Meeting Minutes

O C T O B E R  2 1 S T , 2 0 1 5

Meeting Points of Order:

  • Introduction of AHA members
  • Discussion with Professors Keith Eggener, Nina Amstutz, Maile Hutterer and Kris Seaman.
  • Tell us about how you got to be a Art History Professor and your interests.

Dr. Eggener: 

  • First person in family who went to college as general studies major and had internship with historical preservation league of Oregon
  • Never underestimate encouragement!
  • Carleton College, University of Missouri at Columbia
  • Modern architecture, landscape architecture, North American and Latin American art, Surrealist art, roadside attraction
  • Article on Liberty Memorial of Kansas City, MO. Sit of WWI museum, one of most grandiose monuments to counter-modernism architecture.
  • Working on exhibition on LACMA of intersections of design between Mexico and Southern California
  • Went to museum in Ireland on visit there with daughter. Museum of natural history in Dublin. Downstairs is Irish animals and upstairs in animals of the world

Dr. Hutterer: 

  • Medieval and French gothic architecture
  • First book project: reception of flying buttresses in medieval world. Just published article on sculpture on flying buttresses.
  • Came from family that valued the sciences and thought about being hard sciences major
  • Did undergrad at UC Santa Barbara but hated lab work
  • Likes art history because classes were so interesting
  • Thought about jewelry design, architecture, went to PhD program at NYU
  • Interested in flying buttresses from grad course
  • Western Illinois University, Rutgers, now at Oregon
  • Acting director of graduate studies

Dr. Seaman: 

  • Interested in art history via classics. When started college, interested in history then discovered like classics and enjoyed visual material culture opposed to text
  • Work of historian and evidence that happens to be visual and material
  • Majored in archaeology and has worked on excavations since undergrad
  • As grad student went into history of art because she wanted specific training in how to analyze things, not just evidence. Thinks it is more strategic move: more jobs in classic art history vs. classic archaeology
  • More drawn to Greeks than anything else in Mediterranean world. Interested in Hellenistic the most because it’s the coolest period and lots of interactions between visuals and text
  • Learn language involved in cultural studies
  • Started language studies in college. Language is something you have to plan and do step-by-step. You can catch up as an adult and do it in little chunks.
  • Interested in sculpture (favorite medium)
  • Big book project is on Hellenistic art and relationship to text

Dr. Amstutz: 

  • Interest goes back to high school
  • Learned art history in art class and travelled around, saw interesting paintings in Berlin
  • Wasn’t really sure that it was a career at first
  • Worked at an art gallery
  • Applied at graduate school and went to Berlin for year at first
  • Wrote on Casper Friedrich and life sciences for dissertation
  • Curatorial post-doc at Yale
  • Understand larger ideas about how nature among Friedrich’s colleagues informed his understanding


Q: Undergrad and terminal degree in Art History? What are pros and cons?

Dr. Eggener: Learn good skills as undergrad but won’t get you job directly in field. MA will give you more options within field but will be rather limited, like gallery and museum work. Depends on what you want out of education and career.

Dr. Seaman: Most art historians she knew were bankers, ran into various other things. Critical thinking skills, writing skills, thinking on your feet. Can do lots of things as an MA.

Dr. Hutterer: Advantage of art history over other humanities is because it is so interdisciplinary: archaeology, anthropology, literature, etc. Art history degrees regarded well for law school because memory training is there.

Dr. Seaman: Art history majors have one of top LSAT scores.

Dr. Eggener: If you are thinking of architecture, art history is good for MA programs because they are good writers, have good grasp of history.

Dr. Amstutz: Friend who studied art history and went to PhD program went onto marketing because you deal with visual materials so much. Did terminal masters because she didn’t know if she wanted to get a PhD.

Dr. Eggener: Did not have gap free student career. One non-academic employeer asked if he had been in jail. Go out and see stuff where it is made, while not necessarily most efficient made career more interesting in the long run.

Q: How to ask people in museums abroad how to pull out art?

Dr. Eggener: Do it in advance.

Dr. Seaman: For my field, you write in your language, they respond in theirs.

Dr. Hutterer: Will write in French and they will respond in French, occasionally English.

Dr. Amstutz: They appreciate that you will try.

Dr. Hutterer: Write in language of country then try writing it in English.

Dr. Eggener: Asked professor at Stanford, where he was doing PhD. You want letters from advisors and give them lots of wax seals and ribbons.

Dr. Seaman: They’ll assume everyone can read everything and you’ll get along okay. Sometimes you don’t have access to objects or collections of museum via museum, but have to get it via government.

Dr. Hutterer: Some objects have special requirements for viewing because of conservation, stored off site, travelling. Always ask early.

Dr. Amstutz: Don’t book flight until you know it.

Dr. Seaman: Sometimes things can happen. You have to know if object is viewable before you write it.

