Department of Art and Art History News

Rob Verf Publishes Autobiographical Book

Tue. October 30, 2012

El Momento

Rob Verf (Lecturer in Studio Art), well known for his conceptual installations and paintings that explore how beings, forms and colors leave impressions in space, recently completed an autobiographical book that provides insight into his work and artistic perspectives.  Rob Verf- El Momento, was published by in Buenos Aires and launched in conjunction with Verf’s recent solo exhibition Versatil at the Museo Castagnino in Rosario. The book is currently available at renowned bookstores in Buenos Aires and Rosaio, Argentina, as well as Gallery Helder in The Hague, Netherlands.

Faculty Publication Provides Insight on American Folk Artists

Tue. October 30, 2012

American Folk Art

Kara Hallmark’s (Lecturer in Art Education) most recent publication, American Folk Art: A Regional Reference, is a two-volume collection of essays that examines the life and work of 300 artists through a series of biographies organized by geographical region. The book also includes essays on these different regions and an overview of American Folk Art.

Dr. Cherise Smith Named Associate Director at Warfield Center

Tue. October 30, 2012


The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies recently welcomed Dr. Cherise Smith (Associate Professor in Art History) as Associate Director. The Center acts as the research and programming division of the larger Black Studies community on campus, and draws upon the expertise of faculty affiliates and students from a wide variety of fields and disciplines. 

PhD Candidate Awarded Residence as Visiting Scholar at USMEX

Thu. October 25, 2012


Alexis Salas (PhD Candidate in Art History) has been awarded a residence from September 2012 - June 2013 as a Visiting Scholar at The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies (USMEX) at the University of California, San Diego. The largest residential fellowship program in the United States for research on Mexico, each year USMEX brings together scholars from the social sciences, history, and related field to research and participate in the seminars, lectures, and workshops at the Center and at academic institutions in the San Diego/ Tijuana border area. The Visiting Scholars Program accepts applicants with their own funding to become part of the USMEX community and provides a space to conduct research and writing. This year the Center has four visiting scholars, including two visiting professors and two graduate students working on their dissertations. Salas is currently authoring the dissertation, “Performing the Making: Uses of Public Spheres of Collaboration by Artists in Mexico City, 1993-2003.” Her research considers the globalization of art, public spheres of collaboration, as well as the work of art and of the artist in dialogue with how art is defined.

Fine Arts Library Receives Collection of Noted Art Scholar Houlberg

Thu. October 18, 2012



A collection of around 1,200 books and catalogues that constituted the personal library of Marilyn Houlberg – Professor Emeritus of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago – and served as a resource for her research in the arts and anthropology of West Africa and Haiti, as well as related studies of popular culture in the United States, will become part of the collections at the Fine Arts Library.The College of Fine Arts has received a collection of materials from a noted scholar and academician in the arts and culture of Haitian Vodou.

Houlberg was an artist and leading expert on the arts and culture of Haiti and West Africa. A prolific writer on Haitian Vodou and its relationship to art, Houlberg contributed essays to a number of journals including “New Observations,” “African Arts” and “Aperture," and co-curated groundbreaking exhibitions on Haitian and African art, including the traveling exhibitions “Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou” and “Haiti: Vodou Visionaries.”

John Yancey, John D. Murchison Professor in Art at the university, says Houlberg’s influence cannot be overstated.

“Marilyn unveiled the complexity, power, and wonder of art and culture of Africa and the African diaspora,” says Yancey. “Her non-conformist aesthetics opened doors of perception for scholars, collectors and most importantly, for the artists themselves.”