Art History Symposium


Jeanne Leighton-Lundberg Clarke, Family in Blue, 1981, oil on canvasMore is More is More is Better: The Study of Maximalism in Art

Visual overload. Pictorial excess. Sensory bombardment. The term Maximalism conjures mental images of layered swaths of form and content, intricate details, and perceptual overload. This symposium seeks to expand the discourse of maximalist tendencies in art history. Faculty and students will present their research on a diverse range of maximalist topics, from contemporary and performance art to Italian baroque frescoes, Russian Easter eggs, and occult imagery.

Feb 24, 2017 11a - 3:30p
UVU Library Auditorium (Li 120)

Keynote Panel:
For the 2017 Biennial Art History Symposium Keynote Address, Woodbury Art Museum Director Melissa Hempel, UVU Asst. Professor Courtney Davis, and Collections Management Consultant Rebekah Monahan will present highlights from their research on the life and work of the late Utah-based artist, Jeanne Leighton-Lundberg Clarke, a self-proclaimed maximalist.

Bright, bold, and bursting with color-drenched patterns, the paintings of Clarke shimmer like the intricate stained-glass windows of an abstract cathedral.  For decades, her “Favorite Ladies” paintings have delighted viewers with their almost whimsical appropriation of famous women from art history.  Yet, while Clarke’s work is featured prominently in all major museums in Utah, little scholarship exists on her work, despite the growing interest in her pioneering maximalist style.  Hempel, Davis, and Monahan seek to is to fill this gap in the study of Utah art by analyzing both the work of the title artist as well the broader artistic trend of Maximalism.


Jeanne Leighton-Lundberg Clarke, Pears from the Harvest, 1972, oil on canvasFirst Session

Moderator: Courtney R. Davis, Asst. Professor of Art History

Welcome to the 2017 Biennial UVU Art History Symposium
Courtney R. Davis, Symposium Director

Keynote Panel: Melissa Hempel (Woodbury Art Museum Director), Courtney Davis (Assistant Professor) and Rebekah Monahan (Independent Consultant)
“Maximalist Method: The Life and Work of Jeanne Leighton-Lundberg Clarke”

Dr. Ross Hagen, Asst. Professor of Music, UVU
“Maximum Volume Yields Maximum Results: Noise Music’s Aesthetic of Sonic Domination

Dr. Travis Clark, Instructor of Art History, UVU
“Hidden and Overt: Occult Imagery in the Visual Arts from Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights to Abramović’s Spirit Cooking”        

Dr. Keith Snedegar, Assoc. Professor of History, UVU
“Art Write Large: Salvation Mountain and the Outsider Environments of the American West”         

Second Session

Dr. Charlotte Poulton, Instructor of Art History, UVU
“Illusionistic Ceiling Paintings: The Glory of the High Baroque in Rome”

Dr. Steven Bule, Professor of Art History, UVU
“Caravaggio as Minimalist”

Aaron Pierce, UVU Art History Graduate
“Performance Art in Museums: Stimulating the Senses”

Taylor Nelson, Student of Integrated Studies, UVU
“The Unfathomability of the AIDS Quilt” 

Alyssa Whiting, Student of Art History, UVU
“Delectably Decadent: Russian Imperial Easter Eggs” 

Top image: Jeanne Leighton-Lundberg Clarke, Family in Blue, 1981, oil on canvas
Bottom image: Jeanne Leighton-Lundberg Clarke, Pears from the Harvest, 1972, oil on canvas