UMass Dartmouth faculty Hallie Meredith

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Hallie Meredith joined the Art History department in the autumn of 2012. She was awarded her D.Phil. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Oxford, an MA from the University of Durham, England and her BA from the University of Chicago. Professor Meredith trained as a studio artist, concentrating in hot glass and incorporates a continued interest in materiality in her classes. She has taught courses on viewing and the ancient world in the UK and US at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Oxford, the University of Warwick and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Meredith was a Research Fellow at the Bard Graduate Center, NY, NY and the British School at Rome, in short-term residency at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, and has received grants and awards from the the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Oxford, and Oxford’s Institute of Archaeology.

Dr. Meredith is completing a monograph on open-work vessels, Word becomes Image: Open-work Vessels as a Reflection of Late Antique Transformation, for which she was awarded a Samuel H. Kress Grant for Research and Publication in Classical Art and Architecture in 2014. This book contextualizes a type of vessel characterised by the use of a shared carving technique, the majority of which are made of glass. In it she argues that in antiquity – as today – the process of making art is fundamental to approaching and understanding ancient art. Professor Meredith edited a volume entitled Objects in Motion: The Circulation of Religion and Sacred Objects in the Late Antique and

Medieval World. She has published and given papers on cultural differences in Roman and Sasanian Late Antique glassware, trade in open-work vessels, and most recently, on Byzantine art and text inherited from the Graeco-Roman world.

Research Interests: Professor Meredith is fascinated by the cultural choices inherent in the production of an object as a way of identifying and focusing on period-specific concerns and meaning, how inscriptions, and texts more broadly, inform ancient visual art, and how inscribed visual culture was viewed and interpreted.

Sample Courses: 

  • Greek and Roman Art
  • Italian Renaissance Art
  • Making: An Art Historical Approach
  • Medieval Art
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Renaissance to Modern Art and Its Antecedents
  • Studies in Visual Culture
  • Tangible Power: Viewing in the Ancient World