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Randall Griffin

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Randall Griffin is a Professor in the Department of Art History at Southern Methodist University. After receiving a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Delaware, he was a Wyeth Pre-doctoral Fellow for two years at the National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and then taught at Vanderbilt University before coming to SMU in 1993. He has authored several articles, as well as three books and an exhibition catalogue. His Winslow Homer: An American Vision won the Dallas Museum of Art’s Vasari Prize in 2008. Dr. Griffin’s Georgia O’Keeffe is forthcoming with Phaidon Press in the spring of 2014, and he is currently at work on a book about “O’Keeffe after Stieglitz.”

Education

Ph.D. Art History, University of Delaware, 1994
M.A. Art History, University of Kansas, 1985
B.S. History, University of Tulsa, 1979

Research

Different uses of nature in American modernism, along with depictions of the "abnormal body."

Professional Experience

In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses for more than fifteen years, Dr. Griffin served for five years on the Board of the College Art Association.

Teaching

American Art and Architecture, 1650-1860; American Art and Architecture, 1860-1940; History of Photography to 1940; Modern Architecture; Picturing the American West; Survey of Western Art and Architecture, 1350-present; seminars on Art and Nature; Picturing Warfare; American Modernism; the Gilded Age

Publications

Thomas Anshutz: Artist and Teacher (University of Washington Press, 1994); Homer, Eakins, and Anshutz: The Search for American Identity in the Gilded Age (Penn State Press, 2001); Winslow Homer: An American Vision (Phaidon Press, 2006); Georgia O’Keeffe (Phaidon Press, 2014); as well as articles in the journals Art Journal, American Art, and Oxford Art Journal.

His essay, “Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World: Normalizing the Abnormal Body,” is forthcoming in Rethinking Andrew Wyeth, edited by David Cateforis (University of California Press, 2014)

Distinctions

John Sloan Memorial Foundation Grant, May 1, 1989 – August 3, 1989

Luce Fellowship, University of Delaware, August 15, 1987 – May 30, 1989

Wyeth Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Sept. 1, 1989 – August 31, 1991

The Golden Mustang Award for excellence in scholarship and teaching, Southern Methodist University, September 1998

Hope Outstanding Teaching Award, Southern Methodist University, Spring 2000

Rotunda Outstanding Teaching Award, Southern Methodist University, Spring 2004

Homer, Eakins, and Anshutz: The Search for American Identity in the Gilded Age was awarded the Dallas Museum of Art’s Vasari Award and SMU’s Godbey Authors’ Award in 2005

The Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor, 2007-08

Winslow Homer: An American Vision was awarded the Dallas Museum of Art’s Vasari Award and SMU’s Godbey Authors’ Award 2007

SMU’s Pan Hellenic Society’s Teacher for September Award, October 2008

Board Member of the College Art Association, Spring 2008-Spring 2013

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