In the wake of the white-supremacist terrorism of August 11-13, we wish to highlight and paraphrase some of the comments of Ian Baucom, Dean of Arts and Sciences:
Be assured that the Art Department remains a space where all can pursue the dialogue that counters the lies of racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, and nativism.
We are prepared to stand up for and support those who have been singled out as targets for hatred. The courage of free thought opposing cowardice and bigotry endures and persists here despite violence.

Carmenita Higginbotham

Associate Professor
American Art and Culture
Director of Undergraduate Programs, Program of American Studies
PhD University of Michigan, 2005
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Carmenita Higginbotham’s research examines early 20th century American art with an emphasis on how notions of "the city" have had an impact on representation. Her book, The Urban Scene: Race, Reginald Marsh and American Art (Penn State University Press, 2015), considers how Reginald Marsh as an American Scene artist represents African Americans during the 1930s. The Urban Scene situates the language of racial representation within urban contexts invested in the legibility of New York’s landscape and responding to a growing interracialism in popular public spaces.

Higginbotham joined the faculty in 2005. Her undergraduate teaching includes lecture courses on the history of American Art, Popular Visual Culture, African American art, and Art Film. Her graduate seminars have included 1930s: Poverty, Politics and American Art, and Problems in American Art: The City.

Her teaching in the Art History Department is complimented by her courses in UVa’s Program in American Studies. As joint faculty in this undergraduate major, she offers cinema studies courses on topics such as American film noir, Hollywood and the Great Depression, and 20th century stardom. She also teaches on the cultural and visual impact of Disney in American popular culture. She is currently American Studies’ Director of Undergraduate Programs.