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Dr. Mary Caroline  Simpson

Dr. Mary Caroline Simpson

Associate Professor of Art History

Office: 1347 - DFAC
Phone: 217-581-6060
Fax: 217-581-6199
Email: msimpson@eiu.edu

Frequently Taught Courses

Art 2602: History of Art II
Art 3680: Modern Art
Art 4765: Twentieth-Century Painting and Sculpture

Education

Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
M.A. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
B.A. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

Professional Organizations

Associate Professor, Department of Art, Eastern Illinois Univeristy, Charleston, IL (2014-present)
Assistant Professor, Department of Art, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL (2008-2014)

Speakers Bureau

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American art, modernist art, history and theory of art collecting, history of art museums

Selected Publications

Journal Articles
 
Mary Caroline Simpson, “Modern Art Collecting and Married Women in 1950s Chicago—Shopping, Sublimation, and the Pursuit of Possessive Individualism: Mary Lasker Block and Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (39:6) September 2010: 585-621. Publisher: Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. ISNN: 0049-7878. 
 
Mary Caroline Simpson, “American Artists Paint the City: Katharine Kuh, the 1956 Venice Biennale, and New York’s Place in the Cold War Art World,” American Studies with American Studies International (48:4) Winter 2007 issue (Published fall 2009). Publisher: Lawrence, Kansas: University of Kansas Press. ISSN: 0026-3079.
 
Exhibition Catalogues
 
Printed in Omaha: A Thirty-Year Retrospective of the Visiting Artists Program of the UNO Print Workshop, 1976-2006. Publication Date: April 2008. Exhibition: February 28-April 4, 2008, UNO Art Gallery, University of Nebraska at Omaha.
                 
Book Reviews
 
Extra/Ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art, by Maria Elena Buszek (ed.) (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011). Reviewed by Mary Caroline Simpson. Woman’s Art Journal (Rutgers University Press). Fall/Winter 2012, Vol. 33, No. 2: 47-48. 
 
Hannah Wilke,by Nancy Princenthal (New York, NY: Prestel, 2010). Reviewed by Mary Caroline Simpson. Woman’s Art Journal (Rutgers University Press). Spring/Summer 2012, Vol. 33, No. 1: 48- 50. 
 
String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art,by Elissa Auther (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2010). Reviewed by Mary Caroline Simpson. Woman’s Art Journal Spring/Summer 2011, Vol. 32, No. 1. Rutgers University Press.
 
The Modern Eye: Stieglitz, MoMA, and The Art of The Exhibition, 1925-1934, by Kristina Wilson (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009). Reviewed by Mary Caroline Simpson. Design and Culture (3:1) March 2011: 121-123. Berg Publishers. 

Selected Conference Presentations

Select Conference Presentations

February 2013:  “Joseph Randall Shapiro’s framing of Chicago collections and Latin American art during the Third Pan American Games and 1959 Festival of the Americas,” Midwest Art History Society Panel: “Civilizing the Midwest.”  101st Annual Conference of the College Art Association,  February 12-15, 2013,  New York, NY. 
 
October 2012: Mary Caroline Simpson, “Student Curated Virtual Art Exhibitions.” Panel: “The Student Run Gallery: Educational Enhancement.” Chair: Jeffrey G. Boshart. 2012 MACAA (Mid-America College Art Association) Conference, Detroit, Michigan, October 3-6, 2012, 
 
February 2011: “The Art Institute of Chicago’s use of educational programming and public relations to foster public acceptance of Willem de Kooning’s Excavation (1950).” Panel: “Furnish Popular Instruction: Museums and cultivating a taste for Modernism.” Conference: 99th Annual Meeting of the College Art Association. New York, New York, February 9-12, 2011. 
 
November 2010: “The Art Institute of Chicago’s American Abstract and Surrealist Artists and Katharine Kuh’s Unintentional Cultivation of a Taste for Surrealism in Postwar Chicago.” Panel: “Surrealism’s Collectors and Collections in the Americas.” Conference: “Surrealism and the Americas.” Rice University, Houston, Texas, November 4-6, 2010. 
 
