht (1927-2016), died peacefully in his sleep in hospice on New Year’s Eve after battling neuroendocrine cancer for half a year. He was a beloved faculty member of the Art History program at the University of Cincinnati, 1980-2001, where he taught the history of design, and modern art and architecture, and mentored twenty-four M.A. advisees. He was the author of the first comprehensive, fully-documented biography of László Moholy-Nagy, Moholy-Nagy: Mentor to Modernism (Flying Trapeze Press, 2009) and, with his wife June Engelbrecht, the award-winning biography, Henry C. Trost, Architect of the Southwest (El Paso Library Association, 1981). Together, they also created a catalogue raisonné of the work of Trost and his family firm of Trost & Trost. Additionally, Engelbrecht published essays in Taken by Design: Photographs from the Institute of Design, 1937-1971 (U of Chicago Press, 2002), Best of Triglyph (Arizona State U Press, 2002), The Old Guard and the Avant-Garde: Modernism in Chicago, 1910-1940 (U of Chicago Press, 1990), and 50 Jahre New Bauhaus (Bauhaus-Archiv, 1987). Recently, he was working on a biography of Chicago’s first Modernist painter, Rudolph Weisenborn (1881-1974). Engelbrecht’s publications concerned the influence of the German Bauhaus in the U.S., and he helped mount exhibitions in both American and European museums.

Engelbrecht’s degrees were A.B. in General Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1950; M.S., Library Science, Columbia University, 1951; and an interdisciplinary doctorate from the Committee on History of Culture at the University of Chicago, University of Chicago, 1973. Engelbrecht received grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Engelbrecht was a remarkably kind, generous, and positive man who will be missed by his two daughters, Khadija Engelbrecht Fouad and Julie Rowlands, and their husbands, Aladdin Fouad and David Rowlands, four grandchildren, Omar Fouad, Maryam Fouad, Ibrahim Fouad, and Hussain Fouad, and numerous friends, as well as many devoted former students. He was predeceased by his wife June-Marie Fink Engelbrecht.

Registration Now Open for 2017 MAHS Annual Conference in Cleveland

Dec 27, 2016 Register now for the 44th MAHS Annual Conference, April 6–8, 2017, hosted by the Cleveland Museum of Art & Case Western Reserve University. Final day held at Oberlin College. Register to attend and reserve rooms at the conference hotel (the Westin Cleveland Downtown) by clicking on the Conference link above. Early registration rates apply until March 1.

Registration Now Open for 2017 MAHS Annual Conference in Cleveland Details

Dec 27, 2016

The 2017 Annual Conference in Cleveland features a wide array of scholarly sessions plus special gallery talks at the Cleveland Museum of Art, in addition to receptions for participants. Highlighting the events is a distinguished keynote panel on Raphael's School of Athens Cartoon with international scholars. Early registration is $135 for MAHS members through March 1. Regular registration is $160 beginning March 2. Students may register for $60 at any time. MAHS membership is required with registration. Click here to register and reserve a room at the conference hotel, the Westin Cleveland Downtown (at 777 Saint Clair Avenue NE).

Midwest College and University News

Nov 1, 2016 Heidi J. Hornik & Mikeal C. Parsons, Baylor University, have written "The Acts of the Apostles Through the Centuries" (in press).

Midwest College and University News Details

Nov 1, 2016

Heidi J. Hornik, Professor of Art History, Baylor University, and Mikeal C. Parsons, Professor and Kidd L. and Buna Hitchock Macon Chair of Religion, also at Baylor, have authored the publication The Acts of the Apostles Through the Centuries. Currently in press, the book will appear in 2016, published by Blackwell Bible Commentaries in Oxford. (383 ms pp. +40 b/w, 3 color ills.)

FEB 3, 2016 – Karen L. Carter, Associate Professor, Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University, and Susan Waller, Associate Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis have published a collection essays, Foreign Artists and Communities in Paris, 1870-1914: Strangers in Paradise (London: Routledge, 2015). It includes sixteen essays examining Paris as a center of international culture that attracted artists from Western and Eastern Europe, Asia and the Americas during a period of burgeoning global immigration. In addition, each presented a paper at the College Art Association annual conference in New York in February 2015: Carter's was entitled "The Transatlantic Influence of the Académie Julian on American Illustration, 1890–1914," and Waller's was entitled "To Pose (V., intransitive, middle voice): To Make One's Self Seen, to Collaborate."

