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.



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John Hawley

BA, Art History and History, College of William and Mary, 2008
MA, History of Art and Architecture, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 2010
PhD candidate
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John Hawley graduated summa cum laude with Highest Honors from the College of William and Mary with a BA in Art History and History in 2008. John subsequently obtained his MA from NYU's Institute of Fine Arts, where he focused on the patronage of Amsterdam portrait painters in the first half of the seventeenth century.

At the University of Virginia, John's interest has remained in portraiture but has gravitated toward prints and drawings. His dissertation on the printmaker and draftsman Cornelis Visscher (1628/9-1658) is the first attempt to define the artist's drawn oeuvre and assess its import on the development of drawing as an autonomous form of artistic expression in the Dutch seventeenth century. John was named the Samuel H. Kress Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Drawing Institute at the Morgan Library & Museum for the 2012-13 academic year and has also received fellowships in support of his dissertation research from the Jacob K. Javits Foundation, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Fralin Museum of Art, and the American Friends of the Mauritshuis.

John's publications include twenty-three entries for an online catalogue published in conjunction with the exhibition Traces of the Hand: Master Drawings from the Collection of Frederick and Lucy S. Herman held at The Fralin in 2013 and a study of the life and drawings of Jan de Visscher (1633/4-1712) published in the January 2014 issue of Master Drawings. He is currently curating an exhibition entitled Portraying the Golden Age, which explores the intersection of drawn and printed portraits and tronies (head studies) in the Dutch and Flemish seventeenth century. Drawings lent from the Maida and George Abrams Collection are featured in the first rotation, while the second rotation exhibits prints from the museum's permanent collection.