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ACLS News

New Fellowship in Honor of Ellen Holtzman

7/20/2015

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lya Bolotowsky (American, b. Russia, 1907–1981). Untitled, From the Williamsburg Housing Project Murals, 1936. Oil on canvas, 85 x 211 in. (215.9 x 535.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, On loan from the New York City Housing Authority, L1990.1.1. Detail. Licensed by the Brooklyn Museum under Creative Commons.


With the enthusiastic support of the Henry Luce Foundation’s Board of Directors and all at ACLS who have had the immense pleasure of working with her, we are pleased to announce the creation of a fellowship in honor of Ellen Holtzman, who is retiring this year after 23 years of service as the Luce Foundation’s Program Director for American Art. The Luce/ACLS Ellen Holtzman Dissertation Fellowship in American Art will be awarded to an emerging scholar of demonstrated achievement whose research and writing concerns American modernism and art of the 1950s and 1960s. The new fellowship will be awarded as part of the current Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art program for doctoral candidates at any stage of dissertation research or writing, for scholarship on a topic in the history of the visual arts of the United States.

"Ellen Holtzman developed a carefully articulated program to promote the study of American art in universities and museums across the country," said ACLS President Pauline Yu. "With the support of the foundation and with the benefit of her collegial guidance, ACLS has supported 240 scholars embarking upon careers in the field. It is only fitting that, going forward, an annual fellowship award should commemorate her achievement."

The inaugural Ellen Holtzman Fellow is Emily S. Warner, a member of the 2015 cohort of Luce/ACLS Fellows and doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Warner’s dissertation examines the relationship between art and its publics in New York City in the decades around WWII through the abstract murals painted by, among others, Stuart Davis, Ilya Bolotowsky, and Jackson Pollock. For more information, see Emily Warner's profile on ACLS’s website and the fellowship program description.

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