The constellation of instructors who participate in the Program is large. Faculty include professors, researchers, curators, and other staff at Williams, the Clark, WCMA and MASS MoCA, along with the Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professorship and other visiting appointments.
Director of the Graduate Program and Class of 1955 Memorial Professor of Art, Williams College Marc Gotlieb received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1990. He is the author of The Plight of Emulation: Ernest Meissonier and French Salon Painting, as well as further essays on French Romantic art, on the image of the artist, and on Orientalist painting. He is also past Editor-in-chief of Art Bulletin, and is currently working on a book centering on “the Orientalist Sublime.” His graduate teaching encompasses nineteenth-century art, art historical methods and approaches, pedagogy in the visual arts, and related concerns. Marc.Gotlieb@williams.edu
Assistant Professor of Art, Williams College After completing her Peace Corps service in Mali, West Africa, Michelle Apotsos received her M.A. from Tufts University and her Ph.D. from Stanford University where she specialized in the arts and visual cultures of Africa. She is a former Research Associate at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington D.C. and has contributed to a number of curatorial projects including NMAFA’s “Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa” and the Cantor Art Center’s “Expanding Views of Africa.” She is also an active contributor to various academic publications including the Journal of Architectural Education and African Arts. Following extensive fieldwork in Ghana and Mali, she is currently working on a manuscript detailing contemporary Islamic identity in West Africa as expressed through architectural form. Her teaching and research interests include African and Afro-Islamic architecture, systems of cross-cultural artistic exchange, materiality and medium-based analyses, and the material impacts of globalization on the developing world.
Director and Conservator of Paintings, Williamstown Art Conservation Center and Director, Atlanta Conservation Center After earning a BFA in printmaking from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI (1973), Tom Branchick received his M.A. and Certificate of Advanced Study from the State University College of Oneonta, Cooperstown Graduate Program. He completed an internship at the Williamstown Center where he subsequently joined the staff in 1981. Before coming to Williamstown, he was employed as a museum exhibit specialist for the New York State Museum. Appointed Director of the Center in 1997, Mr. Branchick continues to head the paintings department in Williamstown. He is a member of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. firstname.lastname@example.org
Manton Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Director of Research and Academic Program, the Clark Lauren Cannady received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she specialized in early modern European art and architecture. She previously held fellowships from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris. In addition to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European art and architecture, her research interests include landscape architecture, the history of science, and, more broadly, the history of ideas in the early modern period. She is completing an article on a Parisian cabinet de curiosités as a locus of artistic and naturalist discourse and preparing a book manuscript entitled Reflections on the Garden Landscape in Eighteenth-Century French Art and Architecture. LCannady@clarkart.edu
C. Ondine Chavoya
Professor of Art, Williams College Ondine Chavoya is professor of art history and Latina/o studies. His current project is an anthology of Chicana art theory focusing on the four-member Los Angeles-based group, Asco. After earning his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz, Chavoya received his Ph.D. at the University of Rochester in New York. Ondine.C.Chavoya@williams.edu
Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, The Clark Jay A. Clarke received her Ph.D. from Brown University in 1999 and served as a curator at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1997 through 2009. Her publications include Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety, and Myth (2009) and articles on the critical reception of Käthe Kollwitz and Max Beckmann, Julius Meier-Graefe as an art dealer, Munch’s use of repetition, and Munch’s reputation in Germany, among others. She was editor of Tradition, Innovation, and Nostalgia: The Manton Collection of British Art (2012), The Impressionist Line from Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec (2013), and co-editor of The Spiritual Landscapes of Adrienne Farb, 1980-2006 (2006). Clarke taught graduate seminars at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2001 through 2008. email@example.com
Associate Director for Academic and Public Engagement, Williams College Museum of Art Sonnet Coggins holds an MA in Teaching and an MA in French Language and Literatures, both from the University of Virginia. Her research focused on interpretation at museums, historic sites, and memorials related to the Second World War in France. At WCMA, Sonnet develops interpretive approaches, exhibitions and programs to deepen and broaden student and faculty engagement with the museum and its collection. Prior to assuming this position, she was both Head of Adult & College Programs, and Master Teacher for Modern and Contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum, a role that blended curatorial and interpretive practice in exhibition making and program development. Sonnet.K.Coggins@williams.edu
Former Director, The Clark Michael Conforti received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. An expert in sculpture, decorative arts and design as well as the history of museums and collecting, he was Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (1977-80) and Chief Curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (1980-94) before coming to the Clark in 1994. His tenure as Director ended on August 31, 2015. Currently he is a trustee of the Amon Carter Museum, MASS MoCA, the American Academy in Rome, and AAM/ICOM (the American Association of Museums’ International Committee on Museums). He is also a membre titulaire of CIHA (the Comité International d’histoire de l’art) and a member of the National Committee for the History of Art. From June 2008 to June 2010, he served as President of the board of trustees of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD).
