STORIES 2018-10-29T18:09:49+00:00
  • A Guided Vision: One SMU Art History Student’s Study Abroad Journey

    By Asiel Sepúlveda With funds provided by Santander Bank, N.A., four art history Ph.D. students traveled to Peru, where they explored historic cities and Inca sites and presented papers at a symposium about art, architecture and politics at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima. 

Thanks to SMU Professor’s Work, Pieces of Famous “Gypsy Girl” Mosaic Returned to Turkey

Thanks to Langin-Hooper’s investigative skills, the Gypsy Girl mosaic will soon come closer to completion. (All photos courtesy AP) By Kylie Madry (B.A. Journalism, B.A. Political Science ’18) Tile by tile, workers laid intricately designed mosaics of theater masks, satyrs and birds almost 2,000 years ago in a wealthy family’s dining room, in an area then known as Zeugma, in modern-day Turkey. Buried over time, these Roman-era stone and glass pieces remained undiscovered until the 1960s, when looters crudely ripped them from the ground and sold them on the black market. Twelve of the mosaics made their way to Bowling Green State University (BGSU), in Ohio, where they were installed in the university’s Wolfe Center for the Arts in 2011. As a recently hired art history professor at BGSU, Dr. Stephanie Langin-Hooper was tasked with planning a lecture series around the pieces, which the university had bought in good faith. 

December 7, 2018|

Over 60 Universities Represented and Three Years of Planning: Five Things to See at SMU Art History’s International Conference

We partnered with the Dallas Museum of Art for our Thursday evening Keynote. An international conference organized and funded by the Meadows School of the Arts and the Art History Department By Amy Freund (Associate Professor) and Alex Perez (M.A. student) We’ve been planning this conference in the Art History Department for three years, and it’s finally about to happen. When we started out, we thought that maybe 80 people would show up – and that’s a lot for an academic conference. But as of today we have 145 people registered to attend. 

October 29, 2018|

National Conference on 18th Century Art History to Draw Scholars, Students and Professionals to SMU

Led by Professor Freund, the organizing committee tours the Texas Fashion Collection at UNT to preview some of the garments that will be on display at SMU during the conference. Photo: Led by Professor Freund (right), the organizing committee tours the Texas Fashion Collection at UNT to preview some of the garments that will be on display at SMU during the conference. By Danielle Ezor “HECAA at 25” to foster community, idea exchange While most art historians spend their summers traveling and conducting research across the globe, Meadows Associate Professor Amy Freund spent hers poring not over books and archival documents but spreadsheets and budgets. The reason: Freund, the Kleinheinz Family Endowed Chair in Art History, is organizing the first conference of the Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture (HECAA), to be held at the Meadows School November 1-4. 

August 29, 2018|

SMU Art History to Host the Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture Conference

November 1 - 4, 2018 Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas The SMU Art History Department, its graduate program in the Rhetorics of Art, Space, and Culture (RASC/a), and the Meadows School of the Arts are proud to announce the program for Art and Architecture in the Long Eighteenth Century: HECAA at 25, an international conference in celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture. HECAA at 25 will present recent research on eighteenth-century visual culture, consider questions of historiography and pedagogy, and chart paths for the future of the field. The HECAA at 25 Conference Schedule How to Register for HECAA HECAA Accomodations

July 26, 2018|

Getting Up Close and Digital: SMU Department of Art History 3D Workshop

On Thursday, September 27, 2017, four master’s and Ph.D. art history students participated in the Art History 3D workshop at the Meadows Museum. What is a 3D workshop? Kalee Appleton, director of visual services for the Department of Art History, taught students how to photograph sculptures so that, using Agisoft PhotoScan software, the photos could be combined into a digital 3D version of the sculpture.

October 12, 2017|

Art Historians: Meet The Graduate Studies Students of SMU Art History

The M.A. Program in Art History trains leaders in the field who are capable of thinking critically, viewing objects with fresh perspective and conducting research at the highest level and who are conversant with the discipline’s history and invested in shaping its future. Recent graduates have gone on to Ph.D. programs, most fully funded, at Harvard, Yale, Northwestern, Brown, Cornell, UCLA, University of Michigan and USC. Whether it’s the M.A. or Ph.D. program, small classes, one-on-one mentorship and internship opportunities are key to growing. In that spirit, SMU Art History introduces the 22 graduated candidates.

September 14, 2017|