Peter Bacon Hales Scholarship Fund


The College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts is pleased to announce a new opportunity for student support established in memory of our esteemed colleague, Peter Bacon Hales.

Peter was a UIC faculty member for 32 years, including four years as chair of the Department of Art History, and an active emeritus professor. In addition to his deep involvement with the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts, Peter served as Director of UIC’s American Studies Institute for 19 years, bringing international scholars and teachers to the university each summer for intensive graduate-level training in American culture and life.

Recognized for his unprecedented reinterpretations of 20th century American cultural history, Peter was best known as an historian of photography and his astonishing ability to "read" photographs and to teach students how to do the same thing for themselves.

Peter was a beloved teacher, mentor, and friend to UIC’s broad community of artists, historians, and scholars of all persuasion. In 2003, upon receiving a Silver Circle Award for Teaching Excellence for the second time, Hales remarked:

“I think of learning as a grand adventure and I try to recognize that same enthusiasm in my subject and in the students. As a teacher, my primary motivation is my love of the material I teach and my belief that the messages carried in works of art and culture are powerful and liberating.”

“Today I might teach contemporary painting, and tomorrow be looking at site plans for nuclear waste facilities. How did I get to be so lucky?”

The Peter Bacon Hales Scholarship Fund will support graduate students of Art History engaged in the interdisciplinary study of American culture, construed broadly; recipients shall be selected by a faculty committee on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Through this opportunity, Peter’s wide-ranging, assiduous, and lifelong commitment to interdisciplinary practice will continue on through generations of UIC students.

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