MemberJennifer Wingate

…Public Art Dialogue

Association of Historians of American Art


“Real Art, War Art, and the Politics of Peace Memorials in the United States after World War I,” Public Art Dialogue vol. 2, no. 2 (September 2012): 162-189.

“Memorials, Motherhood, and Anti-Militarism: Bashka Paeff’s Sacrifices of War,” Woman’s Art Journal, vol. 29, no. 2 (Fall/Winter…

I teach art history and American studies to undergrad non-majors at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY, where I am helping to launch an Interdisciplinary Studies department and major. Courses I teach include American Art, Art of Social Change, Commemorative Practices, Public Art, and Art in NYC. I co-edit the journal Public Art Dialogue with Cameron Cartiere (Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver). Sierra Rooney (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse) and I are co-editing a volume with Harriet Senie (CUNY City College & Graduate Center), Teachable Monuments: Using Public Art to Spark Dialogue and Confront Controversies (Bloomsbury). I have published on the domestic display of FDR portraits in photographs by Gordon Parks and Jack Delano (Winterthur Portfolio) and on World War I memorial sculpture in the United States in a book, Sculpting Doughboys (published 2013 by Ashgate and available as an e-book from Routledge) and in the journals American Art, Woman’s Art Journal, and Public Art Dialogue. My research and teaching interests include public art, art of social change, and the display of presidential portraits.

MemberLaura M. Holzman

Dr. Laura M. Holzman is an Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies at Indiana University, IUPUI, where she is also appointed Public Scholar of Curatorial Practices and Visual Art. As an engaged art historian, her work is dedicated to activating art history, its methods, and its related institutions as tools for strengthening communities, expanding democratic discourse, and creating a more reflective society. Her first book, Contested Image: Defining Philadelphia for the Twenty-First Century (Temple University Press, 2019), analyzes public discourse, historical art, and the struggle to shape Philadelphia’s reputation during an important moment of change in the city. Her writing has also appeared in venues such as Public Art Dialogue and Public: A Journal of Imagining America. At IUPUI, Laura teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on topics such as public art, curatorial practice, museum history and theory, and urban visual culture. She regularly develops exhibitions and public programs in collaboration with community partners.

MemberSierra Rooney


Public Art Dialogue


Associations of Historians of American Art…
…Breaking the Bronze Ceiling: Contemporary Statue Monuments to Women and the Changing Heroic Ideal in the United States

Teachable Monuments: Using Public Art to Spark Dialogue and Confront Controversies, anthology, co-edited with Jennifer Wingate (Bloomsbury, 2021)…
…Women Memorial and the Complications of Transnational Commemorations.” De Arte 53 no. 2 (Fall 2018): 82-102.

“It’s Not About a Statue: Fred Wilson’s E Pluribus Unum.” Public Art Dialogue 4 no. 2 (2014): 184-200.

Other Publications:

“Sakakawea’s Long Journey to the National Statuary Hall.” Capitol Dome (forthcoming, Fall 2019).

“A Co…

I am an assistant professor of art history at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, specializing in American visual culture and public art. My research interests include representations of gender and race, commemoration, civic-engagement, and place-based identity within the United States. My current book project, Breaking the Bronze Ceiling: Contemporary Statue Monuments to Women and the Changing Heroic Ideal in the United States, analyzes more than fifty monuments to the five most-commemorated women in the United States (Sacagawea, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart and Rosa Parks) to uncover the many ways in which artists and patrons adapt the traditional model of the hero statue to integrate feminist and race-conscious modes of thought into local communities.   

MemberKathleen Schaag

I am the 2017-2018 Mendota Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a 2017 Humanities Without Walls National Fellow. I earned my PhD in English Literature at UW-Madison, with a specialization in Performance Studies and Visual Cultures and a minor in Fine Art and Creative Writing. My book project, Conceptual Theatre, explores the political potential of thought experiments in African American avant-garde closet drama and feminist performance art. I am also a practicing multimedia artist, and I have curated several grant-funded public arts and humanities symposia, workshops, and performances.

MemberValerie Connor

Valerie Connor is a freelance visual arts curator and educator. She has served as Chairperson of the National Campaign for the Arts and was Commissioner-Curator for Ireland at the 50th Venice and 26th São Paulo international art biennials. She has served on the board and acquisitions committee of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and was the Visual Arts Adviser to the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. She contributed a contextual essay to the Twentieth Century volume of Art and Architecture of Ireland, published by the Royal Irish Academy and Yale University Press, and co-edited Local Authority, with Dr Daniel Jewesbury, a book of critical essays on European public art commissioning strategies, published by Fingal County Council Arts Office. As part of the photography programme team within the School of Media at the Dublin Institute of Technology, she delivers modules in visual studies, curating photography, photographic practice and dissertation supervision. She is an external examiner for Limerick School of Art and Design at Limerick Institute of Technology and is currently undertaking an MSc in applied postgraduate study in online learning, having previously studied fine art at the National College of Art & Design and women’s studies at Trinity College Dublin. 

