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Expert On Religion In American Art To Give Talk At U.Va. On April 14

April 1, 2005 --

WHO:            Art historian Sally M. Promey
WHAT:         “Seeing the Self ‘In Frame’: Early New England Material Practice and Puritan Piety”

WHEN:         Thursday, April 14, 6 p.m.
WHERE:       Campbell Hall, Room 160

Today the media is filled with reports of great tension between religion and the arts in American society. However, that has not always been the case. Throughout our nation’s history, artists have created images that have played integral roles in American religious life. University of Maryland art historian Sally Promey has focused her research on the visual culture of the American religious experience. She will give a talk “Seeing the Self ‘In Frame’: Early New England Material Practice and Puritan Piety,” on Thursday, April 14, at 6 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 160.  

Promey is the author of “Painting Religion in Public: John Singer Sargent's ‘Triumph of Religion’ at the Boston Public Library,” which received an American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Historical Studies Category. She also is the author of a monograph on Shaker visionary painting, “Spiritual Spectacles: Vision and Image in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Shakerism,” which was awarded the Charles C. Eldredge Prize for outstanding scholarship in the field of American art. Her current project, "Religion in Plain View: The Public Aesthetics of American Belief," addresses the public display of religion in the United States from the 18th century to the present.

Promey has published articles in Art Bulletin, American Art and American Art Journal, and is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including an Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers, and summer research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Louisville Institute and the General Research Board of the University of Maryland. She was co-director (with Valparaiso University Professor David Morgan) of a multiyear interdisciplinary collaborative project of research, publication and exhibition, "The Visual Culture of American Religions," funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Lilly Endowment Inc. The book “The Visual Culture of American Religions,” co-edited by Promey and Morgan, is one of the products of this project.

For more information, contact Sylvia New Strawn at (434) 924-6122 or sns@virginia.edu.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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