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.

Current students

Dylan W. Spivey

BA, Art History, Wake Forest University, 2012
MA, History of Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art, 2014
PhD student
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Dylan's interest in the history of architecture began as an undergraduate at Wake Forest University, where he graduated summa cum laude and earned honors for a thesis that sought to reinterpret the liminality of the English Baroque. Prior to joining the joint program at the University of Virginia, Dylan completed his MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2014 with a dissertation that considered the visual, geographical, and symbolic relationship between James Gibbs' St Mary-le-Strand and Christopher Wren's recently completed St Paul's Cathedral. He also served as the Education and Operations Coordinator for the Earl Scruggs Center: Music and Stories from the American South in his hometown of Shelby, North Carolina.

Under the direction of Douglas Fordham at the University of Virginia, Dylan studies the art and architecture of eighteenth-century Britain. Dylan is particularly interested in the relationship between the English Baroque and Neo-Palladianism and the emerging consciousness of architectural "style," as well as the role of the architectural print and publication in the creation and dissemination of these architectural ideals. His work has been generously supported by the Kapp Family Foundation and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. While at UVa, Dylan has served as a teaching assistant for both Part I and Part II of "History of Architecture and Urbanism."