Oxford, United Kingdom—Professor David M. Lubin has been appointed as the first Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford. Professor Lubin will hold the position during the 2016–17 academic year. The key objectives of the visiting professorship will be to establish American art from the colonial period onward as a new field of study for Oxford master’s students in art history, introduce the visual arts of the United States to undergraduate students in history and art history, and provide new, global perspectives on American art to scholars and curators in Oxford and beyond.
Professor Lubin is the Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is the author of numerous books, including Shooting Kennedy (California, 2003), which was awarded the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Eldredge Prize for distinguished scholarship in American art. Professor Lubin’s latest book is Flags and Faces: The Visual Culture of America’s First World War (California, 2015), and his Grand Illusions: WWI and American Art is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in early 2016. Before becoming an academic, he studied filmmaking at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema and wrote music reviews for Rolling Stone. He went on to receive his PhD in American Studies at Yale. While at Oxford, Professor Lubin will be a member of the History of Art Department and will also hold a visiting fellowship at Worcester College.
Professor Geraldine Johnson, Associate Professor in History of Art at the University of Oxford, said, “We are extremely grateful to the Terra Foundation for American Art for its shared vision and generosity in establishing the visiting professorship at Oxford. We look forward very much to working with Professor Lubin and with the foundation on this exciting program, which will help develop the study of American Art at the university.”
Terra Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth Glassman stated, “We join our partners at the University of Oxford in congratulating David Lubin as the inaugural Terra Foundation Visiting Professor. Professor Lubin will be a fine addition to the University’s inimitable research and teaching programs. The Terra Foundation is also pleased to be lending artworks to Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum to augment the visiting professorship, thus ensuring students and faculty have firsthand access to original works of historical art from the United States.”
Terra Foundation for American Art
The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and educational programs. Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential both to distinguish cultures and to unite them.