Dr. Joseph Hartman, Assistant Professor in the UMKC Department of Art and Art History and Latinx and Latin American Studies program, recently received an internationally competitive grant from the Graham Foundation, one of the most significant funders in the field of architecture. Hartman was one of only 74 proposals selected out of over 600 applicants worldwide.
“This award will surely go down as one of the proudest moments of my career,” Hartman said. “To gain recognition from a world-renowned architectural organization like the Graham is affirming not only to the quality of my research but also to the rising visibility and importance of Caribbean, Latin American and Latinx communities.”
Hartman will use the grant to support the realization of his first book, The Dictator’s Dreamscape: Building Machado’s Cuba (University of Pittsburgh Press, forthcoming). The book focuses on the public works campaign of Cuban dictator Gerardo Machado y Morales, as it reconsiders Cuban visual culture within broader histories of nation building, globalization and US hegemony in the Western hemisphere.
“I am humbled to be a part of that movement here at UMKC,” Hartman said. “The grant, I hope, will serve as a means to increase our understanding of Cuban and Latin American culture, as well as its ongoing relevancy to the social and political landscape of the United States today.”
About the Graham Foundation
Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts fosters the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture and society. The Chicago-based organization realizes this vision through making project-based grants to individuals and organizations and producing exhibitions, events and publications.
In 2018 they are disbursing more than $530,000 to artists, architects and academics around the world who are working on books, exhibitions and artistic endeavors that investigate space and environments, real or imagined. The new grantees will join a worldwide network of individuals and institutions that the Graham Foundation has supported through the award of more than 4,400 grants over the past 62 years in its role as one of the most significant funders in the field of architecture.
About Dr. Joseph Hartman
Joseph R. Hartman, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of art history and Latinx and Latin American studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He holds a Ph.D. in art history from Southern Methodist University; a M.A. in art history from the University of North Texas; and a B.A. in art and Spanish from Goshen College.
Prior to teaching at UMKC, Hartman served as a visiting research fellow at the University of Texas at Dallas’ Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History. His scholarship examines the intersections of image-making, architecture, urban environments, ecology and politics in the cultural context of the Americas during the 20th century.