Curator of Visual Arts, MASS MoCA A graduate of the Williams College Graduate Program, Susan Cross was formerly a curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum where she organized exhibitions around such artists as Daniel Buren, Bruce Nauman, and Pierre Huyghe. Cross also worked with the Young Collectors Council to make acquisitions for the museum’s permanent collection by contemporary artists such as Ricci Albenda, Stephen Dean, Koo Jeong-a, Jonathan Monk, Marjetica Potrc, Robin Rhode, and Alyson Shotz, among others. Cross organized the first museum survey of the artist Spencer Finch and published his first monograph. She is currently working on a commission and catalogue with Simon Starling, and co-editing a book on Sol LeWitt. At Williams she teaches a course on contemporary art writing, treating such issues as the projected image, collaborative art practices, and issues around globalization. She has recently been awarded Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award for a forthcoming project at MASS MoCA. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lecturer in Romance Languages, Williams College Nicole Desrosiers teaches Intensive French Grammar and Translation (Fall) and Readings in French Art History and Criticism (Spring). She received an MA in English Literature from the University of Clermont-Ferrand, and an MA and a PhD in French Literature and Language from the University of Massachusetts, concentrating in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She has taught at Trinity College in Hartford and at Bennington College. Nicole is interested in translation, semantics and the pedagogy of language where culture, literature and art intersect. She is presently concentrating her efforts in writing the textbooks for her courses. email@example.com
Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, Williams College Museum of Art Dorin graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a bachelor’s degree in art history and studio art. She received her master’s degree from Williams in 2000. Prior to WCMA, Dorin was associate curator of contemporary art at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she organized dozens of temporary exhibitions featuring artists such as Pierre Huyghe, Alfredo Jaar, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Danh Vo, and Kara Walker. She has written extensively, including editing Film, Video, and New Media at the Art Institute of Chicago, a publication documenting the AIC’s time-based media collection, and Richard Hawkins: Third Mind (Yale University Press, 2010). She has served as a visiting lecturer and critic at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Columbia College, Chicago, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois Chicago. Lisa.B.Dorin@williams.edu
Samuel Y. Edgerton, Jr.
Amos Lawrence Professor of Art History Emeritus, Williams College Samuel Y. Edgerton is Amos Lawrence Professor of Art History Emeritus at Williams College where he taught for twenty-seven years, and at Boston University for sixteen years before that. During those four plus decades his scholarly interests have ranged from studying the arts of medieval and Renaissance Europe to the arts of pre- and post-conquest America. Among his many publications are The Heritage of Giotto’s Geometry: Art and Science on the Eve of the Scientific Revolution (1991) and The Mirror, the Window, and the Telescope: How Renaissance Linear Perspective Changed our Vision of the Universe (2009).
Senior Lecturer, Williams College Holly Edwards has degrees from Princeton University (B.A.), University of Michigan (M.A. and Certificate of Museum Practice) and Institute of Fine Arts, NYU (Ph.D). Fieldwork in the Indus Valley and a fellowship at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. completed her training. Thus, she brings diverse experiences and interests into the classroom, offering courses that range from mosque architecture to Persian painting and photography. Much of her recent scholarship has taken curatorial form, resulting in catalogues devoted to American Orientalism (Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures, Princeton, 2000) and photography’s traffic in pain (Beautiful Suffering, Chicago, 2007). Currently, she is working on the history of Afghan photography. firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary George Ferger received his M.A. degree in English from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1968. After serving in the Peace Corps in Malawi, Central Africa, he settled in Montreal and studied at McGill University, then taught English Literature and Humanities for 25 years at Vanier College in Montreal. His interests vary widely (perhaps too widely) from natural history to horticulture, from art history to world literature. He has written poems and published a few. A long essay, “Who’s Who in the Sublimelight: ‘Suave John Ray’ and Lolita‘s ‘Secret Points’,” appeared in Nabokov Studies 8 (2004). In the Graduate Program, his main duties are in the areas of communications facilitation, scheduling, website management, and admissions. email@example.com
