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THE IAS ANNOUNCES “CAMPAIGN FOR 500.” Between 2 September and 31 December 2015 we hope to have at least 35 new or renewing lapsed members, which will bring our membership to an historic high of 500. We would, of course, be thrilled to have even more members! Looking to the future, and with even more great initiatives in the works, the IAS seeks your support as a member, so please join us in reaching our goals by becoming a member. Membership options begin at $20 for graduate students and joining will allow you to stay on top of all that the IAS offers. And, since a membership purchased before 31 December 2015 is valid until 1 January 2017, it is as if you are getting months of membership for free!

IAS ANNOUNCES RESEARCH AND PUBLICATION GRANT WINNERS. The IAS is very pleased to announce that the recipient of the extra Research and Publication grant for 2015 is Dr. Allison Levy (Independent Scholar). The grant will further research for her book project, Misfits, Monstrosities, and Madness at the Villa Ambrogiana. The ad hoc committee was also able to award a second grant of $500.00 to Dr. Johanna Heinrichs (Dominican University) to support research to complete her book, Mobile Lives, Stable Homes: The Palladian Villa between City and Country. More information about the grant and these projects.

IAS/KRESS LECTURE IN ITALY SERIES TO TAKE PLACE AT VILLA I TATTI. The Italian Art Society is delighted to announce that the next IAS/Kress lecture will take place outside Florence at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, on Wednesday, 1 June 2016. The speaker will be a senior or established scholar working on a topic related to Florence or its environs. Deadline for applications will be in early January, with application information available soon.

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.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS TO THE SIXTEENTH-CENTURY SOCIETY STUDIES ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN BRUGES: Each year, the IAS seeks session proposals that address any issue relevant to Italian art and architecture during the long sixteenth century. The Sixteenth Century Society & Conference (SCSC) was founded to promote scholarship on the early modern era (c.1450-1600), actively encourages the participation of international scholars as well as the integration of younger colleagues into the academic community. IAS members interested in putting together a panel or linked panels (even roundtables are possible) should send a brief abstract (250 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. The conference this year will be held 18-20 August 2016 (instead of October). The deadline for submissions of session proposals this year is 18 October 2015See our submission guidelines for eligibility requirements.

CONFERENCE TRAVEL GRANT FOR EMERGING SCHOLARS: The IAS is pleased to announce TWO grants of $500 each to support 2016 conference travel for emerging scholars. This competition is open to Master’s or Ph.D. students, or Ph.D. holders within ten years of the degree (pre-tenure, non-tenure-track, or independent scholars). Applicants must be presenting a paper about the art or architecture of Italy from the prehistoric to the present at any conference in 2016 where IAS is sponsoring a session, but not necessarily in an IAS session. Applicants for IAS grants must be IAS members at the time of application and upon receipt and use of the award. Members who have received an IAS award in the past two years are not eligible to apply. IAS officers and committee members are not eligible to apply. More information. Deadline 1 November 2015.

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.

THE MEDICI ARCHIVE PROJECT ONLINE PALEOGRAPHY COURSE AND ONSITE ARCHIVAL STUDIES SEMINAR FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-2016: Over the last five years the MAP’s Paleography and Archival Studies courses, both online and onsite in Florence have become increasingly popular. Graduate students have particularly appreciated the way in which the Medici Archive Project offers the possibility of working with both physical archives and digital resources. MAP believes that the skills which students gain on the course are now increasingly relevant, both for conducting post-graduate research, but also towards supporting the academic profiles of participating students to obtain funding and scholarships. This has led The Medici Archive Project to redesign and expand their course offering into semesters of online and onsite components in order to equip students not only with the skills and knowledge to undertake archival research, but also the opportunity to put these tools into practice and make new archival discoveries of their own. More details. Contact MAP if you have questions.

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 10/6/2015.