Henry Adams, Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University, published his study, Thomas Hart Benton: Discoveries and Interpretations, University of Missouri Press, Columbia, Missouri, 2015.

William R. Levin, Emeritus Professor, Centre College, published an illustrated booklet on the history and architecture of Jacobs Hall, a mid-nineteenth-century National Historic Landmark in the Italianate style on the campus of the Kentucky School for the Deaf in Danville that formerly served as that institution's "Girls Building" and superintendent's residence.  An abridged version of the text will appear in the Kentucky section of Archipedia, the online encyclopedia of classic American buildings and sites published by the Society of Architectural Historians.

Edward J. Olszewski, Emeritus Professor, Case Western Reserve University, has completed funded research on the architectural patronage of Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni (1667-1740). Studies of unpublished archival documents were conducted in the Vatican archives supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Foundation. The project identified a dozen architects residing in the cardinal's bureaucratic court of the Cancelleria in Rome including Filippo Juvarra and Domenico Gregorini. The results were published as Dynamics of Architecture in Late Baroque Rome: Architects in the Court of Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni with DeGruyter Open: Warsaw/London, 2015. Dr. Olszewski was also presented with the John Frederick Lewis Award at the semi-annual meeting of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia for his book, Parmigianino's "Madonna of the Long Neck": A Grace Beyond the Reach of Art, 2014. It is the second of his dozen books to receive the award, and he is only the second CWRU faculty member to be so recognized since the 1960s. The APS was founded by Benjamin Franklin "for the pursuit of useful knowledge."

Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, announces a new B.A. in Art History beginning Fall 2015 The new program complements an existing B.A. in Museum Studies Both degrees are directed by Katey Brown (Ph.D. Indiana University).

Call for Papers - MAHS 2017 Annual Conference

Oct 28, 2016 Here is a link to the Fall 2016 issue of E-News with the Call for Papers for the MAHS 2017 Annual Conference in Cleveland on April 6–8, 2017. The deadline to submit abstracts has been extended. NEW DEADLINE: DECEMBER 31, 2016.

Call for Papers - MAHS 2017 Annual Conference Details

Oct 28, 2016

Please see the E-News link for session topics and details on submission. Note—the deadline to submit abstracts has been extended. New deadline: December 31, 2016.The conference will be hosted by the Cleveland Museum of Art and Case Western Reserve University from April 6–8. Panels held during the first two days will take place at the museum. The final day of the conference will take place at Oberlin College in the Allen Memorial Art Museum. The E-News link also gives information on hotels. Online registration will be available soon. Please join us this spring in Cleveland!

MAHS Session at CAA Annual Conference

MAHS Session at CAA Annual Conference

Sep 21, 2016 Speakers on the MAHS-sponsored panel at the 2017 CAA conference in New York will discuss a Japanese portrait.
MAHS Session at CAA Annual Conference

MAHS Session at CAA Annual Conference Details

Sep 21, 2016

Icons of the Midwest
February 15–18, 2017, New York

The College Art Association's 2017 Annual Conference will be held in New York on February 15–18. A session sponsored by MAHS as part of its Icons of the Midwest series will feature papers on Watanabe Kazan's Portrait of Ozora Buzaemon (1827), a hanging scroll in the Cleveland Museum of Art. The session will be chaired by Rhiannon Paget of the Saint Louis Art Museum. Buzaemon was a celebrity in early 19th-century Edo (Tokyo), renowned for his seven-foot-tall height. Kazan, in this sensitive work that portrayed the sad discomfort of its subject, used recently imported Western pictorial methods such as perspective, shading, and cast shadow, and employed a camera obscura-like device to capture his sitter’s physical likeness. Three panelists offer different perspectives on the portrait. Sinéad Vilbar (Cleveland Museum of Art) considers the portrait's iconic status and situates the CMA's Japanese portraits within the narrative of portraiture in Japan as a whole. Rhiannon Paget explores the artwork as a product of a new, scientific spirit of Dutch Learning in 18th- and 19th-century Japanese art. Michael Toole (University of Wisconsin-Madison) advances dialogue on representation through application of Tobin Seibers’s theory of disability; his paper explores the culture of spectacle in early modern Japan framed through the lens of disability studies. For information on the CAA conference, click here.

