Areas of specialization:  Dada, humor studies, modern American women’s history and religious studies, posters and two-dimensional media

EducationFellowships & GrantsTeachingPublicationsPresentationsMuseums & Gallery | Service


Doctor of Philosophy (Summer 2017)
Twentieth-Century European & American Art
Department of Art & Art History, University of Texas, Austin
Dissertation: A “Funny Guy” Comes to America:  Humor, Sex, Machines, and the Viewer in the Work of Francis Picabia, 1913-1918

Master of Arts (Spring 2007)
Twentieth-Century American Art & Visual Culture
Department of Art History and Archaeology, University of Maryland, College Park
Thesis:  A Riveting “Rosie”:  J. Howard Miller’s “We Can Do It!” Poster and 20th Century American Visual Culture

Master of Arts (Spring 2004)
Modern American Church History, Cum Laude        
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA
Thesis: Rosie in the Pews:  The Church and WWII Icons of “Woman”

Bachelor of Arts (Spring 1999)
Journalism major, Art History minor, Phi Beta Kappa
University of Maryland, University Honors Program

Fellowships & Grants

Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Curatorial Fellowship (2015-2016)
Prints and Drawings, and European Paintings Department, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas

  • Created and headed Conversations in Conservation symposium

  • Researched and wrote object labels for about 20 objects included in 2017 reinstallation of permanent exhibition space

  • Provided 20-minute gallery lectures on Old Master paintings for docent trainings

Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship (2011-2012)
National Portrait Gallery, Department of Prints and Drawings

  • Convened consultation with three Smithsonian curators and a paper conservator to analyze artwork in Lunder Conservation Center for dissertation research

  • Organized photography re-shoot of a work in NPG collection to document its unique material qualities

National Gallery of Art Predoctoral Fellowship for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad (2008)
Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts

  • Designed and executed research trip studying pilgrimage practices at major religious sites in Cambodia, Thailand and Laos

University of Maryland Museum Fellowship (2006-2007)
National Portrait Gallery, Prints and Drawings Department, Smithsonian Institution

  • Provided research assistance for new acquisitions and drafted commission report entries

  • Contacted artists and institutions on behalf of Department curators

  • Cataloged about 40 prints in collection


Lecturer & Instructor

Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX

Four-week courses with lecture & gallery components:

  • The Blanton “Grand Tour” (May 2018 & January 2019)

  • How to Enjoy Modern & Contemporary Art (June & September 2019)

One-Year Lecturer in Modern & Contemporary Art
Baylor University, Waco, TX, Department of Art & Art History
2018-2019 (2 semesters)

Advanced undergraduate seminars:

  • I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art: Play & Humor in Contemporary Art (Fall 2018)

  • Bons Amis: Artistic Circles, Correspondences, and Collaborations in Modern Art (Spring 2019)

Introductory undergraduate lecture:

  • Introduction to Art (Fall 2018, Spring 2019)

Instructor of Record
Austin Community College, Department of Art
2017-2018 (3 semesters)

  • Instructor of Record, Department of Art

Introductory undergraduate lectures:

  • Introduction to the Visual Arts: Artistic & Social Protest with Museum Component (Summer 2018)

  • Introduction to the Visual Arts: Prehistoric to Contemporary Art (Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

Instructor of Record
University of Texas at Austin
2013-2015 (3 semesters)

  • Prehistoric to Contemporary Art (2 semesters)

  • Renaissance to Modern Art Survey (1 semester)

Adjunct Instructor
Gordon College, Wenham, MA
2003-2004 (2 semesters)

  • One-year freshman liberal arts seminar: samples modern rhetoric, literature, and service learning; writing intensive and discussion oriented


University of Texas (2008-2014)
Departments of Art & Art History and Religious Studies
University of Maryland (2005-2006)
Department of Art History & Archaeology

  • American Art Since 1960 (1 semester)

  • Religious Visual Culture in the United States (1 semester)

  • Prehistoric to Contemporary Art (1 semester)

  • Renaissance Through Modern Art Survey (3 semesters)

  • Prehistoric to Medieval Art (2 semesters)

Graduate Assistant (2002-2003)
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA

Master Instructor (Fall 1997)
University of Maryland Honors Program

  • Responsible for peer mentoring 30 Honors 101 course instructors

  • Led training retreat and monthly skill-building meetings

Peer Instructor (Fall 1996 & 1997)
University of Maryland Honors Program

  • Honors 101: Requisite class for Honors Program Citation



Artist biography entries, Very Special Arts permanent collection catalogue, John F. Kennedy Center.  (Contributed over 50 entries.)


