Judy Bullington, chairman of the Department of Art and Professor of Art History, will present a paper at the Southeastern College Art Conference annual meeting on Oct. 20 in Durham, N.C. The paper is titled “Garden Motifs in Early American Portraiture.”
Her research is part of an ongoing interdisciplinary study of the material and visual culture of America’s 18th and 19th century ornamented landscapes that were initially inspired by the antebellum gardens of Adelicia Acklen’s Belmont estate. Bullington recently gave a talk on the circa 1860 painting of Belmont’s landscape which is on loan from the collection of the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art and on view at the Belmont Mansion.
Research into the meanings associated with the design and depiction of early American gardens also served as the basis of Bullington’s 2011 NEH Summer Institute project in New York, which is being carried forward through conference presentations and an essay in an anthology on Global Trade and Visual Arts in Federal New England that will be published next year.