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The study of art at the university level, embedded in the ideals of a liberal arts education, allows students to develop both their creativity and their critical faculties through visual media. Visual and Media Arts Practice and Art History have separate curricula, but links between the two, and other disciplines, are encouraged.

News

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS 2020-2021:
Assistant Professor Agnieszka Szymanska:
Received funding from both the American Council for Learned Societies with the Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art for the 2020-21 academic year and the American Philosophical Society. For more information visit: Szymanska
Associate Professor Elena Calvillo:
Received a Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellowship by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art. For more information visit: Calvillo

EXHIBITIONS:
Professor Tanja Softić: 
"Displacements Revisitations of Home,"
Exhibition of prints and online discussion with Dr. Marian Mazzone Associate Professor of Art History at the College of Charleston. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston. 
"Contemporary Variations of Mokuhanga (Japanese water-based woodcut)" at Universidad de Buenos Aires, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (University of Buenos Aires, School of Philosophy and Literature), November 2019. 
"Contemporary Variations of Japanese Engraving," Museo Etnográfico Juan B Ambrosetti, Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 2019. 

Assistant Professor Brittany Nelson:
"The Starry Rift," 
Die Ecke Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago, Chile, March 2020. 
"Urania," Sonnenstube, Lugano, Switzerland. November 2019. 

LECTURES:
Assistant Professor Driscoll:
"Anti-Racist Contemporary Art History," 
a Society of Contemporary Art Historians Executive Board Member, Professor Driscoll along with fellow board member Natilee Harren moderated an informal conversation with invited presenters and participants. October 2020. Organized by SCAH

PUBLICATIONS:
Assistant Professor Megan Driscoll:
Essay: "Art, Race, and the Internet: Mendi + Keith Obadike’s Black.Net.Art Actions," Smart History: Art/History/Conversation. October 2020. 

Professor Tanja Softić:
Essay "Circle Back: Immigrant Memories and Fungal Networks," Journal of Speculative Philosophy 33, no.2 (2019): 300-10. 
Alumnae Elizabeth Montague,
UR'18: Luck of the Draw, written by Marin Cogan. Washington Citypaper, September 19, 2019. 

RESEARCH: 
Associate Professor Elena Calvillo:
Participated in a scholars day at the National Gallery of Art on the 16th-century artist "Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain," Washington, DC, November 2019.
Will continue her research on early modern Iberia and travel to Madrid, Spain to view an exhibition dedicated to the female artists Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana at the Prado Museum. December 2019. 

Art History Student Kate Wiley received the 2019 Harnett Summer Research Fellowship. She Co-curated "Satire and Social Criticism: Prints by William Hogarth from the Collection" and "The Age of Hogarth and Piranesi: Masterpieces of 18th-C. European Printmaking" alongside Richard Waller, Executive Director of UR Museums.



 

 

 

 

Faculty Highlights

  • Sjovold Selected as Mentor

    Erling Sjovold, professor of art, will mentor student Casey Murano for the project “At the Fall Line: Where Bodies Meet.” This was awarded through the A&S Research Grants Program.

  • Softic Discusses Work

    Tanja Softic, professor of art, recently discussed her work in “Displacements”, a virtual exhibition project by Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC. The recording of the conversation can be found here.

  • Softic Published

    Tanja Softić, professor of art and chair of the department of art and art history, published an essay in the series "Artists Quarantine with their Art Collections" in Hyperallergic, a contemporary art and culture magazine.

  • Softic Featured

    Tanja Softić, professor of art and chair of the department of art and art history, was featured in Dis/placements: Revisitations of Home presented by Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at College of Charleston.

  • Szymanska Awarded

    Agnieszka Szymanska, Assistant Professor of Art History, has been awarded $70k in support for her new book, Sacred Spectating: Monastic Architecture and Spirituality in Late Antique Egypt, from the American Council for Learned Societies and the American Philosophical Society.

  • Calvillo awarded

    Elena Calvillo, Associate Professor of Art History, has received a Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art  for her book project, Rome in Translation: Cultural Brokerage in Sixteenth-century Italy.

  • Calvillo published

    Elena Calvillo, Associate Professor of Art History and Art History Coordinator, published “L’epopea in un guscio di noce: Giulio Clovio e la questione della scala dimensionale" in the first volume of a new series on Michelangelo Studies published by the Casa Buonarroti museum in Florence.

  • Nelson Exhibition Reviewed

    Professor Brittany Nelson’s exhibition “10,000 Light Years From Home” at Chicago’s PATRON Gallery was reviewed by Frieze and Art in America, calling the work “a poignant meditation on love, isolation, and queer desire."    

  • Nelson Book Launch

    Professor Brittany Nelson’s book Out of the Everywhere launched at Casa Caníbal on August 19 and published by Mousse Publishing. Highlights topics such as feminist science fiction, space travel, and isolation.

  • Smith at MoMA

    Professor Sable Elyse Smith’s work is currently displayed in MOOD: Studio Museum Artist-in-Residence 2018-19 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). 

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Feature Stories

Every Day, Good DayWendy Wan, '18, shares lessons about frustrations from 40 days of painting at the James River's Pony Pasture.
Photo by Erin Rommel
Structural integrityWith each stretch and staple of linen, and every textured layer of color, Julia Rommel, ’02, sculpts a painting. Read more
2016 Student Symposium Presentations

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Modlin Center for the Arts
Department of Art and Art History
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8272
Fax: (804) 287-6006

Department Chair: Tanja Softic
Administrative Coordinator: Tracie Taylor
Art History Coordinator: Elena Calvillo