Article, “Powering Portraiture: Francis Picabia’s 291 Mechanomorphs Revived.” American Art, 29.3 (Fall 2015), 118-131. (Peer reviewed).


Exhibition review, “The Art of Propaganda Shown in Situ:  State of Deception:  The Power of Nazi Propaganda in Washington DC’s Holocaust Memorial Museum.”  On Paper:  The Journal of the Washington Print Club [formerly: The Washington Print Club Quarterly], 46.3 (Fall 2010), 11-13.


Chronology, Inventing Marcel Duchamp:  The Dynamics of Portraiture. Ed. Anne C. Goodyear and James W. McManus. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2009.


Exhibition review, Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Over the Top: American Posters from World War I.  On Paper:  The Journal of the Washington Print Club [formerly: The Washington Print Club Quarterly], 43.4 (Winter 2007-08), 9-11.


Gallery catalogue (editor) and curator’s essay, Every Day exhibition. University of Maryland, Union Gallery.


Sample long-position paper, “Play Like a Girl:  Increasing Gender Equality in Sports” published in The Elements of Legal Prose.  Norma Procopiow.  Needham Heights, MA:  Allyn & Bacon, 1999.  182-189.


Article, "First Lady of Song:  LC Collection Tells Ella Fitzgerald Story," Library of Congress Information Bulletin, 56.13 (August 1997).

Lectures, Conference Sessions, and Symposia 


Workshop consultant: Archives of American Art’s Workshop Series: Teaching the History of American Art with Primary Sources, Washington, DC, Sept. 26-28

Lecturer: Blanton Museum of Art Summer Lecture Series, Austin, TX, April 17-20.
Surrealism 101 (May 3); Contraband or Compliment?: Some Issues Around “Copying” in Contemporary Art (May 31); How Looking at Art Can Make You a Better Communicator (June 29); Jeffrey Gibson in Context (July 13)

Paper: “Sideshow Acts and Queasy Invitations: Ironic Titles in the Works of Francis Picabia and Kara Walker”. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, Washington, DC, April 17-20

Workshop Organizer: “Writing Your Dissertation”. College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, NY, Feb. 14.


Roundtable Organizer: “Making the Most of Contingent Faculty Positions”. College Art Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 23


ParticipantFrancis Picabia Scholars’ Evening, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Feb. 15, in relation to Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction Exhibition.

Gallery Lecture:  “Humor in the Work of Nina Katchadourian,” Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser Exhibition, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, April 13.


Chair: Conversations in Conservation Symposium, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, April 25-26.

Lecture:  "Case Closed?:  Solving Several Blanton Painting Problems and Finding New Ones."  Conversations in Conservation Symposium, April 25-26.


Paper: “291 in 291:  Francis Picabia’s Portraits of the Alfred Stieglitz Circle.” Smithsonian Fellows Lectures in American Art, Washington, DC, April.

Paper:  “‘It is I Who Appears In This Portrait’:  Francis Picabia’s Mechanomorphic Portraiture and the Body as Material Culture Object.”  Accepted for “Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia – Challenging the Identity and Function of the Object within its Environmental and Cultural Context.”  Conference of Space Between Society: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945, Providence, Rhode Island, June.


Lecture: “Stranger Things Have Happened:  Jack Strange and Humor in Contemporary Art.”  Visual Studies Series at the Contemporary Austin, Austin, Texas.


Paper: “Females Under Fire:  Depictions of Women and Violence in Francis Picabia’s Voilà elle and Other New York Work.”  Accepted for “Pictures that Pack a Punch:  Violence in American Art, 1780-1917.” College Art Association Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.


