Professor of art history awarded prestigious professorship at Oxford

November 29, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- Anthony Cutler, Evan Pugh professor of art history at Penn State, has been awarded the 2011-12 Slade Professorship of Fine Art in association with All Souls College at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. The Slade Professorship is one of the most distinguished honors in the field of art history, as well as one of the oldest, with the first award given to John Ruskin in 1870. In his role as Slade professor of fine art, Cutler will present eight lectures and four seminars from January to March of 2012.

Cutler, recognized as a world authority in Byzantine studies, has been a Penn State faculty member since 1967. He teaches undergraduate courses in late antique, early Christian and Byzantine art, and graduate courses on theory, iconology and methods of research. Cutler’s current research examines the gift exchange between Byzantium and Islam, where he is unraveling the complex cultural exchanges of precious gifts and embassies between these two societies by using an interdisciplinary approach including art history and anthropology. He is currently working on his book, "The Empire of Things: Gifts and Gift Exchange Between Byzantium, the Islamic World, and Beyond."

Cutler has received numerous honors, including the Paul Mellon Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; senior research associate at the Khalili Centre at Oxford University; and a College of Arts and Architecture Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching.

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