Office: Mary Moody Northen Hall, Room 180
I received my BA in Art History, French, and European Studies from the University of Kansas (KU), graduating summa cum laude in 2001. I completed my MA in Art History in 2003 from Southern Methodist University (SMU) 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 (USC) in Los Angeles in May of 2010, writing a dissertation on the popularization of art history through affordable illustrated books and widely attended public exhibitions. I have received grant funding for my research from the American Association for University Women (AAUW); the Columbia University Council for European Studies; the Yale Center for British Art; the Friends of the Princeton University Library; and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. I received the all-university Instructional Excellence Award in 2014, was named Up-and-Coming Distinguished Volunteer for the Golden Nail Society of Amarillo in 2015, and received the departmental award for my research in 2016.
All of my courses seek to engage students intellectually, critically, and creatively with the history of art. 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, the “new west,” the rise of a modern art market, art as social practice, and the history of fashion in art and theatre (team-taught with Anne Medlock in the theatre program). I also regularly teach graduate seminars of art history, including courses on art historical methods, on the writings of artists, on originality, reproduction, and artistic dialogue across time and space, and on modernism and postmodernism in the Texas Panhandle, including the art of Georgia O’Keeffe, Ed Ruscha, Robert Smithson, Ant Farm, and Stanley Marsh 3. I have conducted study abroad and study away courses for art majors and Honors students to Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Dallas, Marfa, Denver, New York, London, Edinburgh, and Athens. I have served on the Board of Trustees of the Amarillo Museum of Art (AMoA) and am currently a member of the Friends of Southwestern Art (FOSA) at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (PPHM). I greatly enjoy my involvement with the art museums and galleries in the regional area, and frequently incorporate museum site-visits into my courses. Since 2012, I have run and maintained the Facebook Page “WTAMU Art History,” which operates as a hub of communications for art lovers in the WTAMU community: https://www.facebook.com/WTAMUArtHistory
My principal research focuses on the popularization of art history in the modern era through affordable illustrated books and public exhibitions, but I have recently expanded my research into the modern art of the Texas Panhandle. I am currently working on a publication on the artist Elaine de Kooning's time in the American West, and my other publications include the exhibition catalogue Georgia O'Keeffe Watercolors for the show Georgia O'Keeffe's Far Wide Texas at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe (that opened summer 2016); a study of Robert Smithson’s last work Amarillo Ramp in the volume Robert Smithson in Texas (2015); essays on women art historians in the volume Women, Femininity, and Public Space in European Visual Culture, 1789-1914 (Ashgate, 2014), in the online journal Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide (2015), and in the Princeton Library Chronicle (2014); an essay on early blockbuster exhibitions of art history in the volume Exhibiting Outside the Academy, Salon, and Biennial, 1775-1999 (Ashgate, 2015); and on the magical images in Harry Potter for the volume From Here to Hogwarts: Essays on Harry Potter Fandom and Fiction. My published journal articles also include studies on O’Keeffe in West Texas in Panhandle-Plains Historical Review (2014) and on wood engravings and the circulation of art history in Modernism/modernity (2012). I have also authored a comprehensive timeline of O’Keeffe’s time in the Texas Panhandle, now available online through the Cornette Library at WTAMU. My curating projects have included numerous student art shows, as well as the exhibition at PPHM in 2012-13 Collecting Art History: Taste on the Southern Plains, which received mention in the New York Times, and I am currently working on another exhibition Cattle, Cowboys and Culture: Kansas City to Amarillo, Making an Urban West, which will open at the PPHM and the Kansas City Public Library in 2017.
Links for my publications:
Podcast Interview with "New Books Network" for O'Keeffe Watercolors Book
Press Reviews of My Research:
Oral History Interviews for Panhandle Stories, a PBS Series:
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 historic home in Amarillo built in 1926 with our two adopted daughters Mo and Shay. 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.