In memoriam, George Hawken, 1946–2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
With sorrow we announce the death of George Hawken, Professor Emeritus, on December 12th 2016. George was a brilliant draughtsman and master of intaglio printmaking, whose highly individual drawing style seemed to conjure new metamorphic entities into being, whether the subject was a portrait or the four elements. His “Metamorphosis Folio” was aptly named. Generations of students have profited from George’s remarkable technical mastery and patience, always imparted in support of students finding their own identity and voice. With Colin Campbell, George conceived and implemented the Visual Studies Program, first in the Department of Art, and then in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. The bare facts of George’s many exhibitions are in his curriculum vitae; but his gentle humour and exceptional contributions as an artist and teacher can only be intimated.
Katie Jakobiec – Scott Opler Research Fellow in Architectural History at Worcester College, University of Oxford
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Katie Jakobiec is currently the Scott Opler Research Fellow in Architectural History at Worcester College, University of Oxford. She is working on a book project examining the architecture of commodities c. 1550–1650—buildings and spaces that were at the centre of mercantile exchanges around the Baltic Sea region.
She completed her MA and PhD in the Graduate Department of Art at the University of Toronto, under the supervision of Professor Christy Anderson.
Emre Gönlügür (PhD, 2014) awarded Research Support Grant by Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Emre Gönlügür (PhD, 2014) was awarded a Research Support Grant by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art for his research project entitled “Unheimlich in Foreign Land? Sir Henry Bulwer’s Gothic Castle in Constantinople.” The project aims at a reconstruction of the aesthetic and political context of British Ambassador Bulwer’s neo-Norman mansion built on the remote, uninhabited Isle of Yassiada in the Sea of Marmara in 1859. Emre will conduct research at the British National Archives and Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies.
In memoriam, W. McAllister Johnson, 1939–2016
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
W. McAllister Johnson.
Perth area, 2013.
The Department of History of Art/Graduate Department of Art is very saddened to announce the passing of of Faculty Emeritus W. McAllister Johnson on August 23, 2016. As per Mac’s wishes, there will be no funeral or remembrance service.
Please listen to this podcast, dated 2010 which gives an idea of some of his scholarly activities over four decades.
Shirley Beatty, Class of 1951, establishes new Undergraduate Scholarships
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Shirley Beatty, Class of 1951, Department of Art and Archaeology, has donated $350,000 to establish the William R. and Shirley Beatty Undergraduate Scholarships. These are to benefit undergraduate students of the Department of History of Art with the highest level of financial need. Shirley Beatty wants to ensure that students continue to have access to the wonderfully fulfilling experience she had of studying art here, whatever their circumstances. In making this investment she wants to send a message to these students and to others: namely, that the study of art and the broader humanities is immensely valuable to us as individuals, as a society and a civilization.