University Engagement Programme

Jim Harris

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Dr Jim Harris, Andrew W Mellon Foundation Teaching Curator, is an art historian specialising in sculpture of the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries. He came to the Ashmolean from the Courtauld Institute of Art where he held the Andrew W Mellon Research Forum Postdoctoral Fellowship and was Caroline Villers Research Fellow in Conservation, teaching on late-medieval and Renaissance art and on the physical histories of sculpture. His doctoral work, supervised by Professor Patricia Rubin, was concerned with Donatello’s polychrome sculpture and his research interests also encompass Genoese painting, memorial sculpture of the English Long Reformation, sculptural materials and techniques, and the relationship between theology, devotional practice and the making of objects.

Jim was Editor of immediations, the Courtauld Institute Journal of Postgraduate Research, a member of the Sculptural Processes Study Group and the Material Life of Things project and the organiser of the conference Moving in Three Dimensions: Re-writing the Objects and Histories of Sculpture. He has contributed to the Saturated Space Research Cluster at the Architectural Association School of Architecture and has published on Florentine Painting, Vasari, Northern Polychrome Sculpture, Andre Beauneveu, fifteenth-century German panel painting and on contemporary drawing. He was for some years Associate Director of Man & Eve gallery for whom he curated and co-curated exhibitions of photography, sculpture and painting.

At Oxford, Jim has worked, among others, with colleagues in the English, Modern Languages, Experimental Psychology, Theology and History faculties. He is involved with the TORCH Knowledge Exchange project Compassion in Healthcare run by Dr Joshua Hordern and has collaborated extensively with the Medical School, particularly in Cardiology, Neurology and Neuroscience and Psychiatry. His colleague in psychiatry, Dr Charlotte Allan, was the recipient of the 2014 Education Innovator Award of the Association for the Study of Medical Education for their collaboration.

Jim has represented the UEP at Yale University, the Consortium for the Humanities in the South East, and the University of Wyoming and continues to teach occasionally as a Visiting Lecturer at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery, the Courtauld and the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.