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2011 Fall Newsletter

Letter from the Chair

Dear Alumni and Friends:

This is to introduce myself as the Art and Art History Department’s new Chair, and to extend a warm welcome from the department.  Since 1995 I have been teaching Renaissance and Baroque Art at the College; my own research area within this period is Dutch and Flemish art, especially landscape.   I have taken over as Chair from Brian Kreydatus who is currently in Paris on a well-deserved stint at the "La Cité Internationale des Arts". Brian has my heartfelt thanks for being so  generous with his time and advice during these months of transition.

Much has happened this past year.  A few highlights include our initiation of  a new distinguished lecturer series, made possible by the generous gift of a donor who has chosen to remain anonymous.  Our first speaker, was Charles W. Haxthausen of Williams College.  Two valued members of our department retired this year;  Professor Alan Wallach, Ralph H. Wark Professor of Art and Art History an Professor of American Studies, and  Professor Marlene Jack, our ceramicist.  We are also very pleased to introduce two new faculty members:  Xin Wu, who will be teaching East Asian Art and Michael Jabbur, who will teach ceramics.  Finally, the two-summer renovation of Andrews is just about complete.

Please read about these stories (and more) in our newsletter.  Though you are always welcome  to visit, we particularly hope you can come help us celebrate homecoming this fall (the weekend of October 21st).  Keep in touch.


With all Best Wishes,

Catherine Levesque


2011 A&AH Graduates
2011 Art & Art History Graduates

Congratulations to the class of 2011!

Chapiteau du portail de l'église de Perrecy-les-Forges, Photo by Jean-Pierre Gobillot, 2005
Student Achievements

Awards, exhibits, presentations, and interships - our students continue to impress.

Susan V. Webster
Faculty Notes

Find out who's new, who's  moving on, and what everyone else is up to.

Birdie Boone, Cup and Saucer (‘Curvy’ series), 2010 Midrange redware, bisque slip, self-formulated glazes, 6” x 4.5” x 5”
Alumni Updates

As always we are blown away by the paths taken by our alumni.  Are you an Art & Art History Alum?  Send us your news!

Old Power Plant, Ceramics Alumni Exhibition
The Old Power Plant: 35 Years of Ceramics at William & Mary
In spring 2011, Professor Jack celebrated the achievements of 14 former students in a special exhibition titled The Old Power Plant: 35 Years of Ceramics at William and Mary, held March 31 to April 22 at Andrews Gallery. View Exhibit Gallery
Alumni Homecoming Event
Annual Alumni Homecoming Event

This year's event will take place on Friday Oct 21, 4-6pm. Hope to see you there!

Check out photos from the 2010 Homecoming Event.

 Jennifer Root, 'Break Out', silkscreen print
Call for Funding of Undergraduate Honors Research

We would like to provide each honors student with $300 for research-related expenses. The faculty of Art and Art History asks for your assistance in providing funding for this important endeavor.