2017 William H. Johnson Prize Application——-Deadline Nov. 16, 2017, 6 pm Eastern

2017 WILLIAM H. JOHNSON PRIZE
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017, 6PM Eastern Time

The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that seeks to encourage African American artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. The Johnson Foundation awards grants to individuals who work in the following media: painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation and/or new genre.

The William H. Johnson Prize is awarded annually to an early-career African American artist. For our purposes, “early-career” is a flexible term that should be interpreted liberally to include artists who have finished their academic work within twelve years from the year that a prize is awarded. For example, a person who finished their studies in 2005 is eligible to apply in 2017, but not in 2018. Age is not determinative, and artists who have not earned BFAs or MFAs are still eligible so long as they have not been working as a professional artist for more than twelve years.

The 2017 William H. Johnson Prize is $25,000 and the winner will be announced in December 2017.

APPLYING FOR THE 2017 JOHNSON PRIZE

READY TO BEGIN THE APPLICATION?
All applications must be submitted online, and the application must be started and completed in the same online session. Changes cannot be made to an application after it’s been submitted. The 2017 Johnson Prize Application Worksheet is provided as a tool for applicants to use prior to starting the online application, to ensure that applicants have prepared all the materials required for completing and submitting the application.

QUESTIONS?
Take a look at the foundation’s responses to Frequently Asked Questions.

 

 

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Two new titles–African-American Art History

From Phoebe Wolfskill (Indiana Univ.), two new titles:

James Romaine and Phoebe Wolfskill, eds., Beholding Christ and Christianity in African American Art (Pennsylvania State Press, 2017)
https://www.psupress.org/books/titles/978-0-271-07774-1.html

and

Phoebe Wolfskill, Archibald Motley Jr. and Racial Reinvention: The Old Negro in New Negro Art (University of Illinois Press, 2017)
http://go.illinois.edu/f17wolfskill

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Job Opportunity: Curator of Painting and Sculpture, Smith College Museum of Art (Northampton, Mass.) — Apply now

Position Summary:

PRIMARY FUNCTION(S):   Oversee, steward, and develop SCMA’s collection of American and European paintings and sculpture made before 1950.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Serve as an intellectual authority on, and assume a full range of curatorial responsibilities for, the Museum’s activities related to paintings and sculpture made before 1950. Responsible for the installation, interpretation, documentation, and growth of the collection of paintings and sculpture; proposing and executing temporary exhibitions as well as serving as an in-house curator for traveling exhibitions from other institutions; initiating research on acquisitions, loans, and the permanent collection; fielding public inquiries; representing the department on Museum and College committees.

Work within a team environment, and supervise project-based research assistants and student interns.  Promote dialogue, engagement, and collaboration both within the Museum and beyond.  Work with SCMA’s senior leadership to cultivate prospective donors, foundations, and related entities to support the activities of the department as well as the growth of the collections.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education/Experience: Master’s degree in art history or a closely related field plus a minimum of three years of collection-based curatorial experience or an equivalent combination of education/experience; Ph.D. in art history preferred.

Skills: Independent and self-directed, with the ability to take initiative, anticipate actions needed, and to exercise discretion and independent judgment. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to be an effective collaborator both within the Museum and the larger College community.  Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively to diverse audiences. Proven record of scholarly research and knowledge of the history of European or American paintings and sculpture 1800 to 1950. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines

Additional Information.

Smith College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer

Job Details
Title: AD0091 – Curator of Paintings and Sculpture
Department: Museum of Art
Job Category: Staff
Position Control: AD0091
Grade: H
Position Category: Regular
Internal/External Position Type: Administrative
FLSA: Exempt

Apply here.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Director of Academic Administration, California College of the Arts (San Francisco and Oakland campuses) — apply now

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Photo source: sfgate.com

Apply here, or go to:

https://cca.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/CCA/job/Oakland/Director-of-Academic-Administration_R502544-1

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Associate Provost, California College of the Arts (Oakland)–apply now

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Photo source: Daniel Gonzalez blog

 

Apply here for Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Partnerships, or go to:

https://cca.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/CCA/job/Oakland/Associate-Provost_R502291-1

 

 

CFP: CAA 2018/Los Angeles panel–The Photograph, Self-Representation & US Contemporary Art

Alternative Visions: The Photograph, Self-Representation, and Fact in Contemporary Art of the United States 

