Art History & Art Conservation


Art History & Art Conservation


Art History & Art Conservation

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Norman Vorano awarded Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellowship!

Art History professor Norman Vorano has been named as one of only five recipients of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellowship! Read about his exciting project on the foundation website:

​You can also read about Dr. Vorano's work and award in the Queen's Gazette

Watch the official video! 


Teaching Positions Available - Fall/Winter 2017/2018

ARTH 231
Department of Art History and Art Conservation
Queen’s University, Kingston, ON CAN K7L 3N6

The Department of Art History and Art Conservation at Queen’s University invites applications from suitably qualified candidates interested in teaching any or all of the following courses: ARTH 231: Canadian Art 1.

These are on-campus, lecture courses with an expected enrolment of 120 students. Candidates should have a Ph.D, and teaching experience at the University level in Art History or Art Conservation.  This is a fall term appointment for the period September 1st 2017 to December 31st, 2017, with classes in session from September 11th 2017 to December 1st, 2017.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during this process, please contact: Diane Platt, Administrative Assistant at 613-533-6000, ext. 77354 or by email to

The academic staff at Queen's University are governed by the Collective Agreement between the Queen's University Faculty Association (QUFA) and the University, which is posted at

To comply with Federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information about how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada.  Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

Applications should include a complete and current curriculum vitae, letters of reference from two (2) referees, and any other relevant materials the candidate wishes to submit for consideration such as a letter of intent, teaching dossier, etc. Please arrange to have applications and supporting letters sent directly to:

Dr. Joan M. Schwartz, Head
c/o Diane Platt
Department of Art History & Art Conservation
Queen’s University
Kingston Ontario Canada K7L 3N6

Applications will be received until June 30, 2017. Review of applications will commence shortly thereafter, and the final appointment is subject to budgetary approval. Additional information about the Department of Art History & Art Conservation can be found at

Course Description

ARTH 231/3.0 - Canadian Art I

A study of Canadian art from its beginnings through the nineteenth century. The nature and development of Canadian art within the context of the social, political and economic history of the country will be examined.

  • LEARNING HOURS: 120 (36L;84P)
  • PREREQUISITE: Level 2 or above or permission of the Department

Posted: June 19, 2017

In Memoriam: Allison Sherman

The Department of Art History and Art Conservation mourns the loss of our colleague Dr. Allison Morgan Sherman, who passed away on 26 April 2017 after a courageous and spirited battle with cancer. Flags were lowered on campus Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in her memory.

Known to her friends as Allie, Dr. Sherman was a highly regarded and much loved member of the Queen’s community. She is sorely missed by friends, colleagues, and students, who were moved and inspired by her kindness, her contagious passion for the art history she so loved, and the joy that she brought to life and to those around her.

She is remembered at length in an obituary posted online by her family and a touching In Memoriam post was contributed to the Renaissance Society of America website by her friends, mentors, and colleagues Dr. Sharon Gregory, St Francis Xavier University, and Dr. Sally Hickson, University of Guelph.

A photographic tribute to her work in Venice was created by her good friend and architectural historian Dr. Peter Coffman, who writes:

I had the wonderfully good fortune to spend time with Allie in Venice on several occasions. She shared her favourite place on earth the same way she shared everything else: with passion, joy, warmth and superhuman generosity. People are often most palpably present through the things they most love. I hope that seeing Venice through Allie’s eyes evokes something of her radiant spirit.

Allison Sherman's spirit will forever be linked to the Venice Summer School, which she attended as an undergraduate in 2000 and which she directed and co-taught since 2011.

Graduate Student Conference: Context and Meaning

We are pleased to announce the 17th annual Context & Meaning Graduate Student Conference, taking place at Queen’s University from Friday, February 2nd to Saturday, February 3rd, 2018. We are seeking papers that address this year’s theme, “Complete Imperfection”. The conference will provide an inclusive and broadly defined forum that facilitates academic discussion while encompassing an abundant range of topics. In choosing this intentionally multidisciplinary theme we would like to encourage discussion about pushing boundaries, unconventionality, and controversy within Visual Culture studies such as Art History and Art Conservation.

Royal Society of Canada, Gala Dinner, Kingston

With the induction of Professor and Head, Joan M Schwartz as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the Department now has more faculty in the RSC than any other Art History department in Canada.  Here, at the Royal Society of Canada gala dinner in Kingston on Saturday 19 November 2016 are (left to right): Fellows Pierre Du Prey (2002), Joan M. Schwartz (2016), and Gauvin Alexander Bailey (2013), and Member of The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, Una D’Elia (2014). Retired professor Gerald Finley, elected a Fellow of the RSC in 1984, was in Scotland and unable to attend.