Examining miniature objects with great impact

Stephanie Langin-Hooper

Assistant Professor and Karl Kilinski II Endowed Chair of Hellenic Visual Culture

Department of Art History

Meadows School of the Arts

Meadows School Professor Stephanie Langin-Hooper’s primary research analyzes the terracotta figurines of Hellenistic Babylonia utilizing perspectives of miniaturization affect, postcolonialism, gender theory and materiality.

Langin-Hooper is a new endowed chair in the Art History, made possible by a bequest of the late SMU Distinguished Teaching Professor Karl Kilinski II. The department’s momentum is bringing emerging scholars and leaders from around the country to Meadows School of the Arts.

Langin-Hooper’s forthcoming book project, Life in Miniature: Figurines, Identities, and Social Negotiation in Hellenistic Babylonia, investigates the role of miniature objects as agents of social change and identity production within the multicultural communities of southern Iraq during the Greek-influenced periods (c. 330 BCE-200 CE) following the conquests of Alexander the Great. Her other research interests include miniaturization in the broader Hellenistic world, monuments and issues of monumentality in Mesopotamian art history, and Hellenistic Babylonian prosopography.

She also is a contributing partner of the digital humanities projects HBTIN (Hellenistic Babylonia: Texts, Images, and Names) and BPS (Berkeley Prosopography Services).



Acclaimed music performer and teacher

Leah Young Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Music Performance, Meadows School of the Arts

Internationally known organist and educator Stefan Engels has joined the Division of Music at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts as the new Leah Young Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Music Performance.

The endowed senior faculty position was made possible by a $2 million gift from Sarah Fullinwider Perot ’83 and Ross Perot, Jr., in honor of Sarah’s mother, Mrs. Leah Fullinwider. The position is the first Endowed Centennial Chair in the Meadows School of the Arts and the second for SMU.



Zannie and Glenn Voss lead groundbreaking arts project

Dr. Zannie Voss, chair and professor of arts management and arts entrepreneurship in the Meadows and Cox schools, who serves as NCAR’s director and Dr. Glenn Voss, the Marilyn R. and Leo F. Corrigan, Jr. Endowed Professor of Marketing at Cox, who serves as research director are the experts behind a groundbreaking new report designed to help arts organizations.

The Meadows School of the Arts and Cox School of Business have collaborated with the Cultural Data Project (CDP) and numerous other partners to create a National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) at SMU. The Center issued its inaugural report in December, 2013. The online report is free to arts organizations.

(Excerpted from an article by Victoria Winkleman, Meadows School of the Arts)

“To create the initial report, NCAR researchers integrated and analyzed data from the CDP and other national and government sources such as the Theatre Communications Group, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Census Bureau, and the National Center for Charitable Statistics. In doing so they created a spatial model of the arts and culture ecosystem of the United States.  The report measures performance on 8 different indices: contributed revenue, earned revenue, expenses, marketing impact, bottom line, balance sheet, community engagement, and program activity.”

“NCAR draws on the academic expertise of Meadows and Cox faculty in the fields of arts management, marketing, and statistics.

“In this first report we took a deep dive into eight of the areas of performance identified, and by studying these averages, tried to answer the question ‘all else being equal, what makes one arts organization more successful than another?’ Some of the findings were as one would expect, but we did find some surprises,” said Zannie Voss. “Perhaps more than any other industry, arts organizations are driven by managerial and artistic expertise. Being able to estimate the value of this expertise in an organization’s performance is the single most valuable result of our first study.”

“In Fall 2014, NCAR will launch an interactive dashboard, created in partnership with IBM, which will be accessible to arts organizations nationwide. Arts leaders will be able to enter information about their organizations and see how they compare to the highest performance standards in each of the eight indices for similar organizations. The website will also foster public discussion of best practices and solutions and offer a dedicated YouTube channel for video responses, as well as an online resource library with helpful tools and templates.”


(Meadows’ magazine article)



(First NCAR Report and video – released in Dec. 2013)



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Prize Winning Art History

Pamela Patton, professor and chair of art history at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, won the 2014 Eleanor Tufts Book Award from the American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies for her recent book, Art of Estrangement: Redefining Jews in Reconquest Spain.

The national Tufts Award honors a distinguished book, written in English, on the history of art or architecture in Iberia. Professor Patton writes and teaches about the art and architecture of medieval Iberia; art of the medieval courts; and ethnicity, religion, and identity in medieval Europe.

In December 2013, Patton provided expertise for an NPR discussion on the topic of “The Brown Faces in Medieval Art” which examined how skin color was depicted in works of that time.

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Tufts Award


Faculty bio

A memory submitted by Jana Wallis, Class of 2008

My entire experience in the Journalism Department was incredible, and I would love to list every single one of my professors (full-time and adjunct) as my “favorite.”

Tony Pederson’s class on ethics was always insightful and intriguing, and attending SMU-in-London in the summer of 2006 was an invaluable experience.

But my strongest memory was of Jayne Suhler’s literary journalism class; it was more like a book club and I learned so much about truly great storytelling, and discovered two authors that have become favorites. Professor Suhler was a trusted adviser and wonderful teacher, and a major contributor to my years at SMU!