Chair(s): Natalie Zelt, The University of Texas at Austin, nzelt@utexas.edu
As the editors of “Aperture” recently reminded their readers, “The need for artists to offer persuasive, alternative visions is more urgent than ever.”
In response to that need for creative dissent, this panel investigates the ways contemporary artists use the photograph and self-representation together to craft alternative visions and selves. The photograph’s tangled relationship to truth and identity make it a potent conceptual and compositional tool for artists to challenge the limits of both art historical and social categories. Designed to delineate and define, the photograph continues to circumscribe the visual limits of identity categories, including nationality, race, class, gender, and sexuality, well after art historians and cultural critics such as Allan Sekula, Martha Rosler, Sally Stein, and John Tagg called its documentary “truthiness” into question. Additionally, a swell of “post-photography” discourses, ranging from Geoffrey Batchen to Robert Shore, confound the boundaries of the medium, while curators and museums struggle to adapt.
“Alternative Visions” examines the many ways contemporary artists in the United States disrupt the photograph’s master narratives and traditional roles to create subversive, subjective, and contradictory representations of themselves that resist prevailing visual modes.
Presentations will consider an array of questions including: What is the relationship between the photograph and the self in a “post-identity,” “postfact,” and “post-photography” environment? What methods of dissent are evidenced in self-centered photographic practice and what might be their limits? In a contemporary cultural landscape untethered from conventional arbiters of fact, what spaces of resistance can artworks that deploy the photograph create?
For more on the College Art Association conference, go to CAA News Today.

2017 Terra Publication Grant Applications due Sept. 15

Letters of Inquiry for Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grants are due September 15.

The Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant supports book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art, visual studies, and related subjects that are under contract with a publisher. For this grant program, “American art” is defined as art (circa 1500–1980) of what is now the geographic United States. Awards of up to $15,000 will be made in three distinct categories:

  • Grants to US publishers for manuscripts considering American art in an international context
  • Grants to non-US publishers for manuscripts on topics in American art
  • Grants for the translation of books on topics in American art to or from English.

Applicants must submit a letter of inquiry by September 15, 2017. The deadline for the receipt of completed applications is December 15, 2017.

For more information, please visit the College Art Association website, where you will find application guidelines and the application process, schedule, and checklist, or contact CAA Editorial Manager Sarah Zabrodski at szabrodski@collegeart.org or +1 212-392-4424.
Marsden Hartley, Painting No. 501914–15. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.61

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Augustus Washington: Visible, Not Seen

Augustus Washington (1820/21-1875) was “the son of a South Asian immigrant” a formally enslaved black Virginian, according to this article published in The Dartmouth Alumni Magazine this spring. Washington studied at Dartmouth, entering with the class of 1847. There, on the Hanover, New Hampshire campus, Washington learned how to make daguerreotypes. Washington and Dempsey R. Fletcher were the only students of African descent at Dartmouth in 1843-44.

Washington’s portrait of John Brown (circa 1846-47) is well-known. Yet there are no confirmed images of Washington himself. Photo historians have been searching and writing about Washington for decades, and the published literature on Washington continues to grow.

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“Advertisement from The Hartford Daily Courant, October 8, 1852. This ad shows the world having its picture taken at Washington’s studio.” – Image, Connecticut Historical Society

Wilson Jeremiah Moses’ Liberian Dreams: Back to Africa Narratives from the 1850s (Penn State University Press, 2010) provides the opportunity to hear Washington’s voice through his written words. Before his migration to Liberia in 1853, Washington wrote this letter to an US newspaper. In Liberia, Washington was a photographer, a sugar cane planter and landowner, and a politician. (Washington’s Dartmouth classmate, Dempsey R. Fletcher, mentioned above, also had lived in Liberia as boy and returned there after studying at Dartmouth.) The African Colonization Movement is a complex subject, and Washington’s images of its key figures helps us think about “what” Africa was and is.

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Augustus Washington, Urias Africanus McGill, circa 1854-60. Image: Better Photography website 

The Mug Shot—–Tool of the Ideology of Difference

 

 

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Cesare Lombroso, “Epileptics,” from L’homme Criminel (Paris, 1887), photo here.

After reading an article in which the ideas of Cesare Lombardo, aka “The Father of Criminology,” were used to shape anti-Italian US immigration policies in the 1920s, I found that the mug shot is back. It’s not just Tiger Woods’. Check out: “Innocent Until Your Mug Shot Is on the Internet.”

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Image by Alex Tatusian/The Marshall Project from NY Times, 6/3/2017.

Panel on “The Chinese and Iron Road” at University of San Francisco, 4/11/2017, 5:00-6:30 pm

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Horace Baker (engraver), “Across the Continent—The Frank Leslie Transcontinental Excursion,” published in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspapers, Apr. 27, 1878, page 129, at Online Archives of California.

Caption also reads “Rounding Cape Horn at the head of the great American Canyon with a view of the South Fork of the American River, where gold was first discovered in 1848. Chinese laborers.”

 

Panelists Sue Lee (Chinese Historical Society of America), Hilton Obenzinger (Stanford University’s Chinese Railroad Worker’s in North America Project), Paulette Liang (a descendant of a Chinese person who worked on the railroad) and James Zarsadiaz (USF) meet to discuss “Reconstructing History, Reconstructing Lives: Chinese Laborers and the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad” at USF’s Gleeson Library tomorrow.

The event is free and open to the public.