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Amy Von Lintel

Amy Von Lintel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Art History
Doris Alexander Endowed Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts
Director of the Gender Studies Program

Office: Mary Moody Northen Hall, Room 180
Email: avonlintel@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2794

Professional Profile

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 and the departmental award for my research in 2016. I was also named Up-and-Coming Distinguished Volunteer for the Golden Nail Society of Amarillo in 2015 for the work I do related to art history in the community. 

Teaching and Related Service

All of my courses seek to engage students intellectually, critically, and creatively with the history of art. I have taught:

  • Introductory surveys of art history in the CORE curriculum to an interdisciplinary group of undergraduates,
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.

In addition to directing the Gender Studies Certificate Program at WT (www.wtamu.edu/academics/gender-studies) have served on the Board of Trustees of the Amarillo Museum of Art (AMoA) and am currently a faculty and advisory board member of the Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW) at WT. I greatly enjoy my involvement with the art museums, galleries, and cultural programs in the regional area, and I frequently incorporate museum and other art related 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.  Recently, I have added an Instagram account (@panhandlearthistory) that posts about the art within reach in our region.

Research and Creative Activity

Before moving to Texas, my principal research focused on the popular contexts of art history in the modern era, but I have expanded my research into modern art's intersections with the Texas Panhandle. I am currently working on:

  • A book, co-authored with Dr. Bonnie Roos of the WT English Department, on women Abstract Expressionists who worked in the High Plains region--including Elaine de Kooning and Louise Nevelson
  • An edited volume of Georgia O'Keeffe's letters from her Canyon, Texas years to be published with TAMU press in the series "American Wests"

My completed publications include:

  • A co-authored article with Bonnie Roos on Elaine de Kooning's time in the American West, forthcoming in American Art in summer 2018
  • My book Georgia O'Keeffe: Watercolors, 1916-1918 (Radius, 2016), which was honored among the Southwest Books of the Year "Top Picks" and received a Silver Medal in the Fine Art category at the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards
  • The book Robert Smithson in Texas, co-authored with my WT colleague Jon Revett and Dallas Nasher Sculpture Center curator Leigh Arnold
  • Several publications on gender and art history, including 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).
  • A co-authored essay on the theoretical implications of the magical images in the Harry Potter books

My curating projects have included:

  • Numerous student art shows at the WT Experimental Galleries at Sunset Center in Amarillo
  • An exhibition of the work of Emilio Caballero, former art faculty member at WT, from the WT Campus Art Collection,
  • Several exhibitions in conjunction with the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum co-curated with Michael Grauer:
    • Collecting Art History: Taste on the Southern Plains in 2012, which received mention in the New York Times
    • Cattle, Cowboys and Culture: Kansas City and Amarillo, Building an Urban West, which will open at the Kansas City Public Library in Sept. 2017 and at PPHM in 2019.

Links for my publications:


Curated Exhibitions

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:

 

Personal Sketch

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, our adopted son Thomas, our Basset Hound Fred, and our six-toed cat Milo. 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.