J. Kirk T. Varnedoe 67 Professor of Art, Williams College After undergraduate studies at Barnard, Zirka Filipczak did all her graduate work at Harvard. An expert on Flemish and Dutch art of the seventeenth century, her thematic research and teaching interests cover a wider chronological scope, and include the gendered roles given to men and women (the exhibition Hot Dry Men, Cold Wet Women); working methods of artists (articles about Leonardo, Vermeer, Dutch tonal still-lifes); the significance of poses and gestures (articles about Leonardo, Rembrandt, Rubens, portraits of unconventional women); art about art (Picturing Art and Artists in Antwerp: 1550-1700); and images depicting miracles and “miracle-working” sculptures of the Madonna (articles about both themes). Her current research project is on the relationship of altarpieces by Rubens and the cult of “miracle-working” Madonnas. Zirka.Z.Filipczak@williams.edu
Charles W. (Mark) Haxthausen
Robert Sterling Clark Professor of Art History, Williams College Mark Haxthausen received his B.A. degree from the University of St. Thomas (Houston) and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University. After teaching at Indiana University, Harvard University (where he was also curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum), and the University of Minnesota, he joined the Williams faculty in 1993, serving as director of the Graduate Program until 2007. His teaching focuses on European modern and contemporary art and on art-historical method. He is editor of The Two Art Histories: The Museum and the University (2002) and co-editor of Berlin: Culture and Metropolis (1990). Current research interests include: the theory and criticism of Carl Einstein; the Bauhaus; Ernst Ludwig Kirchner; Paul Klee; Sigmar Polke; and Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. Charles.W.Haxthausen@williams.edu
Professor of Art, Williams College An expert on the art of ancient Greece, Guy Hedreen’s courses are interdisciplinary, touching on literature, religion, mythology, and society as well as the art of antiquity. He also teaches the history and methodology of art history. He has published two books on Greek art, Silens in Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painting: Myth and Performance (1992), and Capturing Troy: The Narrative Functions of Landscape in Archaic and Early Classical Greek Art (2001). He has also published a number of articles on Dionysiac mythology, ritual, and drama; the Trojan War in Greek art and literature; and the nature of visual narration. He received his B.A. from Pomona College and Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College. Guy.M.Hedreen@williams.edu
Associate Director of Research and Academic Program, the Clark Christopher Heuer holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in the history of art and architecture (2003) and completed a predoctoral fellowship at the Kunsthistorisch Instituut of the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden (2000–2002). He earned his MA from the University of Southern California in the history of art and architecture (1997) and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree cum laude, double majoring in art history and philosophy. In addition to his two terms as a Fellow at the Clark, Heuer has served as a Fellow at Humboldt Universität, Berlin (2009) and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal (2006). His research has been supported by the Deutsch Akademische Austausch Dienst and the Mellon, Fulbright, and Kress Foundations. Heuer’s work has been widely published, including articles in Res, Art History, Artforum, The Burlington Magazine, Oxford Art Journal, Kunstschrift, and Word and Image. He served as the Northern European book review editor for caa.reviews (College Art Association) between 2010 and 2015.
Consulting Director, Research and Academic Program, The Clark Michael Holly teaches critical theory, methodology, and historiography in art history. She was co-founder and chair of the Visual and Cultural Studies Program at the University of Rochester. She is the author and editor of studies on the historiography of and theory in art history, including Panofsky and the Foundations of Art History (1984), Visual Culture: Images and Interpretations (1994), Past Looking: Historical Imagination and the Rhetoric of Images (1996), The Subjects of Art History: Historical Objects in Contemporary Perspective (1998), and Art History, Aesthetics, and Visual Studies (2002) She is the recipient a range of fellowships, including a Guggenheim, a Getty, and grants from CASVA, the ACLS, the NEH, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. Her most recent book project on the history of art as a melancholy discipline, The Melancholy Art was published in 2013 by Princeton University Press. firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor of Art, Williams College Scarlett Jang received a B.A. from Cheng-chih University, Taipei, Taiwan, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. At Williams she has taught a survey of Asian Art as well as specialized classes, including “Images and Anti-images: Zen Art in China and Japan” and “In Pursuit of Clouds and Mists: Chinese Landscape Painting.” She has recently finished a book manuscript “Art, Politics, and Palace Eunuchs in Ming China (1368-1644).” She also investigates the chastity cult, courtesan culture, and illustrated erotic novellas in late Ming China. She is the author of “The Eunuch Agency Silijian and the Imperial Publishing Enterprise in Ming China” (2008); “Form, Content, and Audience: A Common Theme in Painting and Woodblock-printed Books of the Ming Dynasty” (1997); and “Realm of the Immortals: Paintings Decorating the Jade Hall of the Northern Sung” (1993). Ju-Yu.Scarlett.Jang@williams.edu
