Athanor features student papers from the annual Art History Graduate Symposium hosted by the Department of Art History at Florida State University. Inaugurated in 1981, the Art History Graduate Symposium brings together students, professors, and members of the community to share ideas and expertise in a wide variety of art history and humanities topics.
Athanor and the Museum Press
In 1980 Professor François Bucher (University of Bern, Medieval Art) asked Allys Palladino-Craig (formerly of the variorum editions of The Collected Works of Stephen Crane, 10 vols., Fredson Bowers, Editor, University of Virginia Press) to take on the responsibility of general editor and publisher of the first volume of Athanor (1981). Professor Bucher served as faculty advisor until his retirement. During that time, Palladino-Craig won several grants for the publication, and in 1994 established the Museum Press of the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts with Julienne T. Mason as principal editorial assistant and graphic designer. Beginning in 2018, Jean D. Young became the designer for Athanor XXXVI, and Carey E. Fee joined the editorial team. From 1998-2002, Patricia Rose served as faculty advisor to this annual journal, which is a project of the Museum Press. For volumes 26 - 27, Richard K. Emmerson, the Editor of Speculum from 1999 to 2006, served as co-editor. Allys Palladino-Craig, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University, served as grantwriter for volumes of this publication.
The essays contained in Athanor are articles by graduate students on topics of art history and humanities. As such, Athanor exists as a critical forum for the exchange of ideas and for contrast and comparison of theories and research and is disseminated for non-profit, educational purposes; annotated allusions, quotations, and visual materials are employed solely to that end.