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Kayla Abaza Will Present in the SUNY New Paltz Undergraduate Art History Symposium on April 11

Congratulation to Kayla Abaze, currently a junior HAD Pratt student, on presenting her paper at the 2021 SUNY New Paltz Undergraduate Art History Symposium.

When: Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 11:30 AM.

Where: Online through Webex

Title: Black and White: 17th-century Dutch Seascapes


Dutch paintings of the 17th century are commonly characterized by the proliferation of distinct genres, most notably portraits, allegorical, genre, landscape, and still–life paintings, executed in oil paints of vibrant pigments with a loaded brush by frequently well-known names. However, there are other subgenres and techniques of painting that were executed simultaneously that have been overshadowed by the tremendous success of those highly acclaimed artists. This paper will focus on one of those often-neglected sub-genres, Dutch pen-schilderijen, or “pen-paintings,” of the latter part of the 17th century and the artists who created them. These illustrations were crafted through an arduous process of painting a white chalky ground onto panel or canvas and then painstakingly “etching” the composed picture with a sharpened reed-pen, then shaded in with black and grey ink washes. They required expensive materials and were time-consuming to not only craft but to master. This was arguably specifically engineered with a nautical subject matter in mind. It revealed meticulously rendered details such as fine ropes and chords, custom taffarel, and sculptures sacrificed by the use of paint and brushes. The necessary time and expertise explain the very small body of works produced by only a few select artists, such as Willem van de Velde (1611 – 1693 CE) and Adriaen van Salm (1660–1720 CE), who also employed their own naval experience. This meticulous technique attracted artists such as Experiens Silleman (1613–1653 CE) who was able to imitate the results through various alternative methods, but greatly sacrificed the quality. Pen-schilderijens required such precision and time that commissions were few, but one could be, even today, in awe by viewing these impeccably painted works.


The 2021 SUNY New Paltz Undergraduate Art History Symposium is a three day events from April 9th to April 11th with 98 presenters. You may view all the presenters as well as their topic and abstract here or at

To watch any session, simply click on the “Full Schedule” tab at the top of the homepage. A few days before the start of the Symposium, you will see next to each session in the schedule is a blue and orange “Webex Link” button, which you can simply click on to join said session. Please note that no prior registration is necessary to access all sessions. If you feel a bit uncertain about navigating the website or joining a Webex meeting, simply click on the “Join Us!” tab at the top of the Symposium’s homepage for assistance.


Congratulations to Anna Flinchbaugh for Presenting at the NCSA Conference

Congratulations to Anna Flinchbaugh for presenting at the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association’s virtual conference. Flinchbaugh’s talk looked at the materials William Morris and Thomas Wardle used to create shades of red, and the epistemological frames in which they situated them.

42nd Annual Virtual Conference
March 11-13, 2021
NCSA invited scholars to interrogate the trope of “discovery” by questioning the term’s ideological and colonial implications. Why was the concept of “discovery” so appealing in the nineteenth century, and what does its popularity tell us about the people and social structures that were so invested in it? Papers will also consider indigenous perspectives that challenge ideas of western “discovery” and settler colonialism, new voices that theorize and critique nineteenth-century “discoveries,” intellectual exchange between cultures, and other methods of unmasking narratives of exploration and “discovery.”

As we welcome participants from around the globe, we want to formally and with great respect acknowledge that the conference is being organized in central California on the traditional lands of the Yokuts Nation. We work from the unceded ancestral lands of these indigenous tribes. Thank you for letting us honor them and give our thanks to their ancestors and descendants for their constant and careful stewardship of this land.


Congratulations to Anna Flinchbaugh on Publishing a Review of ARLIS/NA

Congratulations to Anna Flinchbaugh on publishing a review of the Journey to the Sea Ranch website for the December Issue of ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America) Multimedia & Technology Reviews.

Anna Flinchbaugh wrote, “writing a review for ARLIS/NA’s Multimedia & Technology Reviews has been a friendly and approachable way to get more involved with a professional organization that I admire. ARLIS/NA provides a tremendous amount of support to the field of art librarianship through programming like events and conferences, professional development and networking opportunities, and resources like their reviews. The reviews help librarians to make informed decisions about which resources to recommend to their patrons. Reviewers are able to bring their expertise from other areas of their lives, creating a more robust pool of knowledge. In my case, I was fortunate to be reviewing a resource which connected to my interest in design history. I was able to further enrich my assessment of the website through conversations with friends in the field of sustainable design and planning. Writing the review has thus not only been an accessible way to dip a toe into academic publishing but also a great way to engage my community around information literacy”.

Trip to view Christies’s Post War to Present Sale

Professor Frima Fox Hofrichter has taken several trips with her Senior Seminar class, Art and the Market.

On March 3rd, 2020 the class was at Christie’s for the viewing of their Post War to Present sale, which took place on Thursday 5 March.

Students: Alexandra Stearns, Bella Canepa, Bria Pickel, Caroline Madden, and Jake Moore are being guided by Christie’s specialist Caitlin Foreht.



Trip to the Whitney Museum’s Vida America Exhibition

On Sat Feb 29, Dr. Layla Zami took her Art & Social Justice undergraduate course to the Whitney Museum, along with other students from other HA&D courses.The class visited the Vida Americana exhibition, with a very instructive guided tour funded by HAD and facilitated by Whitney teaching fellow Xin Wang. Students learned about well-known and lesser known art works, and reflected upon the making of art historiographical narratives in the Americas.



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