NEH Summer Institute: Mapping and Art in the Americas

NEH Summer Programs - Smith
Monday, July 12, 2010 to Friday, August 13, 2010

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

Led by Jim Akerman and Diane Dillon

The five-week institute led by James Akerman (a geographer and Director of the Smith Center) and Diane Dillon (an art historian and Director of Scholarly and Undergraduate Programs) traced the interplay between American art and mapping from the transatlantic encounter into the 21st century.  Guest faculty included specialists in art, art history, cartography, geography, philosophy, American history, map librarianship, and literary studies.  The institute program of lectures, workshops, and discussions encouraged 25 participants to cross disciplinary boundaries and move beyond regional and chronological specialties to explore the relationship between art and mapping in the Americas.  Participants also pursued their own research projects and explored unfamiliar primary materials, including the Newberry’s rich holdings of cartography, geography, art, history, literature, and the history of printing from the 15th to the 21st centuries.

Guest faculty included:

Magali Carrera, Chancellor Professor of Art History, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Edward S. Casey, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, SUNY-Stony Brook
Dianna Frid, Assistant Professor, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Chicago
Robert Karrow, former Curator of Special Collections and Curator of Maps, The Newberry Library
Nina Katchadourian, Independent Artist, Brooklyn, New York
Joni Kinsey, Professor of Art History, University of Iowa
Greg Knight, formerly Deputy Commissioner/Visual Arts, City of Chicago
John Krygier, Associate Professor of Geography, Ohio Wesleyan University
Dennis McClendon, Chicago Cartographics, Inc.
Barbara Mundy, Associate Professor of Art History, Fordham University
Ricardo Padrón, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, University of Virginia
Laurie Palmer, Associate Professor of Sculpture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Susan Schulten, Associate Professor of History, University of Denver
Bronwen Wilson, Associate Professor of Art History, University of British Columbia

Please see the attached syllabus for more information.