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USC appoints chair of art department

Staff Report
Published Dec. 18, 2012

Peter Chametzky, formerly a professor at Southern Illinois University, has been named art history professor and chair of the University of South Carolina art department.

Peter Chametzky
Peter Chametzky
Chametzky will begin his new job at USC in January.

“USC’s Department of Art boasts a faculty of accomplished professionals in a great variety of disciplines — fine art, media arts, art education and art history — a dedicated staff, and a wealth of talented, ambitious and hardworking students. Drawing on these strengths as well as those across the College of Arts and Sciences, the university, and the community, I believe this department is poised to achieve recognition as one of the nation’s premier schools of visual art,” Chametzky said.

Chametzky has been a professor at Southern Illinois since 1998, most recently serving as director of the School of Art and Design at the Carbondale campus from 2008 to July 2012. In August, he joined the USC art department on research leave.

He teaches 20th and 21st century art, theory and culture, and his research focuses on 20th century German art and culture. He is the author of Objects as History in Twentieth-Century German Art: Beckmann to Beuys. As part of a new book project, Chametzky is currently studying contemporary German-Jewish artists.

Chametzky has also taught at Adelphi University; the School of Visual Arts, New York; and the School of Continuing Education at New York University.

He has a doctorate in art history from the City University of New York Graduate Center and a bachelor’s degree, also in art history, from Cornell University.

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