Beginning in 1990, Roberta Golding, wife of the late Tampa Bay developer, Stuart S. Golding, established an Endowed Chair in his memory.
Until August, 2003, the emphasis of the Chair was African and African Diaspora Art. Then, through a cooperative arrangement between the donor and the University, the emphasis of the Endowed Chair was changed to Modern and Contemporary Art.
The first step in the new direction of the Chair was an international search for a scholar who would be a dynamic addition to our highly respected faculty and programs. The search was successfully completed with the appointment of Dr. Riccardo Marchi in Spring 2004. Riccardo Marchi, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, joined the faculty of the School as an Assistant Professor in January 2005.
In addition to funding Dr. Marchi's position, resources from the $2 million endowment provide research assistance, graduate student support, symposia, lectures, workshops, library materials, and similar projects.
For 2007-2008 Dr. Marchi has been named a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, where he will be in residence during the 2007-08 academic year, working on his book project Looking at Pure Painting in Berlin: Boccioni, Kandinsky and Delaunay at “Der Sturm,” 1912-1913.
The Getty Research Institute is one of the world's leading institutions for research in the visual arts, and its residential grants are valued/recognized by the National Research Council, the Top American Research Universities (TARU), and the American Association of Universities.
With an outstanding Master of Arts program in Art History, a nationally ranked Master of Fine Arts program, an innovative Contemporary Art Museum and the internationally acclaimed Graphicstudio, the Stuart S. Golding Endowed Chair in Modern and Contemporary Art is a vital component in one of the strongest and most unique centers of art study in the U.S.
Nearby are also the Tampa Museum of Art, the Ringling Museum of Art, the Salvador Dali Museum and the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts.