Dr. Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf

Associate Professor, Program Director for Art History and Museum Studies

Email: ekueblerwolf@sf.edu
Phone: 260.399.7700, ext. 8009

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Art History – Indiana University Bloomington, 2005
    • American Studies Dissertation: “‘The perfect shadow of his master:’ proslavery thought in American visual culture, 1780-1920.” Dissertation Director: Sarah Burns, Ph.D.
  • Master of Arts in Art History – Indiana University Bloomington, 1999
    • Thesis: “Embodying a Nation: the ideal man as an allegory for America in World War I posters.” Adviser: Sarah Burns, Ph.D.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art History – Indiana University Bloomington, 1990
    • Areas of specialization and research interests: American art, critical race theory, photography, U.S. colonial history, antebellum Southern history, museum/public history, material culture, outsider art

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Art History – University of Saint Francis; 2007-present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History – Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne; 2006-2007
  • Coordinator, American Studies Program – Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne; 2005-2007
  • Lecturer in Art History – Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Department of Fine Arts; 2005-2006
  • Visiting Lecturer in Art History – Indiana University South Bend, Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts; 2003-2005
  • Lecturer – Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Department of History; 2002-2005
  • Visiting Lecturer – University of South Carolina; summer 2002
  • Visiting Lecturer – Marian University; 2001-2002
  • Research Assistant to Prof. Sarah Burns – Indiana University Bloomington; 2000-2001
  • Project: Painting the Dark Side: Art and the Goth ic Imagination in Nineteenth Century America – University of California Press; 2004
  • Lecturer – Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Herron School of Art; 2000
  • Associate Instructor – Indiana University Bloomington, Department of American Studies; 1999-2000
  • Associate Instructor – Indiana University Bloomington, Department of Art History; 1996-2000

Grants, Fellowships, Awards

  • University of Saint Francis internal grant in support of travel to Montpellier, France, for “The Many Faces of Slavery” conference, May 2015
  • Free University of Berlin- John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Berlin, Germany. Conference Travel Grant, “Actor-Networks between Global Markets and the Nation, 1650-1950” August 2013
  • University of Saint Francis grant for travel to Assisi, Italy, awarded 2010
  • Princeton University Cotsen Library travel grant for “Home School Work Play” 2009
  • CAES Grant for Travel to College Art Association Annual Conference, February 2008 (Internal Grant from University of Saint Francis)
  • Watson-Brown Foundation travel grant for “Children and Education in the Transmission of Regional Culture” 2007
  • United States Department of State, travel grant for presentations at University of Pretoria, 2007
  • Indiana University Bloomington Art History Department Conference Travel Grant, 2003
  • Institute of Southern Studies, University of South Carolina, Research Fellow, 2001-2002
  • Graduate Student Association Research Travel Grant, 2001
  • Luce Foundation Faculty Fellowship, 2001
  • Indiana University Associate Instructor Assistantships, 1996-2001

Publications

Invited Essays

  • “The Alchemy of Realism” in Contemporary American Realism, Fort Wayne Museum of Art biennial catalog.

Book Reviews

  • Estill Curtis Pennington, Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South. By Estill Curtis Pennington (Paris, Ky.: Cane Ridge Publishing House, 2012. Journal of Southern History Feburary 2014 Vol. LXXX, no. 1
  • Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color. By Patricia Phillips Marshall and Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll. (Chapel Hill: Published by the University of North Carolina Press in Association with the North Carolina Museum of History, c. 2010), Journal of Southern History, February 2012, Vol 78, issue 1, p. 169
  • Review of the books A Golden Haze of Memory: The Making of Historic Charleston, by S. Yuhl and The Politics of Taste in Antebellum Charleston, by M. McInnis [2005, Chapel Hill and London: The University of North Carolina Press]. In process for Journal of Material Culture.
  • Review of the book Proslavery and Sectional Thought in the Early South, 1740-1829, by J. Young [2006, Columbia: The University of South Carolina Press]. Forthcoming for American Nineteenth Century History.
  • Kuebler-Wolf, E. (March 2004). Review of the book The Planter’s Prospect: Privilege & Slavery in Plantation Paintings, by J.M. Vlach [2002, UNC Chapel Hill]. In Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South 11(1, 2), 69-72.

Encyclopedia Entries

  • Kuebler-Wolf, E. (2008). Yarrow Mamout; Charles (Charley) Stewart; Dave the Potter; and James Armistead Lafayette. In Henry Louis Gates, Jr. & Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (Eds.), African-American National Biography. Cambridge, MA: Oxford University Press. 

