Dr. Joseph Underwood Selected as Tyson Scholar

Assistant professor of art history, Dr. Joseph Underwood, was selected through an international competition for the Tyson Scholars Program at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for the spring of 2020.  The award also comes with a monetary prize of $21,000.  Dr. Underwood’s research for his project “Forging a New Contemporary: Art from Senegal and the Americas in Transnational Networks, 1962-1984” will be conducted at the Crystal Bridges Museum over the course of several months.  Tyson Scholars have access to the art and library collections of Crystal Bridges Museum as well as the library at the University of Arkansas in nearby Fayetteville.

Dr. Underwood is one of eight scholars chosen for the 2019-2020 award cycle.  Crystal Bridges invites applications addressing a variety of topics including art history, architecture, visual and material culture, Indigenous art, Latin American art, American studies, and contemporary art. Projects with an interdisciplinary focus are particularly encouraged. The Tyson Scholars of American Art Program supports full-time scholarship in the history of American art and visual and material culture from the colonial period to the present.

Since 2012, Crystal Bridges and the Tyson Scholars Program has supported 41 scholars who are expanding the boundaries of American art. The program was established through a $5 million commitment from the Tyson family and Tyson Foods, Inc.

The projects proposed this year were rich and varied, spanning time periods from the early nineteenth century to the present, and looking closely at American artists working internationally, and at the way that art from abroad is received in America. We’re excited to host these scholars.

- Mindy Besaw, curator

POSTED: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 9:53am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 3:34pm