Art History

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

May 2018

  • Professor of Art and Art History Thomas Noble Howe has been invited to present a lecture titled “The Birth and Death of Modern Architecture in America, 1930–1970” in the conference After and Beyond the Crisis: The USA in the 1930s at the University of Perugia, Italy, on May 15, 2018. The conference is part of the lecture series “American Voices in Italy” sponsored by the American Embassy in Rome.





  • Professor of Art and Art History and Chair of Art History Thomas Noble Howe just published a conference paper titled “Bold Imitator: Greek ‘Orders,’ the Autodidact Polymath Architect and the Apollonion of Syracuse” in “The Many Faces of Mimesis, Selected Essays from the 2017 Symposium on the Hellenic Heritage of Western Greece, Siracusa, Sicily, May, 2017,” eds. Heather Reid, Jeremy DeLong, (Parnassos Press, Sioux City, IA, 2018) 1-20. The paper was written from a keynote address he delivered at a conference in Siracusa, Sicily, in May 2017. The paper returns to Howe’s much-referenced dissertation “The Invention of the Doric Order” (Harvard, 1985) and exploits recent scholarship to strengthen his argument that the complex Doric order of architecture was (incredibly) created all at once in one project (the Apollonionthe Apollo Temple), and was nearly complete on its first appearance because it was an adaptive imitation of a type of Egyptian colonnade, by arguing that the first Greek architects were the same type of well-travelled polymaths and masters of rule-and-compass geometry as the first so-called Greek “physiological” philosophers (the ‘Milesians’). The first true ‘liberal arts’-trained (i.e. self-trained) professionals were therefore not philosophers, but architects, who were the first Greeks to write actual prose treatises. Then, as throughout history, what constituted an ‘architect’ was very fluid. The underlying theoretical basis of the paper is that adaptive inheritance is essential to successful innovation and that fluid borders between creative professions are too.





  • Associate Professor of Art History Patrick Hajovsky was invited to a conference on “Sacrifice and Conversion,” held at Harvard University’s Villa I Tatti, outside of Florence, Italy, April 1920, 2018. He presented on Aztec concepts of blood and heart sacrifice and their conversion into Christian idioms through ideas of the body and excess. While there, he was interviewed by a reporter for Arqueología mexicanato respond on the recent theory that the central face of the Aztec Calendar Stone is a portrait of the king Moteuczoma (r. 1502-20).





April 2018

  • Professor of Art and Art History Thomas Noble Howe has been invited to speak to the University of Texas community and the public about his recent publication of the ten-year project to excavate, study, reconstruct and interpret the 108 m. long garden of the ancient Roman Villa Arianna at Stabiae near Pompeii. The lecture will take place Friday, April 20, at 4:00 p.m. in the Department of Classics on the University of Texas campus. The findings have been presented in the last two years at lectures in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Hong Kong, San Antonio, Seattle, the Pompeii area, Rome, and the Representations series on the SU campus, and other preliminary publications. Howe has been lead excavation director, editor and author.





  • Associate Professor of Art History Allison Miller gave an invited lecture titled “Terracotta Warriors after the First Emperor: Re-evaluating the Qin Legacy in the Han” at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, April 5. Her lecture was sponsored by the departments of Modern Languages and Classics, History, and Asian Studies. On April 6, Miller flew to Fredericton, New Brunswick, to give an invited lecture on the same topic for the New Brunswick Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. This lecture, held at New Pavilion Beaverbrook Art Gallery, was organized by faculty from the University of New Brunswick-Fredericton and delivered as part of the Archaeological Institute of America’s 2017–2018 lecture program.





March 2018

  • Associate Professor of Art History Allison Miller gave an invited, remote guest lecture titled “Art & Politics in Mao’s China” in Patricia Schiaffini-Vedani’s “Politics of China Through Literature and Film” course at Texas State University on Feb. 22, 2018.