Photo: Watanabe Kazan, Portrait of Ozora Buzaemon (detail), 1827, Cleveland Museum of Art. Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund, 1980.177

Museums in the Midwest: News

Feb 3, 2016 The Taft Museum of Art presented a one-day symposium on April 16 in conjunction with the exhibition Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape.

Museums in the Midwest: News Details

Feb 3, 2016

The Taft Museum of Art presented a one-day symposium in conjunction with the exhibition Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape. The symposium was held on April 16, 9 am–5 pm. Through 30-minute talks and a panel discussion, the program explored 19th-century French landscape painter Charles-François Daubigny’s innovations, contributions, and interactions with the Impressionists Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro. In his later years, Daubigny in turn learned from the younger painters. Vincent van Gogh, too, admired Daubigny, as will be explored. Seven American and European scholars discussed Daubigny’s paintings, drawings, and prints in relation to Impressionism and the work of Van Gogh, including Madeleine Fidell-Beaufort (Professor Emerita, American University, Paris), Nienke Bakker (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam), Claire Durand-Ruel Snollaerts (art historian, Paris), and Lynne Ambrosini (Taft Museum of Art). 

The Columbus Museum of Art opened its new 50,000 square foot Margaret M. Walter Wing in October 2015. The event marked the completion of the third and final phase of the Museum’s Art Matters campaign. The $37.6 million project encompassed major renovations to the Ross Wing and lobby area that the Museum added in 1974, and the construction of a new wing. These changes resulted in a unique meeting and special event complex, as well as new gallery spaces to showcase the Museum’s permanent collection and expanded space for high-profile traveling exhibitions. Columbus-based architecture firm DesignGroup led by award-winning architect Michael Bongiorno, a graduate of the Pratt Institute School of Architecture, spearheaded the project. Recognized for the talent and innovation applied to numerous urban projects in Ohio, Bongiorno specializes in the design of civic facilities, cultural destinations and residential mixed-use communities. The Walter Wing was featured in the Wall Street Journal article, "The Best Architecture of 2015."

An $11.7 million renovation of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City will showcase the internationally celebrated Marion and Henry Bloch Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art, which will go on permanent view in Spring 2017. The project is funded by the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation, which has designated the Nelson-Atkins as one if its legacy organizations. “This is a transformational gift, and it represents great collectors working with our museum directors and art scholars to seek out important works of art that would one day be shared with all of Kansas City,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “Marion and Henry Bloch worked with Ted Coe, director of the Nelson-Atkins from 1977 to 1982, to select these Impressionist works of art. Under the stewardship of Marc Wilson, the Bloch Collection was gifted to the Nelson-Atkins, and now we are working on a transformation of the galleries so that the Bloch Collection shines in a new light. We are deeply grateful to the Blochs not only for the gift of the art, but also for the funding to renovate the galleries.”

To support diversity and workforce development, the KeyBank Foundation announced a $400,000 grant to the Toledo Museum of Art for the establishment of an endowment fund. The KeyBank Fellowship Endowment Fund will support the creation of a fellowship for minority candidates interested in museum leadership career. “This fellowship will not only provide the experience needed in the next generation of museum leaders, but will focus on recruiting candidates that reflect the diverse population of the region,” said Museum Director and CEO Brian Kennedy. The Museum has had a fellowship program in place for three years to provide leadership training at the executive level for post-doctoral candidates. This new fellowship would expand the program to help art museums remain relevant in their communities by training leaders from underrepresented groups. In other TMA news, the museum returned a lavishly-designed, 16th-century astrolabe to the Gotha Museum in Germany. The object is a multifunctional device used to tell time and make astronomical calculations less than 50 years after Magellan’s expedition around the globe. It went missing from the Gotha Museum in the period after World War II. The Toledo Museum purchased it in 1954. Toledo Museum authorities received a letter from the Gotha Museum director in 2013 requesting its return; extensive documentation was also presented. In appreciation for the astrolabe's return, Gotha Museum officials have offered objects to Toledo as a cultural exchange.

