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Monday, May 18, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jayme Yahr



The new initiative is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art


News release here:


The Executive Editors of Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art are pleased to announce that Johnathan Hardy has been appointed Project Manager for “Toward a More Inclusive Digital Art History,” effective immediately. Hardy, a doctoral candidate in art history at the University of Minnesota, will provide oversight for this digital art history initiative funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.


“We are very excited to welcome Johnathan to our team,” said co-Executive Editor John Bowles of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. “His background and skills in digital humanities tools and methods will be a huge asset to the journal and to our contributors as we move forward with our efforts to open up digital art history to a wider universe of scholars and topics.”


Johnathan Hardy is a graduate student in the Department of Art History at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. His research focuses on the dynamic displays of power between Christians, Zoroastrians, and the Sasanian aristocracy through the art and architecture of late antique Rome and Iran. His work uses Geographic Information Sciences, 3D photogrammetry, and remote sensing methodologies to explore the hidden intricacies of the built environment from the scale of individual art objects to the vast networks of cities and empires. 


The editors of Panorama have conceptualized ‘‘Toward a More Inclusive Digital Art History” as a digital publishing initiative comprising peer-reviewed research articles accompanied by project narratives and data. Between 2021 to 2023, Panorama will publish three articles on underrepresented or understudied constituencies in American art, which will appear as enhanced digital features. As a whole, the “Toward a More Inclusive Digital Art History” initiative will contribute to scholarship on historical American art by publishing projects that focus on constituencies that have historically been marginalized or under-researched; foster innovative and original research on American art and its dissemination for a global audience by applying digital tools and methods to develop new research questions in art history; render these digital tools and methods more accessible to practitioners of American art history by providing a model for accessible and sustainable methods of digital art history research; and provide worldwide free and open access to important scholarly resources for art historians and scholars of American art. See the original press release here:


About Panorama

Panorama ( is the first peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication dedicated to American art and visual culture (broadly defined). The journal is intended to provide a high-caliber international forum for disseminating original research and scholarship and for sustaining a lively engagement with intellectual developments and methodological debates in art history, visual and material cultural studies, and curatorial work. It encourages a broad range of perspectives and approaches within an interdisciplinary framework encompassing both local and global contexts. Panorama is published by University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing.


About the Terra Foundation for American Art

The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and educational programs. Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential both to distinguish cultures and to unite them. For information: