Art professor selected to participate in seminar on teaching art history at Yale Center for British Art


Johan Joseph Zoffany RA, 1733–1810 (German, active in Britain from 1760) THE GORE FAMILY WITH GEORGE, THIRD EARL COWPER ca. 1775, oil on canvas Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

Assistant professor of art history Jessica Fripp is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a special week-long seminar this month on Teaching European Art in Context. The seminar, “Art and Society in Britain, Hogarth to Turner (1730–1851),” will be held at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, July 21–26. The seminar is designed for full-time faculty members who regularly teach art history at smaller colleges and universities and aims to strengthen the teaching of art history to undergraduates at these institutions.

Assistant professor Jessica Fripp

Fripp is one of 22 faculty members that CIC selected to participate in the seminar, which is supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University and chair of the department, will lead the program.

“Strengthening the teaching of art history at colleges and universities—many of which have limited faculty resources in art history—is critical,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “The seminar will have significant value for the faculty members who participate, the colleagues with whom they will share their new knowledge, and the students who enroll in their courses.”

The seminar will offer a new account of significant developments in British art from Georgian London in the age of William Hogarth, who came to prominence in the 1730s, to the death of J. M. W. Turner in the year of the Great Exhibition, 1851. Drawing upon innovative art-historical analyses, the seminar will set artistic production within a cultural and historical framework and places British art in a global context, emphasizing questions of race and empire. Original works of art will be addressed directly, focusing on the outstanding collections of the Yale Center for British Art. Themes will include portraiture and social status; London as a world city; taste and the Grand Tour; art and empire; the industrial revolution; and Romanticism and nature.

Fripp has taught art history at TCU since 2015. She earned a Ph.D. in history of art from the University of Michigan.

For more information, visit the CIC website.