On Wednesday, April 16, Professor Wendy Bellion of the University of Delaware will present a public lecture at 6:30 pm in Room G40 WJB: “What Statues Remember: Art and Iconoclasm in Early New York,” as part of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre, & Dance Presents visiting scholar lecture series. Bellion is Associate Professor of American Art and Material Culture and the author of Citizen Spectator: Art, Illusion, and Visual Perception in Early National America (2011). The upcoming lecture is based on her current book project, which explores the performative dimensions of sculptural monuments in lower Manhattan from the late 18th century to the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Professor Bellion has written articles on Charles Willson Peale’s use of perspective devices, the wax reliefs and sculptures by the well-known 18th-early 19th C. sculptor Patience Wright; and theatrical illusion in early Philadelphia. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (National Gallery of Art), Henry Luce Foundation, Library Company of Philadelphia, National Endowment for the Humanities, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Terra Foundation for American Art, and Winterthur Museum. She has contributed to exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Newberry Library, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She currently serves on editorial boards for the University of Delaware Press and the scholarly journals American Art and J19.