S. Hollis Clayson
S. Hollis Clayson (Ph.D. 1984, UCLA; Professor) is a historian of modern art who specializes in 19th-century Europe, especially France, and transatlantic exchanges between France and the U.S. Her first book, Painted Love: Prostitution in French Art of the Impressionist Era appeared in 1991 (reprinted by the Getty in 2003). A co-edited thematic study of painting in the Western tradition, Understanding Paintings: Themes in Art Explored and Explained, came out in 2000, and has since been translated into 6 other languages. Paris in Despair: Art and Everyday Life Under Siege (1870-71) was published in 2002 (paperback 2005). Her current book project studies the visual cultures of the City of Light in the era of Thomas Edison.
She chaired the Editorial Board of The Art Bulletin (2003-2005), and has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Getty Research Institute, the Clark Art Institute (twice), The Huntington Library, and Columbia University Reid Hall in Paris among others. She won a WCAS Teaching Award (1987), was the first and only recipient of the College Art Association's Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award to a Junior Professor (1990), held a Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence (1993-96), and was the Martin J. and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Professor (2004-06).
In fall 2005, she was Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor in the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. In 2006, she was named Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities. She cheerfully spent her recent leave year (2009-10) in Williamstown, San Marino (CA), Paris, and Evanston.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Warnock Lecture: Zainab Bahrani (Columbia University)
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Warnock Lecture: Robert Bagley (Princeton University)
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Warnock Lecture: Kerry James Marshall (Chicago visual artist)