Wendy Castenell

UA Professor and Grad Student Co-Present Research on African American Portraiture

Dr. Wendy Castenell, assistant professor of art history, and graduate student Amber Quinn were invited to share the Zoom stage recently to talk about their related research topics in a lecture titled “Portraiture and Identity in American Art and Art History,” sponsored by Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. In their talks, the art historian and

Art Historian Awarded Newberry Fellowship for Research

Dr. Wendy Castenell, assistant professor of African American art, has been awarded a Short-Term Fellowship by the Newberry Library in Chicago. The fellowship is sponsored by the Morrison Shearer Foundation to support Dr. Castenell’s research on the Chicago photographer Helen Balfour Morrison (1901-1984). Castenell will spend six weeks, during the summer of 2021, at the

UA Art Historian Reveals Afro-Creole Leadership Through Art Patronage

Assistant Professor of African American art, Dr. Wendy Castenell, recently published “The Architects of Reconstruction: Alcès Family Portraits as Emblems of Afro-Creole Leadership.” She tells the story of the artistic production and patronage among “a class of assertive and vocal Afro-Creole leaders” in New Orleans who became political activists in the city after its fall

Students Highlight Cultural Impact of Immigration in Exhibition

The Paul R. Jones Museum is proud to present “Public Charge”: Diasporic Immigrant Artists, November 1-December 13, 2019. A closing reception will be held on First Friday, December 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. “Public Charge” features works by Latin and Caribbean artists from the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art, curated by Dr.

UA Art History Professor Presents Research in England

Dr. Wendy Castenell traveled to the United Kingdom to present her paper, “Mutable Identities: The Performance of ‘Whiteness’ in a Colonial Louisiana Portrait” at Durham University’s Portraiture Conference in July. The conference was sponsored by the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture. Castenell noted, “It’s a rare opportunity to be able to present my research

Student-curated Exhibition Showcases Artists of Color

University of Alabama students under the direction of Assistant Professor Wendy Castenell have curated an exhibition for the Paul R. Jones Museum titled Color by Color, opening May 4 with a First Friday reception in the downtown museum from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The exhibition runs through June 29. In the exhibition text greeting

Black is Beautiful Exhibition Places “People of Color at Center Stage”

“In a world dominated by white protagonists, we’re placing people of color at center stage,” said Tanesha Childs, a senior majoring in photography. TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (from UA’s College of Arts & Sciences)  — University of Alabama students have curated an art exhibition that responds to stereotypical portrayals of African-Americans. The exhibit, titled “Black is Beautiful,” opens