News and Events2077-05The presentation of the 2013 Sir Denis Mahon Prize by Ashmolean Museum Director Dr. Christopher Brown, CBE, Orietta Adam, and Suzanne Marriott

May 12, 2019: After two wonderful years and the successful completion of some major projects at the Newark Museum, I’m excited to announce that I have accepted the role of Director of Collections and Exhibitions for The Olana Partnership, the ambitious and innovative nonprofit that preserves, interprets, and advocates for the vast estate and collections of the artist Frederic Edwin Church near Hudson, NY. As a specialist in landscape in general and in the painter-architects of the Hudson River School in particular, this is a dream job I’ve been preparing for my whole life without knowing it. The conditions are in place to take Olana to the next level as a vital site of inspiration and new thinking about art in relation to the natural world so stay tuned and come visit!

January 17th, 2019: At long last, my essay “Thomas Cole and the Domestic Landscape of the Hudson River School” has been published in Michelle Facos’ edited volume A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Art, (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018). A scan of my piece can be viewed and downloaded here.

January 9th, 2019: My short essay “The Music of Abstraction” has been published in the Newark Museum’s new catalogue Seeing America: The Arc of Abstraction and can be viewed here.

April 19th, 2018: The article below was awarded the Essay Prize of the Landscape History Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians at the SAH’s annual meeting in St. Paul, MN today. In the prize citation that was read out at the meeting, the jurors called the essay a “thoughtful and engaging study that sheds new light on a familiar topic, argues rigorously for a reconsideration of established historiographic assumptions, and astutely expands the terms with which we approach the relationship between landscape and property in nineteenth-century America.”

December 15th, 2017: My article “Painting the ‘Baronial Castle’: Thomas Cole at Featherston Park” has been published in Huntington Library Quarterly. It can be viewed here.

July 12th, 2017: I have accepted the position of Associate Curator of American Art at the Newark Museum, with a start date of August 7th. I’m excited to work with one of the most important collections of the nineteenth-century American paintings I specialize in and look forward to joining the staff of this vibrant, open, community-serving institution.

February 8, 2017:   As the invited guest of the Center for Visual Culture at Bryn Mawr College, I will be giving the talk “Painter-Architects and the Making of the American Landcsape” in the Visual Culture Colloquium series. The talk poster can be viewed here

October 18, 2016:   As the invited guest of the Department of Anthropology and the Libraries of Haverford College, I gave a lecture on “The Uses of Architecture in American Art” in the Young Academic Alumni Lecture Series. The talk poster can be viewed here

October 12, 2016:   My article “From Villa to Studio: Thomas Cole’s Drawings for Cedar Grove” has been published in the Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts. The full text is available at that link.

May 28, 2016:    I am giving an invited lecture titled “The Country House in American Art” in Mount Vernon’s 2016 Symposium Brushstrokes and Buildings: Art, Architecture, and the Promise of America.

May 12, 2016:    My letter to the editor in response to a column titled “The Art World Pulls Another Juvenile Stunt” has been published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

March 13, 2016:    I am giving an invited lecture titled “Thomas Cole’s Country Houses” in the Thomas Cole National Historic Site’s “Sunday Salons” series. The event flier can be viewed here.

November 21, 2015:    I am giving the paper “An American Country House Abroad: Monte Video and its Afterlives” at the 2015 conference of the American Antiquarian Society’s Center for Historic American Visual Culture, with the theme “Moving Pictures: Images across Media in American Visual and Material Culture to 1900.” More information can be found here.

May 14, 2015:     With heartfelt thanks to my committee — Margaretta Lovell, Elizabeth Honig, and Andrew Shanken — I filed my doctoral dissertation today. I have accepted the position of Postdoctoral Fellow in American Art at Washington University in St. Louis for the 2015-16 academic year and am excited to get to work.

October 15, 2014:     My article “Sibelius, Gallen-Kallela, and the Symposium: Painting Music in Fin-de-Siècle Finland” has been published by the peer-reviewed journal Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide and is available online at the following link.

March 13, 2014:     The paper below on Colen Campbell’s Vitruvius Britannicus has been honored with the annual Dora Wiebenson Prize of the Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture for “an outstanding graduate student paper presented during the previous calendar year at a scholarly conference or as a sponsored lecture.” More information about the award can be found here.

February 14, 2014:     I will be presenting the paper “‘Both Instructive and Pleasant’: The Country House Garden in Vitruvius Britannicus” in the Historians of British Art session “British Country Houses: Architecture, Collections, and Gardens” at the annual College Art Association conference in Chicago. 

November 8, 2013:     I was awarded the 2nd annual Sir Denis Mahon Prize for unpublished work on an early modern topic by a scholar under 30 and gave the prize lecture at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The jurors included Dr. Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund; Professor Sir Christopher White, past director of the Ashmolean and Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art; and Dr. Gabriele Finaldi, Director of Conservation and Research at the Prado. The winning paper was titled  “‘To live in accord with nature’: Rubens’s Houses and the Construction of Neostoic Leisure.”

November 5, 2013:     As the invited guest of the Departments of American Studies and History of Art & Architecture and the Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College, I gave the guest lecture “Something of an Architect: Thomas Cole and the House Portrait” as one of the events accompanying their exhibition “The Hudson River to Niagara Falls: 19th-Century American Landscape Paintings from the New-York Historical Society.” The event poster can be viewed here.

October 5, 2013:     I presented a portion of my dissertation research on Thomas Cole’s “house portraits” in the 9th Annual Bryn Mawr College Graduate Group Symposium, “Home: Departure and Destination.” More information on the event can be found here.