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Art History

Research Opportunities

Art history students at Hamilton have an exciting range of opportunities to do independent research and study on and off campus. Their creative, engaged efforts go far beyond passive "art appreciation." Students work with professors both during the academic year and over the summer. These collaborations can lead to publication and student-curated exhibitions at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art. A recent Emerson exhibition, for example, contrasted male and female artists’ differing depictions of war. Many art history majors also serve internships at galleries and museums in New York City, in Boston and across the country. And the department encourages its students to study abroad during their junior year in order to explore the diversity and richness of artistic traditions and styles.

John McEnroe
McEnroe Writes About Excavation of Bronze Age Town in Hesperia

John McEnroe, the John and Anne Fischer Professor of Fine Arts, is a contributing author of "Excavations at Gournia 2010-2012" recently published in Hesperia: The Journal of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. The article summarizes the first three seasons of work at this important Bronze Age town in Crete.  More ...

Paula Ortiz '18 shoots her film in Otavalo, Ecuador, overlooking Imbabura mountain.
Paula Ortiz ’18 Takes a Shot at Documentary Filmmaking

Paula Ortiz ’18 is taking a shot this summer at an endeavor many professional filmmakers never undertake, let alone rising undergraduate sophomores: crafting a documentary. Ortiz is pursuing this project, titled Textile Patterns and Social Structure: Recapturing the Artistic, Historic and Cultural Legacy of Otavalo, with funding from an Emerson Summer Collaborative Research Award and Visiting Professor of Art History Scott MacDonald as her advisor.  More ...

Ashlie Flood ’15 at the Smithsonian Gardens in Washington, D.C.
An Artful Garden

Ashlie Flood ’15 combined her interests in art, photography and museums in her  internship at the Smithsonian Gardens in Washington, D.C. this summer. The Gardens, created in 1972, are an extension of the Smithsonian Museum complex. They include not only public outdoor gardens, but also interiorscapes and horticultural exhibits. As the Katzenberger Art History Intern for the Smithsonian Gardens, Flood is one of six undergraduates to be offered a 10-week position with the Museum.  More ...

Henry Rittenberg reads"The Mind's Eye" by Henri Cartier-Bresson. The book is a collection of essays on photographic practices.
Rittenberg ’15 Studies Fashion Photography Through Emerson Grant

Henry Rittenberg ’15 is examining the evolution of fashion photography since World War II for his Emerson Grant with Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian Studies Lawrence Chua. Through his project, titled “From Penn to Richardson: A Study in Post World War II Fashion Photography,” Rittenberg said, “I hope to find why there has been a shift from the supremely beautiful compositions of Richard Penn and other post-war photographers to the amateurism of Terry Richardson and the desire for shock value among other contemporary photographers.”  More ...

John McEnroe
Excavating an Ancient Town

John McEnroe, the John and Anne Fischer Professor in Fine Arts, has returned to Crete for fifth season of the Gournia Excavation Project. As the excavation architect, he is working with Bridget Maguire '16 and Ianna Recco '16 to map the site in order to understand the history and social organization of this major town that flourished from 1900 BCE - 1450 BCE.  More ...

Mackenzie Leavenworth '15, right, on site in Gournia, Greece, during a 2013 Emerson research expedition with Professor John McEnroe.
26 Students Awarded Emerson Research Grants

Recipients of the 2014 Emerson Summer Grants were recently announced. Created in 1997, the  program was designed to provide students with significant opportunities to work collaboratively with faculty members, researching an area of interest. The recipients, covering a range of topics, are exploring fieldwork, laboratory and library research, and the development of teaching materials. The students will make public presentations of their research throughout the academic year.  More ...

Mackenzie Leavenworth '15, right, on site in Gournia, Greece.
Mackenzie Leavenworth ’15 Digs Into Ancient Greece

This summer, Mackenzie Leavenworth ’15 is living the dream of any classics major. With funding from an Emerson Foundation grant, she is working on an excavation in Gournia, Greece. In addition to uncovering information about the ancient site, she has the opportunity to explore Greece, undoubtedly making her the envy of many of her classmates.  More ...

John McEnroe
Fracchia '14 and McEnroe Do Research in Crete

With the support of an Emerson Foundation Grant, Adi Fracchia ’14 worked with John McEnroe, the John and Anne Fischer Professor of Fine Arts, on a two-month study of the architecture of Gournia in Crete.  More ...

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