Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award
The Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award, established in 1977, is presented to an individual who has been actively engaged in teaching art history for most of his or her career. Among the range of criteria that may be applied in evaluating candidates are: inspiration to a broad range of students in the pursuit of humanistic studies; rigorous intellectual standards and outstanding success in both scholarly and class presentation; contribution to the advancement of knowledge and methodology in the discipline, including integration of art-historical knowledge with other disciplines; and aid to students in the development of their careers.
June Hargrove, a professor of nineteenth-century art in the Department of Art and Archaeology at the University of Maryland in College Park, has maintained her enthusiasm for teaching and scholarship through her keen ability to nurture and educate generations of students. While maintaining high standards for her students, Hargrove gives freely of her own time beyond the classroom so that students discover in her a compassionate and thoughtful mentor. Striking a careful balance, Hargrove has found the time to create new courses that embrace the interests of students while widening the breadth of her own knowledge. She has been able to distill large, complex ideas in survey courses, expanding further on issues of race, sexuality, or gender, going beyond what textbooks might cover. Hargrove has also helped connect younger scholars to established art historians and museum curators beyond their own immediate environment. From all of these achievements, she has revealed a fundamental passion for teaching, for making ideas come alive, to generations of undergraduate students first at Cleveland State University and then for decades at the University of Maryland.
In the past, the Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award has gone to well-respected teachers and scholars such as Jules Prown (1996), Anne Coffin Hanson (1990), Meyer Shapiro (1981), and Phoebe B. Stanton (1980). Recent recipients include Wu Hung (2008), Richard Shiff (2010), and Patricia Hills (2011). Exemplifying the important connection between scholarship and teaching, Robert Herbert, Oleg Grabar, and James Cahill have received both the teaching award and the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art.
Read a list of all winners of the Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award from 1977 to the present.
CAA has begun accepting nominations for the 2014 Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award.