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The Department held an Art History Alumni event on Thursday, April 6th from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the VCUarts Depot Building.

The Art History Club at VCU hosted its first Art History Symposium for undergraduate students on Thursday, December 8th in the Depot Building from 5:00-8:00 PM. The symposium provideed students with the opportunity to present and discuss their art historical or arts-related research in a scholarly setting. This event was open to the public.

Professor Catharine Roach led a Professional Development Workshop on funding applications for graduate students. The workshop will be held on Friday, November 4th in the Buford House, Room 202 from 3:00-4:30pm.

Administrative Director Cindy Myron along with Art History Professors Eric Garberson and Kathleen Chapman held a Graduate School Admissions forum from 1:00pm to 2:30pm in the Buford House (922 W. Franklin St., Room 202). This discussion aimed to demystify the graduate school application process and covered what to expect as an applicant, application requirements, how to research graduate programs and what makes a competitive applicant.

Anne Williams, Visiting Assistant Professor, presented her talk “From the Margins to the Center: Satirizing St. Joseph in Early Modern Art” on Wednesday, October 26th at 11:00am, Buford House, Room 202.

Professor Catharine Roach led a Professional Development Workshop on career planning for graduate students, Friday, October 7th from 3:00-4:30pm in the Buford House, Room 202.

Eleonora Vratskidou, Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at The Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) presented her talk “Art History for Artists: Lessons from the 19th Century” on Monday, October 3rd at 3:00pm, VCUarts Depot Building, 2nd floor.

Mei-Ling Israel, Craft History Teaching Fellow in the Craft/Material Studies Department and Doctoral Candidate at Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture presented her talk “Circles, Pins and Threads: Craft Knowledge in the Digital Sphere” on Wednesday, April 27th at 12:00pm, Buford House, Room 202.

Christopher Oliver, Assistant Curator of American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and PhD Candidate in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Virginia presented his talk “Heart of the Andes on Broadway: Art Exhibitions, Entertainment, and Urbanity in Antebellum New York” on Wednesday, April 6th at 12:00pm, Buford House, Room 202.

Dr. Mitchell Merling, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art, and Owen Duffy, doctoral student and Exhibitions Manager, The Anderson at VCU presented “Burghers in Conversation: From Calais to Contemporary” at the VMFA on Wednesday, February 10th at 1:00pm.  

Faculty Lecture Series: Assistant Professor Catherine Roach presented her lecture “London: Exhibition Capital of the Nineteenth Century”, Wednesday, January 27th at 12:00 pm, Buford House, 922 West Franklin Street, room 202.

VCUarts departments of Art History, Painting and Printmaking and Craft and Material Studies along with African American Studies presented an artist talk by Fred Wilson, December 2nd at 11:00am in the Student Commons Theatre.

On Friday, November 20th, the Art History Graduate Student Association hosted a professional development workshop led by Dr. Catharine Roach.  The workshop covered best practices for formatting a CV, writing job cover letters, and preparing fellowship applications.

Emeritus Professor Charles Brownell presented “Great Victorian Designers In America, 1840-1910” a series of courses examining a selection of the brightest achievements in American architecture and the decorative arts from the Antebellum era through World War I.  The courses were held in October and November at Maymont’s Garden Hall.  For more information click here.

D. Fairchild Ruggles, Professor and Interim Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign presented her lecture “Spanish Patrimony and the Islamic Past”, Monday, April 13th at 10:00am, Buford House, 922 W. Franklin Street, Room 202.

Caroline Hannah, Craft Teaching Fellow, design historian and a PhD candidate at the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design, Material Culture presented her talk “Henry Varnum Poor: Crafting Modern Domesticityon Monday, April 6th at 5:00pm, Buford House, 922 W. Franklin Street, Room 202.

Visiting Artist Alejandro Cesarco presented his lecture on Japanese conceptual artist, On Kawara, Friday, March 27th at 10:00am, Buford House, 922 W. Franklin Street, Room 202.  

Jo Briggs, Assistant Curator of 18th and 19th Century Art and Manager of Curatorial Fellowship at The Walters Art Museum presented her lecture “Missed Connections: Léon Bonvin’s Floral Still Lifes” during the Virginia Graduate Research Forum,  Friday, March 20th (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Pauley Center).  The Forum will be held from 10:30am-5:00pm, lecture at 4:15pm.

