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 at WTAMU 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, the “new west,” the rise of a modern art market, and the history of fashion in art and theatre (team-taught with Anne Medlock of the WTAMU 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, most recently, 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 served on the Board of Trustees of the Amarillo Museum of Art and am currently a member of the Friends of Southwest Art at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (PPHM). I greatly enjoy my involvement with the art museums and galleries in regional area, and frequently involve museum site-visits into all of 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:
Research and Creative Activity
My principal research focuses on the intersections of art history as a field and the rise of modern visual culture, especially how art history knowledge became mass reproduced through printed media, circulated via railroad and steamship, and was consumed by broad international audiences in the nineteenth century. My most recent publications on this topic include a chapter on women art historians in the volume Women, Femininity, and Public Space in European Visual Culture, 1789-1914 (Ashgate, 2014); a chapter on early blockbuster exhibitions of art history in the volume Exhibiting Outside the Academy, Salon, and Biennial, 1775-1999 (Ashgate, 2015); “Wood Engravings, ‘The Marvellous Spread of Illustrated publications,’ and the History of Art,” in the special issue on “Mediamorphosis” in the journal Modernism/modernity (2012); and “Clara Waters and the Popular Audiences for Art History in Nineteenth-Century America” in The Princeton University Library Chronicle (2014). These projects have been generously supported by WTAMU, the Friends of the Princeton University Library, Columbia University Council for European Studies, the Yale Center for British Art, and the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
Other recent projects have focused on modern and contemporary art produced in the Texas Panhandle, including a chapter co-authored (with Jon Revett) on Robert Smithson’s Amarillo Ramp in the volume Robert Smithson in Texas (Smithson Estate, 2015) and the article “‘The Little Girl of the Texas Plains:’ Georgia O’Keeffe’s Panhandle Years” for the Panhandle-Plains Historical Review (Fall 2014), with an accompanying timeline of O’Keeffe’s time in West Texas that will soon be published online at the website of the WTAMU Cornette Library. I have also worked with the PPHM to co-curate (with Michael Grauer) the exhibition Collecting Art History: Taste on the Southern Plains (2012-13), a show drawn from the museum’s permanent collection that highlighted the art historically informed taste of early area collectors.
Links for my publications:
Women, Femininity and Public Space in European Visual Culture, 1789–1914
Exhibiting Outside the Academy, Salon and Biennial, 1775-1999
Wood Engravings, the "Marvellous Spread of Illustrated Publications,"
and the History of Art
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 and our Basset 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.