May 7, 2018

Tanya Sheehan Named Director of Research at Lunder Institute of American Art at Colby College

WATERVILLE, MAINE—Tanya Sheehan, chair of the department of art and William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Art at Colby College, has been appointed scholar and director of research at the school’s new Lunder Institute of American Art. She will be responsible for creating research projects for students and elements of Colby’s art curriculum, including symposia, publication opportunities, and visiting scholar and artist lectures, that connect with the institute’s programs.

“Tanya Sheehan is uniquely qualified to play this essential role at the college,” Margaret McFadden, provost and dean of faculty at Colby, said. “She is both a superb teacher and a field-changing scholar whose work is widely admired around the world. Our students and faculty will benefit enormously from the opportunities that she will create, and the vibrant scholarly discourses that she will help to foster, both on campus and in the wider field of American art.”

Sheehan has been a member of Colby’s faculty since 2013, teaching American art history, race and representation, and art and science. She is the author of Doctored: The Medicine of Photography in Nineteenth Century Americaand Study in Black and White: Photography, Race, Humor. She holds a PhD and a Masters in art history from Brown University.

“We have at Colby a unique opportunity to cultivate innovative scholarship in the field and connect it to undergraduate teaching and learning,” Sheehan said. “I look forward to expanding our network of partners and collaborating with an international community of scholars.”

Sheehan’s appointment to the Lunder Institute will begin in September 2019. She will join director Lee Glazer and inaugural distinguished visiting artist and director of artist initiatives Theaster Gates at the institute.

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