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    ACLS Fellow Rian Thum presented his research on Islamic China at the 2018 ACLS Annual Meeting 

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    Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow John Murphy leading a tour of his exhibit

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Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellows in American Art


The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art are awarded to graduate students in any stage of Ph.D. dissertation research or writing, for scholarship on a topic in the history of the visual arts of the United States. Although the topic may be historically and/or theoretically grounded, attention to the art object and/or image should be foremost.

This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

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Please note: affiliations shown are as of time of award. Please click on fellows' names for current information.

  • Ellen Holtzman Fellow

Heidi Applegate
Heidi Applegate|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University - Staging Modernism at the 1915 San Francisco World's Fair

Anna O. Marley
Anna O. Marley|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Art History, University of Delaware - Rooms with a View: Landscape Representation in Early National Domestic Interiors

Robin Cowie|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, History of Art, Yale University - The History of the Sun: Childe Hassam and American Impressionism, 1890-1910

Sascha Thyme Scott
Sascha Thyme Scott|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Art History, Rutgers University-New Brunswick - Paintings of Pueblo Indians and the Politics of Preservation in the American Southwest

Elizabeth M Gand
Elizabeth M Gand|Abstract

Doctoral Student, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley - Modern City, Wild Child: Helen Levitt's Photographs and Films

Julia A. Sienkewicz
Julia A. Sienkewicz|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Art History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Citizenship by Design: the Creation of Identity through Art, Architecture, and Landscape in the Early Republic

Jason David LaFountain
Jason David LaFountain|Abstract

Doctoral Student, History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University - A History of New England Puritan Art

Malka Simon
Malka Simon|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University - The Space of Production: Brooklyn and the Creation of an Urban Industrial Landscape

Jessica Lanier
Jessica Lanier|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, Bard College - Martha Coffin Derby (1783-1832): Travel, Patronage, and the Promotion of Art in the Early Republic

Laura E. Smith
Laura E. Smith|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, History of Art, Indiana University Bloomington - Obscuring the Distinctions, Revealing the Divergent Visions: Modernity and Indians in the Early Works of Kiowa Photographer Horace Poolaw, 1925-1945