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    Department of Studio Arts & Art History
    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

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    Aida Audeh
    Department Chair

  • Art History at Hamline University

    The study of art history involves the analysis of art and architecture within a cultural framework and is thus highly interdisciplinary in approach.  The goals of the department are to enhance students' perceptual and analytical abilities and improve research and writing skills. Through foundation courses, specialized electives, and advanced seminars art history students gain the ability to work independently on a senior research project that is the culmination of undergraduate art history studies.

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    Review: Dante in the long nineteenth century: nationality, identity, and appropriation, ed. by Aida Audeh and Nick Havely, Choice (March 2013)

    The "long nineteenth century" began with Dante's name and writings barely emerging (thanks to the impetus provided by nascent Romanticism) from the neglect to which the "enlightened" taste of the previous century had consigned them. It ended with Dante installed as the national poet of a newly united Italy, and his work--chiefly, of course, the Commedia--accepted as a touchstone of artistic achievement and historical significance among readers both within Italy and far beyond its recently delineated borders. This remarkably rich and informative collection of essays, by 19 scholars from six countries, offers a wide-ranging overview of Dante's 19th-century fortuna in criticism, scholarship, literature, the visual arts, music, cinema, politics, education, and cultural theory. Much space is rightly devoted to Dante's importance in debates about Italian nationality and identity during the Risorgimento; Audeh (art history, Hamline Univ.) and Havely (literature, Univ. of York, UK) also find room for studies of his appropriation by French, British, Irish, German, and American writers and thinkers and their counterparts in such less predictable locales as Turkey and Bengal. Readable and fascinating throughout, this book is indispensable for those interested in Dante, comparative literature, and interdisciplinary cultural studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. -- S. Botterill, University of California, Berkeley

    Art History major and alumna, Lauren M. (Howe) Freese, Class of 2011, has published an article in the Ramsey County Historical Society journal Ramsey County History  http://www.rchs.com/magazine/histzine.htm.  The article, "St. Paul's Beaux-Arts Carnegie Libraries: Philanthropic Architecture in Local Context", is based on her senior art history research project of the same name developed with the guidance of Dr. Aida Audeh, Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Studio Arts and Art History.  Ms. Freese is now a graduate student in Art History at the University of Iowa in Iowa City focusing on analysis of the works of Frida Kahlo.

    Bekah Marzahn, senior art history major and honors researcher, has published an article in Oceánide, a peer-reviewed journal of cultural studies.  Ms. Marzahn's essay on Salvador Dalì's Don Quixote images appears in Issue 4 (2012).  http://oceanide.netne.net/articulos/articulos4-en.php   

  • News

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      The Creative Writing Programs is pleased to announce that Justin St. Germain will be joining the faculty in late summer as a Visiting Assistant Professor in creative nonfiction.
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      MFAC faculty Gene Luen Yang's graphic novel masterpiece, Boxers & Saints, won the School Library Journal's 2014 Battle of the Books.
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      New class explored real-world applications of art in the health field, the relationship of creativity to health, and served as a prerequisite for a valuable internship opportunity at Shriners Children’s Hospital.
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      Innovative new digital media arts lab features technology to facilitate students’ growing interests in the field of study.
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      Jeff Turner, associate professor of theatre arts, served as production dramaturg on Kander and Ebb's Cabaret to be performed at Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis from Saturday, January 18 through February 9.
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      Addie's new book, When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over (from her MFA capstone project), received a starred review in October from Publishers Weekly.
    • November 19, 2013
      New Arts in Health Course
      The Hamline University Department of Studio Arts and Art History, in collaboration with the Public Health Sciences program, is excited to announce a new course offered in January 2014: Arts in Health.
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      The newest editions of Water~Stone Review and rock, paper, scissors debut on Saturday at the Twin Cities Book Fair, Swati Avasthi is signing at the CWP table, and more.
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      This summer, Hamline partnered with the Penumbra Theatre Summer Institute for a unique internship focused on social change.  
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      John-Mark Schlink, lecturer and director of exhibitions, had his print selected for inclusion in the 2013 Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
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      Alumnus Derek Johnson won an MTV Video Music Award for best visual effects for his work on Safe and Sound for the group Capital Cities.
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      Professor in theatre arts, Carolyn Levy and costume shop supervisor Mary Beth Gagner published an article in a Minnesota magazine.
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      Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Studio Arts and Art History Aida Audeh has published an essay on Rodin's interpretation of Dante's Inferno.
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      April 24, 2013
      Entrée to the Arts
      Hamline students have a rare opportunity to intern at some of the world’s most prestigious art museums, thanks to a generous gift from the Ehlers family. Hear from the students themselves about how their lives have been impacted.
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      Find Hamline CWP alumni and students reading all over the Twin Cities in this month-long reading festival, created by MFA alum Satish Jayaraj.
    • Kaori Kenmotsu, senior lecturer in the Theatre Arts Department, will present two workshops and perform in the faculty concert at the North Central Region's American College Dance Festival at Minnesota State University, Mankato on March 9-12, 2013.
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      The Oracle student newspaper took home several awards from the Associated Collegiate Press Best of the Midwest Convention in Minneapolis on February 10.
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      Art professor Andrew Wykes has been awarded the Artist Initiative Award in recognition of his contributions to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota. 
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      Assistant Professor David Ryan leads undergraduate students to explore their creative and technical sides as they pursue one of Hamline's new majors, digital media arts.
    • Art history major and alumna, Lauren M. (Howe) Freese, Class of 2011, has published an article in the Ramsey County Historical Society journal Ramsey County History.
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      Bekah Marzahn, senior art history major and honors researcher, has published an article in Oceánide, a peer-reviewed journal of cultural studies. Marzahn's essay appears in Issue 4 (2012). 
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      March 13, 2012
      Art for Life
      Studio art and art history majors become seriously creative and gain vivid insight the classroom, studio, and the world-wide community.
    • John-Mark Schlink, instructor in the Department of Art and Art History, had his intaglio print titled, "Cathedral" accepted into the Mid America Print Council members juried exhibition. The exhibition, "Contributory" will take place at Spudnik Press in Chicago April 6 - May 11 2012.
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      Silvester Vicic channels his love of both music and education into providing exceptional musical experiences for the university community.
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      October 23, 2011
      Here's the Rub
      With approximately 1,100 brass rubbings from throughout England, Hamline's is undoubtedly the largest collection in the United States.
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      Sculptures will be auctioned off to raise money for the cause
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      Incoming students spend time before the first day of classes volunteering in their new community
    • Art Exhibit
       2010 Hamline graduate Bryn Harding has a photographer’s eye and a theologian’s perspective. 
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      October 1, 2010
      Hamline Art
      From the iconic Bishop statue to the Blue Garden waterfall to the “Heech” sculpture adjacent to Bush Student Center -- art abounds at Hamline. 
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  • Art History Facilities

    The Department of Studio Arts and Art History maintains a collection of more than 80,000 slides and digital images. The 2,000-square-foot painting studio has almost 1,000 square feet of north light. The printmaking studio is equipped for the intaglio printmaking process. Housed in separate buildings are 2,130 square feet of sculpture and drawing studios. The sculpture studio is equipped for clay modeling and plaster casting. A new 900-square-foot, secure and climate-controlled gallery was opened in 1996 in the Drew Fine Arts Center. The gallery, which houses the permanent collection, has also featured exhibitions that have brought national attention to the university.