LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT, Spring 2018
It was great to see so many members of HGSCEA at CAA in Los Angeles, both in the cavernous interiors of the Convention Center and, just around the corner, in the very different environment of the annual reception. About forty people made their way to Opulen Studios to see old friends, to make new acquaintances, to have a glass of wine or a beer, and to eat a delicious Mexican dinner. To judge from the volume of the conversations and laughing I heard, everyone had a very good time.
The dinner was only one part of another exciting and invigorating conference for HGSCEA. Allison Morehead was the chair of the sponsored session, a remarkable investigation of critical race art histories assembling excellent papers by Rebecca Houze, Pat Berman, Bart Pushaw, and Kristin Schroeder. In addition, many members presented their research in other sessions, acted as chairs and commentators, or represented organizations and journals. From another large pool of strong submissions, the Board announced that it had selected articles by Tomasz Grusiecki, “Foreign as Native: Baltic Amber in Florence,” and Kerry Greaves, “Thirteen Artists in a Tent: Danish Avant-garde Exhibition Practice during World War II,” as the dual winners of this year’s Emerging Scholars Publication Prize. Morgan Ng received an Honorable Mention for “Toward a Cultural Ecology of Architectural Glass in Early Modern Northern Europe.” Tomasz and Max Koss were both recipients of the Travel Stipends for which graduate students and recent PhDs may apply.
I would like to encourage members who qualify to consider submitting recent publications to the Emerging Scholars Prize later this year, and to apply for Travel Stipends. Furthermore, if anyone is working on an exhibition, symposium, or other such event, and thinks that collaboration with HGSCEA would be useful, please contact the Board. We take great pleasure and pride in facilitating the sponsored session, in jurying the Emerging Scholars Prize, in offering travel funds, and in hosting a dinner party, but it would be wonderful once again to support scholarship on German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art and Architecture in other ways.
To conclude, I want to thank the entire membership for your loyalty and largesse, which allows the organization to thrive. I would also like to express my gratitude to all the members of the Board for everything that they have done during the past year. In particular, it is important to acknowledge the hard work of Marsha Morton as Treasurer, the efforts of Juliet Koss, who went far beyond the call of duty as Secretary to make the dinner happen, and the investment of time and energy made by Morgan Ridler in her capacity as Website Manager. I feel fortunate to be a part of such a dynamic and fun group of scholars, and to count so many of you as friends.
I hope to see everyone in New York in February 2019!
Jim van Dyke