current postdoctoral fellows

2018-19 Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art History

The Phillips Collection and the University of Maryland Fellowship in Modern and Contemporary Art History, which supports research and teaching on topics in American, European, or nonwestern art of all media form 1780 to the present, was awarded to Dr. Ashley Lazevnick. Ashley Lazevnick completed her PhD in American art at Princeton University in 2018. She is currently revising her dissertation into a manuscript for a book that will reconsider American Precisionist painting through an investigation of the term “precision” in art criticism, poetry, philosophy, and science in the early twentieth century. In connection to this project, Ashley is launching a new series for American Art, entitled “What’s in a Name,” that proposes new models for thinking about art historical movements. Previously, Ashley’s work has appeared in Word & Image and publications from the Ashmolean Museum, the Warburg Museum in Hamburg, and the Museum of Modern Art. More broadly, her research concerns the nature of art writing within and outside of the academy, especially the use of non-normative genres (such as poetry) in reframing critical approaches to art and the crucial role writing plays in the construction of art history’s evolving cannon. Her research has been supported by fellowships with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Harry Ransom Center, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Terra Foundation, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Ashley Lazevnick