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2014-15 Department Newsletter


Department Welcomes Professor Rebecca Zorach

The Department welcomes Professor Rebecca Zorach as the new Mary Jane Crowe Professor in Art History, Zorach began her appointment in July, and will begin teaching for the department in Winter 2016.

Rebecca Zorach is one of the most accomplished and widely respected art historians of her generation, with a long list of honors and awards to her name. She works primarily in two areas, early modern European art history and political art of the 1960s and 70s. She is the author of countless articles and two monographs (Blood, Milk, Ink, Gold: Abundance and Excess in the French Renaissance and The Passionate Triangle, both University of Chicago Press). She has also edited several volumes, including most recently Art Against the Law, a collection of essays on activist art in Chicago, and has curated numerous exhibitions of early modern and contemporary art.

Professor Clayson Receives Northwestern's 2015 Ver Steeg Faculty Award

Congratulations to Professor Clayson, who has just been named this year's recipient of Northwestern's prestigious Ver Steeg Faculty Award.

Named for Clarence Ver Steeg, former Northwestern University Professor in History and Dean of The Graduate School from 1975 to 1986, this award recognizes one outstanding non-faculty staff person and two Graduate Faculty members each year for excellence in work with graduate students in The Graduate School.

Current & Upcoming Events

2015-16 Elizabeth and Todd
Warnock Lecture Series:
Briony Fer (University College,


Department Symposia

April 14‐15, 2016 

New Studies in Islamic Painting 

Organized by Bilha Moor


May 20‐21, 2016 

Shaped by Nature, Forged by Art: Image, Object, Knowledge, and Commerce in Early Modern Europe

Organized by Claudia Swan

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Welcome to the Northwestern University Department of Art History, a place comprised of a highly talented and productive group of scholars I am proud to call my peers. Our faculty is renowned for its interdisciplinary scholarship with particular strengths in early modern and 19th-century European art and architecture, Modern and Contemporary art and architecture across the globe, and Black Visual Culture in the United States and African Diaspora. Read more

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