Art History Division Continues Making International Impact

The faculty members of the Art History Division of the NIU School of Art have been quite busy this past summer, with numerous activities on the docket for this fall, too.

Sinclair Bell gave a lecture on ancient sports fans at the Hudson Library and Historical Society in Hudson, Ohio in July, and will be speaking at numerous Archeological Institute and Classical Association events across the country this fall. 

Rebecca Houze spent much of the summer researching architecture in Acadia, Theodore Roosevelt, and Yellowstone National Parks, as well as in the Adirondacks.  Her most recent article, “Home as a Living Museum:  Ethnographic Display and the 1896 Millennial Exhibition in Budapest,” was published in CENTROPA, Journal of Central European Architecture and Related Arts (2012).  She will travel to Sun Valley, Idaho and Brighton, UK, to present talks this fall on topics ranging from Viennese fashion design to the Native American in sports team logos.

Ann van Dijk served as a peer reviewer for the interdisciplinary journal Essays in Medieval Art and has been named to the Editorial Board for the current volume (29). She continues to work on her book manuscript and has an article in press that will appear either late this year or early in 2013 in a volume entitled Old St. Peter's, Rome, published jointly by Cambridge University Press and the British School at Rome.

In June and July Professor van Dijk spent three weeks in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabagh where she visited and photographed medieval sites at Zvartnots, Ejmiadzin, Geghard and Gandzasar. She will be incorporating some of this material into her course on Early Christian and Early Byzantine Art this fall for the first time.

Catherine Raymond is busy with many projects, including curating the NIU Art Museum exhibition, Music of the Divine, organizing the International Burma Studies Conference on campus this October 5-7.  She has also been at work on several projects in Asian, including the documentation of Wat Pathumwanaree, a nineteenth century royal temple in downtown Bangkok, and finalizing plans with the Burmese Ambassador to France and representative to UNESCO for the return of a stolen 12th century polychrome stone Buddha image from Pagan, in the custody since 1995 of the NIU Burma Art Collection.  This will be an unprecedented action against illicit traffic in Burmese antiquities from Burma/Myanmar.

Mary Quinlan is at work on a new book; her Influences: Art, Optics, and Astrology in the Italian Renaissance is expected this November from the University of Chicago Press.  Mary received a Millard Meiss Award this past year for Influences from the College Art Association.

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