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Larose, Thomas, PhD

Associate Professor - Art History

Art and Design

Phone: (804) 524-1148
Location: 216A Harris Hall
Email: tlarose@vsu.edu

Courses

Fall Semester Spring Semester
ARTS 199 - Art Appreciation On-Line ARTS 199 - Art Appreciation On-Line
ARTS 209 - Cognitive Development for Artists ARTS 403 - African American Art
ARTS 302 - World Art Survey I ARTS 407 - History of Photography
VCAD 450 - Internship VCAD 451 - Senior Thesis
Puzzle

Teaching Philosophy

"Art is nothing more than the shadow of humanity." Henry James
The study of art history is an integral part in the experiencing of any work of art. Merely by viewing an artwork, an individual enters into a conversation with the artist, across time, space, and culture. That artist struggled to bridge these gaps by encoding information through design, colors, and symbolism. The viewer, likewise, must decode this visual language to bridge the gaps and derive meaning from the art. While artists cannot foresee our visual culture, the study of art history allows us to learn theirs and converse fluently with them.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Art History
  • May, 2001
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
  • Major in Native American Art, Minor in African Art
  • Dissertation: "The Petroglyph Sites of Bellows Falls and Brattleboro, Vermont"
  • Advisor: James Farmer, Ph.D.
  • M.A. in Art History
  • December, 1994
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Major in Native American Art, Minor in Pre-Columbian Art
  • Thesis: "Stolen Spirits: Algonquian Shamanic Art and Its Appropriation"
  • Advisor: John F. Scott, Ph.D.
  • B.A. in Art History
  • August, 1991
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Graduated with Honors

Teaching Experience

  • Associate Professor
  • July 2007 - Current
  • Virginia State University
  • Assistant Professor
  • August 2001 - June 2007
  • Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
  • Graduate Assistant/Adjunct Instructor
  • August 1999 - July 2001
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • January 1995 - December 1998
  • Central Florida Community College, Ocala, FL
  • Lecturer
  • January - April 1996, 1997
  • Appleton Museum, Ocala, FL

Museum Experience

  • Gallery Coordinator
  • August 2002 - Current
  • Meredith Art Gallery Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
  • Responsible for the development and installation of exhibitions; daily and long-term management of the university's gallery which features student, faculty, and local artists' works.
  • Interim Curator of Exhibitions
  • June 1998 - June 1999
  • Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Responsible for the research, development, management, and installation design of all exhibitions from other institutions or private collections.
  • Curated four exhibitions during one year appointment over transition period between directors' tenures:
  • Giving Honor: Native American Women's Art from the Florida Museum of Natural History
  • Art of Ancient America
  • Illuminated Manuscripts from Medieval Europe
  • The British Landscape: Watercolors from 1760 - 1860
  • Curator of Exhibitions and Programs
  • October 1995 - May 1998
  • Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, FL
  • Responsible for the research, development, management, and installation design of all exhibitions from permanent collection and other institutions or private collections. Developed and administered related programming for exhibitions in conjunction with education department. Re-curated and installed permanent galleries for European, Antiquities, Asian, African, and Pre-Columbian collections.
  • Curated 10 temporary exhibitions and 12 solo shows, including:
  • The Weave of Life: Native American Basketry and Textiles
  • Remarkable Remains of the Ancient Peoples of Guatemala
  • The Female Figure
  • Kathryn Myers: Mediations
  • Ailene Fields - Allegory: The Timeless Truth
  • Curator (Graduate Assistant)
  • August 1992 - December 1994
  • University of Florida Galleries, Gainesville, FL
  • Responsible for the research, development, management, and installation design of exhibitions, primarily of student and faculty work, in two of the University's three galleries.
  • Collections Intern
  • January 1993 - August 1993
  • Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Researched and cataloged the museum's Pre-Columbian collection; assisted on research and development of Pre-Columbian and African exhibitions.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

