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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

Marissa Howard Baker
Marissa Howard Baker|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago - The Nation Within: Chicago’s Black Arts Movement and the Figuration of Black Liberation

Kimberly Minor
Kimberly Minor|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Art and Art History, University of Oklahoma - Pictographic Motifs: Memory and Masculinity on the Upper Missouri

Kim Bobier
Kim Bobier|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Art, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Representing and Refracting the Civil Rights Movement in Late Twentieth-Century Art

Emma Rose Silverman
Emma Rose Silverman|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley - From Eyesore to Icon: Outsider Art, Racial Politics, and the Watts Towers

Rachel Hooper
Rachel Hooper|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Art History, Rice University - American Art Histories: Framing Race after the Civil War

Sydney Skelton Simon
Sydney Skelton Simon|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Art and Art History, Stanford University - Harry Bertoia and Postwar American Design Culture

Joss Kiely
Joss Kiely|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Architecture, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - The Infrastructure of Itinerancy: Aviation, American Economic Imperialism, and the Late Modern Architecture of Minoru Yamasaki, 1951-1986

Juliet S. Sperling
Juliet S. Sperling|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, History of Art, University of Pennsylvania - Animating Flatness: Seeing Moving Images in American Painting and Mass Visual Culture, 1800-1895

Ashley Lazevnick
Ashley Lazevnick |Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Art and Archaeology, Princeton University - Precisionism in the Long 1920s

Gillian Turner Young
Gillian Turner Young|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University - Electric Theater: Joan Jonas and the Emergence of Performance Art in the 1970s

Ellen Macfarlane
Ellen Macfarlane|Abstract

Doctoral Candidate, Art and Archaeology, Princeton University - Group f.64 Photography and the Object World