Tanya Sheehan, currently associate professor of art and chair of the art department, has been named distinguished scholar and director of research at the Lunder Institute for American Art. In this new role, which begins in September 2019, Tanya will connect the American art curriculum at Colby with scholarship in the field of American art well beyond our campus.

In addition to teaching courses that support the mission of the Lunder Institute, she will create innovative research opportunities for Colby students that may include visits to institutional peers, participation in symposia and publications, and engagement with visiting scholars and artists. She will also support the scholarly program of the Lunder Institute by engaging with artists and scholars in residence, contributing expertise to the institute’s symposia and programs, and pursuing partnerships with major institutions that support scholarship in the field.