Graduate Activities: Michael James


John Trumbull, The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776, 1832. Oil on canvas, 72 1/4 x 108 inches. Purchased by Daniel Wadsworth and members of the Atheneum Committee, 1844.3.

Doctoral student Michael James spent the summer as a curatorial intern in the department of American Art at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT, working closely with Assistant Curator Erin Monroe to plan a fall 2016 installation focusing on John Trumbull’s Revolutionary War paintings.

Michael will also present his paper “American Progress and Manifest Destiny: Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way” at the annual meeting of the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), held this year in Roanoke, VA and hosted by Virginia Tech and Hollins University. He’ll be joined on his panel, which convenes on Thursday, October 20 at 10:00, by representatives from UNC-Charlotte, the University of Connecticut, the University of Central Florida, and Georgia Southern University.


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