Wendy Bellion @ SAAM

On September 18 in Washington DC, Wendy Bellion gives the Charles C. Eldredge Prize Lecture, “‘Here Trust Your Eyes’: Visual Illusion and the Early American Theater” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. SAAM is also now accepting nominations for the 2015 Eldredge Prize, due December 1.


Wendy Bellion to give Charles C. Eldredge Prize Lecture at SAAM

The Smithsonian American Art Museum invites you to join Wendy Bellion, associate professor of American art and material culture at the University of Delaware and winner of the museum’s 2014 Charles C. Eldredge Prize for distinguished scholarship, for a discussion entitled “‘Here Trust Your Eyes’: Visual Illusion and the Early American Theater” on September 18th, 2014, at 4:00pm at the museum.  Bellion’s talk will explore how Philadelphia’s Chestnut Street Theater was also a space of visual display and illusion akin to and in conversation with exhibition sites like Charles Willson Peale’s museum.

The American Art Museum is also now accepting nominations for the 2015 Charles C. Eldredge Prize. Single-author books devoted to any aspect of the visual arts of the United States and published in the three previous calendar years are eligible. To nominate a book, send a letter (not to exceed one page in length) explaining the work’s significance to the field of American art history and discussing the quality of the author’s scholarship and methodology. Nominations by authors or publishers for their own books will not be considered. The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2014. Please send them to: The Charles C. Eldredge Prize, Research and Scholars Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, P.O. Box 37012, MRC 970, Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Nominations will also be accepted by email: eldredge@si.edu or fax: (202) 633-8373. Further information about the prize may be found at americanart.si.edu/research/awards/eldredge.