April 08, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

The Department of Art and Art History at Bucknell University will host the annual Intercollegiate Art History Symposium Saturday, April 11, in the Gallery Theatre (Room 301) of the Elaine Langone Center.

The day-long event will bring together 24 students from 14 colleges and universities from the central Pennsylvania area: Arcadia, Bloomsburg, Bucknell, Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Juniata, Lebanon Valley, Lycoming, Messiah, Muhlenberg, Penn State, Susquehanna and Ursinus.

Each student will give a 10-minute presentation on their research into a wide variety of art historical topics. This year's topics feature a large number of papers addressing representations of women, gender issues, and feminism.

The symposium is free and open to the public without registration.

Presentations begin following a welcome at 8:30 a.m. by George Shields, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Bucknell.

Selected topics are: "Women in Iran: An Art Historical Analysis;" "A Woman's Place is in the Painting: Domestic Women in the Works of Edmund C. Tarbell;" "Saint Catherine of Alexandria: Understanding an Ancient Saint through Medieval Popular Thought;" "Beneath the Bridge: James Whistler and Ukiyo-e;" "Paul Gauguin and Saito Kiyoshi: From Tahiti to Tokyo;" "Inspired Images: Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz's Collaborative Photographs, 1917-1937;" "To Dali or Not to Dali? Visualizing Shakespeare: Iconography and Interpretation;" "The Right Hand of God: The God Complex in Classical Mayan Royal Art;" "Depicting Conflict: American Art During the Civil War;" and "Making the Invisible Visible: Art, Landfills and Consumer Culture."

"Because this is the 10th year for this event, we have put together a booklet of comments made by former participants about the importance of this event in their careers," said Janice Mann, Associate Professor of Art at Bucknell. "Many of the former speakers have gone on to have careers in art history, auction houses and museums."

There is also a small exhibition of past programs and posters from earlier symposiums in the display cases outside the Gallery Theatre. During the history of the symposium, more than 100 students from a total of 16 institutions have participated.

This annual symposium was begun in 2006 by Roger Rothman, Samuel H. Kress Chair and Associate Professor of Art History at Bucknell. Providing a professional forum for Art History undergraduate research, it offers a chance for undergraduates to present their research, hone their speaking skills and share their ideas with an audience of their peers. Talks most often highlight senior thesis research, the results of an in-depth research or independent study project, field work and study abroad, or exceptional internship experiences.


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