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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Katelyn Crawford

BA, History and Art History, Columbia University, 2006
MA, Art and Architectural History, University of Virginia, 2010
PhD candidate
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Kate is a doctoral candidate studying American art and architecture with Professor Maurie McInnis. She is particularly interested in American, British, and Caribbean art, portraiture, and material culture studies. Her dissertation, "Transient Painters, Traveling Canvases: Portraiture and Mobility in the British Atlantic, 1750-1780," examines the paintings of portraitists working within the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world, demonstrating the impact of mobility on artistic practice.

Kate has pursued her dissertation research as a Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellow in American Art, a Terra Foundation Predoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and a Virginia Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Presidential Fellow. Support for her research has also come from the Massachusetts Historical Society, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Winterthur, and the Yale Center for British Art.

In addition to her dissertation research, Kate recently worked as a curatorial intern at the New-York Historical Society, and has served as a teaching assistant for courses at UVA including American Art II, Arts & Cultures of the Slave South, and British Art.