News and Events

The department offers a variety of events, including workshops, museum and gallery tours, essay contests and career panels. Workshops can focus on career-focused internships, getting into graduate school or how to photograph your portfolio. Panel discussions on career options and discussions with alumni who work in the art world are also organized. The essay context is for the best graduate and undergraduate review of the M.F.A. open studio shows, held each November. Any student may enter a review after attending the open studios. The art history faculty judges the essays, and a cash prize is awarded to the winners.

Events in Art History

Fall 2012

Besides the news and events listed to the right on separate links, the department also has various talks, symposia and other events. Here are some events for fall 2012:

Tools for Getting the Job, Sept. 27, 6 p.m.

A workshop about tools to help you be more successful on the job market, led by career coach and M.A. art historian Rina Koshkina. Some of the topics that Koshkina will be discussing include how to use social network sites like LinkedIn and the etiquette of job hunting (e.g., interviewing and e-mail protocols). Open to undergraduate and graduate students. For more details, click here.

Career Night, Oct. 18, 6–7:30 p.m., 411 Library — What Can I Do With an Art History Degree?

A panel of individuals working in different aspects of the art world. For more details, click here.

Undergraduate Art History Student Symposium, Nov. 8, 6–8 p.m., Woody Tanger Auditorium, 150 Library, free admission

A reception will follow in 142 Library.

Every year, the art history faculty select some of the best undergraduate papers to be presented at a symposium. If you are interested in applying, please look for the e-mail announcement. For a list of speakers from previous years, see below.

This year's lineup:

Elisa Libraty

Dirty Work: The Death of Perfection, The Birth of Ecstasy and Caravaggio's Grimy Genius

Kayla Coleman

Titian and Peter Paul Rubens: Exploring the Female Nude 

Emily Kenselaar

Gauguin's Three Tahitian Women: Exoticism and the Myth of the Feminine 

Anton Svyatsky

The Itinerants and Russian

Previous Undergraduate Art History Symposia 

March 12, 2012

  • Elizabeth Weiss, "American Landscape: Charles Sheeler's Portrait of Ford's River Rogue"
  • Emily Kenselaar, "Cihuateotl: In Defense of Cultural, Geographic, and Temporal Attributions"
  • Michael Vinereanu, "American Burlesque During the Great Depression: Bumping and Grinding Toward Independence"
  • Vlada Feldman, "Alison Saar and the Tangled Politics of Black Female Identity"

May 2, 2011

  • Sant Mukh Khalsa, "Jaguars and Toads: Understanding Birth and Death in Olmec Ideology"
  • Jeanie Lee, "The Gujeolpan: A Korean Treasure for Globalization"
  • Marisa Paolillo, "A Cup of Tea: Trade and Cultural Exchange"
  • Mary Schartau, "Balancing Whimsy and Macabre in Moche Owl Imagery"
  • Emily Scott, "Haunting Vision: Goya's Treatment of Child Mortality"