Editors’ Welcome

Welcome to the tenth issue of Panorama! The publication of ten issues of the journal is a milestone to celebrate, providing us all with an opportunity to look back and assess how far we have come in these five short years. You can now look forward to opening a new issue of the journal on a regular twice-a-year schedule, finding within our digital pages some of the best new research related to American art and visual culture, from painting and sculpture to popular print, video, and even performance. We are now published by University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing, which provides us with professional website maintenance, archiving, indexing support, and advice on all manner of issues related to the publication of the journal, and our policies and procedures have been formalized, so that readers and contributors now receive clear and transparent information about such issues as peer review, our style guide and editing practices, image copyright, corrections, warranties, and conflict of interest. Much of this work has been done with the help of funding from our three principal supporters: the Luce Foundation for American Art, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, and the Association of Historians of American Art. But it wouldn’t be worth it without you, our readers. Thank you all!

We have some great content in issue 5.2. Two feature articles lead us off, on painter and art critic Alexander Kruse and on Jewish feminist performance artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles, followed by an In the Round suite of case studies about teaching with archival materials. We have a stunning nine new book reviews, covering everything from portrait painters John Singleton Copley and Ralph Earle to the Trans-Mississippi Exposition in Nebraska and New Deal Totem Parks in Alaska, and seven new exhibition reviews, providing up-to-date analysis of key museum events in California, Michigan, and even Germany. The Bully Pulpit should also generate considerable interest, and after reading these exhortations on the importance of public scholarship, guest-edited by Laura Holzman, we hope to hear from you about your own experiences moving beyond the walls of the institution. What has worked and what did not?

The Editors’ Welcome is also an opportunity for us to announce openings for new editors and major staffing changes. All our volunteer editors—including executive and section editors—serve three-year terms, and we wish to thank outgoing editors Naomi Slipp (Book Reviews), Jackie Francis (Exhibition Reviews) and Kevin Murphy (Research Notes) for a job well done! This also means that opportunities to become involved with the journal come up annually. Our current call for nominations and self-nominations is posted, with an application deadline of December 1 looming. Please give it some thought!

With the completion of this issue, Betsy Boone completes her term as executive editor and we are delighted to announce that Naomi Slipp will be giving up her post as a book reviews editor to step into her shoes. An assistant professor of art history at Auburn University at Montgomery, Naomi researches and publishes on intersections between American art and science in the long nineteenth-century, with special interests in the history of medicine, the study of human anatomy, and histories of marine fisheries. She is currently working on a book project tentatively titled The Art of the Body: Medicine and Anatomy in American Culture, 1800–1880, which surveys connections between art and medicine when it came to studying, representing, and teaching human anatomy in nineteenth-century American art academies and medical schools. Since moving to Alabama, she has also become increasingly involved in promoting the study of and scholarship on Southern art.

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