  • Southeastern Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) Outstanding Article Award 2004
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Graduate Fellowship in Art History 2000-2001
  • Brownell Assistantship in Architectural History 2000-2001
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Fellowship for Excellence 1999-2001
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Graduate Assistantship 1999-2001
  • University of Florida Graduate Assistantship 1992-1994
  • University of Florida Goza Award for Art History Research 1991

Publications

  • 2013 "The African Influences on Seminole Beadwork," Africa in Florida: 500 Years of African Presence in the Sunshine State, Edited by Robin Poynor and Amanda Carlson. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.
  • 2002 "Babylon South: The Building of the Richmond Loew's Theater and the Richmond Garage, 1925-1928," Arris, vol. 13 (2002): 55-71.
  • 2001 Abstract: "Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie: Complicating Imbalances," PART, On-Line Journal, volume 6: http://dsc.gc.cuny.edu/part/sym00ab.html .
  • 1999 "The British Landscape: Watercolors from 1760 - 1860," Harn Museum of Art exhibition text panels and gallery guide.
  • 1999 "Illuminated Manuscripts from Medieval Europe," Harn Museum of Art exhibition text panels and gallery guide.
  • 1999 "Giving Honor: Native American Women's Art from the Florida Museum of Natural History," Harn Museum of Art exhibition text panels and gallery guide.
  • 1998 "Ancient Art of the Americas," Harn Museum of Art exhibition text panels. 1998 "Kathryn Myers: Mediations," Appleton Museum of Art exhibition brochure.
  • 1997 "Introduction," The American Academy of Equine Art 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Appleton Museum of Art exhibition catalog.
  • 1997 "The Weave of Life: Native American Basketry and Textiles," Appleton Museum of Art exhibition brochure.
  • 1997 "Ailene Fields - Allegory: The Timeless Truth," Appleton Museum of Art exhibition catalog.
  • 1996 "The Female Figure," Appleton Museum of Art exhibition catalog.

Articles and Reviews

  • 2006 Pre-publication review and critique of Graphic Design History, by Martha Scotfield and Lorraine Wild (Thames and Hudson).
  • 2006 Pre-publication review and critique of Megg's History of Graphic Design, (4th edition), by Philip B. Meggs and Alston W. Purvis (John Wiley & Sons).
  • 2005 Pre-publication review and critique of History of Graphic Design (working title - blind review), (McGraw Hill Publishers).
  • 2004 Pre-publication review and critique of A Short Guide to Writing About Art (8th edition), by Sylvan Barnet (Pearson Longman).
  • 2003 "A Parking Garage with Style", consultant to Gary Robertson, Richmond Times Dispatch (February 27, 2003: B1, 5).

Conferences and Symposia

  • NASAD 64th Annual Conference Pittsburg, PA October 18 - 21, 2008,
  • NASAD 63rd Annual Conference Kansas City, Missouri October 17 - 20, 2007
  • Participant: Aspiring Art & Design Administrators Workshop
  • 14th Triennial Symposium on African Arts, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL: March 28 - 31, 2007
  • NASAD 62nd Annual Conference Minneapolis, Minnesota October 12 - 14, 2006
  • Participant: Preparing for NASAD Evaluation Workshop
  • Oxford Roundtable for Arts & Humanities, Oxford University, Oxford, UK: July 9 - 14, 2006
  • 12th Triennial Symposium on African Arts, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands: April 25 - 29, 2001
  • Presenter: "The African/Yoruba Influences on Seminole Beadwork"
  • New Scholars/New Ideas Annual Symposium, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA: March 23 & 24, 2001
  • Presenter: "The Nodena Phase Head Pots of the Late Mississippian Period"
  • Southeastern College Art Conference Annual Conference, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY: October 17 & 18, 2000 Presenter: "The African Influences on Seminole Beadwork"
  • Co-Chair: World Views and Views of the World
  • Southeastern Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA: October 12 & 13, 2000
  • Presenter: "Babylon South: The Building of the Richmond Loew's Theater and the Richmond Garage, 1925-1928"
  • Institutionalizing Cultures Symposium, City University of New York, New York, NY: April 15, 2000
  • Presenter: "Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie: Complicating Imbalances"
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