Letter from the Editor

This year’s edition of the Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History was an experiment in sustainability, as early on in our planning process we made the difficult decision to discontinue the publication of the printed edition. With future editions in mind, we focused instead on how we might engage with a larger audience and create a singular source by which to discover the journal. This desire led to the development of our new CUJAH website. The website utilizes full archival capabilities, ensuring that every year of the journal, both past and present, is easily accessible to everyone. In an age where many fear the death knell of the printed word is on the horizon, removing one more source of such paper media may be deemed a knock at tradition. However, I truly believe that now, more than ever, we must seek out what is sustainable, practical, and beneficial to the most students here at Concordia. So it is on that note that I am excited to present to you the new digital CUJAH, Volume 6.

The journal is the product of many months of diligent work on the part of many individuals, without which this project would not be possible. I would like to thank, from the very bottom of my heart, all of the editors, copy editors and authors who worked tirelessly to produce this edition of the journal. Even though the editing process dragged on into the summer months, and the sunshine beckoned, you continued to offer your time and energy. I would like to offer a special thank you to Dounia Salamé, Jessica Carroll, Stephanie Laoun, Camille Bédard and Lindsay Angelstad, who kindly volunteered their time (outside of their duties as writers and editors) to assist me in any way they could. Your help and dedication was not only greatly appreciated, but it was greatly needed, also. Thanks needs to additionally be given to my supervising editor, Rosie Prate, who fielded my numerous questions and provided me with much needed administrative insight.

Words cannot describe how fortunate I feel to have had Dr. Loren Lerner as my faculty supervisor for this project. Your constant encouragement, sage advise, unfailing support, and dedication to the academic experience is unparalleled.

The generous assistance of the artists featured within the following essays, as well as their associated art institutions, is recognized and greatly appreciated for enhancing this publication with important illustrative images. We also acknowledge the financial support of the Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA) and the Office of the Dean, Fine Arts. Our sincerest thanks go to these individuals and organizations – your support is much needed in order for the CUJAH to continue year after year.

Finally, congratulations must go out to our sixteen authors whose work was selected out of a record-breaking number of submissions this year. Your essays reflect the most distinguished writing produced out of the Concordia Art History Department at the moment, and for this you should be very proud. I thank you all for enriching the CUJAH with your insights and inquiries, and look forward to reading more in the future.

Merci beaucoup à tous !

Taralyn Boyden
Editor in Chief