History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Congratulations to the 2017 Graduates

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

MA Graduates

Zainab Al-Shalihi;   Emily Baker;   Adam Barbu;   Samantha Chang;  Michael Collins;  Kathleen Cummings;  Victoria De Chellis;  Caroline Duffy;  Lina El-Shamy;  Rafael Goldchain;  Zaneta Laurence;  Madeleine Leisk;  Debra Lustig;  Shaun Midanik;  Brittany Myburg;  Hoang Anh Thu Nguyen;   Meghan O’Callaghan;  Carolyn Peralta;  Rebecca Proppe;  Juliana Ramirez;  Shelby Ricker;  Matthew Sova;  Kaylee Verkruisen;  Dana Weaver;  Austin Yuen;  Yuxing Zhang;  Xinran Zhu

PhD Graduates

Sara Angel;  Miriam Aronowicz;  Olenka Horbatsch;  Dana Katz;  Adam Lauder;  Elizabeth Moss;  Colin Murray;  Devon Smither

 

Doctoral Students Win Prestigious Awards

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Graduate Department of Art is pleased to announce the following award recipients and nominations.

Akshaya Tankha (Ph.D.) has been awarded a Doctoral Fellowship at the Jackman Humanities Institute for 2017-18, where he will work on his dissertation thesis “The Aesthetics of Indigenous Difference in the Absence of Reconciliation in Late-Liberal South Asia,” within the context of the JHI’s theme, “Indelible Violence: Shame, Reconciliation, and the Work of Apology.”

Ph.D. students Rachel Dewan, Esther Kwon, and Marina Dumont-Gauthier have each won 2017-18 SSHRC Doctoral Awards in support of the research and writing of their dissertation theses over the next 3 years.

Adam Lauder, who recently completed his PhD under the supervision of Professor Elizabeth Legge, was recently nominated for a Governor General’s Gold Medal award.

A hearty congratulations to all of these students for their outstanding work and the impressive recognition that it has received!

Professor Giancarla Periti has been awarded the book prize by the AAIS

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Department of the History of Art and Graduate Department of Art is pleased to announce that Giancarla Periti’s In the Courts of Religious Ladies: Art, Vision and Pleasure in Italian Renaissance Convents (2016) is the recipient of the 2016 Book Prize in the category of Renaissance, 18th and 19th centuries, awarded by the interdisciplinary American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS). Periti examines the remarkable poetic and mythological art commissioned by aristocratic female monastic communities in Renaissance Italy. Nuns from the patrician class set aside considerations of austerity and poverty, to commission rich and sensually appealing artefacts inspired by the contemporary secular culture of courts. Works of art transformed monastic parlours, abbatial apartments, and nuns’ cells into ornate settings, thereby enriching — and complicating – any simple opposition of the religious and worldly spheres. Periti’s book shows how this courtly conventual art taught its viewers to use their eyes to gain insights about the secular world that lay beyond the bounds of their monastic walls.

Many congratulations to Professor Periti.

The book is richly illustrated thanks to the generous assistance of the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Publications Subsidy at Villa I Tatti. For more information, please visit the Yale University Press website.

Professor Jordan Bear awarded Historians of British Art Book Prize

Friday, January 20, 2017

The History of Art and Graduate Department of Art is delighted to announce that Associate Professor Jordan Bear has been awarded the 2016 Historians of British Art (HBA) book award for a single-authored work dealing with a post-1800 subject, for his book Disillusioned: Victorian Photography and the Discerning Subject.  Awards were granted in three different categories, and the winners were chosen from a nominating list of over eighty books from more than thirty different presses. In Disillusioned, Bear tells the story of how photographic trickery in the 1850s and 1860s participated in the fashioning of the modern subject. By locating specific mechanisms of photographic deception employed by the leading mid-century photographers within this capacious culture of discernment, Disillusioned integrates some of the most striking—and puzzling—images of the Victorian period into a new and expansive interpretive framework. Bear has also been awarded an Honorable Mention for the  2016 Sonya Rudikoff Prize for best first book in Victorian Studies, awarded by the Northeast Victorian Studies Association. Many congratulations on this achievement!

For more information on this year’s HBA Book Awards, please visit the Historians of British art website.

To find out more about Disillusioned, please visit the Penn State University Press website.

In Memoriam, Jann Marson

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

   

It is with shock and sorrow that we must post the awful news that Jann Marson died of a heart attack on Saturday, at the age of 44.

Jann had been living and teaching in Portland for the last few years. For those of you who never got a chance to know him, Jann was writing his dissertation on the Belgian Surrealist Marcel Mariën.

Jann had a varied career before coming to U of T to do his MA and PhD, founding and running his own press for artists’ books as well as working for other printing houses, and performing as a bassist in the band Graveltruck. When he arrived at U of T from Idaho, he embraced his studies wholeheartedly. His brilliance was widely recognised; he was awarded a SSHRC Vanier, a Fulbright, and a Getty residential fellowship. He published his first article in Book History in 2013 (he was in the collaborative graduate program in Book History and Print Culture as well as the Department of Art). He had assembled a great deal of unpublished primary source material on Mariën through intensive archival work, and he was set to defend his dissertation this year.

Jann touched the lives of many through his music, artists’ books, teaching, writing, and of course his presence. He was devoted to his students at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He had also in recent years found happiness with his partner Luna and her two children in Portland. He will be profoundly missed.

– Alison Syme

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