Dr. Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf

Associate Professor of Art History


I am passionate about the ways art history can inform us to make a better, more just and equitable world.  This interest drives both my research agenda and the content of my classes.  I’m particularly interested in international perspectives on American history and culture, which is why I actively present at conferences around the globe, in locations including Seoul, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, and Pretoria, as well as many European cities.

Areas of Interest

  • Visual culture of antebellum American slavery
  • Paint-by-numbers art in the 20th century
  • The history of art collecting
  • American landscape painting history
  • Thomas Kinkade: situating Kinkade in the context of American art history, particularly landscape painting; within art historical discourse about art, aesthetics, religion and the boundaries of art; within American history in the ‘culture wars’ and Satanic Panic era, and as an evangelical Christian.

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • “The Fall of the Wild? Taming Nature in American Landscape Paintings” Indiana Humanities “Unearthed” Speaker’s Bureau 2021-2023
    • Presentations: Fremont Public Library, Tipton County Public Library
  • Closing Lecture for “The Engraved Works of Winslow Homer,” Fort Wayne Museum of Art, September 20, 2018 
  • “God in the American Landscape” May 2016. Invited lecture at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China