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Margaretta Lovell

Margaretta M. Lovell, currently the Jay D. McEvoy Professor of the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley, is affiliated with the American Studies Program and the Folklore Program. She chairs the Academic Senate Library Committee and formerly chaired the Committee on Educational Policy. She is recipient of major grants from the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Huntington Library, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her book, Art in a Season of Revolution: Painters, Artisans, and Patrons in Early America won the Smithsonian’s Charles Eldredge Prize and the College Arts Association’s Historians of British Art Prize; her A Visitiable Past: Views of Venice by American Artists 1860-1915 was awarded the Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize by the American Studies Association. She has also won the College Art Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Mentoring Award. She is currently working on a book on antebellum landscape painter, Fitz H. Lane.

Prof. Lovell received her Ph.D. in American Studies at Yale where she studied American and European literature and art; she teaches primarily American and British art, architecture, and material culture. She holds an M. A. from the Winterthur/University of Delaware program, and studied drawing at Oxford University. Besides Berkeley she has also taught at Stanford, Yale, Harvard, the College of William & Mary, and the University of Michigan. She has served as curator of American art collections in the Yale University Art Gallery and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and has curated exhibitions at the latter institution as well as at Berkeley’s Art Gallery, the National Museum of Western Art Tokyo, and at the Huntington Library. She has two daughters, one a physician and the other a biologist.