Duke University has awarded distinguished professorships to 22 faculty members representing seven Duke colleges and schools.   “Our honorees are recognized as international leaders in a diverse range of fields,” said President Vincent Price. “Their research has already had a significant impact on broader society, helping to improve lives and shape our understanding of the world.” The honorees are the “successors of faculty leaders who helped define the university’s commitment to ethical scholarship, leadership and public… read more about Duke Awards 22 Distinguished Professorships »

When he was an undergraduate political science student, Kerry Haynie was never taught about the 1921 Tulsa massacre. Nor was there much discussion about the role of race in the founding political documents of this country or much examination of how race influenced public services such as sewer lines and zoning. In one sense, a lot has changed. In 2021, Duke’s faculty includes a strong lineup of leading scholars who examine how race is embedded in issues that cross all the schools of the university. This fall, many of… read more about University Course Raises Race as a Central Element of Undergraduate Education »

Professor William Seaman has received the 2021 Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art for his pioneering work “Recombinant Poetics / Recombinant Informatics / Neosentience” from The Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (ACM SIGGRAPH).                                                          The award citation notes: “Seaman has been interested in meaning production and has explored ideas around computational meta-meaning… read more about ACM SIGGRAPH 2021 Awards  »

Sheila Dillon, professor and chair of art, art history and visual studies, has been named the Anne Murnick Cogan Distinguished Professor of Art and Art History. Dillon is completing her second term as chair of the Department and was Acting Director of the Duke Digital Art History & Visual Culture Research Lab (formerly Wired! Lab) in 2020-21.   Professor Dillon received a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She teaches courses on Greek and Graeco-Roman art and… read more about Distinguished Professorship  »

Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Distinguished Professor of Art and Art History, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society for 2021.  Election to the American Philosophical Society honors extraordinary accomplishments in all fields. The APS is unusual among learned societies because its membership is composed of top scholars from a wide variety of academic disciplines. The American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the… read more about American Philosophical Society »

African American Literature in Transition 1800-1830 (Cambridge Press), edited by Jasmine Nichole Cobb, Bacca Foundation Associate Professor, was published in April. Contributors include Jasmine Nichole Cobb, Maurice Wallace, William L. Andrews, Prithi Kanakamedala, Joseph Rezek, Britt Rusert, Bryan Sinche, Teresa Zackodnik, Brigitte Fielder, Stefan Wheelock, Sarah Blackwood, Aston Gonzalez, and Martha J. Cutter.   From Cambridge Press: “African American literature in the years between 1800 and 1830 emerged from… read more about New Faculty Publication »

A new Trinity College of Arts & Sciences program offering peer mentoring to Ph.D. students in their first, second or third year at Duke will begin hosting meetings this fall, and has selected the inaugural class of fellows to lead those groups. Designed as small, interdisciplinary mentoring groups each facilitated by a peer fellow, the program aims to help students flourish in their respective doctoral programs – providing a confidential space to navigate frustrations, offering a diversity of perspectives, encouraging… read more about Trinity Launches Peer Mentoring Program for Early-Stage PhD Students »

END OF YEAR STUDENT EXHIBITION DEPARTMENT OF ART, ART HISTORY & VISUAL STUDIES RUBENSTEIN ARTS CENTER, DUKE UNIVERSITY APR 21-30, 2021 featuring works by: Breanna Collins Sarah Derris Mila De Souza Katja Gilman Hannah Homma Tong Andy Ju Polin Liu Adeline Monaghan Pavel Pivarshev Yukai Qian Sofia Zymnis Download AAAHVS-Capstone-Distinction-DigitalPublication (pdf - 8.47 MB)   Special thanks to… read more about 2021 Online Showcase, Works from the 2021 Visual Arts Capstone and Graduation with Distinction Students »

Once coronavirus lockdown orders and social distancing rules went into effect, people began to consume more visual media than ever before. Streaming platforms saw their numbers surge as subscribers binged new shows and watched movies into the wee hours of dawn. Behind the scenes, however, million-dollar film and television productions were forced to come to a halt. In the interval, many independent filmmakers began to rise and release fresh media. Working with the resources and knowledge they had, new filmmakers seized the… read more about Student Filmmakers Seize the Moment as Industry Adapts »

