The Florida State University Art History directors and staff welcome you to the 2022-23 academic year! Whether you are a new or returning student or faculty member or a prospective member of our community of scholars, we have exciting news and plans to share with you, and new student leaders and faculty directors to introduce. As we resume in-person gatherings, the fall semester promises many opportunities to meet with your FSU Art History community.
We are excited to welcome Lorenzo Pericolo as Department Chair and Vincent V. and Agatha Thursby Professor of Early Modern Art and Architecture. In August we gathered to welcome Dr. Pericolo and our nineteen new MA and PhD students, and to thank Adam Jolles for his thirteen years of service and leadership as department chair. Dr. Jolles has steered the department through years of challenge and growth, and expressions of great gratitude and affection came from alumni around the country. Dr. Jolles is on research leave for the 2022–23 academic year, and will then resume his role as Associate Professor of modern European art and the history of photography.
On September 1 we hosted a BA Fair for students majoring or interested in Art History. This event, initiated by Director of Undergraduate Studies Tenley Bick, featured participants from University Libraries (Leah Sherman, Amanda Brito), Honors Program (Michael Franklin), Career Center (John Combs), CFA Recruitment (Cristina Izquierdo’s office), and the Museum of Fine Arts (Annie Booth), as well as department faculty, staff, graduate students, student organization officers, and – last but not least – pizza. About 60 students attended, including all levels of study and various majors, and several commented on the pleasure of meeting with professors and staff outside the classroom and offices.
The Symposium Committee is in the process of selecting a keynote speaker and determining the date for the next Art History Graduate Symposium. They are excited to announce that we will return to an in-person format for the 39th annual Symposium, which will be held on a weekend in March, 2023. We will also have some social events and a visit to Maclay Gardens, The proceedings of the previous Symposium will be published in Athanor soon. 2022–23 Symposium Committee: Quentin Clark, Kate Donohue, Emma Huston (Athanor Co-editor), Haylee Glasel (Athanor editor), Cindy Evans.
Our student organizations have new leadership and great plans for the year. The graduate Art History Association (AHA) kicks off the year with monthly social gatherings, and the Undergraduate Art History Association (UAHA) will host a Student/Faculty Coffee Hour on Tuesday morning, September 20. The groups will join forces to host the Art History Halloween Party in the Rose Library (2020 WJB) on Halloween night. For information about the officers and a schedule of upcoming events, see Student Organizations.
Photo credits for this article and this edition of the Art History Newsletter:
Breanna Bruner (Art History 2022 group photo and headshots)
Olivia Hackney (Fall welcome party)
Rhamira Corbett, Danelle Bernten, Jean Hudson (BA Fair and other events)