With the sponsorship of the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Research Forum has offered two short-term (five week) Visiting Professorships in American artThis professorship is part of an initiative of the Terra Foundation that aims to internationalise the field of historical American art, building a network of scholarly peers and has been awarded in conjunction with similar posts at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Institut national d’histoire de l’art in Paris. For information about this initiative, please see the Terra Foundation website (http://www.terraamericanart.org).

This appointment is designed for scholars of American Art whose work plays a defining role in the disciplines of art and architectural history and conservation and who are willing to share their research with the Courtauld community formally (through lectures and seminars) and informally. In addition to presenting their research, the Visiting Professors meet with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to discuss their individual projects. The Professorships are held during the Courtauld Institute Autumn and Spring Terms.

Jonathan D Katz (Guest Curator, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and Honorary Research Professor, University of Manchester) has been appointed as Visiting Professor for the period 2 November to 4 December 2009. In the Academic Year 2010-11, the Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor will be Richard Meyer, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and Director the Contemporary Project at the University of Southern California.