Marie Watkins, Associate Professor of Art History, is a specialist in American and European art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her professional activities cross over an array of disciplines and include teaching in the United States, Berlin and London; curating exhibitions in the humanities and the sciences; managing a renal pathology laboratory at Tulane Medical School; and serving as director for City Colleges of Chicago-Europe in Berlin. Her writings have appeared in both art and science journals. Among her most recent publications is an essay "Bound for Taos: In Search of American Art" in Elevating Western American Art: Developing an Institute in the Cultural Capital of the Rockies, for the Petrie Institute of Western American Art, Denver Art Museum.

Her strong research interests include the Taos Society of Artists, women in the arts, the impact of patronage on western American art and how the nature of art collecting shaped late nineteenth and early twentieth-centuries culture. Her forthcoming works include a chapter on Joseph Henry Sharp for the two-volume Gerald Peters Gallery publication The Taos Society of Artists and a monograph on Sharp for the University of Oklahoma Press. She, too, has lectured widely at museums and institutions on members of the Taos Society of Artists. She is also a board member of the Southwest Art History Conference.

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History of Western Art I

Survey of Western Art through the Middle Ages, including style, iconography, and cultural context.


History of Western Art II

Survey of Western art from the Renaissance to the present, considering style, iconography, cultural context.


Modern Art 1800-1960

Art and architecture from 1800-1960 in Western Europe and America.


Women and the Arts

Historical survey that examines the role of women in Western art as art producers and consumers of art and how women have been represented (by both female and male artists). It will investigate the historical, cultural and social circumstances, and representations that helped to form their work and its reception.

  • Nominee for the Alester G. Furman, Jr., and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Teaching, 2013
  • Resident Fellowship, The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, Taos, NM, 2010
  • Resident Fellowship, Cody Institute of Western American Studies, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY, 2006
  • The Year of the Humanities Fund, The Humanities Development Fund, for the exhibition Cultural Broker in Bonnets: Jane B. Evans, Florence, South Carolina, Furman University, 2006
  • Short-Term Research Grant, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.,1998.
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