Martin Eidelberg, Art History faculty emeritus donates collection to the Met

Vase George E. Ohr (American, Biloxi, Mississippi 1857–1918 Biloxi, Mississippi) ca. 1897–1900 The Metropolitan Museum of Art is currently exhibiting and celebrating our own emeritus Martin Eidelberg’s donation of an important collection of American ceramics he amassed over the decades when he taught in the department.  Gifts from the Fire: American Ceramics from the Collection of Martin Eidelberg October 22, 2021 – October 16, 2022 Following the nation’s Centennial in 1876, American ceramics,...

9th Quadrennial Italian Renaissance Sculpture

The University of Vermont recently hosted the 9th Quadrennial Italian Renaissance Sculpture and a mini Rutgers reunion, featuring (left to right): Stephen Mack PhD January 2021, Executive Director of Willem De Kooning Catalogue Raisonné Project Sarah McHam, Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University Amy Bloch PhD, January 2004, Assoc. Prof., SUNY Albany Victor Coonin PhD, May 1994, Prof., Rhodes College Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio PhD, May 2000, Prof. and Associate Dean of Humanities, UVM

Dr. Amber Wiley is a Mellon Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks

Dr. Amber Wiley is currently a Mellon Fellow in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks.

Sascha Scott wins Frost Award for article on Decolonizing American Art History

Pineapple, Wikipedia Commons Sascha Scott, Rutgers Art History, PhD., received the Frost Essay Award for her article on Georgia O'Keeffe's work for the Dole Pineapple Company. She reflects on the role of the artist in perpetuating settler colonialism and the subjugation of Indigenous Hawaiians. The language of possession that was employed historically by Dole, continued by O’Keeffe herself, and repeated by contemporary scholars has served to amplify this troubling history.  The article,...

Art History Honors Symposium

Two Rutgers Professors Win National Book Critics Circle Awards

Nicole Fleetwood, from Rutgers-New Brunswick, and Cathy Park Hong, from Rutgers-Newark, were recognized for their work that tackles contemporary topics of incarceration and Asian identity.

Sophie Ong curates exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art

Chameleon Effects: Glass (Un)Defined, curated by Sophie Ong, opened on March 27 at the Toledo Museum of Art. Sophie is the Hirsch Curatorial Fellow at the TMA, where she works with the Museum’s internationally renowned glass collection and is overseeing the reinstallation of the Museum’s medieval collection and Cloister Gallery planned for December 2021. For more on the exhibition, see: and...

"Art Journal Open" special series, edited by Jenevieve DeLosSantos and Kathleen Pierce

This conversation is the first of a series titled “Hard Lessons: Trauma, Teaching, Art History.” Crafted in a moment of extraordinary collective trauma, the series acknowledges and examines the myriad ways we encounter trauma within our varied teaching practices. In our classrooms, we regularly confront horrifying histories of racialized and gendered violence, oppression, imperialism, colonialism, and other abuses of power. Often, we engage with artworks whose beauty obfuscates violent pasts...

Art After Hours: Women On View

"Art After Hours: Women on View",  including a curator preview of the exhibition Communism Through the Lens (2021) by Maria Garth is now available on YouTube.

Maya Ravichandran receives the prestigious Marshall Fellowship to study at Oxford

The Art History department congratulates Maya Ravichandran on receiving the prestigious Marshall Fellowship to study at Oxford. Maya was a student in an interdisciplinary seminar taught by Professor Sarah McHam. She says, "The Michelangelo seminar is among my top three favorite courses I have taken while at Rutgers, so thank you for the wonderful experience! I definitely think students can get a lot out of courses like these." Maya, who will be attending medical school after Oxford, makes an...

Dr. Amber Wiley interviewed by the Architect's Newspaper

Dr. Amber Wiley was interviewed for an article in the Architect's Newspaper titled, "School's in Session: Washington, D.C.'s unique political status is reflected in the design of its schools." Read the entire article.

Dr. Nicole Fleetwood's book, Marking Time, has been made a finalist for the National Book Award. We’re proud to announce the finalists for the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Awards, along with the winners of the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing and the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award! AUTOBIOGRAPHY Cathy Park Hong, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (One World) Shayla Lawson, This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope (HarperPerennial) Riva Lehrer, Golem Girl...

Elephant & Castle

Dr. Benjamin Paul, along with two colleagues, has edited a special edition of the online journal Elephant & Castle. It came out just before New Year’s Eve. Included is an article by Stephan Mack.

Allison Leigh's new publication

Allison Leigh's has a new publication, "Picturing Russia’s Men:Masculinity and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Painting". More information

Ksenia Nouril (Ph.D.) receives AAMC Mentorship Award (2020)

Congratulations to Ksenia on receiving the AAMC Mentorship Award! Ksenia Nouril is the Jensen Bryan Curator at The Print Center, a 105-year-old non-profit institution in Philadelphia dedicated to expanding the understanding of photography and printmaking as vital contemporary arts. A specialist in global contemporary art, Ksenia previously held a Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP) Fellowship in the International Program at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. She has organized...

Professor Rico Wins Burkhardt Fellowship (ACLS)

Warmest congratulations to Trinidad Rico, Associate Professor and Director of the Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies Program (Art History). Professor Rico has been awarded the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars by the American Council for Learned Societies. She will spend her fellowship year in the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University,...


The Department of Art History is horrified by the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery by police officers and vigilantes. We grieve for their families and for our broken society. We support protestors who have the courage to stand up against oppression, injustice, and malice. As the conversation turns to systemic racism and the culture of white supremacy that have permitted these violent acts to become shockingly commonplace, we pledge to open conversations with...

Tiarra Brown to attend NYU Master's Program

Congratulations to Tiarra Brown (BA, 2017) who will begin a Master's Program in Art History and Archaeology at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts in Fall 2020.  We wish you all the best in your graduate studies.  Great work, Tiarra!

NYT review of Nicole Fleetwood's "Marking Time"

Dr. Nicole Fleetwood's book "Marking Time" was reviewed in the New York Times on Sunday, May 24, 2020 NYT Reivew

In memory of Thomas Sokolowski

Dear Rutgers–New Brunswick Faculty and Staff: It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that Thomas Sokolowski, Director of the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, sadly passed away yesterday. A distinguished museum leader and art historian, Tom joined the Rutgers community in the fall of 2017 with responsibilities for the museum’s exhibitions, scholarship and community outreach. Tom’s enthusiastic personality, sense of humor and—above all else—passion for the arts quickly became the...
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