Amos Lawrence Professor of Art, Williams College E.J. Johnson specializes in the architecture of the Italian Renaissance and the twentieth century. A graduate of Williams, he received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, where he studied with Richard Krautheimer and Wolfgang Lotz. Publications include Sant’Andrea in Mantua, The Building History (1975); Charles Moore, Buildings and Projects, 1949-1986 (1986); Memphis: An Architectural Guide (with Robert Russel, 1990); Style Follows Function: Architecture of Marcus T. Reynolds (1993); Drawn from the Source: The Travel Sketches of Louis I. Kahn (with Michael J. Lewis, 1996). Recent work has centered on sixteenth-century Venice, with essays in the JSAH, Renaissance Quarterly, Shakespeare Studies, and the Art Bulletin. Current projects include a study of the architecture of theaters in Italy and a textbook on world architecture. Eugene.J.Johnson@williams.edu
Lecturer in German, Williams College Elizabeth Kieffer teaches German Reading for Art History. She is a translator, whose recent translations include contributions to Sol LeWitt: 100 Views, edited by Susan M. Cross and Denise Markonish. Kieffer also serves as a researcher for ARTstor. She received her B.A. from Douglass College of Rutgers University, with further study at the University of Tübingen. email@example.com
Assistant Professor of German, Williams College Christophe Koné holds a Masters degree in German Studies from Université Lumière, Lyon 2, France and will finish his Ph.D. in German Studies at Rutgers in 2014. Among his recent publications are “The Key to Voyeurism: Haneke’s Adaptation of Jelinek’s The Piano Teacher” with Fatima Naqvi in On Michael Haneke and “Aschenbach’s Homovisual Desire: Scopophilia in Thomas Mann’s Der Tod in Venedig” in Thomas Mann, Neue kulturwissenschaftliche Lektüren. His research interests include German Romanticism, Modernism, Film Studies, Art History, and Fashion Studies. Christophe.A.Kone@williams.edu
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Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art History, Williams College Michael J. Lewis has taught American art and architecture at Williams College since 1993. He received his B.A. from Haverford College in 1980, and after two years at the University of Hannover Germany, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. He has taught at Bryn Mawr College; McGill University, Montreal; and the University of Natal, South Africa. His books include Frank Furness: Architecture and the Violent Mind (2001), The Gothic Revival (2002), and American Art and Architecture (2006). In 1995 he received the Society of Architectural Historians’ Alice Davis Hitchcock award for his book August Reichensperger: The Politics of the German Gothic Revival, which was based on his dissertation. Among his research interests are architectural theory; utopian and communal societies; the meaning of monuments; and the problem of creativity and collaboration. He is currently writing City of Refuge: the Other Utopia under the auspices of a Guggenheim Fellowship. A critic of architecture, he writes for a wide variety of publications. Lewis was named Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art in 2008. Michael.J.Lewis@williams.edu
Thomas J. Loughman
Associate Director for Program and Planning, The Clark Tom holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, a master’s degree from the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art, and a doctorate in art history from Rutgers University. Prior to joining the Clark in 2008, Tom held curatorial posts at the Phoenix Art Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. During his professional formation, he held a number of fellowships, museum appointments at the national Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and elsewhere. At the Clark he has shepherded a number of international programs beyond his responsibilities as an administrator, chief among them the establishment and execution of a global tour of the Clark’s core collection, Great French Paintings from the Clark (2011-2014) which has been seen by nearly 2 million visitors in Europe, North America, and Asia. A new Chinese edition of his recent exhibition catalogue, Sterling Clark in China (Yale:2012) was released in September 2013. email@example.com
Professor of Art, Williams College Peter Low received his B.A. from the University of Toronto, his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University, and his L.M.S. from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. Low’s courses at Williams have covered art and architecture from the Early Christian to Late Medieval periods, and have addressed themes such as “Picturing God in the Middle Ages,” “Romanesque and Gothic Art and Architecture: the Medieval Church in Context,” “East Meets West in the Art of the European Middle Ages,” and “Representing Joan of Arc.” His research interests have centered on Romanesque portal sculpture considered within its original physical, functional, and ritual contexts, with special attention paid to the relationship at monastic sites of art, pilgrimage, and liturgy. The larger aims of his research have been to understand the role played by medieval religious art in general in activating communal worship—both lay and monastic—within a church setting. Low has published in Jewish Art, Art Bulletin, and Word & Image, amongst other journals, and is currently writing a book entitled Building a Dwelling Place for God: the Narthex Portals at Vézelay and Ephesians 2:11-22 in Medieval Art. Peter.D.Low@williams.edu
