Scotland and North America Study Day

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Kelvin Hall Open Collections

1445 Argyle Street


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Scotland and North America Study Day

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The ‘Scotland and North America’ Study Day is organised by the Scottish Society for Art History in association with the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Hunterian, University of Glasgow.

The Study Day will explore connections between the art history and visual culture of Scotland and North America, past and present. It will share and engage with current research and critical debate in the field.

This event is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.


09.30 Registration

09.50 Welcome

Session 1: Transatlantic Influences and Networks

10.00 Keynote – Robin Nicholson, Executive Director, Telfair Museums, Georgia

Scottish Artists in North America 1714-1946

10.30 Dr Allison Stagg, Mark Twain Center for Transatlantic Relations, Heidelberg

‘The Interrogation of a Copper Plate: an Unpublished Caricature by William Charles from the War of 1812 and its Unlikely Connection to Alexander Wilson’s American Ornithology (1808-14)’

10.50 Questions

11.00 Break

Session 2: Patronage and Collecting

11.20 Karen McWhorter, Whitney Western Art Museum, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Wyoming

An Ersatz American West in Scotland: The Murthly Castle Millers

11.40 Dr Andrew Watson, Independent Researcher

James Patrick and His Collection of Scottish Art

12.00 Robin H. Rodger, Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture

Stars, Stripes & Saltires: Two Centuries of Trans-Atlantic Relationships between the RSA and North America

12.20 Erin Walter, University of Glasgow

Influencing the Archive: Scottish Avant-Garde at New York’s Franklin Furnace

12.40 Questions

12.50 Lunch

Session 3: New Research on Individual Artists

13.40 Dr Shannon Vittoria, The American Wing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

’Tween the Gloamin’ and the Mirk: The Scottish Origins of Mary Nimmo Moran’s American Landscapes

14.00 Dr Sarah Iepson, Community College of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The “New Woman” Crosses the Atlantic: “The Red Rose Girls” and the “Glasgow Girls”

14.20 Dr David Steel, Independent Researcher

Galloway and Canada, some artistic and family connections

14.30 Matthew Jarron, University of Dundee

Brothers in Art – The Trans-Atlantic Careers of Sydney Adamson and Penhryn Stanlaws

14.40 Questions

14.50 Break

Session 4: Art and Education in Scotland and North America

15.10 Dr Annie Storr, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University

Scotland's John Duncan in Ellen Gates Starr's Chicago Trans-Atlantic Movement for Artist Activism, 1900-1925

15.30 Nancy E. Green, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, New York

From Edinburgh to Santa Barbara: Frank Morley Fletcher’s Transatlantic Influence

15.50 Karen Mailley-Watt, University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art

‘Keen on the methods used in the old country’: Charles H Scott & Grace Wilson Melvin’s impact on the Vancouver School of Decorative & Applied Arts

16.10 Questions and roundtable discussion on the topic ‘divided by a common language’: differences in Transatlantic terminologies, research methods, access to resources and other issues

16.40 Finish

Refreshments and a catered lunch will be provided for all attendees. Please advise the event organisers of any access requirements or food allergies/intolerances at the time of booking. The event organisers can be contacted at

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