University of Chicago Scholar Receives Book Award From the College Art Association

Darby English, the Carl Darling Buck Professor of Art History and the director of the Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago, was selected to receive the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism from the College Art Association.

Professor English is being honored for his book To Describe a Life: Notes From the Intersection of Art and Race Terror (Yale University Press, 2019). According to the publisher, the book “attends to a cluster of artworks created in or for our tumultuous present that address themes of racial violence and representation idiosyncratically, neither offering solutions nor accommodating shallow narrative about difference.”

Dr. English is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He earned a Ph.D. at the University of Rochester. Since 2014, Dr. English has served as a consulting curator in the painting and sculpture department of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


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