Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts names Babette Bohn 2017-18 Senior Fellow

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, a world-renowned research institution that brings distinguished scholars from around the world to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., has selected Dr. Babette Bohn as a 2017-18 Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow. At CASVA, Bohn will work on her book, entitled Women Artists, their Patrons and their Publics in Early Modern Bologna.

Bohn, a professor of art history and a specialist in Italian Renaissance and Baroque paintings, drawings and prints, has dedicated much of her career to the study of feminist issues in art. Her interest in women, gender and sexuality studies helped launch the first women’s studies classes in the art history program at TCU.

“Babette’s selection is a major accomplishment in the discipline of art history and, to the best of my knowledge, one that no previous faculty member at TCU has achieved,” said Anne Helmreich, dean of the College of Fine Arts. “CASVA is one of the most prestigious research institutes in art history, and these fellowships are highly competitive. This fellowship speaks to Babette’s expertise and demonstrates the wealth of resources that make our art history program distinctive.”

The Kress Fellowship is a one-year position intended to support research of European art before the early 19th Century, and Bohn will serve as a senior member of the Center and help counsel pre-doctoral fellows.

Bohn holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, a master’s degree from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. She is an active member of the College Art Association, Italian Art Society and Renaissance Society of America. Her book project has already received support from TCU’s Research and Creative Activities Fund, the Women and Gender Studies Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award as well as the College of Fine Art’s Grant Submission Incentive Program.

Since its inception in 1979, CASVA has promoted the study of the history, theory and criticism of art, architecture and urbanism through the formation of a community of scholars. Fellows must have held their Ph.D. for five years or more at their time of application and possess an equivalent record of professional accomplishment, including at least two authored publications.