  • Professor of Art and Art History and Chair of Art History Thomas Noble Howe will lead the formal public presentation of the recent publication of the volume “Excavation and Study of the Garden of the Great Peristyle of the Villa Arianna at Stabiae, 2007-2012,” Quaderni di Studi Pompeiani, VII 1916 (1917) at the Centro di Studi Americani, Palazzo Mattei di Giove, Via Michelangelo Caetani 32, Roma, on March 12, 2018. The event is co-sponsored by the American Embassy in Rome, the American Academy in Rome and the Fondazione Restoring Ancient Stabiae, of which Howe is Scientific Director. The principal lecture, “Strolling with Power: Recent Discoveries at the Garden of the Villa Arianna, Stabiae,” to be given by Howe, will be either in English or Italian.





February 2018

  • Associate Professor of Art History Allison Miller was interviewed live on the television news show, China 24, produced by China Global Television Network. Miller discussed the significance of China’s terracotta army after one of the terracotta warriors was vandalized at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.





  • Assistant Professor of Art History Allison Miller gave an invited lecture titled “Terra-cotta Warriors after the First Emperor: Re-evaluating the Qin Legacy in the Han” at the University of Richmond on Feb. 1. The lecture was delivered as part of the Archaeological Institute of America’s 2017–2018 lecture program.





January 2018

  • Professor of Art and Art History and Chair of Art History Thomas Noble Howe in December published an article on the recently published Roman Garden at Stabiae in the journal of the national garden club of Italy, “Un giardino romano a pasesaggio (“A Roman Strolling Garden”) Garden Club, Organo uffficiale dell’ugai – Storia, Scienza, Arte e Mito delle piante e dei fiori, (47, novembre, 2017) 14-16.





  • Associate Professor of Art History Patrick Hajovsky will present his current research at the annual Mesoamerica Meetings (formerly Maya Meetings) at the University of Texas-Austin on Saturday, Jan. 13. This year’s theme, “Mesoamerican Philosophies: Animate Matter, Metaphysics, and the Natural Environment,” includes workshops on Maya hieroglyphs and a symposium of top scholars in Aztec studies across disciplines.





November 2017

  • Professor of Art and Art History Thomas Noble Howe gave lectures at the preliminary presentation of the publication of the excavation of the garden of the Great Peristyle of the Villa Arianna (‘Ariadne’) at Stabiae (Quaderni di Studi Pompeiani, VII) at the local Rotary of Castellammare di Stabia and the national convention of the Garden Club of Italy on Oct. 13–14. The lectures were in Italian.





August 2017

  • Professor of Art and Art History and chair of Art History Thomas Noble Howe published Excavation and Study of the Garden of the Great Peristyle of the Villa Arianna, Stabiae, 2007-2010 (Quaderni  di Studi Pompeiani, VII, [Associazione Internazionale di Amici di Pompei/Editrice Longobardi, Castellammare di Pompei/Fondazione Restoring Ancient Stabiae, 2016 (2017)]. Howe is lead author/editor and excavation director of the project, 2007–13 and along with Kathryn Gleason (Cornell), Michele Palmer, and Ian Sutherland (Middlebury). The publication is supported by subventions from the von Bothmer Fund of the Archaeological Institute of America, Associazione Internationale Amici di Pompei, School of Architecture Preservation and Planning, University of Maryland, Joyce and Erik Young. The major significance of this excavation of this enormous excellently preserved garden (c. 108 x 35 m.) is that it is the first actual archaeological evidence of the existence of the type of garden seen in the famous garden fresco of the Villa of the empress Livia at Prima Porta, formerly thought to be a “fantasy” painting. Howe and Gleason have since developed and published further theses on how this discovery clarifies exactly how elite inhabitants and guests used this garden and ambient architecture to move through spaces and interact in an intensely political environment. At one point Howe lead field seasons of as many as 110 people from twelve institutions and seven countries.





July 2017

  • Assistant Professor of Art History Allison Miller published a review of the book Color in Ancient and Medieval East Asia (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015) in volume 137, issue 1 of the Journal of the American Oriental Society.