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ACLS Announces the 2014 Luce-ACLS Dissertation Fellows in American Art


The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the results of the 2013-14 Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art competition. This year, 10 fellowships were awarded to advanced graduate students pursuing promising and ambitious Ph.D. research in the study of object- and image-based American art history.

“This fellowship program supports exceptional young scholars in the first stage of their careers,” said Steven Wheatley, vice president at ACLS. “As such, these fellowships are excellent long-term investments, ones that will pay dividends not only in the field of American art but also in college and university classrooms for decades to come.”

This year’s cohort of fellows will further dissertation research on a stunning variety of art historical topics, including a reevaluation of American art in the Atlantic world before the Civil War, artisanal and mechanical drawing practices in early America, and twentieth-century populist sculpture, collage, and film. The program, which has supported emerging scholars of American art for over two decades, is generously funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.

The 2013-14 Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellows in American Art are

Elizabeth Athens (History of Art, Yale University)
Figuring a World: William Bartram's Natural History

Elizabeth Bacon Eager (History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University)
Drawing Machines: The Mechanics of Art in the Early Republic

Grant Wesley Hamming (Art and Art History, Stanford University)
Amerikanisch Malkasten: American Art and Dusseldorf

Emily H. Handlin
(History of Art and Architecture, Brown University)
Moving Beyond Vision: Eadweard Muybridge in Philadelphia

Shana Klein
(Art and Art History, University of New Mexico)
The Fruits of Empire: Contextualizing Food in Still-Life Representation, 1865-1900

Marci Kwon
(Institute of Fine Arts, New York University)
Vernacular Modernism: Joseph Cornell and the Culture of Populism in American Art

John P. Murphy
(Art History, Northwestern University)
Comrades in Craft: Arts and Crafts Colonies in the United States, 1894-1915

Andrea M. Truitt
(Art History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
Experiencing the Otherworldly: Magazine Reading and Illustrations of Orientalist Domestic Space in the United States, 1880-1920

John A. Tyson
(Art History, Emory University)
Beyond Systems Aesthetics: Hans Haacke’s Pedagogical and Parasitic Art

Shannon Vittoria
(Art History, City University of New York, Graduate Center)
Nature and Nostalgia in the Etchings of Mary Nimmo Moran, 1842-1899

For more information about the recipients and their projects, click here.

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