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 my dissertation on the popularization of art history as a field through affordable illustrated books and widely attended public exhibitions.
Teaching and Related Service
I teach introductory surveys of art history in the CORE curriculum to an interdisciplinary group of undergraduates. I have also designed and taught numerous upper level undergraduate courses of advanced art history and aesthetics, focusing on such themes as the History of Design, Vision and Visuality in Art, and the Aesthetics of the New West. I have recently begin teaching graduate level seminars of art history, starting this semester with a course on the Art Market from the 18th-century to today. All of my courses seek to engage students intellectually, critically, and creatively with the history of art as a field.
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 international audiences in the millions. My recent research activities dealing with this topic 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 popularization of art history is forthcoming in the Sept. 2012 issue of the interdisciplinary journal Modernism/modernity. I also continue to pursue my research interests locally, having worked with the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum on campus to produce the exhibition Collecting Art History: Taste on the Southern Plains, which will run from Sept. 15, 2012 to Feb. 16, 2013, and which highlights the sophisticated taste of early West Texas collectors in bringing art historical objects to the region. 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 the Friends of the Princeton University Library.
My ancestors originally hailed from Germany and immigrated to the United States in the late nineteenth century, settling in Western Kansas as farmers and skilled craft workers. However, I am a city girl at heart: I was born and raised in Kansas City and 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 bassett hound Elliott, and have been warmly welcomed into the Amarillo-Canyon community. Our hobbies include outdoor activities, house renovations, involvement with area museums (I am serving on the Amarillo Museum of Art Board of Trustees for 2012 to 2014), and brewing beer (Matt is a serious homebrewer, having worked for years at the Anheuser-Busch LA Brewery).