General News

Jul 9, 2014 The Indiana University Art Museum announced it had raised $1 million to match a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, endowing its senior academic officer position.

General News Details

Jul 9, 2014

Last November the Indiana University Art Museum announced it had raised $1 million to match a $500,000 challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, fully endowing its senior academic officer position. Anthony J. Moravec, founder of Columbus-based Blairex Laboratories and chair of the museum's national advisory board, donated the initial $500,000 needed to meet the 1:1 challenge grant. The museum raised an additional $500,000 through private donations, and the Office of the Provost committed to a $25,000 annual contribution. "This substantial endowment will help ensure that the IU Art Museum remains at the forefront of art education by making a strong commitment to the administration of its already robust collections and further strengthening of its innovative programming," said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. "During my tenure as director here at the IU Art Museum, my major focus has been outreach to students both at the university and K-12 levels," museum director Adelheid Gealt said. "To me, this endowed position represents the fulfillment of a decades-long dream to provide meaningful and dedicated academic outreach, which wouldn't be possible without the Mellon endowment and generous donations from Tony Moravec and others. I believe we've made real history here at Indiana University, and I consider this achievement one of the highlights of my professional career."

William M. Griswold was appointed director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. His is the 10th director of the museum since its founding in 1916. Dr. Griswold enters the life of the museum at a dynamic moment-with a newly completed expansion project increasing its capacity and significance, and a centennial anniversary approaching. His ambition is to build the museum’s strong relevance throughout the region, the nation and the world, capitalize on its long-standing community engagement legacy and enhance the quality and breadth of its well-known collection. Dr. Griswold had previously served for seven years as Director of The Morgan Library & Museum; Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, from 2005 to 2007; Acting Director and Chief Curator of the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2004 to 2005; and Associate Director for Collections at the Getty, beginning in 2001. Dr. Griswold was the co-author with Jacob Bean of 18th Century Italian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has written extensively on Florentine drawings of the early Renaissance. Dr. Griswold earned his bachelor’s degree at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, and his Ph.D. at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Julia R. Myers, Professor of Art History, Eastern Michigan University, is serving as the Visiting Curator/Scholar-in-Residence at the Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, Topeka for the academic year 2013-2014. While there she is organizing four exhibitions. Watching Curry Work: Sketches for His Kansas Capitol Murals (Dec. 20-Feb 23, 2014) shows studies John Steuart Curry made for his murals in the Kansas Statehouse. These include his most well known mural of John Brown. Three exhibitions running from March 1-June 8 will honor Civil Rights achievements. Contemporary Reflections: Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka After Sixty Years will include new work by African American Artists from Kansas and Kansas City. "Teach Your Children Well:" Shane Evans' Images of African American Resistance will show original art for his illustrations for the children's book Nobody Gonna Turn Me 'Round: Stories and Songs of the Civil Rights Movement. Art for Social Change will look at protest art create in the 1930s and from 1960 to today.

Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and April M. Watson, curator of photography at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, organized a major exhibition, Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet at the Saint Louis Art Museum (March 16-July 6, 2014). The exhibition, which included 120 works from 37 institutions around America and Europe, focused on the years 1850-1880. During this time, painters and photographers traveled around France, exploring the nation’s rich and varied range of history and geography. The exhibition explored for the first time the rich connections between landscape and national identity during a period in which France was fundamentally transformed. These years saw the Golden Age of early photography, the culminating production of the Barbizon School, and the high point of early Impressionism. Impressionist France included work by photographers such as Gustave Le Gray and Charles Marville, Barbizon School painters including Camille Corot and Théodore Rousseau, and Impressionist painters such as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet and Berthe Morisot. These artists composed competing visions of France as modern and industrialized, or as rural and anti-modern.

