American Visual Culture in Context: A Symposium in Honor of Professor Patricia Hills

Date and Time: Saturday, April 26, 2014, 12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Venue: Metcalf Ballroom and Reception Area, 2nd Floor, George Sherman Union, Boston University

This symposium features scholarly papers on American visual culture by former students of Dr. Patricia Hills, Professor of American Art at Boston University for over three decades.


“Rethinking Neoclassicism: Imperial Aesthetics in Federal America,” Dr. Patricia Johnston, Professor of Art History, Rev. J. Gerard Mears, S.J. Chair in Fine Arts, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

“Landscapes and Lucre: Martin Johnson Heade’s Speculative Prospects,” Dr. Ross Barrett, Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Art, University of South Carolina, Columbia

“Hybrid Republicanism: Hiram Powers and Horatio Greenough in Florence,” Dr. Melissa Dabakis, Professor of Art History, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, and Terra Foundation Senior Fellow in American Art (2013-2014), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

“Beyond the ‘Shingle Factory’: The Armory Show in the Popular Press after 1913,” Dr. Melissa Renn, Senior Curatorial Research Associate, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

“Remembering Loss, Sacrifice, and the Pacific War in Honolulu: Paul R. Williams’ Monument to the Unknown Sailor (1952),” Dr. Amy Lyford, Professor, Department of Art History & Visual Arts, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

“Visual Culture and the Emergence of the New American Design College,” Dr. Theodore C. Landsmark, President and CEO, Boston Architectural College, Boston, MA

“Do Not Disturb: Design, Hotels, and Labor,” Dr. David Brody, Associate Professor of Design Studies, School of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY

“Kara Walker’s Annotations,” Dr. John R. Stomberg, Florence Finch Abbott Director, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA


Dr. David D. Hall, Bartlett Research Professor of New England Church History, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA

Dr. Alan Wallach, Ralph H. Wark Professor of Art and Art History Emeritus, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Dr. Marianne Doezema, Independent Scholar

Mr. Warren Adelson, M.A., Adelson Galleries, New York, NY and Boston, MA

Sponsored by the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, alumni & current students, the Boston University Center for the Humanities, the Department of History of Art & Architecture, the American & New England Studies Program, and the African American Studies Program