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NEW ACTING IAS SECRETARY. The Italian Art Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Blake de Maria to the office of Acting IAS Secretary and to the IAS Executive Board.  Dr. De Maria is Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA. She is a specialist in the art of early modern Venice and is the author of Becoming Venetian: Immigrants and the Arts in Early Modern Venice (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010).  She is also the co-editor (with Mary E. Frank) of Reflections on Renaissance Venice: Essays in Honor of Patricia Fortini Brown (Milan: Five Continents/Abrams, 2013), winner of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Prize awarded by Renaissance Society of America for best book in Venetian studies published between July 2012 and July 2014.  We are delighted to welcome Dr. De Maria to her new IAS position, which began on 30 July 2015!

CFP: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON MEDIEVAL ROME (ICMS KALAMAZOO, MAY 2016). The Italian Art Society is sponsoring two sessions at next year’s International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Organizers Marius B. Hauknes (Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University) and Alison Locke Perchuk (California State University Channel Islands) seek papers that offer new research on, and new ways of thinking about, the visual and material culture of medieval Rome. More information. Deadline 15 September 2015.

ITALIAN ART SOCIETY/SAMUEL H. KRESS FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE TRAVEL GRANT. The NEW DEADLINE for IAS/Kress travel funding, for those speaking in IAS-sponsored sessions at CAA and RSA in 2016 is 20 July 2015. The deadline for funding for the 2016 ICMA at Kalamazoo is 20 September 2015More information.

CONFERENCE TRAVEL GRANT FOR MODERN TOPICS: The IAS is pleased to announce a new IAS Conference Travel Grant for Modern Topics. Up to $1000 will be available to subsidize transoceanic travel to present a paper on the art or architecture of Italy from the early 19th century to the present at a conference, in an IAS sponsored session. This grant has been established to fill the gap caused by the IAS-Kress International Travel Grant’s restriction to fund topics up to the early nineteenth century only. To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. or foreign scholars, must already hold the PhD, and must be undertaking transoceanic travel to any conference where IAS is sponsoring a session on Italian art or architecture of the 19th-21st centuries. 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. For more information visit  www.italianartsociety.org  Send applications and proposals to awards@italianartsociety.org. More informationDeadline 1 October 2015.

IAS/KRESS LECTURE IN ITALY SERIES. The Italian Art Society is delighted to announce that the Samuel H. Kress Foundation has awarded the IAS a generous grant of $8400 to continue the very successful IAS/Kress Lecture in Italy series. This series of lectures has various goals: to encourage intellectual exchange among North American art historians and the international community of scholars based in Italy; to offer members of the IAS the opportunity to engage in productive discussions about their research with a wider range of specialists in the field of Italian art historical studies than is available in the United States; and to create relationships between the IAS and cultural institutions in Italy. Previous lectures have been held in Rome, Florence, Venice, Pisa, and Naples. The lecture series has attracted leading senior and established scholars in the field, which demonstrates the high caliber and academic profile of the talks. The 2016 IAS/Kress Lecture will be held in Florence, with the venue to be announced soon.  The deadline will be in early January 2016.

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 Spring 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 February 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.

SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS TRAVEL GRANT PROGRAM: The Society of Architectural Historians is accepting applications for the 2016 SAH International Travel Grant Program. In 2015, SAH will award between 14 and 16 grants to practicing professionals of the built environment to attend the SAH 2016 Annual International Conference in Pasadena/Los Angeles, CA, 6-10 April 2016. The grants are reserved for professionals from countries that have traditionally been underrepresented at the SAH conference. Generously funded by the Getty Foundation, these grants will allow recipients to participate in the conference and build upon their professional network. SAH invites applications from heritage conservation specialists, academics, and museum professionals who work with the history of the built environment. More information. Deadline 31 August 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 02/16/2015.