Art History Major To Present Research at National Undergrad Research Symposium

Naraphat Sakarthornsap, “Perfect Flower 4,” 2016-2019, digital image.

A research paper by UA junior art history major Aidan Miles-Jamison was selected for the sixth annual refereed AKMA / MWSU Undergraduate Art History Symposium from a national call for proposals.  Miles-Jamison will present his research at the symposium, a collaboration with Missouri Western State University School of Fine Arts and the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at the museum in St. Joseph, Missouri, which will also be broadcast online. The event is free and members of the public are invited to attend, either in-person or virtually, live-streamed on Facebook. Presentations will be recorded and made available on the Albrecht-Kemper’s YouTube channel.

Out of a national call for proposals, eleven students were selected by a panel of art historians based on original research and academic rigor. Participating students represent eleven universities in eight states. UA’s Miles-Jamison will present “Queering the Label: Three Works of Contemporary Art from Thailand, Everywhere, and Nowhere.” He is a junior majoring in art history with a minor in Queer art and a focus on the arts of Asia. His research interests are modern and contemporary art from East Asia with a focus on marginalized communities’ visual production and its intersections with Euramerica. His research has been mentored by Dr. Doris Sung, assistant professor of art history. Miles-Jamison will present a version of his research paper on April 4 at the Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity Conference (URCA) in the Bryant Conference Center at UA.

Aidan Miles-Jamison
Aidan Miles-Jamison

Aidan Miles-Jamison currently works as a gallery attendant at The University of Alabama Gallery and the Paul R Jones Museum and is a volunteer research assistant for the Global Makers project. He curated the show Napoleon: The Man and The Myth Through Art at the Berman Museum in Anniston, Alabama, where he held an internship.

The symposium’s keynote presentation, “The Fantasy of the Middle Ages: Medievalisms and the Museum,” will be given by Dr. Larisa Grollemond, assistant curator in the manuscripts department at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, specializing in French manuscript illumination and early print culture of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The 2022 keynote address is supported by the Missouri Western Arts Society. Find out more about the symposium.

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