CFP: “Little of Artistic Merit?”: the Art of the American South (SECAC 2018)

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Call for Papers
April 20, 2018
Alabama, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Colonial America

Dear Colleagues,


Please consider applying to and circulating the CFP for the SECAC panel: “Little of Artistic Merit?”: the Art of the American South. In 2005, Maurie McInnis described how art historical studies of the American South “trail in scholarly interest” in comparison to the Northeast. McInnis cited Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Joseph Downes who, in 1949, articulated a widespread aversion to Southern art remarking that “little of artistic merit was made south of Baltimore.” Scholarship on art of the American south has matured since McInnis’s pronouncement, alongside increasing recognition that the disciplinary marginalization of Southern art is based upon historical, racial, and geographic biases. This renewal has been spurred by robust Southern contemporary art scenes, innovative museum exhibitions, scholarly publications, and conferences focused on the region’s artistic traditions, legacies, and contemporary practices. This panel seeks to illuminate new scholarship on art of the American south, and invites papers on folk and outsider art, sculpture, painting, and photography, visual and material culture, museums, pedagogy, and media studies. Papers that consider the place of Southern Art within the canon of American art history or address methods for teaching Art of the American South are particularly welcome. As SECAC 2018 will be held in Birmingham, AL, this presents a unique opportunity to take measure of such scholarship happening within the field of American art history. 


Session Chair: Naomi Slipp, Assistant Professor of Art History, Auburn University at Montgomery

SECAC, Birmingham, AL, October 17-20, 2018

Deadline: Apr 20, 2018

While questions can be directed to Prof. Slipp, paper proposals must be submitted via the SECAC conference portal:

Contact Info: 

Contact Info: 

Naomi H. Slipp, Ph.D.  

Assistant Professor of Art History

Department of Fine Arts

Auburn University at Montgomery

Email:, Tel: 334-244-3112

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