Jason LaFountain is an instructor in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University, where his studies focused on American and British art and architecture from the sixteenth century to today. 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 is currently completing 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 twenty-first century, to be published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2014. His writings and reviews have appeared in American Art, caa.reviews, 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).