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Art History


Duveneck catalogue featuring Blue Hens wins award

A recent publication edited by Julie Aronson (Ph.D. 1995), with contributions by Liz Simmons (Ph.D. candidate), has been named "Outstanding Monograph Catalogue" of the year by the Midwest Art History Society.

Join us for 'I Heart UD Giving Day'

To help the department continue to support its graduate students during these unprecedented times, we invite you to make a gift to the Homer-Craven Fund on I Heart UD Giving Day, May 5.

Page receives Barbato Fellowship for graduate studies

Senior Emerson Page has been selected as a Barbato Fellow to complete her Master of Arts in art history at Case Western Reserve University.

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

Vivien Barnett

Curatorial Assistant, Maryland Center for History and Culture

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


Wendy Bellion on the Art of Destruction

May 18th, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Online (CHAViC)

​Professor Wendy Bellion will discuss the research she undertook using American Antiquarian Society collections for her recent book Iconoclasm in New York: Revolution to Reenactment (fall 2019, out in paperback May 2020), which explores a history of material violence in Revolutionary New York. Bellion's work traces acts of political iconoclasm and the return of destroyed things in visual representations and civic performances. The webinar will also address more broadly the opportunities and challenges authors face when working with/reproducing visual media.


Graduate Student Seminar Series: Kristen Nassif (Rescheduled)

May 21st, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

​Is blindness the opposite of seeing? At the end of the nineteenth century in America, artworks and objects answered resoundingly: no. Join graduate student Kristen Nassif as she discusses how the loss or absence of sight mattered in experiences of making and understanding works of art between the 1870s and 1890s in the United States. In this presentation, Nassif will explore how maps, paintings, sculptures, and scientific models confronted viewers with questions about what it meant to see and not see. Her research uncovers how discourses of blindness intersected with works of art, contributing to and challenging understandings of disability in the Gilded Age.

Kristen Nassif is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History. She received her BA in art history, studio art, and biology from Colby College and her MA in art history from Tufts University. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century American art, visual culture and material culture. In particular, she is interested in the intersections between art and science, optics and vision.

Registration is required.