The Office for Faculty Advancement has awarded seed grants to 14 faculty-led projects exploring new ideas and expanding existing initiatives to promote an equitable and inclusive academic environment at Duke. The theme for this cycle was "Confronting Racism and Bias: Fostering an Inclusive Community." Faculty Advancement Seed Grants provide a financial head start for novel faculty development initiatives within academic units. 2021-22 Faculty Advancement Seed Grants Art, Art History and Visual Studies Anti-Racist Pedagogy… read more about Seed Grants Help Faculty Lead the Way in Confronting Racism and Bias »

Duke Entertainment, Media & Arts Network (DEMAN) is partnering with Duke Boston, Duke Asian Alumni Alliance, and the Art, Art History & Visual Studies department to present a virtual preview of Yuri Shimojo’s Memento Mori, a monumental painting series premiering in the US on the tenth anniversary of the Japanese Tōhoku earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima nuclear crisis. A Conversation on Art & Healing: US Exhibition Premiere of Memento Mori Thur, March 11, 2021 at 8–9 p.m. EST via Zoom.… read more about Yng-Ru Chen ‘01 on Why She Opened Praise Shadows Art Gallery »

When Elizabeth Schrader signed up for a free short-course in the summer of 2019, the doctoral candidate in religion had no idea it would have an immediate impact on her scholarship. Two years earlier, Schrader published an article arguing that early Christian copyists may have altered the Gospel of John to minimize the role of Mary Magdalene. This was an important finding, but it wasn’t getting the attention in scholarly circles that she’d hoped for. “Although my work had appeared in a prestigious journal (the Harvard… read more about What I Got Out of the Duke Graduate Academy »

An excerpt of Going There: Black Visual Satire, the new book by Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Distinguished Professor of Art and Art History and African & African American Studies, was recently published by Artnet News. read more about How Should We Understand the Shocking Use of Stereotypes in the Work of Historical Black Artists? It’s About the Satirical Tradition of ‘Going There’ »

When Sara Galletti first walked into the town hall in Arles, France, she was stunned. “It’s a relatively large room, and it’s covered by an absurdly shaped vault,” the associate professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies said. “It’s several types of vaults interpenetrating each other, and it holds up this heavy stone ceiling with no pillar at the center.” The mix of sober, bare stone and intricate, delicate lines fascinated her. It’s a style of vaulting called stereotomy, and Galletti’s fascination only grew as she… read more about This Difficult Method of Building Vaults Has Lasted for Millennia. But Why? »

Richard J. Powell knows every artist, critic and art world star featured in the new HBO documentary “Black Art: In the Absence of Light.” He was a friend of the late art historian, curator and artist David Driskell, whose 1976 exhibition, Two Centuries of Black American Art, inspired the 90-minute special. Powell also knows a thing or two about correcting outdated narratives of art history. As author, curator, art historian and professor, Powell has dedicated his career to rewriting the cannon to include Black artists who… read more about Richard Powell on Where Black Art Goes From Here »

The following piece is reprinted from Duke Baldwin Scholars’ February 2021 newsletter. I am narrowing in on a year of editing the photography for New York Magazine and digital sites from my apartment in Brooklyn. I have been working at New York Magazine for nine and half years. I am currently the Senior Photo Editor, where I primarily work on print but also oversee the digital editing. Moving remote last March was a major adjustment for our newsroom and especially for the print production of the… read more about Baldwin Alumnae Spotlight: Maya Robinson ‘11, Senior Photo Editor, New York Magazine »

The Department welcomes new faculty member Franklin Cason, Jr. as an assistant professor of the practice in cinematic arts. Cason is a filmmaker and film scholar who has taught courses in film theory, history, aesthetics, criticism, and analysis. His research interests have been primarily concerned with film, modern visual culture, and media studies. As such, his writing and artistic practice reaches across the disciplines of art history, film studies, digital multimedia, graphic novels, philosophy, sociology, literature… read more about New Faculty Member Joins Cinematic Arts »

Gary Yeh (Trinity ’17) is the founder of ArtDrunk, an art media company focused on spreading the emotional and cultural power of art with all. Having grown to nearly 100,000 followers on Instagram, ArtDrunk recently launched a weekly newsletter to make it easy to learn about contemporary art. ArtDrunk’s newsletter taps into the success of millennial newsletters like the Skimm and Morning Brew. It’s a digestible guide to today’s top artists without any of the fancy language that can often make art difficult to understand.… read more about FORM Alumni Series: ArtDrunk’s Gary Yeh ‘17 »