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The Association of Graduate Art Students (AGAS) at the University of Georgia, in partnership with the Georgia Museum of Art, invites emerging scholars to submit proposals for papers that contribute to the discussion of new perspectives and interpretations on African American, Euro-American and Native American art. The symposium will be presented in conjunction with the traveling exhibition “Object Lessons in American Art: Selections from the Princeton University Art Museum,” on view February 4 – May 14, 2023.

Our symposium will expand the scope of the exhibition by using contemporary lenses to rethink preconceived notions of American visual and material culture. Conventional approaches to the art of the United States have often focused upon Eurocentric artists and consequently advanced colonizing perspectives on this material. Yet, America’s rich history gives way to new studies that break these long-standing conceptions and allow for more representation that is reflective of the diverse society of the past and present.

This symposium aims to enrich and reframe the Eurocentric traditions associated with American visual and material culture by advancing contemporary perspectives and considering American art in light of the pressing issues of our day. Such perspectives will afford new insights into US history and push forward experimental approaches for the future.

Our symposium encourages submissions that discuss specific works of art or themes related to “Object Lessons in American Art: Selections from the Princeton University Art Museum.”
Other relevant topics include but are not limited to:

- Women artists in America/the Americas
- Race, identity, and the role of African American and Native American artists
- Past and present diversity in American art
- Ecological and ecocritical approaches to American art
- Global and hemispheric perspectives on American art and the art of the Americas
- Expressions of American patriotism and imperialism

Current graduate students and other emerging scholars should submit abstracts (maximum 300 words) and an up-to-date CV to by December 30, 2022. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by January 15, 2023.

Visit the link below for the symposium schedule.

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