The Centre for American Art

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The Centre for American Art at The Courtauld was established in September 2016 with the help of a generous grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. The Centre exists to support and develop research in the field of American art of all periods, from the earliest moment to the present day, and in its international, transnational and global contexts. The Centre maintains a vibrant programme of lectures and conferences that feature leading scholars of American art from around the globe. In addition, we are pleased to offer residential six-month postdoctoral fellowships for early career researchers.

An introduction to The Centre of American Art

The Centre for American Art organises major international conferences, hosts regular seminar series of visiting speakers, welcomes Visiting Professors, supports PhD students’ research-related travel to the US, and develops and runs major research projects in the field. It provides an intellectual home and focus for The Courtauld’s PhD students, MA students, and postdoctoral fellows in American art. The Centre seeks to develop relationships with European and UK partners and acts as a focus to extend existing international collaborations with historians of American art in North America and Europe. 

The Centre supports MA teaching in American subjects, including “New York-London-Paris, 1880-1940” (Professor Corbett), “The Sixties: Eccentric, Erotic, Psychotic” (Dr Applin), “Circum-Atlantic Visual Culture, c1770-1830” (Dr Chadwick) and “Drop Dead New York: Art, Film and Activism Downtown, 1971-1992” (Dr Tom Day). 

The Centre for American Art – Forthcoming Events

Painting depicting the biblical story of Adam and Eve leaving the garden of Eden

Textures of a New Eden

5:30pm, 5 Dec 2022 | Free, booking essential

Join Linda Freedman for this online talk about New Eden, mythology and redemption in nineteenth century America, and the reflection of these themes in art and literature. ...

Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

The postgraduate fellowship hosted by the Centre for American Art at The Courtauld Institute of Art is designed to facilitate original, rigorous, and exciting research that investigates art from the United States or its role in an international context from the colonial period up to 1980. It offers a postdoctoral scholar the opportunity to pursue his or her own work while in residence for six months and to actively contribute to the academic programming of the Centre for American Art. The Terra Foundation fellow will be able to consult local libraries and archives, including The Courtauld library, and benefit from access to the events of The Courtauld Research Forum. This fellowship is funded with the help of a generous grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Please check back for further information on how to apply for the Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.

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American Art Faculty

Previous Postdoctoral Fellows in American Art

Current and Previous PhD Students

Calls for Papers