Department of Art and Art History News

Eddie Chambers presents "British Artists of the African Diaspora"

Mon. October 5, 2015

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Photo by Mark Doroba.

The exhibition "British Artists of the African Diaspora," on view at the Fine Arts Library through the Fall 2015 semester, is a sampling of materials selected by professor Eddie Chambers that relates to the history of Black culture in Britain.

Olivia Martin Moore installation on view as part of TEMPO project.

Mon. October 5, 2015


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Memorial, 2015, steel.

Olivia Martin Moore (M.F.A. in Studio Art, 2011) presents work as part of the City of Austin's public works program TEMPO. Her piece, Memorial, gives note to the eight convicts who died while quarrying this site when it supplied limestone rock to build the Texas State Capitol. Memorial is on view at Convict Hill Quarry Park until January 18, 2015.


Penelope Davies presents paper at international conference

Mon. October 5, 2015

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Penelope Davies presented her paper “The Politics of Place: Competing for Presence on the Ancient Via Appia” at the September 2015 The Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal, Twelfth International Conference in Alba Iulia, Romania.

Stephennie Mulder and David Stuart in conversation about cultural heritage destruction

Mon. October 5, 2015

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Dr. Stephennie Mulder and Dr. David Stuart discussing the destruction of cultural artifacts in the Middle East and Mesoamerica on the 15 Minute History podcast "Roundtable: Antiquites in Danger."

Jessamine Batario receives $20,000 dissertation fellowship from Dedalus Foundation

Wed. September 30, 2015

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Jessamine Batario, a doctoral candidate in Art History, has been awarded a $20,000 Dedalus Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for 2015–2016. Batario’s dissertation, “The Art and Intellectual History of Byzantine Modernism,” seeks to establish the significance of a “Byzantine Modern” art history alongside other narratives of modernism and to contribute to the discipline’s recent evaluation of institutional periodization.

Batario received a B.A. in art history from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.A. in Art History from the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. Her interests lie in 19th century European painting, history of art history, phenomenology and hermeneutics.

Batario’s work focuses on Modern art and critical theory. Her research interests include European and American modernism, Byzantine art, mid-20th century art criticism and history of art history. For two years, she worked as the graduate research assistant for Dr. Richard Shiff in the Center for the Study of Modernism. She has also served the Department of Art and Art History as the Ph.D. co-chair of the Graduate Student Art History Association and the co-chair of the Research Roundtable. Batario also holds a Named/Endowed Continuing Fellowship from the Graduate School at UT Austin.

Founded in 1981 by the artist Robert Motherwell (1915–1991), the Dedalus Foundation fosters public understanding of modern art and modernism through its programs in arts education, research and publications, archives and conservation, and exhibitions, as well as in the guardianship and study of Robert Motherwell’s art.

The Dedalus Foundation Dissertation Fellowship is awarded annually to a Ph.D. candidate at a university in the United States who is working on a dissertation related to painting, sculpture and allied arts from 1940-1970, with a preference shown to Abstract Expressionism.