UA American Art Historian to Join National Scholars Virtual Roundtable

John Singleton Copley, Mrs. Theodore Atkinson Jr. (Frances Deering Wentworth), 1765, oil on canvas, 51 x 40 in., Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2005.24

Assistant Professor Wendy Castenell will join three other Tyson Think Tank Fellowship scholars of American art for a virtual roundtable on October 12 from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m.(CT) titled “Re-presenting and Reckoning with Early American Art.” The fellows will share their research, including new findings, and new ways of approaching early American art. The panel will conclude with a short conversation on how to apply this method to other works of art.

The public is invited to attend the virtual roundtable. Register here.

These four scholars were part of the first Tyson Think Tank, held in August 2021, and supported by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Tyson Scholars Program. Distinguished scholar Carrie Rebora Barratt guided the inaugural program centered on the reexamination of early American art. As American art historians and museum professionals broaden the canon for much-needed inclusivity, the scholars asked themselves, how does this work find visibility in museums and classrooms? The cohort of four scholars used object-based investigations to pose questions about the interpretation and presentation of early American art.

  • Wendy Castenell, The University of Alabama, “Nicolas Augustin Metoyer and the Church of St. Augustine by the itinerant painter J. Feuille, c. 1826”
  • Margarita Karasoulas, Brooklyn Museum, “Deborah Hall by William Williams, 1766”
  • Alexandra Letvin, Allen Memorial Art Museum, “Bentley Simons Runyan Family by Frederick E. Cohen, ca. 1857”
  • Carrie Rebora Barratt, Independent Scholar, “Mrs. Theodore Atkinson Jr. (Frances Deering Wentworth) by John Singleton Copley, 1765”

Read more about Dr. Wendy Castenell’s research on Nicolas Augustin Metoyer, and her work at the Tyson Think Tank in August.

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