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S. Hollis Clayson Awarded Fellowships

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June 10, 2009 | by Wendy Leopold
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Of six major fellowships awarded to S. Hollis Clayson for the upcoming academic year, Clayson, Berger Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University and director of the University’s Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, has accepted four.

The professor of art history in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences will be a Fellow at The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., in the fall; a Fellow at The Huntington in San Marino, Cal., for the first two months of 2010; a Fellow at the Columbia University Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall in Paris in March, April and May; and a Visiting Fellow at The Australian National University’s Research School of Humanities in Canberra in August and September.

A historian of modern art who specializes in 19th-century Europe and transatlantic exchanges between France and the United States, Clayson is author of “Painted Love: Prostitution in French Art of the Impressionist Era.” The book was published in 1991 and reprinted by the Getty Research Institute in 2003. She also is co-editor of “Understanding Paintings: Themes in Art Explored and Explained,” which was published in 2000 and has been translated into six languages.

The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Clayson will use her upcoming fellowships to finish a book titled “Electric Paris: The City of Light in the Visual Cultures of the Transatlantic (1870-1914).” “Electric Paris” will study diverse images of Paris at night made during the era of Thomas Edison and at a time of mass travel when thousands of American and other artists uprooted from their native countries to work in Paris.