Seeking to make "everyday objects shriek aloud," or make the familiar unfamiliar, Belgian artist René Magritte created some of the 20th century’s most extraordinary-and indelible-images. Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938 at the Art Institute of Chicago (June 24-October 13, 2014) is the first major museum show to focus on the artist’s most profoundly inventive and experimental years. It features over 100 paintings, collages, drawings, and objects, along with a selection of photographs, periodicals, and early commercial work, that trace the birth of the themes and strategies Magritte would go on to use throughout his long, productive career. The exhibition begins in 1926 in Brussels, where Magritte created paintings and works on paper that first gained him recognition as a Surrealist and that aimed, in his words, to "challenge the real world." It follows the artist to Paris in 1927, where he met Surrealists like André Breton, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró, and created his first breakthrough word-image paintings. The exhibition concludes with a remarkable group of works Magritte made in London and in Brussels between 1937 and 1938, with a particular emphasis on the commissions he completed for the eccentric British collector Edward James, including the Art Institute’s own Time Transfixed. The exhibition traveled to Chicago following its début at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and its installation at the Menil Collection in Houston.

A groundbreaking exhibition of Plains Indian masterworks, The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky, opened in Paris at the Musée du quai Branly on April 7. It was organized by quai Branly in partnership with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. It is curated by Gaylord Torrence, one of the nation’s leading scholars of Plains Indian art and the Fred and Virginia Merrill Senior Curator of American Indian Art at the Nelson-Atkins. The Plains Indians will be on view at quai Branly until July 20, 2014, then travel to the Nelson-Atkins from Sept. 19, 2014 to Jan. 11, 2015. The show culminates at the Metropolitan Museum from March 2 to May 10, 2015. More than 130 works of art from 57 European, Canadian, and American institutions and private collections will be displayed in an unprecedented continuum from pre-contact to the present-day. Featured works include gauntlets by a Sioux-Métis artist (left), numbers of great early Plains Indian robes, and other masterworks collected in the 18th century by European explorers and taken back to the continent never to return to America until now. "This exhibition captures the beauty and spiritual resonance of Plains Indian art," said Torrence. "The objects embody both the creative brilliance of their individual makers and the meanings and power of profound cultural traditions."

Student Fellowships, Grants, and Events

Jun 9, 2014 The Art History and Archaeology Graduate Student Association Symposium was held March 7-8 on the general theme of "It's a Small World After All."

Student Fellowships, Grants, and Events Details

Jun 9, 2014

The Art History and Archaeology Graduate Student Association Symposium was held March 7-8 on the general theme of "It's a Small World After All." The keynote speaker was Tyler Jo Smith, Associate Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Virginia.

Johanna Hobratschk, ABD, University of Missouri-St. Louis, received the 2013-14 Homer and Dorothy B. Thompson fellowship at the American School of Classical Studies to support a year of study at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.

Stephanie Kimmey, ABD, University of Missouri-St. Louis, received the John Pickard Fellowship to support a year of study at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.

Stephanie Chapman, PhD student, University of Missouri-St. Louis, presented a paper on "Black Beauty: the Use of Jet in Private Devotional Art" in the 39th Annual Cleveland Symposium on Splendor: Exploring Value in the History of Art in October.

Samantha Tavlin, B.A., Indiana University, in the Departments of Communication and Culture and the History of Art, won the 2014 Evan F. Lilly Memorial Lecture Competition for her presentation on "Schlemmer's Mechanical Body: Brecht, Heidegger, and the Phenomenology of Use." The Competition is sponsored by the Indiana University Art Museum and Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts.

The Graduate Art History Association (GAHA) of the University of Missouri-Kansas City in collaboration with the UMKC Department of Art and Art History and the UMKC Gallery of Art presented its first exhibition "I Now Pronounce You: Redefining Marriage in the 21st Century" at the UMKC Gallery of Art January 23 – February 20th, 2014. The goal of this exhibit was to unite the UMKC community through the exploration of how social and political context shape the definition of personal relationships and diversity. The exhibit explored various changing aspects and contemporary perspectives of marriage through artworks, an interdisciplinary lecture series and a film screening. UMKC artists created works of art that explored 21st-century perspectives on marriage by reinterpreting The Arnolfini Portrait, a painting that has remained enigmatic even as its meaning changes from generation to generation. The institution of marriage has likewise been constantly debated and reinterpreted. Artists were able to work with one of the suggested themes or to create their own. Over 170 guests attended the opening reception on January 23 where guest speaker, Dr. Burton L. Dunbar, discussed The Arnolfini Portrait and its complex iconography.