The practical problems of sculpture

CFP Renaissance Society of America 2011

Paper abstracts that address topics regarding practical problems of sculpture and its European or even global exchange in the Early Modern period–such as transport, materials acquisition, customs and other expenses and other related issues, problems of reception in different cultural contexts from its original production site, or issues in cross-cultural sculpture collecting or commissions–should be sent to by 15 May 2010.

Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Art History
Department of Art and Art History
University of Vermont


“Useful & Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites”

University of Delaware, Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, Delaware Art Museum, 7-9 October 2010

Deadline for submissions is 15 March 2010

“Useful and Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites” will be the subject of a conference and related exhibitions to be held 7-9 October 2010 at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE) and at the Delaware Art Museum and the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate (Wilmington, DE). Organized with the assistance of the William Morris Society, “Useful and Beautiful” will highlight the strengths of the University of Delaware’s rare books, art, and manuscripts collections; Winterthur’s important holdings in American decorative arts; and the Delaware Art Museum’s superlative Pre-Raphaelite collection (the largest outside Britain). All events will focus on the multitude of transatlantic exchanges that involved Morris, the Pre-Raphaelites, and the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements of the late nineteenth century.

We seek 250- to 500-word proposals for short papers (15 minutes reading time, maximum) that explore relationships and influences – whether personal, intellectual, political, or aesthetic – connecting William Morris, his friends, associates, and followers in Britain and Europe with their contemporaries and successors in the Americas. The “arts” will include not merely those at which Morris himself excelled – i.e., literature, design, and printing – but also painting, illustration, architecture, performance, and anything related to print culture in general. Papers that examine transatlantic politics, social movements, and environmental issues in light of Morrisian, Pre-Raphaelite, and Arts and Crafts perspectives are also welcome.

For more information visit the website or or contact Mark Samuels Lasner


Conference on Trecento Art in memory of Andrew Ladis
November 11-13, 2010

The Georgia Museum of Art and the University of Georgia have sponsored symposia on Italian art for almost two decades. In 2010, to honor the memory of Andrew Ladis (d. 2007), we are returning to our original concept: art of the fourteenth century. The fourteenth century we have in mind is a long one, from roughly 1260 through 1453. Rather than focusing on a single city, style, medium, or artist, the conference will be open to any topic related to art produced in the Mediterranean basin that in some way reveals the impact of, exchange among, or presumed  hegemony of Italian art. The conference will meet in Athens, Georgia on the campus of the University of Georgia. Opening events are scheduled for Thursday, November 11, 2010, and papers will be presented on Friday and Saturday, November 12 and 13, 2010.

Proposal abstracts are to submitted by May 8, 2010. To send proposals or for further information, contact:
Shelley E. Zuraw or Asen Kirin
Lamar Dodd School of Art
270 River Road
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
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