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Professor Mary Campbell is this week's Quest Scholar

quest"Mary Campbell, assistant professor of art history in the School of Art, was recently awarded an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship for the upcoming academic year. She will use the time to finish her forthcoming book for the University of Chicago Press. In this book, Campbell examines the work of the Mormon photographer — and sometimes pornographer — Charles Ellis Johnson (1857–1926). Specifically, she untangles the complicated relationship that exists between Johnson's photographs for the Mormon church, his risqué stereoviews of young women, and the decision of Mormon authorities to relinquish polygamy in 1890.

Campbell received her Ph.D. from Stanford, earned a J.D. at Yale Law School, and did her undergraduate work at Brown University. Her teaching focuses on the history of American art during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the history of American modernism, and African-American art."

Source: Text taken from UT Quest Scholar of the Week.


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Art History is a discipline within the Humanities that examines the history of works of art in the broadest possible context. Study involves the investigation of the world's monuments and images from a variety of perspectives, ranging from physical investigations of the works of art themselves, to biographical inquiries into the lives of artists, to examinations of the social, political and historical contexts within which works of art are made. Works of art in all media (painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic media including printmaking, drawing and photography and time arts) are of interest to the art historian.


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