Lecture and Alumni Workshop, “Paul Shimmel’s Helter Skelter and the New L.A. Sculpture” Kathryn Brennan, Director of Brennan & Griffin Gallery in New York, Thursday, February 26th.

Lecture, Branden Joseph, Frank Gallipoli Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University presented his talk “A Crystal Web Image of Horror: Paul Sharits’ Structural and Substructural Cinema.”  Thursday, February 19th at 4:00 PM, The Depot Building (814 West Broad St., 2nd floor).

Lecture, Jesus Escobar, Professor in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University and 2014-15 Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Center presented his lecture “Lost Madrid: The Royal Palace of the Spanish Habsburgs” on Wednesday, January 28th at 3:30 PM; Humanities Research Center, Seminar Room 201, 920 W. Franklin Street.

A Day at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Friday, February 6th.  Students visited the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA.  The day included a conversation with Curator Jeff Harrison, short lectures by Professor James Farmer and Michael Schreffer and time to explore the recently renovated and expanded galleries.  Flyer and Registration Form.

Faculty Lecture Series:  Assistant Professor Kathleen Chapman presented her lecture Flattened: The Expressive Surface in Poster Design and German Expressionism, Tuesday, October 28th at 4:00 pm, VCUarts Depot Building, 2nd floor

Sotheby’s Information Session:  Admissions counselors from Sotheby’s Institute of Art will present an information session about their 6 different specialized masters degree programs in the fine arts (Art Business, Contemporary Art, Contemporary Design, East Asian Art, Fine and Decorative Art and Photography) at their two global campuses in New York City and London.  They will discuss their various summer study programs, short courses in the day and evening, professional studies and public programs, as well as online courses at both campuses.  Join us on Thursday, November 20th at 12:00 pm, Buford House, Room 202

The Tapia Twins:  Bringing Together Art & Medicine will open on September 5th at the VCUarts Depot Gallery.  The exhibition, which features objects and documentation from the successful operation separating conjoined twins Maria and Teresa Tapia performed at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU was organized by Art History doctoral student Owen Duffy who also contributed to the accompanying brochure.

The Art History Graduate Student Association (GSA) meeting will be on Friday, September 12 at 2:00 pm in Buford 202.  Dr. Janna Israel will organize and present a workshop about conference proposals and presentations, which will then be followed by the GSA meeting itself. 

Anne Helmreich, Senior Program Officer at the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles and formerly Associate Professor of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University, will be speaking about the future of Digital Art History along with the implications for Digital Humanities in general; earlier in the day Professor Helmreich will be leading faculty and graduate students in a more informal discussion about the future of digital resources and digital publication. Hosted by the VCU Humanities Research Center; co-sponsored by the Department of Art History.

November 20, 2014
3.30 pm
Forum Room, Student Commons

Architectural History Symposium

The Department of Art History continues its third decade of Symposia on Architectural History and the Decorative Arts with “Traditions–VI”  on Friday, November 21st from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The presentations, directed by Professor Charles Brownell will take place at the Virginia Historical Society.  To honor the 125th anniversary of the founding of Preservation Virginia, the first session celebrates the organization, its historic buildings, and its collections.  The second session unveils the magnificent virtual map of Richmond in the 1860s that has been under construction at the Museum of the Confederacy for five years.  The third session, aimed at collectors, reveals fresh discoveries about the ceramics of Christopher Dresser, the stained glass of Henry Holiday, and the Peacock Room of Thomas Jeckyll and James McNeill Whistler.  The fourth session rounds up the rest of the year’s surprises, from Palladio and Jefferson in Venice to Chippendale in Richmond.  The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a dozen other major institutions are sponsors.  Admission is free to all students with a valid ID, $8 per person for members of sponsoring institutions, and $10 per person for others.  Reservations are necessary for two additional events:  a luncheon ($15), and a reception at the Hancock-Wirt-Caskie House ($15).

To register online please visit http://traditions.art.vcu.edu/  For additional information please call (804) 628-7024 or email Krista Privott at knprivott@vcu.edu.