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Sarah E. Betzer

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Art
Office location and address
312 Fayerweather Hall
151 Rugby Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
B.A., Wellesley College, 1994
M.A., Courtauld Institute, University of London, 1995
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2003

Sarah Betzer's research examines eighteenth and nineteenth-century European art with particular emphasis on the intersections of art theoretical debates and artistic process in French painting. Her book, Ingres and the Studio: Women, Painting, History (Penn State University Press, 2012), focuses on J.-A.-D. Ingres, a critical figure of the modern era and an artist celebrated in his lifetime and beyond as one of the most esteemed portraitists of all time. Ingres and the Studio situates this essential aspect of Ingres's oeuvre in the context of his studio practice and his training of students, positing that female portraiture functioned for these artists as a privileged model of ambitious painting itself.

Betzer joined the University of Virginia faculty in 2007. The recipient of grants from the Kress Foundation and the Getty Research Institute, her work has appeared in Art History, The Art Bulletin, and At UVA, her undergraduate teaching has included lecture courses on modern European art, on Paris in the nineteenth century, and seminars on such topics as Art History's Feminisms and Ingres. Her graduate seminars have included the Modernity of Ancient Sculpture, Theory and Methods in the Visual Arts and Manet and the Modern.

Betzer spent 2014-15 at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, at work on her current book project, Animating the Antique: Sculptural Encounters in the Age of Aesthetic Theory. Betzer spent the 2010-11 academic year as an Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art. In fall 2018 she will be based at the Institut national d'histoire de l'art (Paris) before traveling to Cambridge (UK) where she will be Thomas Jefferson Visiting Fellow at Downing College in spring 2019.

EGMT 1510: Aesthetic Engagement
Credits: 2
In this class students will learn to identify, describe, and analyze aesthetic phenomena, understand the social role and ongoing evolution of human creative expression, and develop their own approach to creative expression.
EGMT 1520: Empirical & Scientific Engagement
Credits: 2
In this class students will learn to analyze claims about the material and social worlds through formulation and testing of new questions and hypotheses based on observation and experience.
ARAH 8695: Special Reading Problems
Credits: 3–12
Special Reading Problems
ARAH 8998: Non-Topical Rsch, Masters Prep
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
ARAH 8999: Non-Topical Research, Masters
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
ARAH 9535: Seminar in 18th/19th Art
Credits: 3
Investigates problems in 18th-19th century art
ARAH 9565: Seminar in Art Theory, Comparative & Other Topics
Credits: 3
Investigates problems in architecture theory, comparative, and other topics
ARAH 9995: Supervised Research
Credits: 3–12
Supervised Research
ARAH 9998: Non-Topical Rsch,Doctoral Prep
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
ARAH 9999: Non-Topical Research, Doctoral
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.