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 a year at Vanderbilt University before coming to SMU in 1993. He has authored several articles, as well as two books and an exhibition catalogue. His most recent study, Winslow Homer: An American Vision, won the Dallas Museum of Art’s Vasari book award in 2008. He is presently at work on a book that examines 19th and 20th century American representations of the abnormal body.
Ph.D. Art History, University of Delaware, 1994
M.A. Art History, University of Kansas, 1985
B.S. History, University of Tulsa, 1979
Portrayals of Civil War battles, art and nature in modernism, and renderings of the “abnormal” body.
I have taught college undergraduate and graduate classes for over 15 years.
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
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); as well as articles in the journals Art Journal, American Art, and Oxford Art Journal.
John Sloan Memorial Foundation Grant, 5/1/89 – 8/3/89
Luce Fellowship, University of Delaware, 8/15/87 – 5/30/89
Wyeth Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, 9/1/89 – 8/31/91
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, 2007-2008
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