MemberSarah Beetham

…College Art Association

Association of Historians of American Art

Southeastern College Art Conference

American Studies Association

Public Art Dialogue

Nineteenth Century Studies Association

…he Association of Historians of American Art 2, no. 2 (Fall 2016).

“From Spray Cans to Minivans: Contesting the Legacy of Confederate Soldier Monuments in the Era of ‘Black Lives Matter.’” Public Art Dialogue 6, no. 1 (2016): 9-33.

“Teaching American Art to American Artists: Object-Based Learning at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.” Panorama: Journal of the Association …

Dr. Sarah Beetham is an assistant professor of art history at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, specializing in American art and particularly the monuments erected to citizen soldiers after the Civil War. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of Delaware and a B.A. in art history and English from Rutgers University. Her current book project, Monumental Crisis: Accident, Vandalism, and the Civil War Citizen Soldier, focuses on the ways in which post-Civil War soldier monuments have served as flashpoints for heated discussion of American life and culture in the 150 years since the end of the war. Dr. Beetham has published work on Civil War monuments and art history pedagogy in Public Art Dialogue, Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, Nierika: Revista de Estudios de Arte, and Common-Place. She has been interviewed regarding her work on Civil War monuments and the current debate over the future of Confederate monuments in several outlets, including the Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, Architectural Digest, and Mic.

MemberBrenda Schmahmann

…ulpture of J H Marais at the University of Stellenbosch”

September 28-30, 2018: The Sixth Feminist Art History Conference, American University, Washington DC.  My paper is “Gender and Public Art in South Africa: Usha Seejarim’s Commemorations of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela”.

8-10 November 2018: Mistress-Pieces: Iconic Artworks by Feminists and Gender Activists,…


Kim Miller and Brenda Schmahmann, (Eds.) Public Art in South Africa: Bronze Warriors and Plastic Presidents. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017.

Brenda Schmahmann, The Keiskamma Art Project: Restoring Hope and Livelihoods. Cape Town: Print Matters Heritage, 2016.

Brenda Schmahmann. Picturing Change: Curating Visual Culture at Post-Apartheid Universities. Johannesb…

I joined the University of Johannesburg as a Professor with a Research Specialisation in March 2013, and was awarded a South African Research Chair (a position managed by the National Research Foundation of South Africa) at the beginning of 2016. Holding this chair involves managing a research facility which includes postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate students as well as an administrator.   I have more than three decades of academic experience. Professor of Art History & Visual Culture at Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape between 2002 until my move to UJ, a period that included a seven-year stint as Head of Fine Art, I was formerly a staff member in the History of Art Department at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.   Much of my scholarship is focused on gender, and on exploring and analysing the works of women artists in mainstream contexts as well as practitioners working in the context of community projects in South Africa. I also have a specialist interest in the politics of public art and thorny questions it raises about transformation. My publications include four books that I have authored and another three that I have edited or co-edited. I have also served as guest editor for special issues in African Arts, Textile: Cloth and Culture and De Arte.    

MemberJustin Greenlee

I earned my bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College (2009), a masters in Art History from the University of Alabama (2014), and a doctorate from the University of Virginia (2020). My thesis, “Quod vocatur Paradiso: The Pigna and the Atrium of Old St. Peter’s,” focused on the monumental ancient bronze pigna, or pinecone, that was once the unifying water feature of a fountain located in the atrium of the church of Old St. Peter’s in Rome. I studied the pigna‘s eighth-century incorporation into the church and examined how the sculpture’s addition to the forecourt led to the creation of a new architectural term – the paradiso – that reflected Old St. Peter’s emergent status as a center for pilgrimage and papal influence.   Prior to joining the Department of Art History at the University of Virginia as a doctoral student, I was a Eugene McDermott Educational Intern at the Dallas Museum of Art, a Teaching Assistant at the Pantheon Institute in Rome, an International Intern for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, and a grant writer for the Nashville Cultural Arts Project: Seed Space. My ongoing research pertains to topics in late medieval and early modern art in Italy, specifically objects that are created, acted on, and restored many times – works that frustrate a study of the moment of creation and require an analysis that moves across time and geographic borders.   At the University of Virginia, I concentrated on topics involving art and cultural interchange between Italy and Byzantium, particularly as it relates to members of the Byzantine émigré Basil Bessarion’s (b. Trebizond ca. 1403, d. Ravenna 1472) humanist academy in Rome, relics and reliquaries, and the art and architecture of Crusade. I am also a member of the Society of Fellows, the Praxis digital humanities program in the Scholars’ Lab, the Graduate Student Public Humanities Lab at UVA, and served as the coordinator of UVa’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Medieval Colloquium.   Research Interests   Italian art Late medieval and early modern art Rome in the fifteenth century Basil Bessarion (b. Trebizond ca. 1403; d. Ravenna 1472) Art and cultural interchange between Italy and Byzantium Relics and reliquaries Visual cultures of Crusade The Later Crusades The militarization of works of art; works of art as weapons Layered objects and sites History of humanism and the humanities Digital and public humanities World art; pedagogy of survey of art history Public art