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ITALIAN ART SOCIETY “CAMPAIGN FOR 500”–SUCCESS! On September 2, 2015 we launched the IAS’s “Campaign for 500,” which continues through 31 December 2015. We have now reached our goal, and, as of November 2, 2015, we have 504 members, an historic high! Thanks to everyone for making the “Campaign for 500” a wonderful success. We would, of course, be thrilled to have even more new or renewing lapsed members, so please encourage friends and colleagues to join us. With many benefits (read more) and even more great initiatives in the works, this is a great time to join the IAS since a membership purchased by December 31, 2015 is valid until January 1, 2017, providing extra months of membership.  Membership options begin at $20.00 for graduate students, $30.00 for regular members, with Patron and Benefactor levels also available.

IAS SESSION AT THE SAH 2017 IN GLASGOW. Each year, the IAS seeks ideas for a sponsored session at the annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH). This conference is geared for architectural historians, art historians, architects, preservationists, landscape architects, urban planners, nonprofits, and civic leaders. IAS sponsorship favors—but does not guarantee—inclusion in the SAH program. Members interested in putting together a panel on any topic of Italian architecture should send a brief abstract (500 words max), session title, a short list of potential or desired speakers (they need not be confirmed), the name of the chair(s) with email addresses and affiliation, and a one-page CV to the IAS Program Committee Chair. See our submission guidelines for eligibility requirements and instructions to propose a session for IAS at SAH. Given the conference location, sessions that address Glasgow or pertain to Glasgow or Scotland in some way will be given special consideration. The annual deadline is December 1.

SEVENTH ANNUAL IAS/KRESS LECTURE IN ITALY (SPRING 2016). The IAS seeks a speaker for the 2016 IAS/Kress Lecture in Florence, Italy, to promote intellectual exchange between North American art historians and scholars in Italy. The lecture, which will take place on 1 June 2016 at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, is supported by the IAS and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. The speaker must be a senior or established scholar based in North America who holds the Ph.D. and who has a solid publication record. The proposed lecture may address any period in Italian art but must be related to the host city of Florence or its environs. More information and application details. Questions and applications should be directed to IAS President Sheryl Reiss at president@italianartsociety.org. The application deadline is 8 January 2016.

TWO NEW RESEARCH AND PUBLICATION GRANTS IN HONOR OF PETER FOGLIANO AND HAL LESTER: Thanks to the generosity of one of our patron members, Mr. Peter Fogliano, beginning in January of 2016 the IAS will be able to offer two new research and publication grants of up to $1000.00 each. One will be for graduate students, and the other for holders of the Ph.D., whose projects concern art and architecture in Italy between ca. 1250 and ca. 1600. These grants will be named in honor of Peter Fogliano and Hal Lester. Competition for the grants will be announced in November.

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING OF THE IAS AT CAA WASHINGTON: Mark your calendars! The Annual Members’ Business Meeting of the Italian Art Society will take place on Friday, 5 February 2016 from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. in the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington D.C.), Washington 4, Exhibition Level. Coffee, tea, and light breakfast will be provided. At this meeting, in addition to reports on IAS activities and finances, three of the founders of the Italian Art Society will be honored and recipients of our various grants and awards will be recognized. The IAS long and short sessions will take place the same day, at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively. More information.

SAMUEL H. KRESS FOUNDATION AAMC AFFILIATED FELLOWSHIP AT THE AMERICAN ACADEMY IN ROME. The Association of Art Museum Curators and the American Academy in Rome and are pleased to announce the third year of The Samuel H. Kress Foundation AAMC Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. The program is intended to honor exceptional curatorial vision and help curators advance deserving projects. The purpose of the award is to provide essential funding for curators to develop projects that require research in Italy. More information. Deadline 9 January 2016.

NEWSLETTER. The Fall 2015 Newsletter is now online, with the fall newsletter soon to come. The Newsletter Editor seeks contributors for the spring issue. More information. Deadline 15 January 2016.