Professor of Art, Williams College Liz McGowan received a B.A. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts. At Williams she has taught courses on ancient Greek art and architecture, from the Bronze Age through the end of the Hellenistic period. Her classes include “Greek Art and Myth,” the iconography of deities and heroes in ancient Greece, and “Body of Evidence,” a survey of sculpture that considers changing concepts of the body in ancient Greece from the Neolithic through the Hellenistic periods. She has taught seminars on Hellenistic sculpture, on sanctuaries, on ancient funerary art, and on monuments and memorials over time. She has published studies on Greek funerary monuments and on the architectural orders. Her current projects include the origins of architectural motifs and sculptural decoration in Archaic Greece, and a study on Greek funerary monuments, memory, and cognition. Elizabeth.McGowan@williams.edu
Director of Exhibitions and Collections and Curator of Decorative Arts, The Clark Kathleen Morris is the Clark’s Director of Exhibitions and Collections and Curator of Decorative Arts. Prior to joining the Clark staff, she was Associate Director for Exhibitions and Collections Management, and Curator of European Sculpture, Decorative Arts, and Prints at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2005. Her dissertation dealt with contemporary sources on the life and art of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. In 2004, she was project co-curator with VMFA Director Michael Brand on Van Gogh and Gauguin: An Artistic Dialogue in the South of France at the VMFA. Morris contributed several catalogue entries to Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!: The Bruyas Collection from the Musée Fabre, Montpellier. firstname.lastname@example.org
Curator of American Art, Williams College Museum of Art Kevin Murphy holds a B.A. from Pitzer College of The Claremont Colleges in California and an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He earned a Ph.D. in art history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Murphy was most recently a curator and program manager at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Previously, he served as associate curator of American art at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. Murphy has taught art history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the University of California, Los Angeles, and San Diego Mesa College. He is the recipient of several fellowships and grants, including the Terra Foundation for American Art award and the Henry Luce Foundation Dissertation Research Grant. He is lead curator of the exhibition, “American Encounters: Anglo-American Portraiture in an Age of Revolution,” working in collaboration with the Musée du Lourve, Paris, the Terra Foundation for American Art, and the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. Murphy will author the main catalogue essay for this exhibition’s catalogue, as well as an essay on Gilbert Stuart’s George Washington, as part of the 2014 “American Encounters” series.
Associate Professor of Chinese, Williams College Christopher Nugent received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Brown University and his Ph.D. in Chinese Literature from Harvard. His research focuses on the literary culture of Tang dynasty China (7th through 10th century) and he teaches a wide range of courses on Chinese literature, language, and culture at Williams. His 2010 book, Manifest in Words, Written on Paper: Producing and Circulating Poetry in Tang Dynasty China won the Association for Asian Studies Joseph Levenson Book prize for best book on China, pre-1900 category in 2012. His publications include articles in T’oung Pao and Asia Major and he currently serves as editor of the journal Tang Studies. Nugent has received grants from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange and from the Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in Chinese Studies for his current research, which looks at the ways scholars in medieval China organized, learned, and used the literary inheritance. Christopher.M.B.Nugent@williams.edu
Dennis Meenan ’54 Third Century Professor of Art, Williams College Carol Ockman is the author of Ingres’s Eroticized Bodies: Retracing the Serpentine Line (1995) and Sarah Bernhardt: The Art of High Drama (2005), a catalogue, co-authored with Kenneth E. Silver, of the major multimedia exhibition they curated at the Jewish Museum in New York in 2005-06. Ockman is also the author of studies on French art of the late-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as contemporary art and culture, including such subjects as the nude, portraiture, stereotypes, and Barbie. Ockman also has a long held interest in live performance. She has been a resident at the Bellagio Center (Lake Como, Italy) and in New York, where she worked on two projects: Sarah Bernhardt’s Handkerchief, a book about a handkerchief passed on to great actresses of the American theatre (Helen Hayes, Julie Harris, Susan Strasberg, and Cherry Jones), and “The Invention of the Modern Nude,” an essay about how the nude came to mean the female nude under the Napoleonic Empire. Carol.J.Ockman@williams.edu
