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April 21, 2008

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UT Tyler Assistant Professor Receives Grant to Conduct Research in Italy


Dr. Jill Blondin, assistant professor of art history at The University of Texas at Tyler, has received a Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellowship in Renaissance Art History to conduct research in Italy, Dr. Arlene Horne, associate vice president for research and federal relations, announced.

Blondin was awarded $3,000 from the Renaissance Society of America, which actively encourages the continued spread of learning about the Renaissance through awards and scholarship. The award is the largest amount offered by RSA.

During her four-week study, Blondin will analyze documents, art and architecture associated with churches and related structures located in Rome.

Blondin holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. She received the UT Tyler Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award in 2007 for extraordinary teaching. She also serves as the undergraduate advising coordinator and as an undergraduate adviser for the UT Tyler Department of Art and Art History.

Her memberships include the RSA, College Art Association, Italian Art Society and the Texas Association of Schools of Art.

Since 1954, the RSA has been the leading organization in the Americas for the interdisciplinary study of the period 1300-1650 in Western history. The RSA brings together members from many backgrounds who are interested in a wide variety of disciplines related to the period. For more information about RSA, visit http://www.rsa.org/.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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