Community News from Art History: January 2022

Amber Esseiva (BA ’08) accepted a promotion to the position of Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art at VCU

Damon Reed (MA ’21) published the article It’s More than a Bad Hair Day in Mise-en-Scene: the Journal of Film & Visual Narration, Volume 6 No. 1

Professor Tobias Wofford presented a virtual lecture, Passing Fantasies: At the Borders of Race and Belonging in African American Art, in September with Columbia’s African American and African Diaspora Studies Department

Adjunct Assistant Professor Rebecca Shields was the recipient of a grant from the Affordable Course Content program (VCU Libraries) to fund the creation of an open-source video supplement to the art history survey that examines the visual traditions of enslaved and indigenous communities in the eastern US

Professor Catherine Roach served as a panelist for Virtual Panel: William Holman Hunt at the Art Institute of Chicago in October. Additionally Roach served as a conference co-organizer for Paintings, Peepshows, and Porcupines: Exhibitions in London, 1775–1851 through the Huntington Library in September

Professor Kathleen Chapman co-authored with Mia du Plessis, Against Vanishing: Cookie Mueller and Nan Goldin. The book is forthcoming in CR: The New Centennial Review. Additionally Chapman curated the exhibition Human Nature, Animal Culture: Selections from the Frye Art Museum Collection, Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Washington on view through August. Chapman will be giving a forthcoming curator talk: Rendering Labor: Work and Interspecies Bonds in Paintings in the Frye Art Museum Collection

Professor Eric Garberson published Period Style or Timeless Universal: The Modern in the Historiography of Architecture in Neue Perspectiven auf die Bauhaus Rezeption, edited by Bauhaus Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur und Planung

Current MA student Anna Jennings is working as an intern within VCU Health to catalog and organize their art collection

Current MA student Brooke Heiche is interning within the Development Department of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian

Current MA student Errol Nelson interned within the American Art Department of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond

Indigo Witt (BA ’23) interned within the Education Department of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond

Julia Weichlein (BA ’22) is interning within the Registration Department of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. Additionally Weichlein had a paper accepted to NCUR (National Council of Undergraduate Research) 2022 Virtual Conference

Mary Catherine Langston (BA ’23) had a paper accepted to NCUR (National Council of Undergraduate Research) 2022 Virtual Conference. Additionally Langston received a travel grant from the VCU Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program to participate in NCUR 2022 conference

Instructor Clare van Loenen reviewed Commonwealth at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, for Art Inquires, Volume XXVIII, Number 2

Professor Babatunde Lawal has a forthcoming book, “Iwalewa: The Dialectics of Inner and Outer Beauty in Yoruba Aesthetics” In Constantine Petridis (ed). The Language of Beauty in African Art. A forthcoming exhibition catalogue will be published in March 2022 for the Chicago Art Institute by Yale University Press

Current MA student Ajana Bradshaw is interning within the Photography Department of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond

Current BA student Megan Meyer is interning as a Preparator at the Anderson on campus. Current BA student Sophia Saucer is also interning at the Anderson

Current BA student Jillian Stutz is interning at 1708 Gallery in Richmond

Haley Clouser (MA ’19) curated In Spite of Modernism: Contemporary Art, Abstract Legacies, and Identity at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA through March 19

Professor Lisa Freiman is serving as Chief Curator in the acquisition of Wangechi Mutu’s The Seated IV from the series “The NewOnes, will free Us” and a new site-specific commission, Boundless Topographies, by Rachel Mica Weiss through the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health, University of Washington, with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Miller Hull Partnership, Seattle, WA

Though ultimately cancelled due to COVID, the VCUarts Art History department would have been well represented at the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) 2021. Paper proposal acceptances include faculty Rebecca Shields, alumni Damon Reed (MA ’21), current MA students Brooke Heiche and Errol Nelson, current BA students Julia Weichlein and Mary Catherine Langston