As the Colleges’ new Clarence A. “Dave” Davis ’48 Visual Arts Curator, Anna Wager ’09 returns to Houghton House to oversee the exhibition space of the Department of Art and Architecture and the expansive Collections of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Wager joins HWS from Seattle, where she received a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 19th-century English and American art and textual and digital studies. Her dissertation, titled “Kindred Spirits: Communal Making and Religious Revival in Arts and Crafts Movements” and research has been supported by fellowships at the Boston Athenaeum, Columbia University and the Rare Book School at UVA. She has held curatorial fellowships at the Seattle Art Museum, Delaware Art Museum and Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, and has taught courses on Victorian art and science, Gilded Age art, print culture and book history. She has an M.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington.
During her time at William Smith, Wager majored in art history, studied abroad in Norwich, England and completed her Honors thesis, “Within and Beyond Convent Walls: Nuns, Widows, and Art Patronage in Renaissance Italy,” under the guidance of Professor Emerita of Art History Elena Ciletti.
Wager’s appointment coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the Davis Gallery at Houghton House, a gift of Clarence A. Davis ’48. Presenting six shows each year, the gallery provides an environment for studying the role of art and architecture in shaping, embodying and interpreting cultures.
Additional information on the Davis Gallery is available here.