Below is a roster of nine candidates for election to the Board of HNA. Please note that with this election, the Board expands from six to eight members, an increase that will allow HNA’s governing body to deal more efficiently and dynamically with the organization’s burgeoning interests, activities, and initiatives. We plan to continue diversifying the makeup of the Board in future years.
To help ensure diversity on the board, the roster below has also been divided into three sections (student representative, European representative, North American representative). These categories were determined based on the makeup of nominations and self-nominations that the election committee received this year.
Please submit your vote no later than Monday, November 8, 2021. Votes can be submitted electronically by clicking this link.
1) PLEASE VOTE FOR ONE STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE:
Rozemarijn Landsman is a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University and the 2019-21 Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow at The Frick Collection, where her primary project focuses on Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675). She is in the final stages of writing her dissertation on the art and technology of Jan van der Heyden (1637–1712) in an urban context, supervised by David Freedberg and, in the History of Science department, Pamela H. Smith. Her interest in the relationships between art, science, and technology has resulted in a number of publications, including work on the Dutch-Italian painter of cityscapes Caspar van Wittel (1653–1736) and an article about the availability and connotations of sponges. Other interests include archival research, architecture and public space, technical art history, and global material culture. Prior to her Ph.D. trajectory, Rozemarijn was trained at the University of Amsterdam and the Courtauld Institute. Additionally, she has held several positions at museums in Europe and the United States, including the Amsterdam Museum, Rijksmuseum, National Gallery of Art, and the Getty. Rozemarijn is ready to take on a more active role in the HNA community. As a representative of its student members she will happily make use of her own extensive experience as an (international) student, while within short reach for questions, initiatives, and concerns from peers.
I am a PhD candidate at the Bard Graduate Center, NY, and I am currently a Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. My expertise is centered on Netherlandish and German prints and printed books of the early modern period. Since 2017 I have been working on a dissertation that investigates the social networks and oeuvres of Netherlandish printmakers who emigrated to Cologne in the late sixteenth-century; I plan to complete the thesis in 2022. From 2014 to 2016 I was the lead collections manager in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Met, where I gained deep knowledge of the Northern European collections, and developed insight into the field as it pertains to museum work. In this highly collaborative role, I showed myself to be an enthusiastic team player. I am active in the field; most recently, I contributed an essay to the edited volume Many Antwerp Hands: Collaboration in Netherlandish Art, 1400-1750 (Brill, 2021), and I delivered a paper as an invited speaker in a colloquium held at Emory University titled Customized Books in Early Modern Europe: 1400–1700 (October 2021). As an emerging scholar with connections to other PhD students, I would bring an important perspective to the HNA board. My passion for Netherlandish and German art history and my background in detail-oriented, collaborative work in the field makes me an ideal candidate. Lastly, but very importantly, I would be excited to join ongoing efforts to ensure that HNA is as inclusive as possible.
I am a History of Art PhD Candidate at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. My dissertation, Visualising Smell in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art, explores the ways in which artworks described invisible scents, and the meanings and interpretations that they held. I am also a Member of the Horizon 2020 Odeuropa project, which uses AI to mine olfactory heritage in text and image collections. In 2018–2019 I was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Rijksmuseum, and I was the Research and Exhibition Assistant of Fleeting – Scents in Colour, an exhibition at the Mauritshuis, about smell in seventeenth-century art, and co-author of the exhibition publication. The research was presented at the HNA Pandemic Intermission Online Event in June 2021. As a Student Representative of the HNA Board, I would like to use my position in the United Kingdom to strengthen the reach of the HNA’s student community and its links with the European Liaisons, both through in-person and online opportunities. Having benefitted from the 2020–2021 HNA Mentorship Scheme, I can draw on my experiences to contribute to advancing the scheme and forge meaningful connections within HNA. I am committed to supporting and developing the important initiatives carried out by the Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Committee, and drawing on my involvement in projects on accessibility in museums and heritage, I would work collaboratively to put its values into action.
2) PLEASE VOTE FOR ONE EUROPEAN REPRESENTATIVE:
Tine Luk Meganck
I joined the faculty of Art Sciences and Archaeology (Kunstwetenschappen en Archeologie) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels in 2019 after many years as a researcher at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium. I contributed to the 2007 Rubens exhibition with a study of Rubens’ theoretical notebook as part of his creative process. Subsequently, I turned to the museum’s famous Bruegel collection. Convinced that more could be learned by close looking, I focused on individual paintings, dissecting them in components that I reconnected to the historical context. This resulted in two books—one on collecting and knowledge culture (Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Fall of the Rebel Angels: Art, Knowledge and Politics on the Eve of the Dutch Revolt, Silvana, 2014) and the other on climate history and villa culture (Bruegel’s Winter Scenes: Art Historians and Historians in Dialogue, with S. Van Sprang, Mercatorfonds/Yale, 2018). In parallel, I revised my PhD dissertation (Princeton 2003) as Erudite Eyes: Friendship, Art and Erudition in the Network of Abraham Ortelius (1527–1598) (Brill, 2017). My current research concerns art and family life in the sixteenth-century Netherlands. I aspire to combine museum and academic art-historical research and to bring together colleagues from different countries and backgrounds. As a board member of HNA, I would strive for more synergies across the Atlantic, in particular between Belgium and the USA; between museums and universities; and between affiliated and independent art historians.
