Art History

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

February 2018

  • 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.

May 2017

  • Professor of Art and Art History Thomas Noble Howe will deliver the opening plenary lecture: “Bold Imitator: The Arrival of the Greek Monumental ‘Orders,’ the Autodidact Polymath Architect and the Apollonion of Syracuse” at the conference Fonte Aretusa  Πηγὴ Ἀρέθουσα, Third Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Heritage of Western Greece, with special emphasis on: Μίμησις – Μimēsis: imitation, emulation, representation, reenactment, at the Sicily Center for International Education in Syracuse, Sicily, May 25–28, 2017. The invitation is the third in the last year which relates to recent interest in his dissertation “The Invention of the Doric Order” (Harvard 1985) on what is arguably the most controversial topic in architectural history, the creation of the Greek architectural “orders” (column types). The lecture proposes that the methodology which is generally used in architectural design classes, such as his own architecture studios, should be applied to questions of architectural history. Howe also will be chairing a session. The lecture will be in English, the chaired session in Italian. The lecture reprises a topic presented recently: that the profession of architect did not rise from the profession of builders.

  • Professor of Art and Art History, Chair of Art History, and Coordinator General of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation Thomas Howe will give an invited lecture, “Strolling with Power: New Light on Movement and Viewing in the Elite Villas of Stabiae,” at the conference “Gasparow Readings: Literature and Politics in Classical Antiquity” on Apr. 21. The conference is jointly organized by Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH) and by Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). It will be held at the RANEPA premises in the south-west of Moscow. Howe was invited to chair one of the sessions. The lecture will be in English with Russian translation.

  • Assistant Professor of Art History Allison Miller gave an invited presentation titled “Emperor Jing’s Yangling: A New Model for the Han Imperium” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Apr. 9. The lecture was part of a three-day symposium offered in conjunction with the major international loan exhibition, Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.–A.D. 220). The landmark exhibition features works borrowed from 32 museums and archaeological institutes in China that have never been previously shown in the West. Scholars from North America, Europe, and Asia discussed the significance of these recent archaeological finds from a global perspective in the symposium, which was organized by the Met, the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, and the NYU Center for Ancient Studies.

March 2017

  • Technical Assistant and Exhibitions Coordinator Seth Daulton exhibited a conference-sponsored themed exchange portfolio titled “Those Who Arrive Survive” during the Southern Graphics Conference International in Atlanta, Ga., March 15–19. The portfolio featured small books produced by artists from across the country. This conference, the largest of its kind, brings together national and international printmakers for panels, portfolios, demonstrations, exhibitions, and discourse on contemporary printmaking practices.

  • Southwestern’s Studio Art Department in the Department of Art and Art History has been listed as among the “25 Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Art and Design” in The Fiske Guide to Colleges. The department has received this recognition annually since 2006. Edited by Edward B. Fiske, former education editor for The New York Times, The Fiske Guide serves as a respected, authoritative sourcebook comprising 320+ four-year schools, and is fully updated and expanded annually.