Art and Society in Britain, Hogarth to Turner (1730–1851)

Teaching European Art in Context
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About the Seminar

Art and Society in Britain, Hogarth to Turner (1730–1851)


The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is pleased to announce the seminar, “Art and Society in Britain, Hogarth to Turner (1730-1851).” Intended for non-specialists in the subject, the seminar will be especially valuable for faculty members at institutions without large campus collections or proximity to major art museums. Art historians, studio artists, and faculty members trained in other disciplines such as history and English who teach art history are eligible to participate.

This week-long seminar offers a new account of significant developments in British art from Georgian London in the age of William Hogarth, who came to prominence in the 1730s, to the death of J. M. W. Turner in 1851, the year of the Great Exhibition. Drawing upon innovative historical analyses, the seminar sets artistic production within a cultural and historical framework and places British art in a global context, emphasizing questions of race and empire. Original works of art will be addressed directly, focusing on the outstanding collections of the Yale Center for British Art. Themes will include portraiture and social status; London as a world city; taste and the Grand Tour; art and empire; the industrial revolution; and Romanticism and nature. Along with Hogarth and Turner, the seminar will explore the art of Johan Zoffany, Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, Richard Wilson, Benjamin West, William Blake, and John Constable. The seminar week will include a visit to Yale University’s Lewis Walpole Library, one of the world’s great collections of the works of Hogarth and of satirical prints, and to Wethersfield, one of the most extensive surviving groups of 18th-century domestic buildings in the country.
 
These seminars are made possible with the generous support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Current Status

​​Up to 22 individuals were selected by competitive nomination. Participants must be full-time faculty members who regularly teach art history and whose institutions are members of the Council of Independent Colleges.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Current Status

​Up to 25 individuals will be selected by competitive nomination. Participants must be full-time faculty members who regularly teach art history and whose institutions are members of the Council of Independent Colleges.

Selection of participants will be announced by March 10, 2017.

Art History Faculty Development Grants

​Art History Faculty Development Grants are available in amounts up to $2,000 for use during the first half of 2020. The grants, generously supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, are available to faculty members who participated in one of CIC’s art history seminars in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019. Grants may be used to advance or begin projects based on seminar participation such as:

  • Travel to present work at conferences or on another campus
  • Hosting experts or colleagues from your seminar participation to visit your own campus
  • Furthering research at museum collections and libraries
  • Collaborations beyond your own campus with other colleges and universities and/or museums, cultural institutions, and other nonprofit organizations
  • Taking small groups of students to museums with strong collections of pre-modern European art to foster direct engagement with art objects

Applications should be submitted electronically with supporting materials as a single packet by the application deadline, December 13, 2019.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Nomination Information

Up to 22 individuals will be selected by competitive nomination. Participants must be full-time faculty members who regularly teach art history and whose institutions are members of the Council of Independent Colleges. The nomination deadline is Friday, January 25, 2019.

Selection of participants will be announced Friday, March 8, 2019.

To submit a nomination online, please refer to the brochure and nomination form:

Locations and Expenses

There is no seminar fee. Participants’ lodging, books, and most meals will be covered with support from CIC, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Participants or their institutions are expected to cover the cost of transportation to and from the seminar, although some funds are available to those who would otherwise be unable to participate. Please note that spouses and
friends are not permitted to stay in the provided housing or to attend the seminar.

Contact Information

​Questions about the seminar should be directed to Stephen Gibson, CIC director of programs, at sgibson@cic.nche.edu or (202) 466-7230.