UA’s art historians hosted the 20th Annual Graduate Symposium in Art History this year. Amy Williamson, UAB ARH graduate student and Shane Harless, grad student from Tulane (and Alabama native) shared the inaugural prize for the Best Paper. This new award, funded by Jim Harrison III, was presented March 6 at the symposium, held annually since 1996 by UA and UAB’s joint program for the MA in Art History.
Harless presented his thesis research in the form of a paper titled “The Donna Regina Passion Frescoes: A Portrayal of the Interior Altars of Invisible Women.” Williamson, from UAB, presented “‘The Ladies’ Who Founded MoMA: How Three Female Art Collectors Created One of the World’s Leading Museums.”
Each year, the joint art history faculty choose a keynote speaker for the culminating presentation of the symposium. This speaker also participates with UA and UAB faculty in discussions at the end of each student presentation. Dr. Barbara Mooney, associate professor of American art and architecture at the University of Iowa and a leading scholar in race and architecture, as well as a distinguished teacher, presented “From Jumping Jack to Jump Jim Crow: The Origins of a Pernicious Southern Stereotype?” on the origins and evolution of racist imagery. Mooney is the author of Prodigy Houses of Virginia: Architecture and the Native Elite (University of Virginia Press, 2008). She presented her ongoing research in an open manner that invited audience ideas on her work as well as giving students insight into her research process.
More info about our symposium here: http://art.ua.edu/academics/graduate-programs/graduate-symposium/.