BECOME AN IAS MENTOR. The Emerging Scholars Committee (ESC) invites all mid-career and senior society members to share their expertise with our early-career members. All potential mentors and mentees should take our survey to start the process. Contact Sarah S. Wilkins, ESC Chair, with any questions.

PETITION TO SAVE ASHGATE PRESS: The following link connects to a petition concerning the purchase of Ashgate Publishing by Taylor & Francis and the closing of Ashgate’s North American and UK offices. We do not normally circulate petitions, and our circulation of a petition does not necessarily indicate endorsement. Ashgate, however, has published books and essays by many IAS members and has contributed significantly to the study of Italian visual culture, so we felt it important to bring the petition to your attention: http://www.change.org/p/rachel-lynch-managing-director-ashgate-publishing-amp-jeremy-northmanaging-director-humanities-amp-social-science-books-taylor-amp-francis-group-save-ashgate-publishing.

THE MEDICI ARCHIVE PROJECT WINTER SEMINAR ON PALEOGRAPHY AND ARCHIVAL STUDIES (11 JANUARY TO 16 JANUARY 2016): For the first time, the Medici Archive Project (MAP) will be offering a one-week intensive seminar on Italian palaeography and archival research . The principal aim of this seminar is to provide an introduction to Italian archives (with particular emphasis on Florentine archival collections); to examine in-depth various documentary typologies; to read diverse early modern scripts; and to learn how to plan research in Italian archives and libraries. Especially relevant for advanced graduate students studying Renaissance and early modern topics, this seminar is taught by a team of current and former MAP scholars, as well as university professors and other MAP-affiliated researchers. More informationDeadline 21 December 2015.

DIGITAL EXHIBITION: “YASHIRO AND BERENSON: ART HISTORY BETWEEN JAPAN AND ITALY.” Art historian Yukio Yashiro (1890-1975) spent several years at Villa I Tatti in the 1920s, and maintained an epistolary relationship with Bernard Berenson until 1959. This online exhibit hosted by Villa I Tatti explores Yashiro’s experience as a Japanese scholar in Berenson’s circle in the 1920s, Yashiro’s monumental monograph on Botticelli (1925), and Berenson’s impact on the creation of Yashiro’s Institute of Art Research in Tokyo.

IAS CONFERENCES AT A GLANCE. Whether you are making travel plans or trying to decide where you would like to send an abstract, you can now see all IAS sponsored sessions in an easy to navigate chart on our Conferences at a Glance page.  Visit our Conferences & Lectures page for a listing of upcoming conferences on Italian topics.

WHAT’S NEW IN ITALIAN STUDIES? Visit our Member Publications page to see recent titles on Italian Art and Architecture. Have a new publication to share? Current members should send information about recent books and articles for inclusion on our Member Publications page. More information.

DISSERTATION LISTS. The College Art Association has published the authors and titles of doctoral dissertations in art history and visual studies—both completed and in progress—from American and Canadian institutions for calendar year 2013. The IAS lists recently completed and ongoing dissertations on Italian topics from all periods.  We encourage students and emerging scholars, and their advisors, to check our lists for accuracy and to submit updates for dissertations begun or completed in 2014 and 2015. More information.

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SUPPORT THE IAS: Tax-deductible, charitable contributions support the IAS annual operations, including travel grants and a lecture series. You can also support the IAS by starting your Amazon shopping through any of the links found on the site. All purchases begun from one of our website links returns at least 4% to the IAS at no extra cost to you. A simple and easy way to support IAS programming and grants. More information.

RESEARCH & RESOURCES PAGE. Our resources page contains information of use to our membership, including listings of research institutions in Italy, recent member publications, recently completed dissertations, and dissertations in progress. More information.

ASHGATE DISCOUNT. A 20% discount is available to all IAS members through the Ashgate partnership program. For discount code, please contact the webmaster.

IAS  BULLETIN BOARD SERVICE: An on-line bulletin board is available for your notices and postings, which should be sent to the webmaster.

IAS CALENDAR: The IAS maintains a calendar of IAS and related events and deadlines, found under About the IAS.

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Announcements last updated 11/20/2015.