Sharks, Art, and Reef Conservation

Lisa Tubach, Professor of Art, is doing research on the Belize Barrier Reef and the Great Barrier Reef!  In July she participated in shark conservation research in Riversdale, Belize working with an all female science team.  Professor Tubach also surveyed the health of the Barrier Reef outside of Placencia and San Pedro, Belize through video that will be used in future paintings and mixed media works.  This fall she heads to Australia to document sections of the Great Barrier Reef.

Civil Rights and African-American Artists

The Lunder Institute for American Art, a collaborative initiative with the Colby College Museum of Art, has selected professor of art history John Ott as one of seven research fellows in its inaugural fellowship program, which will focus on work by African-American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Specifically, Ott will conduct original research on an untitled 1948 work by the African-American abstract painter Norman Lewis (1909-1979) from the Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art in Austin, Texas. Lewis is one of many figures that appear in Ott’s current book project Mixed Media: The Visual Cultures of Racial Integration, 1931–1954.

Lunder research fellows will travel to the Colby campus in Maine in November to study selected artworks, meet with the local art community and participate in high-level discussions about the state of African-American art history. Fellows will return in March 2020 to share their research in a public symposium and to discuss future outcomes for their work. In addition, the Lunder Institute and the museum will host a coinciding event at the University of Maryland, College Park. 

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