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Chris Oliver


B.A., Art History, University of Richmond, 2005
M.A., Art and Architectural History, University of Virginia, 2008

American Art and Material Culture
Nineteenth-century American Painting and Popular Culture

A native of Baltimore, Chris came to the University of Virginia in 2006 after having graduated from the University of Richmond and worked at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His 2008 Master's Thesis "'Elevated and Pure Public Taste:' The Membership Prints of the American Art-Union, 1840-1851," was completed under the supervision of Maurie McInnis, who is currently Chris's dissertation advisor. His dissertation, "Civic Visions: The Panorama and Popular Amusement in American Art and Society, 1845-1870," broadly examines how the vogue of moving panoramas were a didactic enterprise, uniting both the fine arts and mass entertainment, as well as a vehicle for social and political tensions of the day. He has previously TA-ed for several different classes on American art and taught an undergraduate seminar, 'American Landscape and Popular Culture.' Chris has been a Dissertation Fellow at Winterthur Museum, and a Chester Dale Fellow in the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2012-2013, Chris is a Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellow in American Art.

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