Research Professor of Art History, delivered two papers in Europe this November. He presented a paper on "The Craft of Ivory in Andalusia: Techniques and Consequences" at the Symposium on Islamic Ivories held at the the David Collection, Copenhagen, Denmark, 18-20 November 2003. He also presented a paper on The Metamorphoses of the Pantokrator: Restoration, Refiguration, Reception at the international colloquium on The Artist and the East Christian World held at the Scuola Normale di Studi Superiori, Pisa, Italy, 21-22 November 2003.
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Art History and Charles V. Hallman Curator, Palmer Museum of Art presented a paper, "Iconographid Junk: Reading Betye Saar's Vision of El Cremo," at SECAC in Raleigh, North Carolina at the end of October.
Assistant Professor of Art History, delivered the plenary address on September 21, 2003 for the Envisioning the Future conference eld at Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly Pomona. The conference was organized by Judy Chicago and Donald Woodman. Other participants included Edward Lucie-Smith (author of Movements in Art in 1945) and Henry Hopkins (Professor of Art History at UCLA). Dr. Rich's address was entitled Visions of the Future and the Perils of Utopian Thought.
Dr. Elizabeth Bradford Smith, Associate Professor of Art History, and Dr. Thomas E. Boothby, Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering, have received a $50,000 grant from the Kress Foundation European Preservation Program through the World Monuments Fund, to continue their study of the vaulting in Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Italy. This project is in collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano and will involve selected students from both institutions to assist with the research in Florence. Dr. Smith presented a paper, "Santa Maria Novella e il problema dello storicismo/modernismo/eclettismo nell'architettura gotica Italiana," at the conference Medioevo: il tempo degli Antichi, VI Convegno Internazionale di Studi, held in Parma, Italy, 24-28 September, 2003.
Affiliate Associate Professor of Art History and Curator, Palmer Museum of Art presented a paper," 'Come on in: There's a (Diverse) Museum Here…,'" at the Southeastern College Art Conference, held at the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, October 2003. She also chaired a session on Thinking in the Long Term: Revitalizing Permanent Collections and was a panelist in the session The Campus Museum as a Cultural Destination at the American Association of Museums Annual Meeting in New Orleans, May 2003.