History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Rachel Kulick, Recipient of CAORC 2018-19 Multi-Country Research Fellowship

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Council of American Overseas Research Centres (CAORC) has named Rachel Kulick (PhD 2017) as one of eight recipients of their 2018-19 Multi-Country Research Fellowship for her project “Bronze Age Urban Environments on Crete and Cyprus: Investigating Socio-Environmental Interactions using Geoarchaeology.”

The CAORC Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their PhD. Rachel’s inter-island geoarchaeological research will be the first of its kind to provide high-resolution soil micromorphological data to assist in understanding the emergence and transformations of some of the earliest urban centres in these regions. Research will be conducted at the Bronze Age urban site of Palaikastro, Crete, Greece, under director Carl Knappett (UofT) and at the Bronze Age urban site of Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios, Cyprus, under director Kevin Fisher (UBC).

Please join us in congratulating Rachel on receiving this prestigious fellowship!

More information about the CAORC Fellowships and this year’s winners can be found here:

HASA Conference Report

Thursday, April 5, 2018

On Saturday March 10th, the History of Art Students’ Association (HASA) at the University of Toronto presented the Fourth Annual Undergraduate Symposium; this year in cooperation with the Graduate Union of Students’ of Art (GUStA). The conference was centered around the theme of The Art of Passage: Trade, Colonial Expansion, Globalism, and featured a keynote speaker Iftikhar Dadi from Cornell University.

The day began by Professor Jenny Purtle’s introductory lecture on “Ambiguous Ground: Chinese Painting and the Sino-Mongol City”. After which, Students from universities across North America, including University of Toronto, UBC, Yale, Harvard and Columbia, presented their papers on related topics. Grouped in thematic panels the presenters opened a dialog with the audience on the subject of their papers and communicated their research and ideas.

The event provided an opportunity for students to gain from each other’s work and encounter various approached to undergraduate research in art history. Each presentation portrayed a unique methodology in perusing the influence of foreign encounters in artistic development from antiquity to contemporary artistic practices. The diversity and intellectual depth of the papers made for a dynamic educational experience for the presenters and the audience alike.





Report by Faraz Olfat
Photos: Nadia Bortolazzo

Samantha Chang UTAA Graduate Scholar and Sedra Award Finalist

Friday, March 16, 2018

The University of Toronto Alumni Association has named Samantha Chang (BA 2013 TRIN, MA 2016) as one of three recipients of the UTAA Graduate Scholar and Sedra Award Finalist.

The Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award is a fellowship awarded annually to a doctoral student who demonstrates outstanding academic and extracurricular leadership. Samantha has been recognized for her outstanding academic and non-academic achievements, her initiative, creativity, and dedication to her scholarly activities, and her leadership capabilities, including her vision and collaboration skills. Samantha and the other recipients of the 2018 Awards of Excellence will be celebrated at a recognition ceremony on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

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

More information about the University’s Awards of Excellence and this year’s winners can be found here: https://alumni.utoronto.ca/events-and-programs/awards/awex

Professor Kavaler recipient of Docteur honoris causa

Monday, March 12, 2018

Professor Ethan Matt Kavaler has been awarded a prestigious honorary doctorate by the University of Liège in Belgium.

The recognition cited Prof. Kavaler’s landmark work on Pierre Bruegel the Elder, his research and teachings at the juncture between the Middle Ages and the modern times, and his contributions to renewing the focus on famous artistic productions of European art of the sixteenth century. Prof. Kavaler was among eleven academics honoured for their achievements.

Founded in 1817 following a decree by Napoleon a decade earlier, the University of Liège is one of Belgium’s oldest and most respected institutions. Previous individuals awarded honorary degrees by the university include Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel and Salman Rushdie.

Please join us in congratulating Prof. Kavaler on receiving this prestigious award!

More information about the Prof. Kavaler’s Docteur honoris causa from ULiège can be found here: https://events.uliege.be/dhcdr/docteurs-honoris-causa-2018/matt-kavaler/

Congratulations to the 2017 November Graduates

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

MA Graduates

Carine Chelhot Lemyre; Laura Demers Delorme; Laura Hutchingame; Madeliene Kattman; Mary E. Libby; Lauren van Nest; Alex Warrender

PhD Graduates

Tara Bissett; Rachel Kulick

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