AU Art History Graduate Students Present Original Research at Mathias Conference

On March 30th, eight art history graduate students presented their original research in the 29th annual Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference. Second year M.A. candidate Katherine Ruckle won Best Oral Presentation in the Arts and Humanities by a Graduate Student with her talk “St. Wilgefortis: Considering Modern and Medieval Hirsute Audiences.” We spoke with … Continue reading AU Art History Graduate Students Present Original Research at Mathias Conference

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“New Growth: The Art and Texture of Black Hair after Emancipation” by Guest Lecturer Jasmine Cobb

Professor Jasmine Cobb of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina concluded the 2019 spring lecture series with her discussion of the aesthetic issues of slavery and its effect on the lives of people of color. Her talk, entitled “New Growth: The Art and Texture of Black Hair after Emancipation” opened with a newly unveiled carte-de-visite … Continue reading “New Growth: The Art and Texture of Black Hair after Emancipation” by Guest Lecturer Jasmine Cobb

Book Announcement: Dr. Andrea Pearson’s Gardens of Love

Dr. Pearson’s latest book, Gardens of Love and the Limits of Morality in Early Netherlandish Art, has been published by the academic press Brill in The Netherlands. The study is a result of research at museums and archives in Belgium and elsewhere, and of fellowships from the Historians of Netherlandish Art and the Renaissance Society … Continue reading Book Announcement: Dr. Andrea Pearson’s Gardens of Love

AU Students at College Art Association Conference

Many of our students and art history faculty took part in the College Art Association’s 2019 conference in New York City, held February 13-16. The conference featured over 300 sessions reflecting a wide range of subject areas. Over the course of the four days, CAA hosted 500 events including distinguished speakers, business meetings, art making … Continue reading AU Students at College Art Association Conference

Alumni Spotlight: Caroline Marsh, National Gallery of Art

Former AU Art History student Caroline Marsh returned to campus during the federal shutdown to take advantage of AU classes open to furloughed feds.  On her way back from a project management seminar, Marsh made time to share the story of her success with the AU community and provide advice on landing a job after … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Caroline Marsh, National Gallery of Art

AU Arts on the Air: Diversity of Artists in DC Museums

Last week on American University Radio WAMU 88.5, The Kojo Nnamdi Show featured AU faculty and alumni in their discussion of diversity in DC art museums.  The topic came to light after recent protests against the dominance of white male artists in the galleries, particularly at the National Gallery of Art where over 90% of … Continue reading AU Arts on the Air: Diversity of Artists in DC Museums

“Animating Landscape” by Guest Lecturer April Oettinger

Professor April Oettinger of Goucher College in Baltimore kicked off AU Art History's spring lecture series with an insightful dive into Lorenzo Lotto's landscape paintings, exploring the techniques through which he incorporated enlivening, ephemeral effects into his pastoral scenes.  Her talk entitled, “Animating Landscape: Lorenzo Lotto and the Sublime Turn in Venetian Landscape Art 1500-1550,” … Continue reading “Animating Landscape” by Guest Lecturer April Oettinger