Through a generous gift to the UNC Arts and Sciences Foundation, William G. Rand established this lecture series in memory of his late wife, Bettie Allison Rand. This funding allows the Department of Art to bring one or more eminent art historians to UNC-CH every other year for residencies of various lengths. While they are in Chapel Hill, these scholars present a series of lectures and interact with undergraduate and graduate art history and studio art students. Following the campus visit, the scholars prepare a manuscript, which is then published by the UNC Press as part of the Rand Series of art history publications.

Published Books include:

The Intelligence of Art by Thomas Crow
Inventing the Renaissance Putto by Charles Dempsey
Inventions of the Studio, Renaissance to Romanticism, edited by Michael Cole and Mary Pardo
Myths of Venice. The Figuration of a State by David Rosand
Painterly Enlightenment: The Art of Franz Anton Maulbertsch, 1724-1796 by Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann
Vision, Reflection and Desire in Western Painting by David Summers
Victims and Villains in Vasari’s Lives by Andrew Ladis
Cultural Contact and the Making of European Art since the Age of Exploration, edited by Mary D. Sheriff
David to Delacroix: The Rise of Romantic Mythology by Dorothy Johnson

To order, click here.

Recent Rand Lectures

2018: Taking Exception: Women, Gender, Representation in the Eighteenth Century

A Symposium in Honor of Mary D. Sheriff

2017: The Force of Images in Fifteenth-Century Italy: Andrea Mantegna

Stephen J. Campbell, Johns Hopkins University

“Seeing in detail: the lost logic of 15th century painting”
“St. Zeno’s Gaze: The Altarpiece as Place/Portal/Screen”
“Painting, Writing, and Presence”
“Painting as Object and Meta-object”

Spring 2016: British Landscape Painting in the Age of Revolution: Romanticism, Naturalism, and the Decline of Deference

Andrew Hemingway, Professor Emeritus of Art History at University College London

“Naturalistic Landscape Painting and the Decline of Deference”
“The Artisanal Worldview in the Paintings of John Crome”
“Constable’s Meanings: Iconography and the Aesthetic”
“The Field of Waterloo Exposed: Turner, Byron, and the Politics of Reaction”

Spring 2015: Encounters in European Art, 1300-1850

“A Tale of Two Cities: Manuel Chrysoloras’ account of Rome and New Rome,” Paroma Chatterjee, University of Michigan

“Activating the Past: Pietro de Zorzi’s Maria Orans in San Marco, Venice,” Benjamin Paul, Rutgers University

“The Death of Aztec Tenochtitlan, the Life of Mexico City,” Barbara E. Mundy, Fordham University

“Sensorial Luxuries, Botanical Fantasies, and Global Exchange: The Porcelain Room at Aranjuez,” Tara Zanardi, Hunter College

“The East Indian Cries of London,” Zirwat Chowdhury, Reed College

“History Repeats Itself in Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Reception of the Siamese Ambassadors at Fontainebleau,” Meredith Martin, New York University

Photos of Panelists from the 2015 Rand Symposium:

An endowment established in 1983 through the generosity of Nancy and Robin Hanes supports the Art Department’s Visiting Artist  Series. This important program brings both established and emerging artists to campus to discuss their work in public lectures and to offer individual critiques to our M.F.A. students.  The Hanes Visiting Artist series greatly enriches both our academic programs and our outreach to the wider community.  All lectures are free and open to the public.

Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series 2018-2019
Political Geographies
Political Geography  examines political, cultural and social landscapes. Artists in this lecture series present diverse interpretations of geographic spaces, including psychogeography, and work through modes of mapping and representation, performance and social practice. These artists examine the spatial distribution and control of political processes and how geographic location and identity impact these processes and spaces. These artists are influenced by the study of laws and the effects on bodies in specific geographical environments, especially in relation to the behavior of other individuals and political bodies. Collectively, their work challenges ideas of space, place, ideology, energy, systems of power, agriculture, and dys/utopias.

9/25/2018: Tiffany Chung
10/11/2018: Joel Sternfeld
11/13/2018: Dawn Dedeaux
2/28/2019: Aily Nash (NOTE: This is taking place at Morehead Planetarium in collaboration with the Cosmic Rays Film Festival)
3/21/2019: Angela Kelly
4/16/2019: Trevor Paglen

Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series 2017-2018

9/12/2017: Peter Williams
10/5/2017: Sonya Clark
11/14/2017: Marc Handelman
2/6/2018: Ruba Katrib
3/6/2018: Noah Fischer
4/2/2018: Lisa Oppenheim

Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series 2016-2017

9/20/2016: Craig Smith
10/4/2016: Edra Soto
10/25/2016: Rob Swainston
2/21/2017: Tim Portlock
3/28/2017: Becky Brown

Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series 2015-2016

9/29/2015: Laura Splan
10/13/2015: Farrah Karapetian
10/27/2015: Lucy Raven
2/9/2016: Edgar Arceneaux

Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series 2014-2015

9/4/2014: Liz Magic Laser
10/28/2014: Chitra Ganesh
10/30/2014: Photographer/Publisher panel
11/11/2014: Simon Leung
1/20/2015: David Reinfurt
2/3/2015: Arthur Ou
3/3/2015: Heidi Kumao

Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series 2013-2014

9/24/2013 Anton Kannemeyer
10/15/2013 Kevin Everson
11/19/2013 Jon Kessler
1/14/2014 Sarah Walker (alumna)
1/28/2014 Dana Schutz
2/25/2014 Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley
3/18/2014 Mark Tribe

Hanes Visiting Artists: A Selection prior to 2012

Laylah Ali
Ghada Amer
Janine Antoni
Radcliffe Bailey
Iona Rozeal Brown
Mel Chin
William Christenberry
Robert Colescott
Lauren Cornell
Lalla Essaydi
Howard Finster
Guillermo Gomez-Pena & Roberto Sifentes
Emmet Gowin
Julie Heffernan
Alfredo Jaar
Mary Kelly
Kerry James Marshall
Virgil Marti
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Shana Moulton
Wangechi Mutu
Huong Ngo
Thomas Nozkowski
Cathy Opie
Clifford Owens
Betye, Alison, & Lezley Saar
Doris Salcedo
Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens
Raymond Saunders
Italo Scanga
Dread Scott
Sandy Skoglund
Kiki Smith
Haim Steinbach
Hank Willis Thomas
James Turrell
Sam Van Aken
Jeff Wall
Carrie Mae Weems
William Wegman
Fred Wilson

Made possible by a generous gift, the McLeod and Mildred Riggins Lectureship in Art provides funding for annual lectures in art history. Lecturers are chosen by art history faculty and graduate students. Particular attention is given to art history graduate program alumni who are mid-career. Recent speakers have included: