Art History Department

Mark Cheetham Night White Skies Podcast

Monday, July 15, 2019

Night White Skies is a podcast about architecture’s future as both the environment and our human bodies are now open for design. The program engages a diverse range of perspectives to get a better picture of the events currently unfolding. This includes philosophers, cultural anthropologists, policy makers, scientists as well as authors of science fiction.

Episode 061’s Podcast features Professor Mark A. Cheetham discussing his book Landscape into Eco Art: Articulations of Nature since the 60’s.

Visit Night White Skies to listen to the full podcast. 

Prof. Evonne Levy Appointed Distinguished Professor of Early Modern Art

Monday, July 15, 2019

Professor Evonne Levy has been appointed a Distinguished Professor of Early Modern Art for a five-year term (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2024). The purpose of the Distinguished Professors program is to advance and recognize individuals with highly distinguished accomplishments and those who display exceptional promise, who maintain an extraordinary level of activity in their research and scholarly work, and have achieved pre-eminence in their field in line with the University’s stated objectives and emerging priorities.

Please join us in congratulating Prof. Levy on this outstanding achievement!

Congratulations to Dr. Julia Lum

Friday, July 5, 2019

Congratulations to Julia Lum (PhD 2018, Yale University) on her new tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at Scripps College in the United States! She will begin her new position in September 2019.

Julia’s main research areas include topics in landscape, empire, photography, cross-cultural exchange and the visual and material histories of colonization, and she is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto, working with Professor Mark Cheetham.

Julia’s doctoral dissertation, Art at the Meeting Places of Britain and Oceania, 1778-1848, examined the objects and geographies depicted in colonial Pacific landscape representations of 1788-1848. Her project considers what happens when European aesthetic conventions of the picturesque and sublime come into contact with land shaped and marked by the Indigenous peoples of Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti. Julia’s committee included Tim Barringer (supervisor) and her departmental external was Maia Nuku.

Julia is working on a book manuscript, Landscapes in Parallel, and her article “Fire-Stick Picturesque: Landscape Art and Early Colonial Tasmania,” was published in November 2018 by British Art Studies (Issue 10, Her article builds on and extends her dissertation research by examining the impact of Indigenous burning regimes on the transposition of English landscape aesthetics in Australia in the 1830s and 1840s.

Congratulations Julia on your new position at Scripps College and we wish you all the best!

2019-20 Essential Guide for Grad Students

Thursday, July 4, 2019

The Essential Guide for Grad Students (EGGS), produced by the School of Graduate Studies and the Office of Student Life, is a booklet for both new and continuing graduate students which contains information about registration, SGS awards, University-wide resources and much more. 

Graduate students are highly encouraged to download a copy of the EGGS for their reference this academic year.

The Essential Guide for Grad Students 2019-2020 is available for download via the SGS website:


Notice: Office Closures

Friday, June 28, 2019

Please be advised that the following offices will be closed for the dates outlined below:

A reminder that the Department of Art History will be closed on Monday, July 1, 2019 for Canada Day and will re-open on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. 

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