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.”
Ph.D. Art History, University of Delaware, 1994
M.A. Art History, University of Kansas, 1985
B.S. History, University of Tulsa, 1979
Different uses of nature in American modernism, along with depictions of the "abnormal body."
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.
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); 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)
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