Art of the West: Cowboys, Indians, and the Great Outdoors in American Art

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The Steampunk Symposium 2022 Program reflects upon how the Wild West has long been a subject of fascination for American artists. Presented by Fiona Finnigan. The Wild West has long been a subject of fascination for Americans and American artist. The rugged beauty if its landscapes and rough freedom of its inhabitants fascinated people living […]

Art of the Wild West: Transcendentalism and the Hudson River School

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The Steampunk Symposium 2022 Program explores how as America expanded its borders, it discovered a wild and beautiful West. Presented by Fiona Finnigan. The natural beauty of the “wild west” inspired a whole generation of artists who came to be known as the Hudson River School. Transcendentalism was their philosophy and nature was their church. Fiona […]

Art and Fashion in the Victorian Age

Join us for a look at the major art and fashion movements of the Victorian and Edwardian periods: Eclecticism, Orientalism, Classism, and other Isms. Fiona Finnigan is a Graduate Student of Art History at Southern Illinois University. She is interested in the art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly Arts and Crafts […]