Research Professor of Art History, has been awarded an Evan Pugh Professorship. President Graham Spanier writes: "The designation of Evan Pugh Professor is the highest honor that the University can bestow on a faculty member. These professorships date back to discussions that began at the University in 1948. In February 1959, the University Senate endorsed a recommendation calling for a the establishment of a limited number of Evan Pugh Research Professorships. Between 1960 and 2004, a total of 55 outstanding faculty members were honored with this designation, of which 24 are currently active." See the Fall 2004 Arts & Architecture Newsletter for more information.
One of the foremost experts on 19th century French and Swiss painting, George L. Mauner, distinguished professor emeritus of art history at Penn State, died June 7 2004 at Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College, PA., from complications of chemotherapy, which had successfully eliminated his Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Associate Professor of Art History, presented a paper entitled "Manet's Oceanic Feeling" at the symposium Manet: Eternal Modern held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on April 18-19, 2004. The symposium is in conjunction with the exhibition Manet and the Sea, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from February 15 through May 31.
Brian Curran, Associate Professor of Art History, is the 2004 recipient of the President's Award for Engagement with Students. Additionally, Dr. Curran has been awarded a Research Grant from the Renaissance Society of America. This grant will assist Dr. Curran in preparing for publication of his book, The Egyptian Renaissance: The Afterlife of Ancient Egypt in Early Modern Italy, to be published by the University of Chicago Press.
Associate Professor of Art History presented a paper on "Prince, Patron, Pharaoh: Egyptology as Argument in Renaissance Rome," at the Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in New York City, April 1-3, 2004.
Assistant Professor of Art History, delivered a paper, "Eroticism and Erasure in Michelangelo's London Entombment," at the 30th Annual Conference of the Association of Art Historians, which was held April 1-3, 2004, at the University of Nottingham in England.
Research Professor of Art History, has been awarded the J. Clawson Mills Scholarship from theMetropolitan Museum of Art. This scholarship will assist Professor Cutler in his research in New York City on Import or Domestic? Byzantine and Byzantinizing Ivories in Ottonian Germany during his sabbatical leave, spring 2004.
Instructor of Art History, presented the Mary F. Linda Memorial Lecture at the Palmer Museum of Art on Sunday, April 18, 2004, at 3:30 p.m. The subject was, "A Tale of Two Temples," Preah Vihear (in northeastern Cambodia) and Wat Phu (in southern Laos).
Associate Professor of Art History, presented the keynote address, "Lost in (Liminal) Space" at the 12th Annual University of Missouri-Columbia and University of Kansas at Lawrence Art History and Archaeology Graduate Student Symposium, "Exploring Boundaries: Concepts of the Liminal in Art and Archaeology," on March 6, 2004 on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus.
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Art History and Curator of American art, Palmer Museum of Art presented a paper, "From Sonic to Social: Noise, Quiet, and Nineteenth-Century American Banjo Imagery" at the College Art Association Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington, February 20, 2004.