Wendy Katz

Wendy Katz

Wendy Katz

Associate Professor of Art History (American Art)
Area of Focus: Art History
PhD 1997 University of California, Los Angeles
MA 1989 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
BA 1988 Occidental College, Los Angeles

Professional Areas of Specialty
  • 17th to 20th-century American art.
  • Katz’s research interests include 17th-century Anglo-American portraits, 19th-century landscape, genre painting, and sculpture, and African-American art. She is currently researching a book on art criticism in the 19th-century penny press.

Selected Publications

  • Regionalism and the Humanities, ed. with Timothy Mahoney, University of Nebraska Press; December 2009.
  • Regionalism and Reform: Art and Class Formation in Antebellum Cincinnati. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State University Press, 2002.

  • “Robert S. Duncanson as “Positively” American,” accepted by American Studies, forthcoming 2014.
  • “Walt Whitman and “American” Art,” in Essays on the Study of English Language and Literature, ed. Huang Zongying. Changchun City, China: Jilin Publishing Group, 2011. 31-48.
  • “Early American Portraits: Private to Public, Colonial to Republic," Gilcrease Museum Journal, XVI: 2 (2008) 40-64.
  • "Fancy Painting, Street Children and the Fast Men of the Pavé," Nineteenth-Century Studies, 21 (2007) 85-126.
  • “Portraits and the Production of the Civil Self in Seventeenth-Century Boston,” Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture, 39: 2/3 (2005) 101-128.
  • “Creating a Western Heart: Art and Reform in Cincinnati's Antebellum Associations,” Ohio Valley History, 1: 3 (Fall 2001) 2-20.
  • “The Art of Pleasing: Lilly Martin Spencer and Refinement,” American Studies. 42:1 (Spring 2001) 5-37.
  • “Robert S. Duncanson: City and Hinterland,” Prospects, vol. 25 (October 2000) 311-335.
  • "Introduction," Thomas Kinkade. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 2000. 9-34
  • “A Great Moral Discourse: Rembrandt Peale's The Court of Death,” Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts, 70:1/2 (1996) 14-25.
Essays on Study of English Language and Literature
"Walt Whitman and "American" Art,"  Essays on the Study of English Language and Literature, ed. Huang Zongying. Changchun Ciy, China: Jilin Publishing Group, 2011. 31-48.
Regionalism and the Humanities
Regionalism and the Humanities, ed. with Timothy Mahoney. Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 2009.
Portraits and the Production of the Civil Self in Seventeenth-Century Boston,” Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture, 39: 2/3 (2005) 101-128.
Portraits and the Production of the Civil Self in Seventeenth-Century Boston,” Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture, 39: 2/3 (2005) 101-128.
Regionalism and Reform: Art and Class Formation in Antebellum Cincinnati. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State University Press, 2002.
Regionalism and Reform: Art and Class Formation in Antebellum Cincinnati. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State University Press, 2002.
Ohio Valley History, Vol. 3, Fall 2001
Ohio Valley History, Vol. 3, Fall 2001

Selected Presentations 

  • "The Politics of Art Critcism in the Antebellum Press," University of Houston, Texas, March 1, 2012.
  • "Ideology, Industry and Instinct: The Art of Labor," Association of Historians of American Art, Professional Session Co-Chair, College Art Association Conference, Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 2012.
  • "Walt Whitman and "American" Art," and "Fancy Painting, Street Children and the Fast Men of the Pave," Peking University, Beijing, China, MAy 2010.
  • "Robert Henri and the Invention of the Artist," Keynote address, Mari Sandoz Heritage Society Annual Conference, Chadron State University, NE, March 2010.
  • "The Politics of Art Criticism and Consumption in the Antebellum Press," College Art Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, February 2010.
  • "Robert S. Duncanson as "Positively" American," College Art Association Conference, Dallas, TX, Febraury 2008.
  • "Regional to National: Artists and Art Patrons in Nineteenth Century Cincinnati," Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, Ohio, October, 26, 2007.
  • "Eden as a Cozy Home: Thomas Kinkade and the Domestication of the American Landscape," Austin College, Texas, April 13, 2006.
  • "The Theater of Genre Painting," The Palmer Museum of Art's American Art Lecture Series, Pennsylvania State University, Oct. 2004.

Courses

Introduction to Art History from the Renaissance to the Present
Surveys of American Art to 1945, Nineteenth-Century American Art
Gilded Age-Early Modernism in American Art, Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Nineteenth Century

Honors and Awards

Smithsonian Institution Senior Fellowship at the National Museum of American Art, 2014.
Jay T. Last Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts, 2008.
Andrew Oliver Short-Tern Research Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, 2004.