Welcome to the third issue of Montage, the on-line journal of the University of Iowa Art History Society. Montage is a peer-reviewed on-line journal produced annually from work by graduate students in art history from across the country and edited by members of The University of Iowa Graduate Art History Society (AHS). Every year AHS sponsors a graduate student symposium dealing with a specific art historical theme. This year's theme "Art and Catastrphe" was a reaction to the Midwest flood of 2008 and our personal experiences of seeing Iowa City and surrounding communities suffer losses of home, history, and most especially, the artistic and cultural backbones of the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Corridor. This was most felt by the displacement of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, the studio arts complex, and our own art history department from its recently dedicated Art Building West designed by the internationally renowned architect, Stephen Holl.
The articles presented in this issue were presented by visiting student scholars at this year's symposium in response to the theme of art and catastrophe. This journal and the annual symposium serves as an innovative outlet of scholarly creativity on the part of graduate studies in the arts, and provides not only for the exchange of diverse ideas, but for the understanding of our common interests. It is our hope to provide greater access to the proceedings of this symposium as a means of demonstrating the continued commitment of the University of Iowa Department of Art History to quality scholarship, despite a year of difficult circumstances.
— Lindsay E. Shannon, Editor **TEST**