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Exhibit of Contemporary Photographic Portraits Opens at Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery

An exhibition of contemporary photographic portraits opens the fall exhibition season at the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery in Cohen Memorial Hall.  On view through December 7, Who Are We?  Identity and the Contemporary Photographic Portrait examines how—in our image-saturated world—photographs have increasingly played a primary role in shaping identity. An opening reception will be held…

Posted by on September 14, 2017 in Events, Fine Arts Gallery, HART, History of Art, News, Student/Alumni, VRC


A&S Senior Performs in “Shakespeare in the Park” Through September 17 at Centennial Park

Miranda Pepin, an Arts and Science senior and the HART department’s work study student,  is currently performing in the Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s signature program, “Shakespeare in the Park,” Thursday through Sunday evenings,  now until September 17, at Centennial Park’s bandshell. Pepin will play Dorcas, a shepherdess in love with a clown, in A Winter’s Tale, and Dercetas, a soldier…

Posted by on September 1, 2017 in Events, HART, Student/Alumni, VRC


Nashville Arts Magazine Features Articles on Current Exhibits in Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery

*Kevin Murphy’s students in the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery, immersed in the initial stages of curating the current exhibition, American Modernism at Mid-Century: The Work of Morris Davidson, which closes September 17 “Part of the prestige of any museum or gallery is the ability to bring to the public the artistic contributions of cultures or…

Posted by on August 18, 2017 in Fine Arts Gallery, HART, Student/Alumni, VRC


Morris Davidson Exhibit in Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery Featured in “Magazine Antiques” Article

When modernism dominated art in the United States, from the interwar period onward, Morris Davidson was a prominent and widely exhibited painter—as well as a teacher, a critic, and a leader of arts organizations. And yet, since his death in 1979, his work has fallen into obscurity. A new exhibition, American Modernism at Mid-Century: The Work…

Posted by on August 1, 2017 in Fine Arts Gallery, HART, Student/Alumni, VRC


HART Alumnus John Powers at the Frist: Focus on Nature Subordinated to Humanity

Knoxville sculptor and HART alumnus John Powers comes from a family of tinkerers in rural Tennessee. He grew up working on cars and farm equipment, and his stunning kinetic sculptural installation Ialu (2011), on view through September 10 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, demonstrates his mechanical prowess.  Steel reeds connect to wooden…

Posted by on June 28, 2017 in Events, HART, Student/Alumni, VRC

HART VRC to Collaborate with 2017-2018 HASTAC Scholars Program

Each year Vanderbilt University appoints a number of graduate students as HASTAC Scholars.  HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) is a global network of individuals and institutions brought together by their shared interest in the intersections of digital media, 21st-century education, the digital humanities, science, technology, and the arts through online forums,…

Posted by on June 26, 2017 in HART, Student/Alumni, Technology, VRC


History of Art Graduates and Families Honored at Reception in Cohen Hall

Kevin Murphy, chair of the History of Art department, faculty, and staff honored the HART majors and minors and their families at the department’s annual reception for graduating seniors in the atrium of Cohen Memorial Hall. Earlier in the day, the Class of 2017 had attended the Senior Day address of Ken Burns, historian and…

Posted by on June 2, 2017 in Events, Fine Arts Gallery, HART, Student/Alumni, VRC

Department Celebrates HART Graduates at Reception and Awards Ceremony on May 11

History of Art majors and minors and their families and friends are invited to attend the department’s reception and awards ceremony for our graduating seniors on Thursday, May 11, from 2 to 4 pm. The event will be held in the atrium of Cohen Memorial Hall on the Peabody campus, and awards will be presented…

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Events, Fine Arts Gallery, HART, Student/Alumni, VRC

Downing Recipient Ellen Dement Completes Research on HART and Library Projects in New York, Washington, DC

I visited Washington, DC, and New York City over the spring break thanks to the generosity of the Downing family and Vanderbilt’s History of Art department. During my trip I completed research for two projects, both supervised by Kevin Murphy, HART professor and department chair. The first, my honors thesis, focuses on the Nashville Customs…

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in HART, Student/Alumni, VRC


Installation of Conor G. Bloomer, 2017 Hamblet Award Winner, in Space 204 through May 12

Conor G. Bloomer, studio art major from Watertown, Massachusetts, is the 2017 recipient of the Department of Art’s prestigious Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award. As the Hamblet winner, he will receive a $25,000 prize that provides funds for a year of art research and travel. A year and a half after graduation, Bloomer will return…

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in HART, Student/Alumni, VRC

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