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37th Annual Art History Graduate Symposium

March 27–28, 2020

The FSU Art History faculty and graduate students will host the 37th Annual Art History Graduate Student Symposium on Friday afternoon, March 27, and Saturday, March 28, 2020, in room 2004 WJB The keynote speaker this year is Charlene Villaseñor Black, Professor in the Department of Art History and the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Villaseñor Black’s research focuses on the art of the Ibero-American world. She is the author of the prize-winning 2006 book, Creating the Cult of St. Joseph: Art and Gender in the Spanish Empire, and is currently finishing Transforming Saints: Women, Art, and Conversion in Mexico and Spain, 1521-1800.

Dr.Villaseñor Black will present “Decolonizing Art History with Mexico’s ‘Tenth Muse,’ Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz” on Friday, March 27 at 5:30 pm in WJB 2005.

The Symposium is hosted annually by the FSU Art History graduate students and faculty and directed by Symposium Coordinator Prof. Kyle Killian with the assistance of the graduate Art History Association officers, who also serve as session chairs.

The full Schedule of Talks will be posted here when available.

History and Mission

Inaugurated in 1981, the FSU Art History Graduate Symposium participates in a long tradition of student conferences in our discipline. This open forum brings together students, professors, and members of the community to share ideas and expertise. We call it a symposium, with all the classical associations of that word, to suggest that it is not just a series of lectures, but a conversation.

Our purpose is to provide the opportunity for students to present the results of their scholarly efforts in twenty-minute talks, and to profit from the audience’s response. At the end of each paper, the speaker engages directly with the audience, both students and faculty, so that the ideas they present become the basis for further exploration. Each year we invite a distinguished scholar to deliver the keynote address and participate in these discussions, as part of the Vincent and Agatha Thursby Visiting Scholars Lecture Series. Recent keynote scholars have included Barbara E. Mundy, Claire Farago, Felipe Pereda, Maria Gough, John T. Paoletti, and Richard Schiff.

Sharing research, meeting others in our field, creating long-lasting friendships and professional associations – these vital interchanges are at the core of the FSU Symposium experience. We seek to broaden the professional, personal, and academic horizons of every participant: the visiting young scholar, the returning alumnus, the local undergraduate considering graduate work — and of course the professors, who also learn a great deal in the process.


Our symposium is distinguished from similar gatherings because it was conceived from the start to result in a publication. Student speakers are able to submit their papers to our journal Athanor, published here sine 1981 in the College of Fine Arts by the FSU Museum of Fine Arts Press. The manuscript goes through several stages of editing before coming to fruition in the final article, which have been published and shared with more than 300 libraries and institutions across America and Europe. In the interest of conservation and innovation, in 2019 we are transforming Athanor to an online publication. We will follow up with details here when we release Athanor XXXVII during Open Access Week in late October. Meanwhile, to request a copy of a past issue or article, please contact the Art History Media Center Curator, Jean Hudson.  The Table of Contents of every issue is available here: ToC, Athanor I – XXXV.

Past Symposium

Photos and recap of the 36th Annual Art History Graduate Symposium, March 2018.