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Department of Art & Art History 2010

Charles Palermo

Charles Palermo
Associate Professor / Art History

In the spring of 2010, Charles Palermo was awarded the Alumni Memorial Distinguished Professor of Art & Art History


Susan V. Webster
Susan V. Webster

Jane Williams Mahoney Professor of Art & Art History

In 2009-2010, Susan Verdi Webster was awarded the Edilia and Françoise-Auguste de Montêquin Senior Fellowship from the Society of Architectural Historians and a Franklin Grant from the American Philosophical Society to pursue research for her book on architecture in colonial Quito. She also was awarded a QEP/Mellon grant that will allow her to take three undergraduate students to Quito, Ecuador, this summer to conduct archival research on colonial art and architecture.

Webster published several articles "Masters of the Trade:  Native Artisans, Guilds, and the Construction of Colonial Quito," Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 68, no. 1 (March 2009): 10-29, which won the Harold Eugene Davis Prize from the Mid-Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies for the best article published in 2008-2009; "La misteriosa vida del arquitecto José Jaime Ortiz antes de su llegada a Quito, s. XVII," and "Maestros indígenas y la construcción del Quito colonial," in Alfonso Ortiz Crespo, ed., Las artes en Quito en el cambio de los siglos XVII al XVIII (Quito: FONSAL, 2009), 11-25; 27-51; and "Art, Identity, and the Construction of the Church of Santo Domingo in Quito," Hispanic Research Journal 10, no. 5 (December 2009): 417-438.

Webster presented numerous papers at national and international conferences during the in 2009-2010 academic year, including "Authorship and Authority in the Construction of Colonial Quito," at the Latin American Studies Association in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; "Conquista de la arquitectura europea: Maestros indígenas y la construcción del Quito colonial," at Northeastern University in Chicago; "Architecture and Archives in Spanish America: The Case of Colonial Quito," at the College Art Association in  Chicago; "Andeans and Europeans in the Construction of Colonial Quito," at the symposium Urban Empire: Cities in the Early Modern Hispanic World, Tulane University in New Orleans; and "The Conquest of Italian Architecture: Andean Masters and the Construction of Colonial Quito," at the Renaissance Society of America annual conference in Venice, Italy.

In spring, 2010, students in Webster's seminar, "Visual and Material Culture in Colonial Spanish America," co-curated an exhibition at the Muscarelle Museum, "Merging Souls: Arts of Devotion in Latin America," and organized a public symposium to share the results of their research.

Barbara Watkinson

Associate Professor / Art History

Church of St. John the Baptist at Dénezé-sous-Doué / Le  Paradis
Barbara Watkinson offered a new seminar this year: Art of Christian Pilgrimage: East and West.  We retraced the steps of pilgrims of the fourth through fourteenth centuries in both the Holy Land and Europe.  We stopped at Jerusalem, Mount Sinai, Rome, Compostela Spain, Canterbury England, and many points in between.  Sometimes we followed travelers and experienced the physical and emotional difficulties of their penitential trips.  Other times we took imaginary journeys, just like medieval monks and nuns, who could not leave the confines of their cloisters.  With the help of Cassie Prena, a major in art history, my study on the transformation of the landscape in western France has included tying nineteenth century survey maps with aerial and satellite photos.  Below is a section of one and the church of St. John the Baptist at Dénezé-sous-Doué, which was built in ca. 1100.  The area labeled Le Paradis (Paradise) was an early medieval cemetery located only 300 feet from the church.  Cassie will be on study abroad in Paris during the fall semester and I will be on research leave; so we will continue our project.  I'll keep you posted.


Alan Wallach
Ralph H.Wark Professor of Art and Art History

In the fall of 2009, Alan Wallach presented the keynote lecture for "Transatlantic Romanticism," a three-day symposium which he co-organized and which was co-sponsored by the Royal Academy, the Paul Mellon Centre, University College, London, and the Terra Foundation.  Other highlights for 2009 included lectures at the University of Oklahoma and Syracuse University.  Wallach presented papers at the annual meetings of the American Studies Association, the College Art Association, and the Association of Art Historians annual conference which last year took place in Manchester, England.  

Wallach published an essay in Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors eds., A New Literary History of America (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009), a book that has been widely reviewed and commented on.  He also published a short article entitled "McSorley's Bar: John Sloan's Painting of a Scene from Old New York," in edible Manhattan, a "foodie" journal edited by William and Mary alumna, Gabrielle Langholtz.  He is co-editing a volume titled Transatlantic Romanticism based on the London symposium.  He is also working on a collection of his own essays on the artist Thomas Cole and on a book tentatively titled Rethinking the Hudson River School.  Time permitting, he will prepare a new edition of his book, Exhibiting Contradiction: Essays on the Art Museum in the United States.

This coming fall, Wallach will be Terra Visiting Professor in American Art at the Freie Universität in Berlin.

Brian Kreydatus
Associate Professor / Printmaking

This past academic year Brian had a solo exhibition,  Recent Works, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR and a three-person show Jeff Dion, Brian Kreydatus, Steven Labadessa, MDH Fine Arts, New York, NY.

