Graduate Faculty Spotlight - Eric Garberson

Dr. Eric Garberson is a graduate faculty member in the School of the Arts.  He is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Art History program and the Director of the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Media, Art, and Text.  Read about Dr. Garberson's career and research:

Describe your education (BS, MS, PhD):

BA in Art History, Pomona College, Claremont, California; MA, PhD in Art History, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

Describe your current career/research interests.

My current research examines the formation of art history as an academic discipline in early nineteenth-century Germany, with a focus on Berlin. I'm interested in the period before art history was officially recognized in universities (as well as art and architecture academies), in how the first men (universities were all male at the time) to earn PhD's in art history were trained: by whom? how? what scholarship was available to them, and who produced and published it? I have several articles at various stages, and a long-delayed book. I've also worked on representations of artists (textual and visual) and on portraits. I hope to work on a book about portraits, after the current one is done. For most of my time at VCU I've been heavily involved in administrative work and various kinds of service. Although I enjoy both, I hope in the near future to return to research and teaching.

How did you become interested in this field?

An undergraduate art history professor.

What do you like most about teaching graduate students at VCU?

Working with students from a range of personal and disciplinary backgrounds, with a range of academic and non-academic career goals. This is somewhat the case in Art History, but especially in the MATX (Media, Art, and Text) program. I also enjoy helping students formulate their research projects and seeing that magic moment when their projects crystallize and they start to work independently. This happens at different times for different students, but it always happens.