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The Department Mourns the Passing of Benefactor Larry Goldrich

April 13, 2021

The whole department mourns the recent passing of Larry Goldrich, who was the founder and benefactor of our Alumni Sculpture Garden. You can read his full obituary here:

The family has included the Alumni Sculpture Garden Endowment Fund as one of the suggested ways to celebrate Larry’s memory. Online giving to the Alumni Sculpture Garden is easy and secure. Simply follow the link to make your gift, and search for “Alumni Sculpture Garden Endowment Fund (100919)” in the form under Top Funds.

Camino UNC Study Abroad Info Session October 22

October 20, 2020

Does an artistic hike across Spain sound like a great way to spend your summer in 2021? 

Come join us Thursday, October 22nd from 5:40pm–6:00pm over Zoom as part o Study Abroad Week 2020for a brief info session about The Department of Art + Art History’s Art on the Camino de Santiago Study Abroad program — walking an ancient pilgrimage path across Northern Spain. Professors Pérez-Méndez and Marzán will walk you through the experience and the courses they’ve developed for this UNC Faculty-Led Study Abroad. The program runs in the Summer and earns you 6 credit hours in Studio Art. You can count these courses toward your minor or major, Experiential Education or Visual + Performing Arts general education requirements.

Register to attend the session HERE:

Are you intrigued about the opportunity but need to hear about it in more detail? Curious about how to make this happen? Or perhaps would like to hear about the logistics of walking across Spain with nothing but what you carry on your back?  Come to the info session for this special  presentation. What should I expect along this hike? Come hear about the towns you will walk through and the places we’ll stay. Learn about the culture and history of the Camino de Santiago and hear about the artistic adventures that await you in Summer 2021!

Applications for Camino UNC Study Abroad begin early this year! So come and find out what is required to be able to go! Explore Spain with us this summer!

All are welcome– hope to see you there!
Graphic for Camino UNC Study Abroad Info Session October 22

Morrison Art Studio Opening a Success!

October 17, 2018

Fulfilling Chancellor Folt’s expansive vision for the arts, and in partnership with our wonderful colleagues in Arts Everywhere and Carolina Housing, we hatched our pilot “intramural” arts studio last week. Thank you so much for the various ways you have supported the Morrison Art Studio so far. We have heard incredible excitement from the UNC community regarding the 24/7 access and the no-cost supplies, and only anticipate those numbers to continue growing.

Over the course of the past week alone, we:

  • welcomed nearly 500 unique students and campus community members to the studio for a visit;
  • signed up nearly 350 unique students and campus community members to our studio listserv;
  • led 14 group orientation sessions;
  • trained and provided 24/7 access through Housing to 160 students and campus community members!!
  • and we are busy planning more sessions and gatherings to continue to bring this opportunity to more and more students and campus community members.

Approximately half of those who have been oriented live in Morrison dorm, with additional usage by students living in most South Campus dorms.

Thanks again to Assistant Professor Lien Truong and Department Chair Carol Magee in Art and Art History, to Allan Blattner and his entire team in Carolina Housing, and to UNC facilities for their leadership, efforts, and enthusiasm. The Morrison Art Studio is the perfect example of strategic partnership at work.

Please feel free to stop by.  We are continuing the studio’s “open door” policy over the next week.  The studio will be during the staffed hours below either by our Artist-in-Residence, first-year MFA studio art student Natalie Strait or two work-study students hired by the Art and Art History department who will be serving as Assistant Studio Managers. Their names are Eden Teichman and Meghan Mcguire, sophomore and first-year students respectively who are already doing a wonderful job of giving orientations and learning the ropes of studio management!

Monday 4 – 9 pm

Tuesday 5:30 – 10 pm

Wednesday 5:30 – 10 pm

Thursday 5:30 – 10 pm

Huge thanks to Haley Smyser who singlehandedly managed the launch event with grace and skill!

Rand Lecture published in Andrew Hemingway Essay Collection

January 11, 2018

2016 Rand Lecturer Andrew Hemingway, Emeritus Professor in History of Art at University College London, recently published a collection of his essays titled Landscape Between Ideology and the Aesthetic: Marxist Essays on British Art and Art Theory, 1750-1850. Included in the selection is an essay written for and delivered at the Rand Lecture Series, “The Field of Waterloo Exposed: Turner, Byron, and the Politics of Reaction.”

UNC-NCMA Joint Conference: The New Scholarship in British Art History: Discoveries at the NCMA

December 15, 2016

The New Scholarship in British Art History: Discoveries at the North Carolina Museum of Art, a two-day conference, in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill held at the North Carolina Museum of Art, hosted alongside the upcoming exhibition “History and Mystery: Discoveries in the NCMA British Collection” that explores how innovative scholarship and new narratives can help expand the larger discipline of British studies.

Congratulations to HVA lecturer Mary Reid Kelley on being named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow

September 27, 2016

Mary Reid Kelley, who was a Hanes Visiting Artist in 2014, has just been named a 2016 MacArthur fellow. More info from their website:

Mary Reid Kelley is an artist who makes arresting, playful, and erudite videos that explore the condition of women throughout history. Drawing on literary and historical material, the videos involve intensive research and critical reassessments of standard historical narratives. Reid Kelley is involved in every aspect of the videos’ creation—from writing the scripts (typically in highly structured poetic verse), to designing the sets, props, and costumes, to performing the leading roles—and all of the videos are produced by her and her partner, Patrick Kelley, at their private studio.

The style of the works—which is informed by the crude, black and white figures of early animation and the lo-tech look of amateur film—lends visual force to her sardonic, critical view of the pacifying notion that progress has completed its work improving the standing of women in society. In You Make Me Iliad (2010), Reid Kelley plays the respective roles of a Belgian prostitute working near the frontlines during World War I and a male soldier with medical training who is charged with monitoring the brothels. In over one hundred rhymed couplets, densely packed with puns, literary allusions, double entendre, and other varieties of language play, Reid Kelley mockingly discloses the unbalanced power dynamics and confined gender roles of the sexual economies of World War I.

A recent trilogy of films centers around the Greek myth of the minotaur, reimagined as half-woman, half-bull in the inaugural video, Priapus Agonistes (2013). The second of the series, Swinburne’s Pasiphae (2014), takes for its script an unpublished fragment by the Victorian poet Charles Algernon Swinburne. Reid Kelley luridly portrays Pasiphae’s aberrant lust for a white bull, which results in the conception of the minotaur. The juxtaposition of contemporary cultural references with classical and Victorian precedents uncannily reveals the stubborn endurance of sexual taboos and gender inequity across history. Reid Kelley is fusing together a variety of artistic approaches and traditions—from drawing and painting, sculpture and installation, to theater and cinema, performance and literary criticism—into a hybrid form of video that is like nothing else being produced today.

Mary Reid Kelley received a B.A. (2001) from Saint Olaf College and an M.F.A. (2009) from Yale University. Her videos and installations have been screened, exhibited, and performed at numerous national and international venues, including the Hammer Museum, the Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston, the Tate Modern, and the Wexner Center for the Arts. She is a senior critic at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and a critic in painting at the Yale University School of Art.

Statement from Eric C. Shiner regarding cancellation of visit to Art Department because of HB2

April 14, 2016

UPDATE: A group of Art faculty and staff have written and signed the attached letter in support of Eric Shiner’s decision.

Dear President Spellings:

Please find attached a letter of revocation re: my acceptance of the kind invitation I received from friend and colleague elin o’Hara slavick to act as this year’s visiting critic for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s graduating MFA class.

I do hope that the university takes as active a stance as possible against North Carolina House Bill 2.  Until that bill is revoked, I do not feel comfortable or safe coming to North Carolina.

Eric Shiner

PS to elin, please see my special note to you and your students at the end of my attached letter.  I apologize if my action in any way affects you or the students.

cc: Chancellor Carol Folt
Dean Kevin Guskiewicz
Peter Nisbet, Director, Ackland Art Museum
Elin o’Hara slavick, Professor of Art

the warhol:
Eric C. Shiner
117 Sandusky Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
T 412.237.8345
F 412.237.8340
The Andy Warhol Museum
One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Attachment: UNC Letter Signed