Annual Undergraduate Art History Symposium

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The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art (AKMA) continues its collaboration with the Missouri Western State University (MWSU) School of Fine Arts for the sixth year. The annual refereed AKMA / MWSU Undergraduate Art History Symposium offers the opportunity for students from across the United States to present original research papers on various topics advancing the field of art history. Presentations will be made by students selected by a panel of art historians based on original research and academic rigor.

A Call for Proposals is open now. Deadline: February 1, 2022

The Symposium will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Missouri (40 minutes north of Kansas City International Airport). This is currently planned as an in-person event. The museum will continue to monitor and observe state and national safety guidelines as the date approaches.

This year’s keynote presentation will be given by Dr. Larisa Grollemond presenting, “The Fantasy of the Middle Ages: Medievalisms and the Museum.”

Dr. Larisa Grollemond

Dr. Larisa Grollemond is the Assistant Curator in the Manuscripts Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, specializing in French manuscript illumination and early print culture of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. She completed her Ph.D in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania (2016). In her dissertation, she examined several aspects of late medieval manuscript culture at the French courts to provide an account of the material and ideological significance of the manuscript book during a time of major political and artistic restructuring. Her upcoming exhibition projects include “Painted Prophecy: The Hebrew Bible through Medieval Eyes” (2022, remounted from 2020) and “The Fantasy of the Middle Ages” with Bryan C. Keene (2022).

The 2022 keynote address is supported by the Missouri Western Arts Society. Thank you!

How to Participate

Proposal deadline: February 1, 2022

Symposium date: Saturday, April 9, 2022

Proposal guidelines:

  • Open to currently-enrolled Undergraduate students in the United States.
  • All art historical subjects will be considered.
  • One entry per student.
  • Students selected to present at the Symposium should plan to speak for approximately 20 minutes.

To apply, please submit:

  1. Proposed paper title
  2. A 250-500 word abstract
  3. A 1-2 page Curriculum Vitae

Students should submit their application by email to Dr. Madeline Rislow ( by February 1, 2022.

Please note: attached documents must be either Word or Acrobat Reader compatible.

If accepted, students will pay a registration fee of $25.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will you offer an online or hybrid option?

Yes! Due to the success of our online Symposium last year, we will make the 2022 Symposium a hybrid experience. This was not only the perfect way for peers, professors, and family members to access the presentations, but also opened the research to a more global audience. You can see past presentations on our YouTube Channel.

For presenters: this is currently planned for an in-person event. Virtual presentation options will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please send Dr. Madeline Rislow an email with your proposal.

If selected, where can I learn more about funding options to cover my registration fee and/or travel expenses?

Please check with your department or academic advisor about mini-grants, professional development funds, travel stipends, or donors connected to your college or university. Past participants have also received funding through their campus student government and on-campus clubs. We would be happy to provide documentation of your acceptance to the Symposium for your funding applications.

Please note: many deadlines for these funding opportunities arrive early in the Winter/Spring term, so please plan accordingly. If you have other questions or concerns, please email Dr. Rislow.

I am not an art historian, but I am interested in a national forum to show my artwork. What can I do?

In tandem with the annual Symposium, the AKMA also hosts the National Undergraduate Juried Exhibition. We have a call for artists open now. Please check out the current guidelines here.

Where can I see examples of past Symposium research topics and presentations?

Check out the presentation topics from the 2021 Symposium (initially proposed in 2020), watch presentations on our YouTube Channel.