Works in Progress (journal articles)

  • “‘Practically a member’ of the Wylie Family: Lizzie Breckenridge and the nature of domestic work in late nineteenth century Indiana”
  • “Paternalism in extremis: deathbeds, gravesites, and the master-slave relationship in American visual culture”

Invited Lectures and Presentations

  • Opening night lecture for Windows on the West – Fort Wayne Museum of Art; November 2007
  • “Children and Education in the Transmission of Regional Culture” and “‘The magic pencil, the beauty of virtue, and the horrors of vice:’ mastery, servitude, and the moral hygiene of child portraiture in the colonial South” – Watson-Brown Foundation/Institute for Southern Studies Conference; September 2007
  • Presentations on American landscape, American studies and African-American art – U.S. Studies Program, University of Pretoria, South Africa; September 2007
  • Opening night lecture for “Women only! In their studios” – Fort Wayne Museum of Art, February 2007
  • “The cowboy in American art and visual culture,” digital video conference – U.S. Studies Program, University of Pretoria, South Africa; July 2006
  • Opening night lecture for the Strokes of Genius exhibit of American Art – Fort Wayne Museum of Art; January 2006
  • Scholars and Samurais, four-week short course – Indianapolis Museum of Art; June 2002
  • “Pastoral Imagery in the IUAM Collections,” ArtsConnection Gallery Talk – Indiana University Art Museum; January 2001
  • “Cowboy Mythology in American Popular Culture” – Bosnian Student Group, hosted by Indiana University’s Russian & East European Institute; November 1999

Conference Papers and Professional Activity

  • International American Studies Biennial Conference, Seoul, South Korea, August 17-19, 2015 “Pegeen Guggenheim and Jean Hélion: Transatlantic Artists”
  • “Gilbert Hunt, a case study in slave social mobility” The Many Faces of Slavery, University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France, May 21-22, 2015
  • “Imagining Gilbert Hunt: Slavery and Freedom in an Antebellum Portrait” Midwest Art History Society, Minneapolis, MN, March 26-28, 2015
  • Invited Moderator, American Art and Visual Culture Seminar at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Friday, January 17, 2014
  • International American Studies Association Biennial Conference, August 3-6, 2013, Szczecin, Poland. “The Posthumous Peregrinations of Elihu Yale: Transatlantic Identity and Nationalism 1750–1920”
  • “’Actor Networks’ between ‘global markets’ and ‘the nation’, 1650-1950” John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Department of History, Berlin, Germany, August 1-3, 2013: Presenter: “’Born in America, in Europe bred, In Africa travell’d and in Asia wed:’ Elihu Yale, Material Culture and Globalization in the 17th and 18th centuries”
  • International American Studies Association Biennial Conference, July 2011, Rio de Janiero, Brazil: “Whose house? Race, history and memory in a historic house museum.”
  • International American Studies Association Biennial Conference, September 18-20, 2009 Beijing, China. Presenter: “Westward the Course of Empires: Ideologies of Expansion in American and South African Landscape Imagery”
  • “Home School Work Play” conference, Princeton University Cotsen’s Childrens’ Library/American Antiquarian Society, February 13-15, 2009 Presenter: “The Early Development of Southern Chivalry and the visual rhetoric of children in the slavery debate”
  • CAA Dallas/Fort Worth. Presenter, “None so blind as he who will not see’: Islam and early American visual culture” February 2008
  • Invited panelist for “Interactions-International: Women, Art, Criticism” March 13 and 14, 2008, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and at the Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • Watson-Brown Foundation/Institute for Southern Studies Conference, “Children and Education in the Transmission of Regional Culture.” September 29, 2007. “’The magic pencil, the beauty of virtue, and the horrors of vice:’ mastery, servitude, and the moral hygiene of child portraiture in the colonial South.”
  • “‘A peculiar kindness:’ proslavery and paternalism in images of George Washington and his family” – Organization of American Historians; March 2007
  • “On their best behavior: Children in the visual culture of slavery” – Southern Historical Association; November 2006
    Birmingham, Ala.
  • “Seeing Slavery,” panel co-chair – College Art Association; 2005
    Atlanta, Ga.   NOTE: The quotation marks shd/be straight up and down, to be consistent with other quotation marks in this listing.
  • “Race and the Family Romance: images of domestic servants” – Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting; March 2004
    Boston, Mass.
  • “Charles Willson Peale and the Curious Problem of Race” – Great Lakes History Conference; November 2003
    Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • “Race and the Family Romance: the antebellum origins of ‘Mammy’ in visual culture” – American Studies Association; November 2003
    Hartford, Conn.
  • “Serfs and Turf: reconsidering antebellum horse portraiture” – Southeast College Art Conference; October 2001
    Columbia, S.C.
  • “‘Be-Bop Urban Renewal’: Tyree Guyton, Detroit, and the Geography of African American Identity” – American Studies Association 2000 Conference; October 2000
    Detroit, Mich.
  • “Models and Maecaenas,” panel chair – Women Seeking Expression, Indiana University Bloomington; September 1999
    Bloomington, Ind.
  • “‘Not as she is, but as she fills his dream’: Whistler, Courbet and Jo Hiffernan and the struggle for artistic identity” – Ohio Area Student Symposium, Case Western Reserve University; April 1998
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • “Presenting Lizzie Breckenridge: ‘Practically a Member’ of the Wylie family” – Indiana University Conference in History; March 1998
  • “Cowboy, Boxer, Scholar, Saint: American World War I Posters” – Great Lakes American Studies Association Annual Conference; March 1997
  • “Embodying a Nation: America as the Ideal Man in World War I Posters” – Art History Association Lecture Series; February 1997

Professional Organizations

  • American Studies Association
  • College Art Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Southern Historical Association

Professional Service

  • Member, Research Network, John Morton Center for North American Studies, University of Turku, Finland 2015-present
  • Member of the Executive Council of the International American Studies Association, 2015-2017
  • Board Member of the Association of Historians of American Art 2011-2014 (Web Coordinator)