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Undergraduate students Sarah Brewer and Monika Hetzler have been awarded Puffer Scholarships for International Travel.

Sarah Brewer is from Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb just outside of Chicago. When she was little, her family put an emphasis on art and they always visited art museums when they traveled. When she got to the University of Minnesota she decided to make Art History one of her majors because she wanted to keep art in her life. She is very excited to be studying at the University of Glasgow this spring. She chose this program because the University of Glasgow has the top art history program in the UK, and because the city of Glasgow itself looks like a great place to live (and they pretty much have fall weather year-round there). She is an Honors student at the University of Minnesota studying English as well as Art History, and she also works at the James Bell Library.

Monika Hetzler is a junior from Madison, Wisconsin. She loves learning about the continuing affect art has on culture and society, which is why she is an Art History major. During her free time she co-hosts the international music show for Radio K and curates art and music shows with her friends. She is very excited and honored to be a recipient of the Puffer Scholarship. She hopes through her travels in Florence to experience hands-on how the classical art of Italy has influenced modern art movements locally in Florence as well as in America.

DeAnn Dankowski

The Art History Department is saddened by the news of DeAnn Dankowski’s recent death at the age of 51. A former student in the graduate program, Dankowski was an advisee of Professor Weisberg’s and wrote her Masters paper on “Social Reform Through Art: Victor Horta and the Maison du Peuple.” After receiving her MA in 1990, she worked at the Minneapolis Institute of Art for 23 years. Her museum career began with work as a Production Coordinator in the Design and Editorial Services Department. She went on to serve as a Permissions Coordinator in the Curatorial division and as a Senior Administrative Assistant in the Photography and New Media Department. Our sincere condolences go out to her loving family and many dear friends. Read the Star Tribune Obituary


Parisa Atighi Moghadam, graduate student in Art History, is the recipient of an award from the Carol E. Machpherson Memorial Scholarship. She will be recognized at the annual Celebrating University Women Awards Program.


Jessica Plant, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History in May 2015, has been accepted to the Master of Arts program in Archaeology at Cornell University. She plans to study art and archaeology of the late antique Mediterranean.


Andrea Truitt, PhD student in Art History, has been awarded the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the University for the 2015-2016 academic year. Her proposed dissertation is titled "Experiencing the Otherworldly: Magazine Reading and Illustrations of Orientalist Domestic Space in the United States, 1800-1920."

The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship gives the University's most accomplished PhD candidates the opportunity to devote full-time effort to research and writing during the fellowship year. The selection committee evaluates the student's accomplishments including progress in their program, publications, presentations, research and potential for impact on their field.


McKenzie Stupica, a 2014 graduate from New Prague who majored in Art History and German in the College of Liberal Arts, has been awarded an English teaching assistantship in Germany. She is currently a teaching assistant at the Germanic-American Institute in St. Paul and has served an an educational intern and student guide at the Weisman Art Museum.

Stupica was excited by the variety and accessibility of art while studying for a year in Berlin and applied for a WorkART fellowship that allowed her to return to Germany as an intern at a Kunstverein. She plans to reconnect wtih German artists and arts organizations in the next year.

The Fulbright Program was created and funded by Congress in 1946 to promote international good will through the exchange of students and scholars in all areas of education, culture, and science. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.

MATTHEW P. CANEPA Receives john simoN guggenheim memorial foundation fellowship

Associate Professor of Art History, Matthew P. Canepa, has been named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in support of a multi-volume research project on the development of the visual cultures and spatial environments of power in Persia and the ancient Iranian world. The Guggenheim fellowship will allow Professor Canepa to spend academic year 2015-2016 finishing his second book, entitled "The Iranian Expanse," which explores the interrelation and transformation of ancient Iranian landscapes, architecture and identities. During the fellowship period he also plans to continue work on a long-term project, "Royal Glory, Divine Fortune," which examines the contested image of Iranian sovereignty between Alexander and Islam.

Jennifer Marshall receives National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

Jennifer Marshall has been awarded an NEH Fellowship for 2015, for her current book project, William Edmondson: Life and Work: a critical monograph on the African-American folk artist, William Edmondson (ca. 1874-1951).

Active in Nashville, Tennessee during the tumultuous period of the 1930s and '40s, Edmondson was a self-taught stone carver who began his artistic career making tombstones, but quickly expanded his practice to include stand-alone works of art: angels, preachers, seated women, architectural abstractions, and allegorical figures of animals and birds. Over the course of four thematic chapters--relating to (1) biography and representation, (2) empathy and interracial experience, (3) Southern poetry and politics, and (4) the role of the artist as a figure for creative personal agency during the American Machine Age--the project operates both centripetally and centrifugally in relation to its subject. Using a mix of archival and oral histories, William Edmondson moves inwardly toward the sculptor himself, in order to develop a more intimate, three-dimensional portrait of this "outsider" artist than has previously been offered. Simultaneously, the project moves outwardly, so as to explore the many different historical contexts in which Edmondson and his work circulated: regional, racial, religious, civic-governmental, economic, literary, and artistic.

For a complete list of the 2014 NEH Fellowship recipients, see: research/grant-news/ fellowships-2014

Frederick Asher receives Distinguished Contribution to Asian Studies award

The Department of Art History is pleased to announce that Professor Frederick Asher has been chosen to receive the Distinguished Contributions to Asian Studies award from the Association for Asian Studies.


Sheila J. McNally, Professor Emerita of Art History, passed away in Minneapolis on September 24, 2014, at the age of eighty-one. Professor McNally graduated with a B.A. from Vassar College in 1953 and, following studies at the University of Kiel, University of Munich, and the Radcliffe Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1965, writing a dissertation on “The Role of Ornament in Protocorinthian Vase Painting.” After serving as a lecturer and instructor at Ohio State University and Mount Holyoke College, she joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 1965. Until 1987 she was a member of the Art History Department; between 1987 and 2004 she was affiliated with the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies; and then from 2004 until her retirement in 2010 she was again a faculty member in the Department of Art History.

Over the course of her long career Sheila was widely recognized as a dynamic educator and accomplished scholar. In addition to numerous publications on Diocletian’s Palace in Split (including The Architectural Ornament of Diocletian’s Palace at Split [1996]), her work engaged Coptic Egypt, the art and archaeology of monasticism, as well as Greek and Roman sculpture, mosaics, and pottery. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the College Art Association and Mid-America Art History Society, and as a member of the advisory board of the Women’s Caucus for Art, the board of governors and other committees of the Archaeological Institute of America, and the Rome Prize jury of the American Academy in Rome.

Professor McNally was a pathbreaking scholar and archaeologist—among the earliest women to make a name for herself in a field long dominated by men—and was an inspiring role model to young women in the field of Classical archaeology. She will be remembered as a passionate individual who lived her life in an utterly unique fashion, and will be missed by all who knew her.

Contributions in her honor can be made to the Sheila McNally Fellowship Fund (c/o the Department of Art History), which supports graduate students pursuing the Ph.D. in the art and archaeology of the late Antique.

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