ORGANIZATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Art History Graduate Student Union (AHGSU)
All art history graduate students have automatic membership in the Art History Graduate Student Union (AHGSU). For support outside of the classroom, AHGSU regularly organizes informal social gatherings and informal academic/professional development activities.
AHGSU represents the interests of art history graduate students to Binghamton University's Graduate Student Organization and to the art history faculty. Officers are elected to one-year terms at the beginning of the fall semester.
Crossing the Boundaries
Crossing the Boundaries is an annual interdisciplinary graduate student conference organized by AHGSU. This conference provides a forum for the critical discussion of academic work across a wide range of disciplines within the university setting, both nationally and internationally. The organizing committee begins work in the fall and hosts the conference in March or April of the spring semester. All graduate students within the department contribute to the theme development, selection of presenters, and logistical aspects of the conference. Membership in the Crossing the Boundaries organizing committee is open to all Binghamton University students.
For over ten years, VizCult: The Harpur College Dean's Workshop on Visual Culture has provided a focus for dialogue and exchange both within the Art History Department and across related disciplines. Faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students meet in this bi-weekly workshop forum to promote the production, sharing, and critical evaluation of new research in the broader interdisciplinary field of visual and built culture studies. Speakers are invited from Binghamton University's faculty and graduate community, as well as outside institutions. This workshop is generously funded by the Harpur College Dean's office. All talks are open to the general public.
All members of the graduate program are expected to attend VizCult regularly. VizCult meets every other week during the semester.
The Frick Collection on 5th Avenue in New York is a celebrated museum of Western art with an excellent art historical library open to qualified researchers. Every year in April, in association with the Institute of Fine Arts of NYU, the Frick hosts a symposium at which representatives of art history graduate programs in the region deliver papers. Binghamton's representative is selected by the students and faculty of the Art History Department.
The selection of this speaker is important for the department because the symposium provides a showcase for the distinctive kinds of work for which this program is known. For the student selected, both the experience and prestige of participating in the Frick Symposium are of great value; a Frick lecture looks very good on a résumé.
Frick talks are fifteen minutes long. Preliminary presentations are held in the Department during exam week of the Fall semester. There will be a call for proposals (250 words max.) in the fall of each year. Students are responsible for gathering their own visuals for their presentations. Each paper will be followed by a question session. The Frick Trials end with a reception to congratulate the selected speaker and to express appreciation to all the participants.
The Frick Symposium is only one of a number of opportunities to present research work publicly. Others include graduate symposia at Cornell and the University of Rochester, and national and regional conferences of the College Art Association, Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), and the Modern Language Association (MLA). Students should submit proposals for such conferences in consultation with their supervisors. Additionally, many art history graduate students are involved in other organizations and activities on campus and in the Binghamton community.