Glaire Anderson receives 2015 Eleanor Tufts Book Award for The Islamic Villa in Early Medieval Iberia

Congratulations to Associate Professor Glaire Anderson on winning the 2015 Eleanor Tufts Book Award!

2015 Eleanor Tufts Book Award Winner (American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies)

This year’s committee received an unprecedented 22 entries that all merit high praise for their contributions to the history of art and architecture in Iberia.  As a committee, we unanimously voted Glaire Anderson’s The Islamic Villa in Early Medieval Iberia: Architecture and Court Culture in Umayyad Córdoba the winner of the 2015 Eleanor Tufts Book Award.

Anderson’s book, which examines the aristocratic villas and court culture of Córdoba during the Umayyad dynasty, is unique in several respects.  A deeply synthetic study, it draws on a wide range of material including – but not limited to – medieval Arabic texts, ivory carving, agricultural treatises, and archaeological findings to shed light on this important facet of Umayyad architectural patronage.  As well as reconstructing the Islamic villa as an architectural entity, Anderson’s book presents it fully within a rich social and political context; considerations of decor, ceremony, and agricultural productivity are key to the study.  Of particular importance is Anderson’s nuanced analysis of the villa’s patronage, which fell to members of the “unfree elite.”  A major theme of the book is its recognition that the munyas of Umayyad Córdoba belong to the long tradition of Mediterranean villas which began in the Roman era and continued in Christian European and New World locales.

This publication met and surpassed the stipulated award criteria of “originality of conception, thoroughness of research, rigor of argument, brilliance of insight, significance of findings, and clarity of expression.”  Although the book will engage and satisfy specialists in Islamic art and architecture, Anderson’s clear prose makes it accessible and valuable to anyone with an interest in a host of related fields.


The 2015 Eleanor Tufts Book Award Committee

Julie Harris (Committee Chairperson)
Adjunct Faculty
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
Chicago, IL

Felipe Pereda
Nancy H. and Robert E. Hall Professor of the Humanities
Department of the History of Art
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Tara Zanardi
Assistant Professor of Art History
Department of Art and Art History
Hunter College
New York, NY

MFA Alumna Meg Stein featured in lobby of Raleigh Artspace in February

Meg Stein
A Throat of Roses

February 6 – 28, 2015
First Friday Gallery Walk: February 6, 6-10pm

Meg Stein, Untitled (Mouth), pacifiers, pillow stuffing, table salt, food dye, kitchen caulk, resin clay, plaster, 14 x 18 x 16 in

Meg Stein creates work that unnerves the viewer by presenting unsettling juxtapositions of several dichotomies: familiarity and mystery, comfort and discomfort, innocence and corruption, intimacy and hate, safety and pain, organic and man-made, life and decay. The forms she uses most often are soft, round, spindly, bone-like, alien, knobbly, animal, hollow, sexual or bodily. Several of her sculptures include fleshy, organ-like, possibly sexual aspects, as well as forms that suggest body parts like breasts or legs. Stein’s sculptures combine disparate elements to create uncomfortable, stimulating dissonance. In “Untitled (Mouth), tongue shapes are used as legs and then are covered in a salty, crusty surface. One sculpture could suggest many things at once. For example, the shape of “Untitled (Lines)” could be seen as a leaf, ribs or as the legs of a centipede-like creature.

Artist Bio:

Meg Stein is a sculptor, image-maker, installation artist and animator from Durham, NC. In 2014 she earned her MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014, where she was also a teaching fellow and online instructor for the Art Department. She has nationally exhibited work, including solo shows Proximity to Permanence at the John and June Allcott Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC (2014) and For Your Consideration at the Green Gallery in Durham, NC (2013). In 2014 she was a Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence at Artspace NC in Raleigh, NC. In spring 2015 she will be in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, VA. More information and work is available at

Meg will present a Tactile Talk in Artspace’s Lobby February 12, at noon! More information here.

Current and Upcoming Shows from Alumna Lauren Frances Adams

American Catastrophe ReportAmerican University’s Katzen Arts Center Rotunda, Washington, DC (August 2014 – May 2015)


Leaving Home, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK (April – June 2015)

Animalia Agitatus, Bruce Gallery at Edinboro University, PA

Untitled No. 5, Randall Scott Projects, Baltimore, MD (February 20 – March 21)

UnloadedSpace Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (February 13 – April 26, 2015)

Make Things (Happen), Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA (as part of Christine Wong Yap’s participatory project)

WPA Select, Washington Project for the Arts, Artisphere, VA (January 29 – March 6, 2015)

Skowhegan SPACE/LAUNCH Publication, December 2014

Post-Doc Fellow Lavar Munroe in Volta Art Fair NYC













91” x 110”
Acrylic, Spray Paint, Latex house paint, fabric paint, tennis ball, rope, button, staples, banaids, award ribbons, string, thread,and found fabric on cut canvas.
Image Courtesy of Lavar Munroe


Solo Project 
I am pleased to announce that I will be participating in the 11th edition of  VOLTA Art Fair NYC. I will be involved in three projects. The first project will be a solo project in collaboration with NOMAD Gallery Brussels (Booth A7).  Exhibited work will consist of recent paintings and drawings inspired by the nineteenth century phenomena of the “human zoo”. 

