Applications now accepted for D’Antonio Student Travel fund

Through generous gifts from Caroline (Class of 1967) and David D’Antonio to the College at Oneonta Foundation, the D’Antonio Student Travel for Excellence Fund was created to provide assistance to students for expenses related to travel to professional meetings and conferences. Both full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students in any academic discipline are eligible to apply for and receive travel awards (priority is given to undergraduate students who are presenting). Requests for travel funding may not exceed $750 per student application. There will be five grant rounds throughout the academic year. Applications submitted by September 17 will be reviewed/acted upon by September 26.

Further information and the online application form is available at

Art department to host talk on African works

Event: Curatorial Talk by Alison Kearney, Ph.D., University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Date: September 4, 2018 (Tuesday)

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Fitzelle 202

Title of Talk: Beyond the Readymade: Modernist Discourses and African Art

Dr. Alison Kearney will discuss the curatorial strategies employed in the exhibition she curated titled Beyond the Readymade currently on exhibition at Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa (13 June- 9 September 2018). The exhibition, which developed from Kearney’s doctoral research, is accompanied by a short catalogue and educational resource (see attachment). The exhibition consists of classical and contemporary African art works from the Wits Art Museum collection that include found objects. By exhibiting classical African artworks with contemporary works, the exhibition considers the ways in which found objects are part of a long global history of art making. There is, therefore, a need to move beyond the narrow understanding of the use of found objects as anti-art gestures of the historical and neo-avant-gardes. The exhibition explores the use of found objects as an artistic tool. It questions the importance and value of an object that can change over time. Furthermore, it examines the changing relationship of art to everyday life and considers how the meanings that are attached to objects affect our understanding of the artworks in which they are included. Through foregrounding the manner in which this contemporary exhibition includes both classical and contemporary African art, Dr. Kearney will explain how the exhibition challenges the primitivism inherent in modernist discourses of African art.

Kearney is an artist and art historian based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She obtained her Ph.D. in Art History (2016) from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg where she wrote her dissertationentitled Beyond Duchamp: Found Objects in Contemporary South African Art. She holds an M.F.A. (2005) and a B.FA. (2002), both achieved with distinction from Wits University. Dr. Kearney is Senior Lecturer (tenure track) in Arts Education and History of Art at Wits University. In July 2018, she was nominated as the incoming President of the South African Visual Arts Historians Association (SAVAH) and elected to the Editorial Board of the Taylor and Francis published South African Art History Journal De Arte. Dr. Kearney was a recipient of the Getty Foundation travel grant to attend the College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference in Lost Angeles, California in February 2018, as well as the prestigious Ampersand Foundation Fellowship for a one-month residency in New York in August 2018. Her current research focusses on African Art that includes found objects, and the range of theoretical discourses surrounding the works such as notions of the distinction between art and life, the everyday in art, materiality, and the ways in which the legacy of the modernist avant-garde intersects with contemporary art making practices. All of these topics are linked in the way that they explore the field of art production and the status and meaning of objects in social life.

Event Contact: Pearlie Rose S. Baluyut, Ph.D., Art Department,

CASSC in need of workshop volunteers

The Catskill Area School Study Council is in need of volunteers to work in classrooms with elementary and middle school students during a series of four Saturday-morning workshops on campus beginning Oct. 13. Dates are Oct. 13, 20, 27 and Nov. 3, with a snow date of Nov. 10.

This is a great opportunity for education majors to get actual classroom experience. A variety of classes will be offered. (There are already teachers lined up for these classes, but each teacher needs at least one volunteer to help them in their room.)

Volunteers need to submit an application no later than the end of September, and the sooner the better. If interested in volunteering, please see Jarrin Hayen, Catskill Area School Study Council, at 243 Fitzelle Hall, or request more information/paperwork by e-mailing, no later than the end of September.

Fall 2018 application for Faculty/Professional Staff Research & Creative Activity Grant program

The Grants Development Office (GDO) is pleased to announce the fall 2018 application round of Faculty/Professional Staff Research & Creative Activity Grant Program. The application deadline is October 3. This program is designed to support faculty in all disciplines to conduct research or creative activity. Applicants may request up to $3,000 for the funding period ending June 30, 2019. Funds awarded through this program may be used to cover costs associated with the proposed research or creative activity, such as necessary travel (to conduct the work), supplies, analysis costs, student assistants, etc.

Grant applicants must be paid employees of SUNY Oneonta at least through the spring 2019 semester. Adjunct and part-time instructors are welcome to submit applications, provided they have a contract for the spring 2019 semester. Faculty on sabbatical leave in the fall 2018 or spring 2019 semesters are eligible to apply. Priority in funding decisions will be given to junior faculty and applicants who have not received previous awards, and to interdisciplinary projects.

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3. Guidelines and the online application link are available on the GDO website. Questions? Contact Chris Barberio (x2434) or Kathy Meeker (x2632).

Susan Goodier wins fellowship, funding

Susan Goodier recently won a 2018 Gilder Lehrman Institute Scholarly Fellowship in the amount of $3,000 for her current research project,“Louisa Matilda Jacobs: From Slavery to a Kind of Freedom.” She will travel to New York City within the next year to research in archives such as the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the New York Public Library.

Susan Goodier and research assistant travel to Philadelphia

Dr. Susan Goodier, lecturer in the History Department, received the 2017-2018 Faculty/Professional Staff Research and Creative Activity Grant for her book project, “Louisa Matilda Jacobs: From Slavery to a Kind of Freedom.”

With its generous support, she traveled with her student research assistant, Natalie Reyes, to Philadelphia, PA this summer to visit the Library Company of Philadelphia, to complete the terms of the grant (they spent spring break researching in Rochester; see Campus News for April 18, 2018).

Highlights of the collections they studied included African American Friendship Albums and images of Civil War era Sanitary Fairs in the Print Department, and the Stevens-Cogdell, Sanders-Venning, and Chew family papers in the William H. Scheide Reading Room.