Faculty

This institute draws on the many talents of Salem State College faculty, museum professionals, and nationally-known guest scholars.

Patricia Johnston

The institute director is Patricia Johnston, Professor of Art History at Salem State College. Dr. Johnston is a nationally recognized scholar of American art and its wider visual culture. For the past several years her research has focused on art and material culture in Salem. In 2004 and 2005 she was the co-director of the NEH Landmarks project, Becoming American: Trade, Culture, and Reform in Salem, Massachusetts, 1801-1861, in 2006 she directed the NEH Summer Institute The Visual Culture of Colonial New England, and in 2009, the inaugural version of Picturing Early America: People, Places, and Events 1770-1870. Her latest book, Seeing High and Low: Representing Social Change in American Visual Culture (2006) examines how ideas of high and low art evolved from the late eighteenth to the twentieth century. Her book Real Fantasies: Edward Steichen's Advertising Photography (2000) won three book awards for its examination of the relationship between fine art and commercial photography.

Ellen G. Miles

Ellen G. Miles, Curator and Chair, Department of Painting and Sculpture, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, is a preeminent scholar of American portraiture. Her many publications include Gilbert Stuart (2004); George Washington: A National Treasure (2002); and Saint-Mémin and the Neoclassical Profile Portrait in America (1994). Dr. Miles recently appeared in the Smithsonian Networks documentary, Picturing the President: George Washington.

Allen Wallach

Alan Wallach, Professor of Art History and American Studies at The College of William and Mary, received the 2006 College Art Association's Distinguished Teaching Award and was cited for his innovative methodological approach. Most recently, Dr. Wallach served as the Robert Sterling Clark Distinguished Professor of Art History at Williams College's Clark Institute. His books include Exhibiting Contradiction: Essays on the Art Museum in the United States (1998) and Thomas Cole: Landscape into History (1994). He co-authored First Look: The Essential Guide to the Jersey City Museum (2007), which addressed his interest in making art both educational and accessible.

Janice Simon

Janice Simon, Professor of Art History, University of Georgia, has written extensively on American landscape aesthetics and the reproduction of landscapes in American periodicals. Dr. Simon has curated numerous exhibitions and is currently working on a special issue of American Periodicals focusing on visual culture, as well as a new book, The Forest Interior in American Art and Culture 1825-1945.

Melissa Dabakis

Melissa Dabakis is Professor of Art History and American Studies at Kenyon College and the author of Visualizing Labor in American Sculpture (1999). She has recently completed a new book, The American Corinnes: Women Sculptors and the Eternal City, 1850-1876.

Lucretia Giese (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Professor Emerita, Rhode Island School of Design, and a former Museum of Fine Arts, Boston curator. Dr. Giese is one of the foremost experts on the work of Winslow Homer and the author of numerous articles on the subject.

Maureen Creegan-Quinquis

Maureen Creegan-Quinquis was selected as the Massachusetts Art Education Association's Higher Education Art Educator of the Year in 2008. She teaches in the Creative Arts and Learning Division at Lesley University where she serves as Program Coordinator of the Visual Arts Education Licensure programs and Field Placement Coordinator in the Graduate School of Education. Maureen previously served as the Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Teaching Art Program at Salem State College. She is also a practicing artist.

Emily A. Murphy

Emily A. Murphy (Ph.D., Boston University) is the Historian at Salem Maritime National Historic Site and has written and lectured extensively on Salem's history.

Peabody Essex Museum staff will play a significant role in this project. Dean Lahikainen is the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and the author of numerous articles and exhibition catalogues, including In the American Spirit: Folk Art from the Collections (1994) and most recently Samuel McIntire, Carving an American Style (2007).
Sam Scott, Associate Curator of the Russell W. Knight Department of the Maritime Art and History, has organized a number of maritime exhibits at PEM, most recently, Sketched at Sea.

Georgia Barnhill

Georgia Barnhill is the Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts at the American Antiquarian Society. She has lectured and written extensively on American prints. Ms. Barnhill's many publications include Early American Lithography: Images to 1830 (1997), Cultivation of Artists in America (1997) and Wild Impressions: The Adirondacks on Paper (1995).

Steve Schmidt

A past participant in the NEH Institute "Picturing Early America," our Master Teacher, Steve Schmidt, is well aware of both the challenges and joys of incorporating visual material into the K-12 curriculum. Steve teaches Advanced Placement United States History at Lowell High School in San Francisco where he was voted the 2008-2009 "Teacher of the Year." Lowell High School, the oldest public high school west of the Mississippi River, is one of the top public schools in California. The College Board, for whom Steve has scored AP U.S. History essays, ranks Lowell's AP program as second in the nation. From 2002 to 2006, Steve was assistant director of the Junior State Foundation Summer program at Princeton and Yale and currently serves as a mentor teacher for the San Francisco Unified School District. Steve has also served as Lowell's Student Activities Director for the past seven years, overseeing student government, schoo l dances, rallies, over 80 clubs, and trying to make this high-performing, high-stress school a little more fun for the students. Steve brings to Salem a wealth of enthusiasm, a toolbox of creative pedagogy, a passion for US history, and his vast experience directing student-centered activities.

Jessica Lanier

Jessica Lanier, PhD Candidate, Bard Graduate Center for the Decorative Arts, and Professor of Art History at Salem State University, is a scholar in the area of aesthetics, gender, and trade during the Early Republic. Her many publications include “The Chinese Presence in Early American Visual Culture” (Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation, 2007), and The Grand Tour of Martha Coffin Derby: “It is impossible to Travel without Improvement” (Women’s Art Journal, 2007).

Other pedagogical sessions will be led by SSC faculty. Brad Austin, Lucinda Damon-Bach, Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello, and J. D. Scrimgeour have extensive experience working with school teachers through the Teaching American History project (DOE) and supervising student teachers.