History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Prof. Mark Cheetham recipient of 2019-20 JHI Faculty Research Fellowship

Monday, November 19, 2018

The Department of History of Art is pleased announce that Professor Mark Cheetham was selected for a 2019-2020 Faculty Research Fellowship at the Jackman Humanities Institute.

Research Fellows are central members of a Circle of Fellows at the JHI. They are University of Toronto tenured faculty members by the time of their fellowship, chosen for their distinction in achievements relative to their career stage, the excellence of their proposed project, and its relation to the annual theme for 2019-2020, Strange Weather.

Professor Cheetham’s project, Weather as Matter and Metaphor, will address the coeval familiarity and foreignness of the weather through two linked investigations in the visual arts: Weather Words, Weather Images will explore contemporary and historical visualizations of atmospheric phenomena. Arctic Anthropocene: Images about John Franklin will approach non-anthropocentric aspects of weather via a new reading of John Franklin’s ill-fated and enduringly controversial mid-19th century search for the Northwest Passage in what is now the Canadian Arctic.

More information on the JHI Faculty Research Fellowships and a list of this year’s recipients can be found at: https://www.humanities.utoronto.ca/announce_JHIRF_19-20

Please join us in congratulating Prof. Cheetham on receiving this prestigious fellowship!


Meet and Greet for Prospective Graduate Students

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Prospective graduate students are invited to join us on Monday, December 10th from 2:30-5pm for an informal meet and greet with faculty and current students, followed by a tour of the University of Toronto Campus! Please RSVP your attendance to: graduate.arthistory@utoronoto.ca.

Location: Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2098

Paula Gheorghiade joins the “Material Entanglements in the Ancient Mediterranean and Beyond” Research Program

Monday, October 22, 2018

Paula Gheorghiade (MA 2011) was one of four PhD candidates from around the world to be accepted to the international research program, Material Entanglements in the Ancient Mediterranean and Beyond, funded by the Getty Foundation as part of its Connecting Art Histories initiative. Paula’s project titled “Entangled Objects and Regional Interaction: A Network Approach to Mycenaeanization on Crete” expands on material covered in her PhD dissertation, to focus on local, socio-material entanglements within the larger process of Mycenaeanization during the Late Bronze Age.

The project is directed by Dr. Marian Feldman (Johns Hopkins University) and Dr. Antigoni Zournatzi (National Hellenic Research Foundation), and pivots around two, eight-day workshops, which include a series of presentations, round-table discussions and site visits. This year’s workshop took place at the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens, and was enriched by visits to National Archaeological Museum in Athens, as well as museum and site visits in Thessaloniki, Pella, Dion, and Veria.

More information on this project can be found here: https://materialentanglements.org/

In Memoriam: Luba Esther (Kolchin) Eleen, 1928-2018

Monday, October 22, 2018

We are saddened to learn that Professor Emerita Luba Eleen died on September 24, 2018. Born in Winnipeg and educated at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and the U of T, Luba was the founding member of the department at UTM, then Erindale College. Hired in 1972, she helped launch the new and precedent-setting Art and Art History program, the first collaborative program offered by U of T and Sheridan College. An influential and highly respected scholar of medieval manuscripts and Italian painting, her path into academics was circuitous. After years of work as an activist and mother, she returned to the U of T to complete her undergraduate degree. It was during these years that she was struck by the relationship of art to social and political life and decided to pursue a PhD. Her intellectual interests were vast, encompassing text-image relationships, medieval theology, avant-garde cinema, and classical music. She remained an activist throughout her career; she was instrumental in changing the U of T’s salary structure so that women professors could earn the same as men. She greatly enjoyed being a part of our community, attending student exhibitions, dinners, and other events before and after her retirement in 1994.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, November 11th at Hart House, University of Toronto.

Michaela Rife awarded 2018 Archives of American Art Graduate Research Essay Prize

Friday, October 19, 2018

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art announced that Michaela Rife (BA 2010, MA 2011, 2014) was awarded its 2018 Graduate Research Essay Prize.

The Archives of American Art Graduate Research Essay Prize recognizes emerging scholars who advance the understanding of American art history through the innovative use of primary sources at the Archives of American Art. Michaela’s winning essay probes the Archives’ Alexandre Hogue Papers and environmental histories of oil to explore the artist’s understanding of the oil industry’s place in his local Texas landscape, a discussion that opens onto larger questions concerning the role of art in promoting and naturalizing resource extraction.

More information on the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art and the official award announcement can be found here: https://www.aaa.si.edu/news/smithsonians-archives-of-american-art-announces-winner-of-2018-graduate-research-essay-prize

Please join us in congratulating Michaela on receiving this prestigious award!

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