Education: BA, 2001, University of Chicago; MA, 2007, and PhD, 2013, Harvard University. Books: co-editor, with John Davis and Jennifer Greenhill, A Companion to American Art (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015). Essays: American Art (2007, 2013); A New Literary History of America (2009); The Materiality of Color (2012); Happiness or Its Absence in Art (2013). Reviews: Common-Place (2011); Historians of British Art Newsletter (2012); caa.reviews (2014); New England Quarterly (2012, 2020). Selected Awards: Luce/ACLS Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in American Art; Predoctoral Fellowship, Smithsonian American Art Museum; Wyeth Fellowship, CASVA, National Gallery of Art; Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in American Art, Northwestern University.
Jason LaFountain is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, where he currently serves as director of the first-year art history program. Although to date he has published primarily on colonial American and early modern European art, Jason has broad historical interests and leads courses on topics from prehistoric to contemporary art, in a global scope. In addition to his position at SAIC, Jason works with the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project at Stateville Correctional Center and with organizations committed to poor relief in the greater Chicagoland area.
Research and Teaching Interests
American art; early modern European art; contemporary art; colonialism and postcolonialism; global art history; methods and historiography; religion; philosophy of art; medium and media studies; sculpture; literature; poetry; multilingualism; class politics (poverty, labor, incarceration); landscape and plant life.
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