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Amanda Carlson

Associate Professor of Art History

Art History

Hartford Art School
860.768.4342 V 223C
Education

PhD, Art History, Indiana University

PhD Certificate, African Studies, Indiana University

MA, Art History, Indiana University

BA, Art History, University of Maryland

Certificate, Women’s Studies, University of Maryland


Amanda Carlson teaches art history from a global perspective and is a specialist in the art of Africa. Committed to engaged learning inside and outside the classroom, Carlson has taken students to Nigeria and Ghana and participates in the University of Hartford study abroad program, Art & Environment: The Sustainable Studio in Ghana.

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 Africa in Florida: Five Years of African Presence in the Sunshine State (University Press of Florida, 2014), which received the Florida Book Award (gold medal, visual arts category).

Carlson has conducted extensive research on the arts of the Cross River region in southeastern Nigeria, which will be the topic of her next book. Numerous national foundations have funded her research and writing, including the American Association for University Women, National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, and Fulbright.

Works

Select Publications

  • "Conversation and Illustration with Victor Ekpuk:  Guided by Nsibidi," in African Graphics, Signs and Cultures: The Artistic Universe of Victor Ekpuk. Toyin Falola, ed. Carolina Academic Press. Forthcoming.
  • Africa in Florida: 500 Years of Black Presence in the Sunshine State. Amanda Carlson and Robin Poynor, eds. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014. (Florida Book Award, Gold Medal, Visual Arts Category).
  • "Calabar Carnival: A Trinidadian Tradition Returns to Africa," African Arts 43.4 (2010): 14-31.
  • “Nsibidi: Old and New Scripts,” in Inscribing Meaning: Writing and Graphic Systems in African Art. National Museum for African Art, 2007. Pp. 146-153.
  • Lalla Essaydi. Converging Territories. NY: Power House Books, 2005.

Grants and Fellowships

  • University of Hartford Engaged Learning Fellow (ELF) 2015
  • University of Hartford Cardin Research Award 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2007, 2006
  • University of Hartford Women’s Education and Leadership Grant 2013
  • University of Hartford International Center Grant 2013, 2005, 2004
  • Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant 2012
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Travel Grant 2012
  • University of Hartford Coffin Grant 2011
  • American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Fellowship 2007-2008
  • University of Hartford Greenburg Junior Faculty Research Award 2006-07