Agnes Scott Professor Receives Graham Foundation Grant

 

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ATLANTA, May 16, 2019—Katherine Smith, Associate Professor of Art History and Faculty Coordinator for Leadership Development, is the recipient of a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts fosters the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. Smith received a Publication Grant for her monograph on contemporary artist Claes Oldenburg (The Accidental Possibilities of the City: Claes Oldenburg’s Urbanism in Postwar America) forthcoming from the University of California Press.  Smith received a Research and Development Grant from the Graham Foundation in the early stages of the project.

Her research focuses on intersections in American art and architecture from the 1960s to the present, with emphases on sculpture and urbanism. Her publications have addressed the influence of pop art on Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown’s architectural projects, pedagogical practices, and theoretical writings and considered the position of Claes Oldenburg's sculptures in discourses on public art, contemporary architecture, and urban design.

The Graham Foundation, based in Chicago, supports projects that address architecture and other media, as does her book.  Her scholarship focuses on intersections in American art and architecture from the 1960s to the present, with emphases on sculpture and urbanism.  Her approach to teaching draws directly on the interdisciplinary nature of her research, which focuses on thinking across media.  

 

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