2021 Association for Art History Fellows

We are delighted to announce our 2021 Association for Art History Fellows. This initiative, now in its second year, seeks to recognise and honour individuals who have made a significant contribution to the broad field of art history.

The Association for Art History Fellows for 2021 are:

Kobena Mercer is Professor of History of Art and African American Studies at Yale University where his teaching and research on African American, Caribbean, and Black British art brings cultural studies methods to modern and contemporary Black Atlantic worlds. He has taught at Middlesex University, London; New York University; University of California Santa Cruz and Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he earned his PhD. Educated in Ghana and England, he is an inaugural recipient of the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing, awarded by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in 2006.

Caroline Osborne founded Art History in Schools to increase access to art history education for young people within the state sector, and organises regular events, professional development days and free resources for teachers on global arts and architecture. She has taught Art History in Sixth Forms and Higher Education for almost 40 years and is the Lead Tutor and co-author of the online Art History A Level, developed and launched by the Association and the National Extension College in 2020.  Caroline is a graduate of Nottingham and Sussex universities, Caroline has also  co-initiated the AS Level outreach programme, and with Esmée Fairbairn funding trained graduates to teach on it. Since it was relaunched in 2013 her annual Higher Education Conference and Fair for school students makes links between schools, universities, and the museum sector.

Marcia Pointon grew up in the North of England and was educated at the University of Manchester (BA in English and History of Art, MA & PhD).  Her Master’s dissertation became her first book Milton and English Art (1970) and she subsequently earned her PhD in 1974.  She held positions at the Open University, at the Barber Institute and the University of Sussex where her commitment to cross-disciplinary studies was cemented.  In 1992 she returned to Manchester as Pilkington Professor of History of Art.  Since retiring in 2003, she has continued to research and publish extensively as well as working part-time as a research mentor at the Arts University Bournemouth and Norwich University of the Arts. She was a founding member of the Association for Art History, served as Chair from 1986-89 and was subsequently editor of Art History 1992-97.  She has been a Trustee of the Art Fund since 2015 and a member of the NPG Research Advisory Board since 2014. Her extensive publications (including 12 single-authored books and several edited volumes) range widely across ‘flat art’ and material culture. Her handbook for students, first published in 1980 is now in its fifth edition.

On the 25 May, the 2021 and 2020 Association for Art History Fellows will be formally awarded their fellowships  during an online evening event at which awardees will talk about their work for, and engagement with, art history.