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Chapman’s Undergraduate Art History Symposium allows our students to experience the professional format of conferences in the discipline to better prepare them for graduate school. Collaboratively organized by faculty and the Art History Club, the symposium attracts submissions from undergraduate programs throughout North America and Canada. Topics have explored innovative perspectives across all chronological and geographical boundaries, from pre-Columbian sculpture to Surrealist painting, Renaissance gardens to the architecture of Rem Koolhaas.


+ - April 7, 2017

Chapman University Undergraduate Art History Symposium April 7, 2017
We are now accepting submissions for the 2017 Symposium.

CALL FOR PAPERS - Deadline for Submissions: Friday, January 27, 2017

This non-thematic symposium offers a forum in which undergraduate art history students may present and share their papers.  Students from other disciplines who are interested in presenting research focused on visual material are also welcome to submit their papers.  The symposium is designed to offer students an opportunity to experience the professional format of conferences in our discipline to better prepare them for graduate school.  

Submissions will be peer-reviewed by a student committee under Faculty supervision.  Students whose papers are chosen will be informed by the middle of February and invited to present their work at a one day symposium at Chapman University.

Keynote speaker: TBA

Submission Guidelines:

Students may present papers that are either based on original research or present original research questions or re-contextualize objects, ideas and theory.

Presentations should not be longer than 20 minutes.

Papers submitted should be approximately 9 double-spaced pages in length, not including footnotes and images. To ensure anonymity, please do not include your name and university affiliation on the paper.

Email your submission to Dr. Wendy Salmond at

+ - April 15, 2016

2016 SpeakersThe Keynote Speaker

Aglaya Glebova PhD, University of California, Irvine. Aglaya Glebova, Ph.D, is Assistant Professor in the departments of Art History and Film & Media Studies, as well as the Ph.D. program in Visual Studies at UCI. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently at work on her first book, Photography’s Undoing: Aleksandr Rodchenko and the White Sea-Baltic Canal, which examines Soviet propaganda photographs of one of the first Gulags by the avant-garde photographer, Aleksandr Rodchenko.

Click here for the symposium poster and booklet.
Click here for symposium video.

(Pictured above: 2016 Symposium Speakers.)

+ - April 10, 2015

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Catha Paquette from Cal. State Long Beach, Latin American Art Specialist

Connect with other students passionate about art history and chat with Chapman’s art history faculty. Come and hear art history students from across the United States 
and Canada present their research on topics from pre-Columbian sculpture to Surrealist painting, Renaissance gardens to the architecture of Rem Koolhaas.

Click here for the symposium poster and booklet

+ - April 25, 2014

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jessica Keating from USC, "Transcultural Metamorphosis: The Case of the Diana Automaton"

In case you missed it:

Here is the symposium flyer and below are the links to watch the speakers' presentation.

Jessica Keating

Molly Claire Gillett

Alissa Frese

Camilo Montoya Guevara

Desiree Annis

Yelena Liepelt

Phillip Karjeker

+ - April 26, 2013

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Meredith Cohen from UCLA, “Saint Louis and the Cult of Kingship at the Sainte-Chapelle of Paris”

About Dr. Cohen: Meredith Cohen obtained her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2004 and joins UCLA after having spent a decade conducting research and teaching at universities in England and France. She specializes in the art, architecture, and urban development of high medieval Europe (c. 1000 – c. 1450). Her research and teaching focus on issues concerning the social and ideological functions of art and architecture, production and reception, as well as historiography. In 2010, she curated (with Xavier Dectot) an exhibition on medieval Paris at the Musée national du Moyen-Âge—Thermes de Cluny, titled Paris, ville rayonnante (“Paris, Rayonnant City”) (ed. RMN, 2010). She has published articles on the Sainte-Chapelle in Speculum and Res. Other articles and book reviews have dealt with medieval Paris, the “Court Style,” and French royal history. Meredith Cohen is completing a monograph on the Sainte-Chapelle and royal architecture in thirteenth-century Paris.

+ - April 27, 2012

Keynote Speaker

Liz Kotz, UC Riverside
"Video Projection: The Space between Screens"

keynote speaker


Patricia E. Kim, UC Berkley
It's a Woman's World: The Case of the South Italian Squat Lekythos from the Hearst Museum."


Kristina Borrman, UC Berkley
"The David Plates: Romantic Love and Divine Blessing"


Cmeron C. McKee, UC Berkley
"The Fin-de-Siecle Marian Fetish: Woman and French Society within the Work of Maurice Denis."


Sheida Koufigar, CSULB
"How Persian Art Taught Gauguin to be Modern."


Katelyn Rispoli, CSULB
"The Calavera: A Journey from Symbol to Social Satire, and Back."


Lauren Cooley, Occidental
"Asco and Gender: The Limits of an Activist Artistic Practice."


Ayanna Dozier, Chapman
"The Empire Strikes Back: A Look at the Sequential and Graphic Narrative in the Rosta Windows."


+ - April 29, 2011

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Karen Kleinfelder, CSULB
Professor of Art History


Kelly C. Tang, UCLA
Macro Microcosms and Engagements with Tradition: Zhan Wang's Jiashanshi

Nadia L. Castro, CSULB
Perceptions of the Abstract Gesture: Approaches to Gestural Abstraction in the Ceramics of Shoji Hamada

Benjamin Halpern, Standford
What is AMO?
Ren Koolhaas and the Architecture of Sociology

Charlie Martensen, USC
Mirror Mirror: Empathy, Mirror Neurons, and the Art of Alan Sonfist

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