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Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf

Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf

Assistant Professor of Art History
Program Director for Art History

Phone: 260.399.7700 x 8009


Ph.D. 2005 Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Art History, American Studies Dissertation: "'The perfect shadow of his master:' proslavery thought in American visual culture, 1780-1920" Dissertation Director: Sarah Burns, Ph.D.

M.A. 1999 Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana Art History Thesis "Embodying a Nation: the ideal man as an allegory for America in World War I posters" Advisor: Sarah Burns, Ph.D.

B.A. 1990 Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana Art History. 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

Grants, Fellowships, Awards


Invited Essays

"The Alchemy of Realism" in Contemporary American Realism (Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Biennial catalog)

Book Reviews

Stephanie Yuhl, A Golden Haze of Memory: The Making of Historic Charleston (UNC Chapel Hill, 2005) and Maurie McInnis, The Politics of Taste in Antebellum Charleston (UNC Chapel Hill, 2005), in process for the journal Material Culture.

Jeffrey Young, Proslavery and Sectional Thought in the Early South, 1740-1829 (University of South Carolina, 2006) for American Nineteenth Century History, forthcoming

John Michael Vlach, The Planter's Prospect: Privilege & Slavery in Plantation Paintings (UNC Chapel Hill, 2002) Southern Studies: an Interdisciplinary Journal of the South, 11:1&2 (March 2004), 69-72.

Encyclopedia Entries

"Yarrow Mamout," "Charles (Charley) Stewart," "Dave the Potter," "James Armistead Lafayette," African-American National Biography, ed. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Oxford University Press, 2008

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

Fort Wayne Museum of Art, November 2007: Opening night lecture for Windows on the West

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."

U.S. Studies Program, University of Pretoria, South Africa, September 2007. Presentations on American Landscape, American Studies, and African-American Art.

Fort Wayne Museum of Art, February 2, 2007: Opening night lecture for "Women only! In their studios"

U.S. Studies Program, University of Pretoria, South Africa, July 2006 "The cowboy in American art and visual culture" by digital video conference

Fort Wayne Museum of Art, January 2006: Opening night lecture for the Strokes of Genius exhibit of American Art

Scholars and Samurais, 4 week short course at Indianapolis Museum of Art, June 2002

Indiana University Art Museum, January 28, 2001, "Pastoral Imagery in the IUAM Collections," ArtsConnection Gallery Talk

Bosnian Student Group, hosted by Indiana University's Russian & East European Institute, November 6, 1999: "Cowboy Mythology in American Popular Culture"

Conference Papers and Professional Activity

Organization of American Historians, March 2007: "‘A peculiar kindness:' proslavery and paternalism in images of George Washington and his family"

Southern Historical Association, Birmingham, Alabama, November 2006: "On their best behavior: Children in the visual culture of slavery"

College Art Association, Atlanta 2005, panel co-chair, "Seeing Slavery"

Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Boston, March 2004: "Race and the Family Romance: images of domestic servants"

Great Lakes History Conference, November 2003, Grand Rapids, MI: "Charles Willson Peale and the Curious Problem of Race"

American Studies Association, November 16-18, 2003, Hartford, CT: "Race and the Family Romance: the antebellum origins of ‘Mammy' in visual culture"

Southeast College Art Conference, October 27, 2001, Columbia, SC: "Serfs and Turf: reconsidering antebellum horse portraiture"

American Studies Association 2000 Conference, Detroit, Michigan October 27 2000, "'Be-Bop Urban Renewal': Tyree Guyton, Detroit, and the Geography of African American Identity"

Women Seeking Expression, Indiana University Bloomington, September 1999: Panel Chair, "Models and Maecaenas"

Ohio Area Student Symposium, Case Western Reserve, April 23, 1998"'Not as she is, but as she fills his dream': Whistler, Courbet and Jo Hiffernan and the struggle for artistic identity"

ndiana University Conference in History, March 28, 1998: "Presenting Lizzie Breckenridge: 'Practically a Member' of the Wylie family"

Great Lakes American Studies Association Annual Conference, March 7, 1997: "Cowboy, Boxer, Scholar, Saint: American World War I Posters"

Art History Association Lecture Series, February 3, 1997: "Embodying a Nation: America as the Ideal Man in World War I Posters"

Professional Organizations

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

Courses Taught

Art History

Teaching Assistant for:

American Studies

American History

Related Experience

Historic Interpreter and Guide, T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Brown County, Indiana 1998-2000
Web Designer, AMD & ART project, Allegheny Heritage Development Corporation/Team CIVIC, Altoona, Pennsylvania 1997-1998