Williamstown Meeting

Annual Meeting Speakershistoric print depicting Williamstown

The AHPCS 48th annual meeting will take place in Williamstown, Massachusetts, on May 15-17, 2024. The meeting includes a program of first-rate speakers, as well as special tours of several of the region’s outstanding cultural collections. View the meeting’s itinerary.

Georgia Barnhill

Georgia Barnhill on illustrated books

Georgia B. Barnhill is Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts Emerita at the American Antiquarian Society. Her book, Gems of Art on Paper: Illustrated American Fiction and Poetry, 1785-1885 (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2021), received the AHPCS Ewell Newman Award in 2022.

Robert Emlen

Robert Emlen on prints of the Shakers

Rob Emlen is a Visiting Scholar in American Studies at Brown University. He recently retired as University Curator and Senior Lecturer in the Department of American Studies at Brown. He is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and a member of the Program Committee for the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife. He served as co-chair of the Historic New England Council from 1995 to 2020. His book Imagining the Shakers: How the Visual Culture of Shaker Life Was Pictured in the Popular Illustrated Press of Nineteenth-Century America (Richard W. Couper Press, 2019) was awarded the AHPCS Ewell L. Newman Award in 2020.

Michael McCue

Michael McCue on Louis Harlow

Mike McCue is an independent scholar, speaker and collector with 50 years’ experience in American arts. He has worked with Asheville Art Museum and other organizations to interpret and publish studies, grounded in historical accuracy, for laymen. Mike has served as Trustee for the North Carolina Humanities Council, on grants panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, and on the board of American Historical Print Collectors Society where he chaired the jury for its annual Newman book award.

Christina Michelon

Christina Michelon on the Great Boston Fire

Christina Michelon is Associate Curator at the Boston Athenæum where she oversees the graphic arts collection. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and specializes in nineteenth-century American visual and material culture. Her writing has appeared in the journals J19Common-placeNew England Quarterly, Panorama, and in American Art, for which she received the Frost Essay Award from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. At the Boston Athenaeum, Christina’s projects have included the permanent collection reinstallation Re-Reading Special Collections, student-driven exhibition Oceanic New England, and Revisiting the Ruins: The Great Boston Fire of 1872. She is currently at work on a book about “printcraft” and the creative reuse of printed images.

Rebecca Szantyr

Rebecca Szantyr on Atmosphere in Prints, focusing on the collections at the Clark Art Institute

Rebecca Szantyr is a Print Specialist in the Wallach Division of the New York Public Library. Previously, she was a curatorial assistant in the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper at the Clark Institute of Art, where she curated the exhibition “On the Horizon:  Art and Atmosphere in the Nineteenth Century” (Nov. 2022–Feb. 2023).  Her dissertation, Paper Trails: Nicolino Calyo’s Transatlantic Career, 1825–1850, was completed at Brown University in 2021, with research supported by the American Antiquarian Society, Library Company of Philadelphia, and Winterthur.  Additionally, she has held positions in the Print Departments at the Yale University Art Gallery, Yale Center for British Art, and Cleveland Museum of Art.

Image Credits (from top)
William Cullen Bryant, To a Fringed Gentian (Troy, NY: H. B. Nimms and Company, 1884). Designed by Lambert Hollis. Courtesy, American Antiquarian Society.
Shakers at Meeting. The Final Procession. Wood-engraving after Arthur Boyd Houghton, from the Graphic, 1870. Robert Emlen will be speaking about the British artist’s visit to Mount Lebanon Shaker Village.
Louis K. Harlow, Two Fishermen. Chromolithograph by Prang, 1891. Private collection.
“The Great Fire at Boston” in The Illustrated London News, November 30, 1872, wood engravings. Boston Athenaeum.
James McNeill Whistler, Nocturne: The River at Battersea, 1878, published in 1878-79 or 1887, Lithotint, on a prepared half-tint ground, in black with scraping, on blue laid chine collé, mounted on paper. Clark Art Institute, gift of Mary and Robert Carswell, 2018.9.14