October 2010: “’A Phantom that must be caught and made real’: William Baziotes’ “Cyclops” and its Reception at The Art Institute of Chicago’s “American Abstract and Surrealist Artists” (1947). Panel: “Perspectives on Abstraction.” Conference: “Curiouser,” Southeastern College Art Association (SECAC) and the Mid-America College Art Association (MACAA). Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, Richmond, Virginia, October 20-23, 2010. 
 
April 2010: “Muriel Steinberg Newman: Abstract Expressionism and a Married Woman’s Pursuit of Possessive Individualism in 1950s Chicago.” Panel: “Collecting and Collectibles.” 2010 Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference. Saint Louis, Missouri, March 31-April 3, 2010. 
 
September 2009: Abstraction in the Public Sphere: New Approaches, University of Notre Dame. Paper:“Kinetic in Nature: Moving from George Rickey to Susumu Shingu to Olafur Eliasson.”

Select Conference Panel Session Chair/Commentator
 
October 2011: Panel Chair and Commentator: “After Recognition: The later career of artists,” Southeastern College Art Conference, Savannah, Georgia, November9-12, 2011. 
 
April 2011: Panel Chair and Commentator: “Beyond Postmodernism: Moving the Contemporary Art History course into the 21st Century,” 2011 Biennial FATE/MACAA Conference (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and Mid-America College Art Association), Saint Louis, Missouri, March 30-April 2, 2011. 
 
October 2009: Southeastern College Art Conference, Mobile, Alabama. Panel:“New Thoughts on Materials and Issues of Materiality in Art and Design since 1900.” 

Funding & Grants

Scholarly Research
 
Summer 2013: "Joseph Randall Shapiro's framing of Chicago collections and Latin American art during the Third Pan American Games and 1959 Festival of the Americas,"Summer Research and Creative Activity Awards, EIU Council on Faculty Research.

Spring 2013: CAH College Travel Fund awarded to support presentation of “Joseph Randall Shapiro’s framing of Chicago collections and Latin American art during the Third Pan American Games and 1959 Festival of the Americas,” Midwest Art History Society Panel: “Civilizing the Midwest.” 101st Annual Conference of the College Art AssociationFebruary 12-16, 2013. 

Spring 2012: CAH College Travel Fund awarded to support Panel Chair and Commentator: “After Recognition: The later career of artists,” Southeastern College Art Conference, Savannah, Georgia, November 9-12, 2011. 
 
Spring 2011: CAH College Travel Fund awarded to support the presentation of “The Art Institute of Chicago’s use of educational programming and public relations to foster public acceptance of Willem de Kooning’s Excavation (1950).” Panel: “Furnish Popular Instruction: Museums and cultivating a taste for Modernism.” Conference: 99th Annual Meeting of the College Art Association. New York, New York, February 9-12, 2011. 
 
Spring 2010: CAH College Travel Fund provided support the presentation of “Muriel Steinberg Newman: Abstract Expressionism and a Married Woman’s Pursuit of Possessive Individualism in 1950s Chicago” at the 2010 Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference in Saint Louis, Missouri, March 31-April 3, 2010.
 

Teaching, Curriculum Development & Pedagogical Research
 
June-July 2013: “Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Twentieth-Century Chicago, 1893-1955,” National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute,The Newberry Library, Chicago, IL.
 

Fall 2012: Faculty Development Support Grant for “Student Curated Virtual Art Exhibitions,” 2012 MACAA (Mid-America College Art Association) Conference, Detroit, Michigan, October 3-6, 2012.
 
2012-2013: “Real Life Encounters with Art, Architecture and Material Culture: Art History Field Trip Fund,” EIU Redden Fund for the Improvement of Undergraduate Instruction.
 
Summer 2012: Faculty Development award for registration, travel, and housing for attendance of the Wakonse Conference on College Teaching, Camp Miniwanca, Michigan, May 24-29, 2012.
 
Summer 2011: American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute, Bard Graduate College, New York, NY.
 
2011-2012: “Student curated virtual art exhibitions,” EIU Redden Fund for the Improvement of Undergraduate Instruction.
 
Spring 2011: Faculty Development Support Grant for “Beyond Postmodernism: Moving the Contemporary Art History course into the 21st Century,” 2011 Biennial FATE/MACAA Conference (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and Mid-America College Art Association), Saint Louis, Missouri, March 30-April 2, 2011.
 

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