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Former Sarah Lawrence Dean Jerrilynn Dodds Awarded Slade Professorship at Oxford PDF Print Email


By Judith Schwartzstein, Director of Information, Sarah Lawrence College

Sep. 27, 2017:  Jerrilynn Dodds, Harlequin Adair Dammann Chair in Islamic Studies in the art history department at Sarah Lawrence College, has been awarded the Slade Professorship of Fine Arts at the University of Oxford for the 2020-2021 academic year.

One of the most prestigious academic appointments in art history, the Slade Professorship was founded in 1869 by a bequest from art collector and philanthropist Felix SladeJohn Ruskin, England's leading art critic from the Victorian era, was the first appointment. Art historians who have held the position include legends of art history such as Sir Kenneth ClarkSir Anthony BluntJ.W. Pope HennessyMeyer SchapiroJonathan Brown, and Kirk Varnedoe.

During the tenure of the appointment, Dodds will give six to eight lectures on topics within "the history, theory, and practice of the fine arts or some sections of them," open to all members of the university; will teach in the history of art department; and will possibly work on a project with Oxford's Ashmolean Museum. Dodds's lectures will center on Christianity, Islam, and the formation of identities through the arts.

Dodds's work has centered on issues of transculturation in the arts--in particular, among Christians, Jews, and Muslims--and how groups form identities through art and architecture. She has a special interest in the art of Spain and the history of architecture.

Dodds is author of Architecture and Ideology in Early Medieval Spain and NY Masjid: The Mosques of New York and co-author of Arts of Intimacy: Christians, Jews and Muslims in the Making of Castilian Culture. 

She has curated exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Jewish Museum, among others, and is a lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum. Dodds holds a BA from Barnard College and earned her MA and PhD from Harvard University. She was dean of the college at Sarah Lawrence from 2009 to 2015. In 2016, she was awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

Pictured here:  Jerrilynn Dodds, recently awarded the Slade Professorship of Fine Arts at the University of Oxford.  

Photo courtesy Judith Schwartzstein, Director of Information, Sarah Lawrence College



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