June Hargrove focuses on European art, particularly French, from the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. Her scholarship investigates the historical context of art, with an emphasis on the impact of global transformations on style and content in painting and sculpture.
The College Art Association selected her for the Distinguished Teacher of Art History Award in 2013, stating that while maintaining high standards in her own scholarship, she has revealed a fundamental passion for teaching, for making ideas come alive, to generations of students.
In 2012 she received the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Government for scholarship about the cultural heritage of France.
Her exhibition Albert Carrier-Belleuse: the Master of Rodin for the Palace of Compiègne, north of Paris, opens in spring of 2014. Carrier-Belleuse promoted the marriage of art and industry in his work, which ranged from sensuous Salon marbles to luxury objects in gold and modest utensils in zinc. The young Rodin collaborated with him intermittently over two decades.
Professor Hargrove is also writing a book on the painting and sculpture of Paul Gauguin, reconsidering his final years in the Marquesas Islands. Her article “Paul Gauguin: Sensing the Infinite” will appear in Sensational Religion: Sense and Contention in Material Practice, edited by Sally Promey for Yale University Press.
Her principal publications are Paris: An Open-Air Pantheon. The History of Monuments to Great Men, Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, Liberty: the French-American Statue in Art and History, and two edited volumes, Nationalism and French Visual Culture, 1870-1914, co-edited with Neil McWilliam, and The French Academy: Classicism and its Antagonists. Her articles have appeared in The Art Bulletin, the Revue de l’Art, the Van Gogh Studies, Sculpture Journal, the Revue du Louvre, the Bulletin des Monuments Historiques, and other journals as well as published colloquia. She has collaborated on many exhibitions, such as The Colour of Sculpture, an exhibition for the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Professor Hargrove has participated in numerous symposia and conferences and contributed to festschrifts and anthologies. She serves on the scientific committee for the Revue de l’Art and the editorial board of Studiolo, the journal of the French Academy in Rome. She participates in the Advisory Committee of the French Sculpture Census. Among the institutions that have recently supported her research are the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Deutschesforum für Kunstgeschichte, Paris, the Centre André Chastel, Paris-Sorbonne, and the Graduate Research Board of the University of Maryland. She was the Van Gogh Fellow in a joint position as the invited scholar for the University of Amsterdam and the Van Gogh Museum.
Professor Hargrove encourages students toward an interdisciplinary theoretical model that amplifies the historical context. Her graduate students research and write about a wide range of media, ranging from painting and sculpture to the decorative arts and visual culture across the long nineteenth century.