TCU names new dean of College of Fine Arts

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Dr. Anne Helmreich, a former Art History professor at Texas Christian University, has been named the new Dean of the College of Fine Arts, beginning Aug. 1.

She was selected in a months-long dean search conducted by a committee made up of faculty from the college.

Helmreich is an art historian, specializing in 19th century art and the digital humanities. Her co-authored article “Local/Global: Mapping 19th Century London’s Art Market,” written with Pamela Fletcher, recently won the 2015 prize for Online Publication from the Association of Research Institutes in Art History.

She earned her Ph.D. in Art History from Northwestern University, her M.A. in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh, and her B.A in History from Dickinson College. Her work has been supported by grants from the Getty Research Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Clark Library, the Harry Ransom Center, the Huntington, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art.

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Helmreich was formerly associate professor of Art History, Case Western Reserve University, where she also served as director of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and taught at TCU from 1996-2003. Since 2011, she has been senior program officer at The Getty Foundation in Los Angeles.

“I am thrilled to be returning to Texas Christian University and joining my colleagues to highlight the arts as a vital part of 21st century education,” Helmreich says. “ TCU, with its close ties to the distinguished arts and culture organizations in the DFW Metroplex, is a unique learning laboratory for the arts.”

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