Department of Art and Art History Faculty

The American School: Artists and Status in the Late Colonial and Early National Era by Susan Rather

Thu. January 28, 2016

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The American School: Artists and Status in the Late Colonial and Early National Era

What did it mean to be an American artist in the 18th- and early-19th-century transatlantic world? In this first comprehensive art-historical study of the subject, Susan Rather examines the status of artists from different geographical, professional, and material perspectives: portrait painting in Boston and London, the trade of art in Philadelphia and New York, the negotiability and usefulness of colonial American identity in Italy and London, and the shifting representation of artists in and from the former British colonies after the Revolutionary War, when London remained the most important cultural touchstone. The book interweaves nuanced analysis of well-known artists (John Singleton Copley, Benjamin West, and Gilbert Stuart, among others) with accounts of non-elite painters and ephemeral texts and images such as painted signs and advertisements, all well represented in this richly illustrated book. Throughout, Rather questions the validity of the term "American,” which she sees as provisional—the product of an evolving, multifaceted cultural construction.

Susan Rather is professor of Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. This book was published by Yale University Press in association with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.
 

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Thu. January 28, 2016

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Eddie Chambers, now full Professor of Art History, has been promoted after only two years in rank as associate professor. His 2014 book, Black Artists in British Art: A History from 1950–Present was described by a distinguished referee as “a dazzling account of the history that [Chambers] knows so well and in which he has played such a major role” as a former artist, curator and critic.


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Ann Johns, is newly promoted as the first-ever Distinguished Senior Lecturer of Art History, but has been long and widely recognized as one of the finest undergraduate lecturers in the College of Fine Arts. Johns has distinguished herself as a curriculum reformer, an experimentalist with teaching technologies, a turn-around administrator at salvaging struggling programs and a public intellectual who got the personal attention of President Obama and national press.

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Susan Rather, now full Professor of Art History, completed—after many years of meticulous, multi-disciplinary research—a massive book titled The American School: Artists and Status in the Late Colonial and Early National Era, newly released by Yale University Press. A Harvard referee described this beautifully written book as "the essential reference on the topic.”


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Photo by James Scheuren.

Jason Urban, now Senior Lecturer of Studio Art, is a consistently fantastic undergraduate teacher who is credited by his chair and colleagues with energizing the Printmaking program and restructuring part of the freshmen curriculum. He is a widely exhibited artist, also known nationally for curating the online blog Printeresting and organizing national print exhibitions. Urban has taught in Plan II and developed numerous freshmen Signature Course.


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(Left to right) College of Liberal Arts Associate Dean for Research Esther Raizen, grand prize winner Associate Professor of Islamic art and architecture Stephennie Mulder, UT Austin Vice President for Research Dr. Juan Sanchez, and College of Fine Arts Dean Doug Dempster.

Additionally noteworthy news from 2015 includes Professor Stephennie Mulder's Hamilton Book Award for Shrines of the Alids in Medieval Syria: Sunnis, Shi’ls and the Architecture of Coexistence. This was the fifth Hamilton Book Award won by a faculty member in Art History, more than any other single department or college at The University of Texas at Austin. Jack Risley was also newly named as the Meredith and Cornelia Long Chair in Art and Art History.

 

***Faculty promotions are effective fall 2016***

Faculty, alumni and students present work at MASS Gallery

Tue. January 19, 2016

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Staycation opens January 22, 2016 at MASS Gallery. The exhibition includes work by Jeana Baumgardner, Anthony Creeden (M.F.A. candidate in Studio Art), Ryan Davis (B.F.A. Studio Art, 2006), Caitlin Halloran (M.F.A. candidate in Studio Art), Dan Sutherland (associate professor of Studio Art), and Raymond Uhlir (B.F.A. Studio Art, 2002). Staycation will be on view through February 27, 2016.

Kristin Lucas presents work in group exhibition at Diverse Works

Wed. January 13, 2016

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Kristin Lucas, Air on the Go, 2015, video installation. Image courtesy of the artist.

Kristin Lucas present work in a group exhibition entitled, What Shall We Do Next?, at Diverse Works. The exhibition will be on view January 15 – March 19, 2016.

Bogdan P. K. Perzyński presents solo exhibition at Liliana Bloch Gallery

Mon. January 4, 2016

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Image courtesy of the artist.

Bogdan P. K. Perzyński presents a solo exhibition, TABLE | 32° 47' 56.6678'' N 96° 50' 9.5598" W, at Liliana Bloch Gallery. The opening reception is Saturday, January 9, and the exhibition will be on view through February 13, 2016.

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