Sirga de la Pisa Carrión
I am a lecturer in Renaissance and Baroque art and art theory at Madrid’s CEU San Pablo University, where I teach both Flemish and Spanish art. I am also engaged outside the academy as an Old Masters and Drawings expert for Auctioneer Fernando Duran, a pioneer and well-established house in Madrid. Prior to commencing my PhD, I studied and worked for many years in painting conservation. This background was fundamental to my research on the Flemish artist Peter van Lint (1609-1690), on whom I wrote a monographic dissertation and catalogue raisonné under the direction of Arnout Balis and Jesús Cantera (Complutense University). HNA has always been an essential space (both in person and online) for me to connect with our field, and I am eager for the opportunity to support the organization as it grows and expands. As a European representative to the board, I would be uniquely well-positioned to foster connections between HNA and those working beyond traditional geographies of the field as well as those engaged with the art market and conservation practice.
3) PLEASE VOTE FOR TWO NORTH AMERICAN REPRESENTATIVES:
Lloyd DeWitt is Chief Curator and Irene Leache Curator of European Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, where he leads a team of five curators and two conservators. Since his 2016 arrival, he has diversified the curatorial team and initiated a partnership with Hampton University, and organized exhibitions on topics ranging from Thomas Jefferson’s Architecture and Munch’s prints to Chinese propaganda posters and Come Together, Right Now!, a highly collaborative project in response to COVID. He is currently preparing exhibitions on Escher, Art Nouveau, Picasso and Etienne de Beaumont, and the impact of Dutch Art on the Hudson Valley school. He has made several acquisitions to diversity what is represented in the European Collection at the Chrysler. Lloyd is also an adjunct professor in the Art History Department at Old Dominion University. He served on the HNA board from 2012-2016, and on the Nominations Committee of AAMC from 2016-2018.
Aaron M. Hyman is assistant professor in the Department of the History of Art at Johns Hopkins University. His work seeks to position northern European art within the global frameworks of empire and trade that animated the Low Countries over sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His first book, Rubens in Repeat: The Logic of the Copy in Colonial Latin America (Getty Research Institute, 2021), treats the transmission of Flemish prints—and particularly those featuring designs by Rubens—to Latin America, showing how our understanding of colonial artists and of Rubens himself is enhanced by tracing such historical connections; this project received essential publication support from HNA. Much of his work centers on the medium of print; he was a post-doctoral fellow in the department of Drawings & Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a founding member of the Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography. Hyman is currently launching a multi-modal project with Stephanie Porras, tentatively entitled The Dutch Americas, which seeks to pull the WIC from the shadows of the VOC and, in so doing, assess the impact that Dutch presence in the Americas had on art produced on both sides of the Atlantic. Hyman is particularly eager to help foster mentorship both within and across different constituencies of HNA members; to strengthen collaborations between scholars working in different professional settings, including museums, universities, and independently (including HNA’s ongoing relationship with CODART); to help promote the critical role JHNA plays in representing the field and to encourage the culture of constructive review at HNA Reviews (Hyman is currently a board member at caa.reviews). He has been a member of HNA since 2009 and would eagerly greet the opportunity to give back to the organization.
Jessica Keating is Associate Professor of Art History at Carleton College. Professor Keating’s research and teaching addresses the history of art in early modern Europe, focusing particularly on the intertwined histories of collecting; technology; cultural contact and exchange; and empire and sovereignty. Her book, Animating Empire: Automata, the Holy Roman Empire and the Early Modern World (Penn State University Press, 2018) explores the religious and political histories of six clockwork automata that were produced and collected in the Holy Roman Empire during the second half of the sixteenth century. Currently she is working on the question of how the Kunstkammer of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II (r. 1576-1612) represented sovereignty. She is also in the process of completing a short book, Impossible Nature: The World of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, which is forthcoming with Reaktion Books. In addition to fostering HNA’s mentorship program, as a member of the HNA board, Professor Keating hopes to cultivate relationships with scholarly institutions in North America and Europe so that when travelling for research HNA members can easily acquire a scholarly affiliation. Her appointment on the board of Carleton College’s Humanities Center, and her work with undergraduate Fulbright applicants has prepared her for the work ahead.
I am a scholar of early modern Dutch art, focusing on the role of trade in the development of the so-called “golden age.” My current work is a collaborative digital project (with Carrie Anderson of Middlebury College) on textile exchange in the Dutch East and West India Companies, supported by grants from the Kress Foundation and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation with the Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art. My manuscript on Dutch identity and the visual and material culture and landscapes of the global “golden age” is under contract with the Amsterdam University Press. I completed my PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 and since then have taught off the tenure track, and in the past year I have transitioned into grant administration at Hope College. I have been an active member of HNA, as the web administrator from 2019–2021, as a founding member of the IDEA (inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility) subcommittee, and co-host of the new HNA Podcast. As a board member, I would bring knowledge of the interests and procedures of the organization, extensive experience of the realities of the current academic job market, and skills in grant-writing and administration. I’m interested in supporting the growing constituency of our field who are working off the tenure track, outside of academia, and in non-curatorial roles in galleries and museums. At the same time that traditional pathways in our field are becoming scarce, we need to expand our field to include new voices, and support those who haven’t felt heard or welcome in art history and our particular field.
Questions concerning the ballot and the voting process can be sent to Erin Downey at firstname.lastname@example.org.