RRF + Exhibit for Zhi Lin

In January 2016, Painting + Drawing Professor Zhi Lin was awarded a Royalty Research Fund Scholar grant to support his project titled “In Search of Lost History in the 19th Century: Chinese American in Puget Sound.” He spent portions of spring quarter traveling to specific venues of historical riots against Chinese where he created on-site studies. These locations are found in Black Diamond, Coal Creek, Newcastle, Renton, Tacoma, and Seattle. Read more…

Kudos for Barbara Earl Thomas

Barbara Earl Thomas (BFA 1973, MFA 1977) has been a well-known artist, writer, and arts administrator in the Seattle area for a long time, but 2016 appears to be her year for special recognition. In early May, Artist Trust announced that Thomas was the recipient of this year’s Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award. This is one of the more significant local awards for an artist. Read more…

Hirsch Publishing + Presenting

Interaction Design Professor Tad Hirsch had an article titled “Surreptitious Communication Design” published in the Spring 2016 Design Issues from MIT Press. Also from MIT Press is a new book, Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice, which contains Hirsch’s chapter titled “Case Study: Pivot—Surreptitious Communications Design for Victims of Human Trafficking.”  Read more…

Active Art History Graduate Students

MA and PhD students in the Division of Art History are often busy with research, writing, presentations, and projects. Below are recent and upcoming activities for some of these students.

Erin Giffin, PhD Candidate: After assisting with the Art History Seminar in Rome during winter quarter 2016, Erin became an International Fellow at the Dutch Institute in Florence (Istituto Universitario Olandese della Storia dell’Arte). She is researching sculptural installations in sacred interiors, with a specific focus on copies of Michelangelo Buonarroti’s Roman Pieta and Risen Christ still in situ in the Florentine church of Santo Spirito. This exploration directly impacts her dissertation, entitled “Body and Apparition: Material Presence in Sixteenth-Century Italian Religious Sculpture,” wherein Erin investigates the impact of the sculptural medium — its invasive presence and material nature — on acts of early modern religious devotion. Her de Cillia Teaching with Excellence Award was announced in June. Read more…

Multiplying Mediums

Summer quarter 2016 is seeing a first-time collaboration between the University of Washington Department of English and the Division of Art in the School of Art + Art History + Design. It is a six-week colloquium, titled Multiplying Mediums, for students who have just completed their first year of graduate school, and it is being led by 3D4M Assistant Professor Michael Swaine and Andrew Feld, Associate Professor and Director of Creative Writing. Read more…

2016 Graduation + Teaching Awards

Below is a list of the awards recognized at this year’s Graduation Celebration on June 11, 2016. Congratulations to all!

Arts & Sciences Dean’s Medal Nominees

Nathanael Hamilton | Painting + Drawing
Marijke Keyser | Painting + Drawing
Edward Moore | Painting + Drawing
Katherine Shirazi | Interdisciplinary Visual Arts
Hayley Watson | Art History
Rachael Whitehead | Painting + Drawing

Arts & Sciences Dean’s Medalist

Tzyy Yi (Amy) Young | 3D4M: ceramics + glass + sculpture
Read a profile of her in the June 2016 Perspectives from the College of Arts & Sciences. Read more…

Art History: 4 PhDs + 1 MA

Five graduate students from the Division of Art History completed their degrees during the 2015-2016 academic year. Below is a list with their dissertation and project titles.

Jennifer R. Henneman, PhD, March 2016
primary faculty adviser: Susan Casteras
dissertation: Her Representation Precedes Her: Transatlantic Celebrity, Portraiture, and Visual Culture, 1865-1890

Lauren Palmor, PhD, March 2016
primary faculty adviser: Susan Casteras
dissertation: Shadows and Light: Seeing Senescence in British and American Genre Painting, ca. 1850-1910 Read more…

Mintz Moves to Asian Art Museum

Robert MintzIn May, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco announced that Robert Mintz (MA 1995, PhD 2002) has been appointed as the new Deputy Director, Art & Programs. He begins work there on July 5, 2016.

Read the museum’s full announcement.

Mintz has been at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, since 2006. Read more…

Alumni News – May 2016

This is a listing of alumni news as posted to our social media outlets during the month of May 2016. Most news like this goes onto our Twitter feed; you can receive it in real-time by following us there.

Once again, we are very proud of @UWalum Renee Erickson (BFA 1995)!
@BJeanClement: Women get Beards—huge congrats to @erickson_renee and more! #jbfa

We’re looking forward to Kamla’s opening this week; she’s our BA/BFA 1998 & MFA 2000
@4Culture: One week from today, join us for the #FirstThursday opening of Kamla Kakaria‘s Marigold Marriage at Gallery4Culture! Read more…

2016 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition


May 28 – June 26, 2016
free public reception: Friday, May 27, 7-9pm
Henry Art Gallery

The graduation show for students receiving master’s degrees from our Division of Art and Division of Design: Read more…

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