Announcing the 2014-15 Luce-ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art


The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the results of the 2014-15 Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art competition. Ten fellowships were awarded to advanced graduate students pursuing promising and ambitious PhD research in the study of object- and image-based American art history.

"For more than 20 years, this fellowship program has supported exceptional young scholars of American art history at any stage of dissertation research or writing," said Matthew Goldfeder, director of fellowship programs at ACLS. "Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellows have, over their careers, helped to define the field of American art. Many former fellows, in turn, participate in this program’s rigorous peer review process, and thus help to select the promising new scholars who will continue to build that field."

This year’s cohort of fellows will further our understanding of a breadth of art historical topics, including American art’s treatment of how the early telegraph and telephone changed communication, minimal art as a response to the crisis of the American city in the 1960s and 70s, and, by tracing the “biography” of an image across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, print practices’ connection to both racial oppression and Native American political activism. The program is generously funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellows and project titles are listed below; for more information about the recipients and their projects, click here.

  • Lauren Applebaum (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) Elusive Matter, Material Bodies: American Art in the Age of Electronic Mediation, 1865-1918
  • Nicole Bass (Yale University) Picturing Privacy: The Press and Private Life in Turn-of-the-Century American Art
  • Niki D. Conley (University of Missouri) Lt. Claggett Wilson, Queer Masculinity, and the Formation of American Modernism
  • Randall Edwards (City University of New York, The Graduate Center) Dennis Oppenheim: Sites, 1967-75
  • Christopher Ketcham (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Minimal Art and Body Politics in New York City, 1961-75
  • Nico Machida (University of California, Los Angeles) City-Site-Syntax: Art and the US Urban System, 1950s-70s
  • Solveig Nelson (University of Chicago) Direct Action, Mediated Bodes: How Early Video Changed Art
  • Kristine K. Ronan (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) Buffalo Dancer: The Biography of an Image
  • Laura Lake Smith (University of Georgia) Imaging the In-between: The Serial Art of Richard Tuttle
  • Emily S. Warner (University of Pennsylvania) Painting the Abstract Environment: Abstract Murals in New York, 1935-55