Dr. Amstutz: Sometimes museums can be accommodating if they’re going under renovation.

Q: If students are interested in going back for PhD? Strategic gap year strategies

Dr. Eggener: Don’t go to jail. Go travel, do internships, learn language.

Dr. Hutterer: If you think you want to get a PhD, somehow stay engaged in the field. Do something that keeps your thumb in discipline of art history. An internship is unpaid and sometimes you have to do full-time job. PhD programs will like that you have some connection to the field. You can seek employment with gallery work, museum education, museum gallery

Dr. Eggener: People get lost in old brain matter and keep in touch with professors and let them know what you’re doing so they can know what you’re doing when they write letter. Write more specifically that help for you.

Dr. Hutterer: Even more helpful for undergraduate students because they’re in larger classes. Need academic letters of reference.

Dr. Seaman: Keep all work you did so you can write good specific letter. Live in area with community college or university to learn language. Had students do that between college and graduate school, but it’s more affordable to not get into debt.

Dr. Amstutz: You can be surprised where you can get money. For gap year got fellowship to go to Germany. Ways to get away with paid gap year.

Dr. Eggener: Americorps. You’re doing something meaningful and makes you look like a well-rounded person. All people on grad school pretty much look the same, but if you’ve done something interesting in world it makes you stand out.

Q: Pros and cons of publishing when you’re an undergraduate or graduate

Dr. Seaman: Be careful because your stuff is there forever.

Dr. Eggener: Would argue counter to that. Really anxious to publish things as student and professors said to wait. The point is when you’re spending a lot of time on publication you’re not finishing your dissertation or MA.

Dr. Amstutz: Disagrees and agrees. Tries to publish early on, but not successfully. First peer-reviewed article from grad seminar and made her stand out to PhD students. Published first chapter of PhD and helped her get first job. Takes a lot of time for article to get out, up to 2 years.

Dr. Seaman: If you’re someone who hasn’t published on job prospects it will hurt you.

Dr. Eggener: If you published something on blog, not important, but if it’s peer-reviewed it is.

Dr. Hutterer: Immediate external feedback and validation can help you get grant money and jobs. Makes you look like you have legs as scholar. Thinks it is key piece of external validation.

Q: Why you decided academia vs. gallery work?

Dr. Amstutz: Was really torn and had opportunity to get curatorial position but this one happened so quickly.

Dr. Eggener: If you’re working in museum, you’re working really hard, work with root work, trustees, politics, dancing with donors. That comes across in academia too, but you’re a lot more self-employeed. You work with students which is exciting and refreshing. They’re apples and oranges.

Dr. Hutterer: Works in academia because she studies medieval architecture

Dr. Seaman: Knew she wanted to do research more than 9 to 5 job. Museum workers are really busy because they don’t have enough time to do research.

Dr. Amstutz: Varies on the museum. One at Yale had large fellowship program. Some museums are very academic; others more oriented towards larger audience.

Dr. Eggener: Likes consulting work with museums.

Dr. Seaman: More free when you’re a professor in what you can do, where you can be.

Q: Do you have to take climbing class? [To Maile on climbing cathedrals]

Dr. Hutterer: You can walk on cathedral roofs as tourist, some you have to do special permission. Denied one because high wind speeds. Other building, had to repel but didn’t have enough arrangements. Occasionally have to sign a waiver if you die.

Dr. Eggener: Had chance to go on green roof at Chicago City Hall.

F E B R U A R Y  1 8 T H , 2 0 1 5 

Meeting Points of Order:


  • Good turn out for Track Town fundraiser
  • Maddy will announce the final amount raised in the next few days.

Symposium/ Art Show:

  • Art show location confirmed for Laverne Krause
  • Fliers to be printed this week; will need volunteers to post around campus
  • Symposium marketing materials are being created; schedule has been confirmed (see symposium page for details)

AHA Elections:

  • Proposed idea of those interested in particular positions shadowing this year’s executive officers.
  • Those interested will reach out by the beginning of the spring term in order to make elections and officer transition at the end of the term easier.


  • Bea Ogden from AAD announced that the AAD department will be conducting faculty interviews over the next few weeks. Art History majors are invited to be involved, reach out to Bea for more information.
  • Mackenzie Karp announced the next rounds of ARH faculty candidates. Would like to see more involvement from graduate students at the talks as well as graduate students lunches. Please reach out to Mackenzie if you would like to be involved.
  • AHA would like to reach out to students in ARH to bump up membership attendance, particularly from undergraduates and graduate students.

J A N U A R Y  2 1 , 2 0 1 5 

Meeting Points of Order:

Symposium/Art show

Elections (next term) – changing up the process a little bit, giving time to consider the time allotted for training. E-mail will be sent to members regarding the positions.

