University of Notre Dame assistant professor of art history Nicole woods has been named a 2019 recipient of an Arts Writers Grant. She is an expert in Euro-American neo-avant-gardes, performance and conceptual art, as well as intersectional feminism and taste cultures.

Woods’ current research includes a consideration of the widespread use of food as an object of consumption and a form of political critique in the work of several late-20th-century artists.

The award is among the highest honors an art historian or critic can receive. Woods is one of 19 recipients from a candidate pool of more than 800.

The grant will enable Woods to initiate work toward her second book, which focuses on the pioneering African American painter Bob Thompson (1937-1966).

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