Associate Prof. Wendy J. Katz
120 Richards Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0114
205 Woods Art Building
Degrees and institutions granting the degreeBA 1988 Occidental College, Los Angeles
MA 1989 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
PhD 1997 University of California, Los Angeles
Professional Areas of Specialty
19th-century American genre painting and landscape painting and sculpture, 17th-century Anglo-American portraits.
Courses regularly taught:
Introduction to Art History from the Renaissance to the Present, Surveys of American Art to 1945, Nineteenth-Century American Art, and Gilded Age-Early Modernism in American Art.
Awards and Research
Katz has published on 17th-century portraits in the material culture journal Winterthur Portfolio, on 19th-century landscape painting, genre painting and sculpture (Regionalism and Reform: Art and Class Formation in Nineteenth-Century Cincinnati, Ohio University Press, 2002), and on African-American art in the American Studies journal Prospects. She is currently researching a book on art criticism in the nineteenth-century penny press.
Selected Publications and Presentations
- Regionalism and the Humanities, ed. with Timothy Mahoney, University of Nebraska Press; forthcoming December 2008.
- “Early American Portraits: Private to Public, Colonial to Republic," Gilcrease Museum Journal, XVI: 2 (2008) 40-64.
- Regionalism and Reform: Art and Class Formation in Antebellum Cincinnati. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State University Press, 2002.
- "Fancy Painting, Street Children and the Fast Men of the Pavé," Nineteenth-Century Studies, 21 (2007) 85-126.
- “Portraits and the Production of the Civil Self in Seventeenth-Century Boston,” Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture, 39: 2/3 (2005) 101-128.
- “Creating a Western Heart: Art and Reform in Cincinnati's Antebellum Associations,” Ohio Valley History, 1: 3 (Fall 2001) 2-20.
- “The Art of Pleasing: Lilly Martin Spencer and Refinement,” American Studies. 42:1 (Spring 2001) 5-37.
- “Robert S. Duncanson: City and Hinterland,” Prospects, vol. 25 (October 2000) 311-335.
- “A Great Moral Discourse: Rembrandt Peale's The Court of Death,” Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts, 70:1/2 (1996) 14-25.