Amy Von Lintel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Art History
Office: Mary Moody Northen Hall, Room 180
I received my BA in Art History, French, and European Studies from the University of Kansas, graduating summa cum laude in 2001. I completed my MA in Art History in 2003 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas having written my thesis on the French late-nineteenth century printmaker Henri Rivière and his images of the newly built Eiffel Tower. I received my PhD in Art History from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in May of 2010, writing a dissertation on the popularization of art history as a field through affordable illustrated books and widely attended public exhibitions.
Teaching and Related Service
All of my courses seek to engage students intellectually, critically, and creatively with the history of art as a field. I teach introductory surveys of art history in the CORE curriculum to an interdisciplinary group of undergraduates, as well as upper level undergraduate courses of advanced art history and aesthetics, which have focused on such themes as the history of design, the history of modern art, vision and visuality in art, the “new west,” and the rise of a modern art market. I also regularly teach graduate seminars of art history, including courses on the writings of artists, on originality and reproduction, and how art inspires art through time and across time. I am currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the Amarillo Museum of Art, and enjoy my involvement with the art museums and galleries in the Amarillo-Canyon area. I run and maintain the Facebook Page “WTAMU Art History,” which operates as a hub of communications for art lovers in the WT Community: https://www.facebook.com/WTAMUArtHistory
Research and Creative Activity
My research interests include the intersections between the history of art history and the rise of modern visual culture, especially how, in the 1800s, art history knowledge became mass reproduced through printed media, circulated via railroad and steamship, and was consumed by broad international audiences. My recent research activities include several forthcoming chapter-length publications in volumes on women and public space, on art writing in Britain before and after 1900, and on alternative venues of art exhibition. An article I completed on the significance of wood engravings for the trans-Atlantic popularization of art history appeared in the Sept. 2012 special issue “Mediamorphosis” of the interdisciplinary journal Modernism/modernity. My research has been generously supported by the Columbia University Council for European Studies, the Yale Center for British Art, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and, most recently, the Friends of the Princeton University Library through a visiting scholar’s grant for the summer of 2012. I also pursue research interests locally, having worked with the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum on campus to produce the 2012-13 exhibition Collecting Art History: Taste on the Southern Plains, which highlighted the sophisticated taste of early West Texas collectors in bringing art historical objects to the region.
My ancestors originally hailed from Germany, but immigrated, via Russia, to the United States in the late nineteenth century, settling in Western Kansas as farmers and skilled craft workers. But I am a city girl at heart: I was born and raised in Kansas City and have loved living in the metropolises of Dallas and Los Angeles. I met my husband Matt in KC when we were 13 years old, but we only started dating after we both graduated from college; we were married in 2006 at the Air Force Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs. We now live in an historical home in Amarillo built in 1926 with our two foster daughters Mo and Shay and our Bassett Hounds Elliott and Boscoe. We have been warmly welcomed into the WT community and enjoy a variety of local activities, from attending art events to hosting homebrew parties at our house (Matt loves to brew, having worked for years at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in LA), as well as taking road trips around the region, especially to the beautiful mountains of Colorado and New Mexico.