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Jason LaFountain

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Jason LaFountain is Lecturer in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University, where his studies focused on American art from the 16th century to the present and early modern European art. He has received numerous fellowships, grants, and awards, including a Wyeth Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art and a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Jason recently completed work on A Companion to American Art, a co-edited volume of thirty-five new essays about the study of American art in the early 21st century, published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2015. His writings and reviews have appeared in American Art,, Common-Place, and The New England Quarterly, and he has contributed to Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors' A New Literary History of America (2009), Andrea Feeser, Maureen Goggin, and Beth Tobin's The Materiality of Color (2012), and William Barcham and Ronit Milano's Happiness or Its Absence in Art (2013).

What Our Travelers Say

Jason combines the two key characteristics to make a trip enjoyable - his knowledge of the subject coupled with his enthusiasm for the subject!

- Previous Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

Jason accompanied us on our Hudson River trip last year. We sing his praises. Brilliant and relaxed, unassuming and relatable.

- Previous Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

Jason LaFountain was wonderful--not only did he provide lectures that heightened our experience, but he also added interesting comments throughout the trip. He significantly enhanced the entire experience!

- Previous Smithsonian Journeys Traveler, Masterpieces of American Art

Could not have been better -- wonderful, bright, engaging -- a real winner!!

- Previous Smithsonian Journeys Traveler, Masterpieces of American Art

Upcoming Tours

Art Along the Hudson

9 days | Starting at: $6,890
Oct 16, 2020 - Oct 24, 2020

A Fall Foliage River Cruise Round-trip from New York City
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