Artist Edition Shirt Project
I was also invited to take part in an Artist edition t-shirt project with Imperfect Articles (Chicago IL). Some of the past artists/participants in this  project include David Shirley, Royal Art Lodge, Elijah Burgher, Sterling Ruby, Rashid Johnson, Misaki Kawai, and Atsushi Kaga to name a few. My contribution to this project will be shirts featuring: “Shit for Brains” 2014.

Artist Interview Video Series
I was selected as one of five artists to be featured on GalleryLOG’s NYC artist-interview video series.This video will co-exist with this years installment of VOLTA NYC. The video will be a part of my March newsletter. Stay tuned. 

VOLTA NY will take place from Thursday, March 5, through Sunday, March 8 at PIER 90 in Hell’s Kitchen, New York.  I will be in attendance! If you are in NYC, please visit and say hello. 


Lavar Munroe

In Memoriam: Art Department supporter William Goodyear “Bill” Rand Sr.

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of William Goodyear “Bill” Rand, Sr., January 26, 2015, at age 85. Bill became a great supporter of the Department of Art in 1994 when he established the Bettie Allison Rand Lectures in Art History in memory of his wife. Bettie had been an avid supporter of the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh and the couple had traveled widely throughout Europe and Asia to see the major art museums of the world. With the Bettie Allison Rand Lectures Bill envisioned bringing great scholars to UNC to talk about their research in art history, especially of the Renaissance through early Modern periods. The public presentation of these lectures are published in book or DVD, thus making them available to a broader public. In addition, Bill was a remarkable man: kind, energetic, generous, and loyal, with a great love of his family and friends. Indeed, he made his friends feel like family. While Bill truly enjoyed art in all its forms, and traveled to all the great museum and concert halls across the globe, he never shied away from seeking new adventures, including safaris and zip-lines.  He loved taking his entire extended family on trips each summer, traveling together in places as far flung as Alaska, Norway or Africa, and he would often speak stirringly about these family trips. He will be greatly missed.

More information can be found here.

UPDATE: Many Opportunities in February to hear Art History Faculty Vicki Rovine Speak

It begins with an event at the Bull’s Head Bookshop on Wednesday, February 4th at 3:30pm, with Vicki reading from her new book African Fashion, Global Style: Histories, Innovations, and Ideas You Can Wear.

NOTE: THIS TALK WILL BE RE-SCHEDULED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. Vicki will also be presenting a Carolina Seminar in the African Studies Center on Thursday, February 26 at 12:15-1:45  at the Fedex Global Education Center, Room 4003.  The title of this talk is “Culture through Objects: Africa’s Art History.”

Vicki is also presenting her research on fashion design in South Africa at the Southeastern Regional Seminar in African Studies, which will take place at UNC on Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7.  You will find further information on the Seminar at:

MFA Candidate Amy White’s essay in recent Daylight Books publication



Lauren II © Tama Hochbaum
Memory itself is the subject of Tama Hochbaum‘s photography. Using her iPhone, Hochbaum (born 1953) grabs screenshots of the television running the old classic movies favored by her mother, who died in February of 2012. In Silver Screen, she forgoes spatial faceting in favor of multiple layers in time. She turns her lens inward, constructing something of a dream journal of her vigilance in caring for her mother through her battle with Alzheimer’s, and in the process addresses the struggle to hold on to memory as well as a willingness to let memory fade. In her exploration of attachment and loss, she has traced the trajectory of her mother’s legacy using stacked technologies: celluloid transmitted via broadcast and rendered digitally, the silver screen of her mother’s youth, the TV screen of Hochbaum’s own coming-of-age, and the ubiquitous iPhone screen of her daughter’s generation. She continues with her exploration of memory, attachment and loss with the dancers of the Silver Screen in another, related body of work. These images are all simple, iconic and strangely current.

ISBN: 9781942084013, HARDCOVER, 10 X 8 IN, 124 Pgs, Illustrated throughout, $45 US.

MFA Candidate Travis Phillips featured in UNC Day in the Life Project

As a conceptual artist, Paul Travis Phillips starts with an idea. The materials — paint, drawing, sculpture, video, performance — come as a secondary. According to Phillips, who is now in his second semester in UNC’s Master of Fine Arts program in the College of Arts and Sciences, the hours of an artist are nonstop. Though his work has been showcased in more than 20 exhibitions, Phillips attends Carolina to expand his career in the arts as an academic artist. More about his day can be found here.