University of Alabama Professors Awarded Multi-Year NEH Collaborative Research Grant

Dr. Jennifer Feltman

(Tuscaloosa, AL)—The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded Jennifer Feltman (associate professor, department of art and art history) and co-PIs, Alexandre Tokovinine (associate professor, department of anthropology) and Jeremiah Stager (cultural resources assistant, Office of Archaeological Research) with a Level III Collaborative Research Grant ($249,995) for “Notre Dame in Color: Interpreting the Layers of Polychromy on the Sculptures of the Cathedral of Paris Using 3D Modeling.”

This is the first level-III NEH Collaborative Research grant awarded to UA and one of the largest NEH grants ever awarded to the Capstone. Feltman applied for the grant as a 2022 UA Collaborative Arts Research Initiative fellow.

The project, directed by Feltman, builds upon her research as a member of the Chantier scientifique de Notre Dame and a FACE Foundation – Transatlantic Research Partnership.

The NEH grant will support new collaborations with American and French colleagues on the changing aesthetics and meanings of color at Notre Dame. These will include studies of color in music by Jennifer Roth-Burnette and the creation of digital models and digital pigments based upon the scientific evidence available at the lab of historic monuments in France. The project’s website,, will be hosted by the Alabama Digital Humanities Center.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the NEH and its grant programs is available at:

Contact: Dr. Jennifer M. Feltman, associate professor, department of art and art history, The University of Alabama, email:, or Rachel Dobson, communications specialist, department of art and art history, The University of Alabama, email:

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