American Art and the Civil War | Newberry

American Art and the Civil War

Led by Tricia Scanlan
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Six sessions. Thursdays, April 14-May 19.



Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet both virtually and in the building for the Winter/Spring term. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to Registration opens Wednesday, January 19th at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

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Seminar Description

This seminar explores the expansive visual culture of the American Civil War–ranging from oil paintings and sculpture to more popular forms of expression such as photographs, illustrations, and sheet music–to better understand how visual media in both the North and the South expressed divergent views of the war and shaped collective memory long after the battles had ended.

Six sessions. Registration – $230/$207

Tricia Smith Scanlan is an independent art historian specializing in American art and visual culture from 1700 to the present. She has taught art history at Indiana and DePaul Universities; worked in Museum Education at the Art Institute of Chicago; and taught numerous seminars at the Newberry.

Materials List


  • Digital Course Packet.

First Reading:

  • Please read the following articles:

    • Eleanor Jones Harvey, “Introduction,” The Civil War in American Art (Washington, DC: Smithsonian American Art Museum in association with Yale University Press, 2012), 1-15.

    • Maurie D. McInnis, “Representing the Slave Trade,” in Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011), 27-54.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 19th . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry uses Learning Stream for all Adult Education Seminar registrations. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.