February 18th, 2015 (Next AHA Meeting):

  • Art movie night/craft night!
  • options: Monument Men, My Kid Could Paint That, Big Eyes, Art of the Steal
  • Behind the Scene of the JSMA

Week 8, February 27th, 2015

  • Member present vote for behind the scenes tour and panel



  • “Bodies in the City”
  • Keynote Address by Sonal Khullar, April 23, 6pm, JSMA
  • Keynote on Thursday (with reception), student presentations on Friday
  • 10:00-4:00 on Friday (student presentations)
  • Promotional materials finished by Jan. 27th– updates on movie night for what tasks will need help from volunteers
  • Grant approved from Oregon Humanities Center!

Art Show:

  • hoping it will be in the JSMAC in JSMA, date: April 20-24. Meredith and Stephanie will attend the JSMAC meeting on 1/22/15 to propose the collaboration; will send update to AHA members.

AHA Positions

  • descriptions will be emailed out to explain what the requirements are


  • update on budget:
  • proposed new budget (2015-2016), granted a 20% increase for next year
  • where which money should be moved to accommodate needs for the symposium and art show.


  • track town event: Feb. 17th all day
  • Social Media chair – post as soon as we get the flyer

N O V E M B E R  1 2 T H , 2 0 1 4 

Meeting Points of Order

Career Fair:

Thursday, November 20th from 6 to 7, room 233

All students are welcome, undergrad and grad, and you don’t have to be an Art History major.



  • Committee sign up sheets sent around.
  • Where can we hold events? Is there potential for renting out classrooms for movie nights?
  • This could be a great fundraising opportunity (we could charge a dollar at the door)

Symposium & Art Show:

  • Date and speaker secured. Location TBD.
  • Committee sign up sheets sent around for marketing, abstract readers, art show, etc.
  • Meetings for committees will start up next term.
  • Guest Speaker: Dr. Richard Taylor, on Jackson Pollock and Fractals.

O C T O B E R  8 T H , 2 0 1 4 

Meeting Points of Order


Faculty Panel including Dr. Joyce Cheng, Dr. Maille Hutterer, and Dr. Akiko Walley:

  • Discussed current research interests and projects.
  • Discussed how they came to the field of Art History.

Question and answer with students and faculty.

Sarah Wyer of JSMAC:

  • Discussed the creating and mission of JSMAC.
  • Discussed how to join JSMAC.
  • Plugged upcoming events at JSMA including opening for Ryo Toyonaga “Awakening”, Friday October 10th 5-6pm for JSMA members and 6-8pm for public.


  • JSMA opening Ryo Toyonaga on Friday October 10th.
  • Berry Bergdoll lecture on October 22nd, 5:30pm LA 115
  • Jed Rasula lecture on October 23rd, 5:30pm LA 177

M A Y  5 T H , 2 0 1 4 

Meeting Points of Order

Officer Nominations: 

Each current officer introduced their position and essential duties.

The co-chairs took nominations for the following positions:

  • Co-chairs (2)
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Liaison
  • Communications
  • Symposium (2)
  • Professional Development (2)
  • Art Show
  • Fundraising

In a week or two, there will be a poll sent out to vote for the  2014- 2015 officers.


Professional Development

  • Annual Portland Trip this Saturday-  ADX Tour, Gallery Tour, Portland Art Museum
  • Will be leaving by 9am from campus for those interested in carpooling
  • Email forthcoming with details

J A N U A R Y  1 3 T H , 2 0 1 4 

Meeting Points of Order

Guest Speaker

Dom Vetri – UO Professor of Law

  • Spoke about his personal interests in art, how he worked to acquire art in law buildings, and several various topics about the intersections between Art and Law. His class on the topic begins on January 14, 2014. For those interested, contact Professor Vetri at


Professional Development

  • Fall term recap:  Career event with PODS was very successful.
  • Next event: Behind the scenes tour at the JSMA – learn about different museum jobs and hear from those currently holding positions within the museum on February 7th, 11am-1pm


  • Accepted applicants have been notified and are in the process of confirming their positions within the symposium.

Art Show

  • Decided on title: “Do You Copy That?”
  • Looking to begin designing call to artists and get that out


  • Very successful TrackTown fundraiser in the fall – raised over $500!
  • Next: t-shirt contest. Contact Lauren and Victoria if interested in planning contest and putting out call for design submissions.


  • AHA would like to plan a casual group outing to see Monuments Men, a Nazi-era film about a band of experts assembled to rescue looted art masterpieces. It comes out in February – stay tuned.
  • The White Box Gallery in Portland has a show opening next month called “Picturing Global China.” Featuring contemporary Chinese photography, it is curated by students from Jenny Lin’s Fall 2013 class. The opening is from 5-9pm on February 6th and will be up for the remainder of the month.

Minutes courtesy of AHA’s secretary, Michelle Seman

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