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Mark Roskill Graduate Symposium

The Mark Roskill Symposium in Art History is an interdisciplinary symposium organized annually by the graduate students in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture.  Named in honor of Mark Roskill (1933-2000), Roskill was an art historian and scholar of art historiography and criticism who taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for over 30 years. Educated at Harvard and Princeton Universities, he began as a specialist in the Italian Renaissance, but continued throughout his career to write widely on then-emerging fields, including photography, English painting, and Cubism.  Among his numerous publications is an influential methodological text, What is Art History? (1976).

2017 Mark Roskill Symposium

Strength, Unity, Power: Contemporary Practices in Native Arts

September 15, 2017
4:00 pm
S240, Integrative Learning Center, UMass Amherst Campus                                                                                                                                                                                 

The 18th annual Mark Roskill Symposium centers on the topics of colonialism, resistance, and repatriation. This symposium explores the cutting edge of what artists, museum professionals, and scholars are doing to promote justice for Native American communities, both in the art world and beyond. Keynote will be contemporary artist, Wendy Red Star, and a panel discussion with Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, President/CEO of the Abbe Museum and Dr. Sonya Atalay, Associate Professor of Anthropology at UMass-Amherst will follow.  

A reception in Campus Center Room 162 will cap off the symposium following the panel discussion. 

This symposium was supported by the generosity of:

UMass-Amherst Department of Art: Visiting Artist Committee, UMass-Amherst College of Humanities and Fine Arts, UMass-Amherst Department of the History of Art and Architecture, UMass-Amherst Graduate School, Mount Holyoke College Art History Department, Amherst College Art and the History of Art Deparment, UMass-Amherst Department of Anthropology, Smith College Department of Art, and Smith College Department of History. 

This program was also made possible (in part) by a grant from the UMass Arts Council. For more information on this event please visit the 2017 symposium website here

Previous Themes & Keynote Speakers


Actively Historic: The House Museum in the 21st Century

Keynote Speaker: Frank Vagnone, co-author of Anarchist's Guide to House Museums 


Plugged In: Art in the Digital Age

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anne Umland, Museum of Modern Art, New York


In the City: Identity and Urban Spaces

Keynote Speaker: Carmenita Higginbotham, University of Virginia