Paper:  “Portrait of a Lady:  Humor and Francis Picabia’s Mechanomorphic Object Portrait of a ‘Jeune fille américaine.’”  Accepted in “Beyond Likeness:  Propositional Statements—Displacing/Replacing the Recognized Capacity of Portraits to Represent.”  Meeting for Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Atlanta, Georgia.


Paper: “Killing Dada:  The Role of the Crucified Christ in Francis Picabia’s Wing.”  University of Maryland representative for the Middle Atlantic Symposium, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.


Graduate student response to “Eve Hesse:  Allowing an Abstract Momento-Mori” paper.  Art History & Archaeology Undergraduate Symposium, UM.


Lecture: “Every Day Confessions of a Beginning Curator,” Curator’s Lecture, Union Gallery, UM.

Curatorial, Museum & Archival Work

2012 Fall

Researcher, This Is A Portrait If I Say So exhibition
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

  • Researched artwork and artists under consideration for exhibition

  • Arranged and participated in curatorial visits to Washington DC collections

  • Maintained and updated exhibition’s online object database

2008 Summer

Co-Curator, Amuse-Bouche
Creative Research Laboratory, University of Texas

  • Conducted studio visits with MFA students to select contributors for exhibition

  • Collaborated with one artist to develop artwork for show

  • Developed exhibition concept with other curators

  • Contributed a curatorial essay to exhibition catalog

2007 Summer

Researcher, Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture exhibition
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

  • Authored exhibition catalogue’s chronology

  • Provided literature and archival research for curator’s contributions to exhibition catalogue

2006 Spring-Summer

Freelance Archive Researcher

  • Provided research assistance in the National Archives and Archives of American Art for a scholarly project concerning Ben Shahn murals

2005 Summer

Research & Catalog Intern
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

  • Provided Archives director with research and bibliographic assistance for his essay in Barnes Foundation’s American collection catalogue

  • Served as an initial cataloguer for the Bernarda Bryson Shahn Papers

2005 August-September

Curator, Every Day
Union Gallery, University of Maryland

  • Developed exhibition concept and selected five national and local artists as well as artwork shown

  • Directed catalogue and installation design

  • Presented curator’s lecture and various gallery tours

2005 Spring

Co-Curator, A Living Memorial
Memorial Chapel, UM

  • Developed chapel’s permanent historical exhibition and co-wrote exhibition text


Graduate Gallery Coordinator
Union Gallery, UM

  • Oversaw daily gallery and exhibition logistics including visitor relations

  • Established and led weekly gallery tours for visitors and small groups

  • Developed gallery wall text, website content and pedagogical literature including catalogues, exhibition handouts and published artist interviews

Library of Congress, Public Affairs Office

  • Handled, researched, and wrote article covering the donation of the Ella Fitzgerald Collection for the Library of Congress Information Bulletin

  • Catalogued entire collection of television and film resources used for publicity

Service & Related Experience


Member, Students and Emerging Professionals Committee, College Art Association


Co-Chair, Art History Research Roundtable
University of Texas at Austin

  • Solicited faculty and graduate student presentations

  • Organized funding and event logistics

2006 Fall

Juror, Selections: Works by University of Maryland Students
Union Gallery, UM

Selected 33 works out of 130 total submissions by undergraduate and graduate students at UM with a committee of four.

2006 Summer

Founder & Instructor
Look Both Ways Art & Art History Course

  • Designed and taught four one-week courses for groups of at-risk youth in Atlanta, Georgia

  • Fundraised to provide the course and materials free of charge to over 50 junior high and high school students of Atlanta

  • Organized two trips to the High Museum of Art for about 30 students, providing many their first museum experience


Outreach and Communication Coordinator
Physics Department, UM

  • Edited and published physics faculty articles online for the department’s web newsletter (The Photon—

  • Served as media liaison coordinating faculty interviews and research publicity

  • Planned and coordinated special events such as the campus lecture and reception for Physics Nobel Laureate, Physics Career Series 2000, Maryland Day 2000 (UM Open House), Black History Month Panel Discussion (recruitment and retention of African Americans in the sciences)