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Art & Art History Accolades – October 2020

Christopher Jordan, "Rhythm Changes," cyanotype.
Christopher Jordan, “Rhythm Changes,” cyanotype.

Chris Jordan, associate professor of art, had a cyanotype print, Rhythm Changes, selected for the Francis Thompson Selects exhibition at the Atlanta Photography Group Gallery, Atlanta, Ga., October 17- November 28, 2020.  Jordan’s artwork False Dawn, part of his portfolio of images, Tales of the Observer, was chosen by juror Aline Smithson for the 2020 International Juried Exhibition at the Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, Calif., November 14 – December 20, 2020. Jordan is one of six photographers chosen to have his photographic portfolio, Tales of the Observer, featured on Midwest Center for Photography’s Portfolio Platform, October 2020 – March 2021. [image: Christopher Jordan, “Rhythm Changes,” cyanotype, archival pigment print, 28.5 x 35 inches.]

Dr. Rachel Stephens, associate professor of art history, was awarded a short-term fellowship to study at Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library. She focused on the library’s collections of African American and Confederate visual resources in development of her current book project on the visual culture of the slavery debates, titled Hidden in Plain Sight: Slavery and Concealment in Antebellum American Art, under contract with the University of Arkansas Press. Her recent appointment as an Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. also allowed her to work on her research for the book. The highly competitive fellowship is one of the top awards in the field of art history.

Wade MacDonald, Black-Dotted Fracture Cups.
Wade MacDonald, Black-Dotted Fracture Cups.

Dr. Wendy Castenell, assistant professor of art history, gave an invited lecture on “The Trope of ‘Authenticity’ and the Depiction of Indigenous Sovereignty in ‘The Invaders’ (1912)” at Oklahoma State University (via Zoom) in October. Dr. Castenell and graduate student in photography Amber Quinn co-presented a lecture titled, “Portraiture and Identity in American Art and Art History,” at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts (via Zoom). Castenell has been appointed to the board of the new journal Global Nineteenth-Century Studies, published by Edinburgh University Press.

Wade MacDonald, assistant professor of art, had work accepted into two national juried exhibitions in October: Southern Mississippi Ceramics National at the University of Southern Mississippi, juried by Richard Notkin; and Utility, at the Moon Gallery at Berry College, juried by Heather Mae Erickson.

For more information about The University of Alabama’s programs in art history and studio art, visit our Degree Programs page.