Graduate Program Post-Doctoral Research and Teaching Fellow Kristen Oehlrich received her doctorate in the History of Art and Architecture Department at Brown University. Her teaching and research interests focus on the history of photography, film, visual culture, and the intersections of modern and contemporary American and European art. Her dissertation examined Walker Evans’s formative years in photography, 1926-1938, in the context of transatlanticism, theory, literature, and politics. Oehlrich received her M.A. in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University (2002). She has held positions at the Museum of Modern Art, the RISD Museum, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and has taught art history and theory at Parsons, The School of Visual Arts, Brown University, and RISD. Oehlrich was a Helena Rubenstein Fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program in Critical Studies, and a selected member of the Beinecke Library Master Class at Yale University in photography and archival research. She has been a recipient of fellowships from the Victorian Society in America as well as the DAAD for research and teaching at the Bauhaus, Dessau, Germany. Kristen.Oehlrich@williams.edu
Class of ’56 Director of the Williams College Museum of Art Christina Olsen completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago. She earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in art history from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her directorship at WCMA, Olsen was the director of education and public programs at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon from 2008 to 2012. She was formerly a program officer at the Getty Foundation (2005-2008), where she oversaw the Foundation’s worldwide grants to museums and archives for scholarly catalogs and publications, archives, and interpretation, and launched an international initiative centered on developing prototypes for online scholarly catalogs for museums (the Online Scholarly Cataloguing Initiative). Prior to that she worked at the Getty Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Olsen has lectured and published on a wide range of topics, including secular painting in Quattrocento Florence, the rise of the tarot card deck, museum interpretation, and new social and pedagogical practices in museums. Christina.Olsen@williams.edu
Lecturer in English, Williams College Paul earned his B.A. in Creative Writing at Hampshire College in 1975, and has an extensive list of publishing credits that includes poems, short stories, and novels. A number of his works have been short-listed for such prizes as the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Arthur C. Clarke Award. In addition to teaching the Graduate Program’s expository writing class, Paul has taught a variety of literature and writing courses at Williams and at other venues across the country, and has participated in numerous literary conventions and conferences, often as a guest of honor. Paul.Park@williams.edu
Clark Visiting Professor 2015-2016 and John Schaeffer Associate Professor at the University of Sidney, Professor Roberts works in the field of nineteenth-century global culture, Orientalism, imperial culture, and European-Ottoman relations. Her fall seminar is “Ottoman and Orientalist Visual Culture,” and in the spring she will teach “Global Histories of 19th Century Visual Culture.” Istanbul Exchanges: Ottomans, Orientalists and Nineteenth Century Visual Culture, is forthcoming from the University of California Press this year. Other publications include: Intimate Outsiders: The Harem in Ottoman and Orientalist Art and Travel Literature (Duke, 2007) and four co-edited books: The Poetics and Politics of Place: Ottoman Istanbul and British Orientalism (Pera Museum and University of Washington Press, 2011) Edges of Empire: Orientalism and Visual Culture (Blackwells, 2005), Orientalism’s Interlocutors, (Duke, 2002) and Refracting Vision: Essays on the Writings of Michael Fried (Power Publications, 2000/2012).
Marc Simpson served as Associate Director of and Lecturer in the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art from 2000 through June 2013. From 2004 to 2009, he was also the Curator of American Art at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. From 1985 to 1994 he was the Ednah Root Curator of American Paintings at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. A graduate of Middlebury College, he received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1993. In the field of American art, Marc has organized exhibitions and written essays on numerous nineteenth- and early twentieth-century topics, with particular focus on the work of Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and James McNeill Whistler. He will teach “Winslow Homer” in the fall semester of 2015.
Chair of the Art Department and Professor of Art, Williams College Stefanie Solum received the M.A. and Ph.D. from Berkeley, joining the Williams College faculty in 2001. Her courses range from geographically based surveys of the period to specialized courses on such topics as the domestic visual culture of the Italian Renaissance, and Michelangelo and the myth of the Renaissance artist. She also teaches courses in Women’s and Gender Studies and serves on the Advisory Committee for that program. Solum’s recent work explores issues of women’s patronage and power in fifteenth-century Florence, was supported by the Fulbright Program and the American Council of Learned Societies and has been published in the Art Bulletin. Her new book, Women, Patronage, and Salvation in Renaissance Florence: Lucrezia Tornabuoni and the Chapel of the Medici Palace (Ashgate, 2015) provides a new model for understanding women’s contributions to the visual arts in Renaissance Florence, based on contemplative spirituality. Solum’s most recent project explores the intersection between Christian piety and innovation Renaissance art. Stefanie.Solum@williams.edu