History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Michaela Rife receives 2018-19 Tyson Scholars at Crystal Bridges Museum

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has named Michaela Rife (BA 2010, MA 2011, 2014) as one of seven 2018-19 Tyson Scholars for her project “Public Art, Private Land: Visual Culture, Land Use, and Settler Colonialism in the American West, 1890-1940.”

The Tyson Scholars Program encourages and supports scholarship that seeks to expand boundaries or traditional categories of investigation into American art, in particular those with the potential to advance understanding of American art and to intersect meaningfully with aspects of Crystal Bridges’ collections, architecture, or landscape. Michaela’s dissertation examines how representations of natural resources in turn of the century festivals and New Deal murals worked to enshrine extractive identities in settler communities, specifically on the Great Plains.

More information on the Tyson Scholars Program and this year’s recipients can be found here: https://crystalbridges.org/tyson-scholars/

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

Congratulations to our 2017-18 Graduates!

Friday, June 8, 2018

On June 7, 2018, graduands in the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts programs participated in the University’s convocation ceremonies at Convocation Hall.

The Graduate Department of Art’s faculty and staff would like to extend our sincere congratulations to all graduates and wish them all the best in their future endeavours!

MA Graduates:

Joshua Elliott, Amalya Feldman, Brooke Fernetti, Zsofia Lovei, Kyung-Seo Min, Sae Him Park, Dmitri Potemkin, Melina Rymberg, Triveni Srikaran

PhD Graduates:

Edward Bacal

Prof. Adam S. Cohen featured in Arts & Science Alumni News

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Professor Adam S. Cohen’s exploration of the history of the illustrated haggada, the most illustrated book in Jewish history, has been featured in the Faculty of Arts & Science’s Spring 2018 Alumni News.

Focusing on examples from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Modern period and contemporary times, the book reproduces each picture in full color, alongside short descriptions that explore the meaning of the imagery, the achievement of the artist, and the larger context in which the book was produced.

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:
https://www.caorc.org/single-post/2018/05/14/CAORC-Announces-2018-Fellowship-Recipients

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.

HASA:

https://hasaconference.wordpress.com

GUStA:

https://gustasymposium.wordpress.com

Report by Faraz Olfat
Photos: Nadia Bortolazzo

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