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Jean Robertson

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Ph.D., M.A. and B.A.
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Robertson was appointed to the art history faculty in 1995. She also is an adjunct professor in the Women’s Studies Program at IUPUI. Her research interests encompass the theory and criticism of contemporary art in the United States and internationally. Her recent publications include several books co-authored with Craig McDaniel: Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980, Second Edition (Oxford University Press, 2010; First Edition published in 2005); and Painting as a Language: Material, Technique, Form, Content (Harcourt College Publishers, 2000). She wrote the Foreword for the monograph Nancy Crow (Breckling Press, 2006). The Themes book is being translated into Korean for publication in the Republic of Korea. Her art criticism has been published widely in magazines and journals. She has authored many exhibition catalogue essays, including an essay on contemporary women’s art dealing with the body and sexuality for the 2003 exhibition, Feminine Persuasion, organized by the Kinsey Institute and the School of Fine Arts Gallery at Indiana University-Bloomington. In 2009, Dr. Robertson was appointed Advisory Editor for Contemporary Art at Grove Art Online, a scholarly online encyclopedia of art history published by Oxford University Press. . She has won many fellowships and grants for her research, including a President’s Arts & Humanities Initiative Award from Indiana University and a New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities grant from Indiana University. At Herron School of Art and Design, Dr. Robertson is active in international programs, and has participated in study abroad programs taking students to China, England, and Greece. She has received four Indiana University awards for excellence in teaching. Previously she served as founding co-director of the Southern Ohio Museum in Portsmouth, and associate curator of the Columbus (Ohio) Museum of Art.


Painting as a Language
Nancy Crow
Nancy Crow (inside)
Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980
Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980 (Korean)
Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980 (Korean)