Scholars & Scones: The Rise and Fall of Modern Landscape Painting
James A. Toub will focus on the rise of landscape painting as a dominant subject in art during the late 19th century and its subsequent marginalization and decline among avant garde artists during the early 20th century.
James A. Toub, Professor of Art at Appalachian State University, received his BA from Hampshire College and his MA and Ph.D. from the interdisciplinary University Professors Program at Boston University. He has taught at Hampshire College, the Université d’Angers, and in Aix-en-Provence, France, at the Institute for American Universities and the Marchutz School of Art. He has taught more than thirty different courses in the areas of modern European and American art history, art criticism and theory, and studio art.
His publications and conference papers encompass various modern art topics with special focus on the art of Paul Cézanne, Oskar Kokoschka, and the architecture of Christopher Alexander. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Aesthetic Education, Ethics, Place and Environment and FATE in Review. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited in numerous venues including the Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence, the Hickory Museum of Art and the Center for Creativity, Craft and Design. He has been the recipient of a University of North Carolina Excellence in Teaching Award and an ASU Student Government Excellence in Teaching Award. His current scholarly and artistic interests are in the areas of landscape studies, the aesthetics of sustainable design, and post-secondary art education.