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Art History


Aluma receives ICMA Annual Book Prize

Alumna Tracy Chapman Hamilton (B.A. 1990) has received the 2020 International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) Annual Book Prize for "Pleasure and Politics at the Court of France: The Artistic Patronage of Queen Marie of Brabant (1260-1321)."

Isenstadt considers the COVID-19 pandemic's influence on refrigerator design

In a recent article, Professor Sandy Isenstadt spoke to Treehugger about how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced the function of kitchens and may lead to a transformation in refrigerator design.

Publication with essays by Hill and Angelos wins CAA award

"'Life' Magazine and the Power of Photography," which features essays by Professor Jason Hill and Ph.D. candidate Meghan Angelos, received the 2020 Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for museum scholarship from CAA.

Michele Frederick

Associate Curator of European Art, North Carolina Museum of Art

Emily Casey

Assistant Professor of Art History, Saint Mary's College of Maryland

Nicole Cook

Project Coordinator for Academic Partnerships, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Kristin Wittman

Senior Financial Reporting Analyst, University of Pennsylvania

Anna Marley

Curator of Historical American Art and Director of the Center for the Study of the American Artist at PAFA

Kelly Baum

Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator of Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Elisabeth Berry Drago

Public History Fellow, Science History Institute

Jennifer Stettler Parsons

Assistant Curator, Florence Griswold Museum

Joy Deibert

Senior Press Officer, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Kristel Smentek

Associate Professor of History, Theory and Criticism, Department of Architecture, MIT

Megan Kuck

Owner and Lead Artisan, Moderncity + Main; Academic Advisor and Instructor, University of Delaware

Amanda Shields

Associate Registrar, Brandywine River Museum of Art

Franklin Kelly

Deputy Director and Chief Curator, National Gallery of Art


A Conversation with Dr. Jami Powell

Mar. 1st, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Join Curatorial Track Ph.D. students in conversation with Dr. Jami Powell, Associate Curator of Native American Art at the Hood Museum, Dartmouth College. Contact klwood@udel.edu or visualresources@udel.edu to register.


Paul R. Jones Lecture

Mar. 3rd, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

​Deborah Willis, a practicing artist, renowned scholar, educator and curator, will deliver the University of Delaware's Paul R. Jones Annual Lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Willis has shaped the study of Black photography across the globe. A University Professor and chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (NYU), she has an affiliated appointment with NYU's College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on photography and imaging, iconicity and cultural histories visualizing the Black body, women and gender.


Painted Afterlives: Enslavement and Representation in the Antebellum South

Mar. 4th, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Zoom (Penn State)

​As part of Penn State's Harold E. Dickson Lecture Series, Professor Jennifer Van Horn will present, "Painted Afterlives: Enslavement and Representation in the Antebellum South."

Portraits from the antebellum South form a racialized visual archive; white enslavers had access to representation and enslaved people did not. Yet a handful of depictions of enslaved sitters produced in 1840s Mississippi and Louisiana complicate this claim. Portraits of Delia, Frederick and Homer Ryan-an enslaved maid, butler and driver-were commissioned by their enslavers and displayed in plantation parlors. These representations invite us to question the material and visual afterlives of enslavement. they spur us to ask whether such ghosts in the archive, paintings made without a person's consent that trafficked their personhood, can ever be redeemed.

Please contact Professor Van Horn for registration information.