The School of Art + Art History + Design is very pleased to announce the hiring of Juliet Sperling for the Kollar Endowed Chair in American Art.
Sperling received her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in May 2018 with a dissertation titled "Animating Flatness: Moving Images in American Art, 1780-1895." Her graduate studies were supported by a number of fellowships including the Wyeth Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship in American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship at the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society, and a Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art. Sperling currently has a book manuscript in progress with the title Tactile Encounter and the Moving Image in American Visual Culture. In addition to her interest in moving images, she has broadly studied American material and visual culture as well as book history.
Most recently, Sperling has been a Faculty Fellow in American Art at Colby College in Maine where she has been teaching survey classes on American art as well as classes on race and representation in American art and the history of photography and moving images. She received two teaching awards while a graduate student.
Sperling will join the UW faculty in September 2020 as a tenure-track assistant professor. The Kollar Endowed Chair in American Art has been generously supported by Allan and Mary Kollar.