He participated in many group exhibitions this past year including: 2009 Guanlan International Print Biennial: A collection of prints,  Guanlan, China (where his print "Opening Day Night" entered the collection of the organizing committee) and Box ID II, Black Church Print Studio, Dublin, Ireland.

In addition, he had a two week artist residency at Saint Marys College, MD.

Elizabeth Mead
Associate Professor / Sculpture

Elizabeth Mead's studio work is currently on view in the exhibition "Beyond Audubon" at the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and she recently participated in the "Artists Who Teach exhibition at the Charles Taylor Art Center in Hampton, Virginia

She is also the curator of "Unbearable Beauty: Triumph of the Human Spirit, Photographs of W. Eugene and Aileen M. Smith" on view at the Muscarelle Museum of Art through 20 June. The exhibition was part of the 2010 International Mercury EXPO organized by the Mercury Global Inquiry Group, of which she is a member. Mead produced the catalog accompanying the exhibition and wrote the introduction.

Her public talks this year have included, "Art and the Environment" at the Wren Society, "The Roar of Silence," an invited talk about the process of bronze-casting for This Century Art Gallery and the Williamsburg Public Library,  "Message in a Bottle" at the Mariners' Museum, Newport News on the occasion of an exhibition of work by students in her advanced sculpture class, "Spaces and Places; Near and Far," "Unbearable Beauty: A Curator's Perspective" at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, and she gave the introduction and led the post show discussion for the screening of "Manufactured Landscapes." She also adjudicated the Gosport Arts Festival in Portsmouth.

Students in Mead's sculpture class collaborated with Professor Ed Pease's architecture students on a commission from the Committee on Sustainability. The two classes designed and constructed an installation in Swem Library to bring greater awareness to the DOT (Do One Thing) campaign.

A continuation of her on-going research in the intersection between art and science, Mead was an invited attendee at the SciNet Arts/Humanities/Complex Networks Symposium held in Boston. She wrote "Making the Environment" for the book Mercury: The Human Element, ed. M. Newman. (Boca Raton, FL: CRS Press, Taylor and Francis Group, forthcoming 2011)

Mead was recently awarded a Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland, where she examined the experiential aspects of landscape and the ways environmental cues connect us to the world. She is at work on a new body of work, Various Objects: Things on the Horizon.

Naomi J. Falk

Visiting Instructor/ Technician / Gallery Coordinator

Naomi Falk has had several exhibitions recently, including sculpture and performance work in "Conflict/Interest" at Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, drawing in "Artists Who Teach" at the Charles H. Taylor Arts Center in Hampton, VA, and fiber-based sculpture in an invitational show in Pennsylvania. Special thanks goes to the William & Mary and Walsingham Academy students (and many others) who helped with her Recall(ed) Quilt project.

She has upcoming exhibitions in Norfolk and Chicago, as well as an artist residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland.

Her work may be viewed at:

Naomi Falk

Linda Carey
Adjunct Professor/ 2D Foundations

Linda was awarded two international residency fellowships for the Summer and Fall of 2010: a Klots MICA Artists Residency at Rochefort-en-Terre, Brittany, and a Ballinglen Arts Foundation Residency in County Mayo, Ireland. She plans to focus on landscape painting given the exceptional beauty of both locations.  In 2009 she was a visiting artist at the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus OH, and at the Beverly Street Studio School in Staunton VA.  Linda had a two-person show with Neil Riley in the Fall of  2009 at the Keny Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. Linda's work was featured in a review of the 2009 William & Mary Faculty exhibition in The Daily Press by Mark St. John Erickson.  Linda teaches on occasion as an adjunct at William & Mary, and does drawing workshops at various art centers and colleges.

Lew Cohen with Students

Lewis Cohen
Professor Emeritus / Sculpture

In the fall semesters of 2008 and 2009 Professor Cohen taught sculpture in Cortona Italy, for the University of Georgia, Cortona Studies Abroad Program. He taught stone carving and bronze casting

He has plans of returning to Italy where he hopes to work at the carving studios in Carrara, Italy.

He currently maintains a studio at home and remains at work on new sculptures.

Nicole McCormick Santiago
Assistant Professor / Drawing & Color Theory

Nicole McCormick Santiago, Lost, 2010, Oil on Panel, 12x58 inches

This spring Nicole exhibited 33 artworks in a solo show at Berea College. During the past year she also exhibited in 13 juried and invitational exhibitions including: Third National Juried Exhibition, at Prince Street Gallery in New York, NY (juror: Susana Coffey), Strictly Painting 7, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean VA, and Visual Narrative, Gallery 180, at the Illinois Institute of Art Chicago.

This past winter, Nicole was awarded a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, where she completed a one-month residency in January 2010.  One of the works completed at the residency was Lost (pictured above).  She also received several awards for her work including: four Honorable Mentions from The Artist's Magazine 26th Annual Art CompetitionStrictly Painting 7 - McLean Project for the Arts, EYA 2010 National Juried Exhibition - Anita P. Folmar Gallery, and Ode to Degas; National Juried Exhibition - Ashland University Coburn Gallery.