Penn State art history professor appointed editor for MAAR

June 02, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- Brian A. Curran, associate professor of art history, has been appointed to a three-year term as the editor of the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome (MAAR) effective in September 2010. Until then he will serve as associate editor under Vernon Minor, who has been editor for the past five years. The Memoirs have been published since 1915.

"We are confident that Brian's broad scholarly and editorial experience, as well as his keen appreciation of the contribution of the Memoirs to the mission of the American Academy in Rome, will build on the high standards pursued by Vernon Minor and other editors," said academy director Carmela Vircillo Franklin.

Curran, who teaches courses in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, historiography, antiquarianism and the history and theory of sculpture, is the author of "The Egyptian Renaissance: The Afterlife of Ancient Egypt in Early Modern Italy (2007)," published by the University of Chicago Press. He also collaborated on a just-released volume on the history of obelisks, "Obelisk: A History," co-authored with Anthony Grafton, Pamela O. Long and Benjamin Weiss (Dibner Library/MIT Press). Curran has also published numerous articles and reviews in The Art Bulletin, The Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Word & Image, The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Memoirs of the American Academy of Rome, and contributed chapters to a number of edited volumes.

Among other honors, Curran received the Robert H. Lehman Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in the History of Art (1994), a Samuel H. Kress Institutional Fellowship at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, a Research Grant from the Renaissance Society of America, and a residential fellowship at the Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center in Florence, Italy (2005-2006).

Curran holds a B.F.A in painting and art history from the Massachusetts College of Art, M.A. in art history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and M.A and Ph.D in art and archaeology from Princeton University. Before coming to Penn State in 1997, he was a Teaching Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University. From 1984 to 1990, he was a member of the curatorial staff in the Department of Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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