AMY B. WERBEL

Professor of Art History and American Studies
Department of History
Box 391
Saint Michael's College
One Winooski Park
Colchester, Vermont 05439
802-654-2271
awerbel@smcvt.edu
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PRESENT
EMPLOYMENT
 

                         

PROFESSOR OF ART HISTORY AND AMERICAN STUDIES
Saint Michael's College

Courses taught include First-Year Seminar:  Looking at Art, Visual Culture of the United States, West African and African Diaspora Art, Survey of the History of Art, Introduction to American Studies, Special Topics in Art and/or Architectural History of Vermont, and Art History for Classroom Teachers.  (9/1994 - present)
 
PREVIOUS
EMPLOYMENT
  FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR
Department of English Language and Culture
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
Guangzhou, China
Courses taught: American Culture from the Civil War to World War I (graduate), Introduction to American Studies: The 1960s (graduate), Survey of American Visual Culture (undergraduate), and Faculty Seminar: Teaching America.  (8/2011-7/2012)

SHELBURNE MUSEUM
Shelburne, Vermont
Guest Lecturer for Staff Development  (1/2008 - 4/2008)

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
Chester Dale Fellow, Department of American Paintings and Sculpture   (9/1992 - 8/1993)

MUSEUM of FINE ARTS, BOSTON
Research Assistant, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs (July, 1991-August, 1992)

EDUCATION   YALE UNIVERSITY
Ph.D. in the History of Art, 1996
 
    HARVARD AND RADCLIFFE COLLEGES
B.A. magna cum laude in Fine Arts, 1986
 
POST-DOCTORAL
FELLOWSHIPS and GRANTS



 

 

  SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM
Senior Fellowship, June-August, 2010

NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL FELLOWSHIP CONSORTIUM
Bostonian Society / New England Women's Club Grant, 2008

GILDER LEHRMAN INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN HISTORY
Fellowship at the Library of the New-York Historical Society, 2008

NEW YORK STATE LIBRARY
Anna K. and Mary E. Cunningham Research Residency, 2008

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
Kautz Family YMCA Archives and Social Welfare History Archives,
Clarke Chambers Travel Fellowship
, 2008

ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE
Faculty Development Awards
1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008

 

PUBLICATIONS: BOOKS       American Visual Culture During the Reign of Anthony Comstock, 1872-1915 (in progress)

Lessons from China:  America in the Minds and Hearts of the World's Most Important Rising Generation (in progress)

Thomas Eakins: Art, Medicine, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia
(New Haven Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007).  see reviews
*chosen "Outstanding Academic Title" for 2008 by Choice Magazine*
 

PUBLICATIONS: ESSAYS, SELECTED  

"The Crime of the Nude: Anthony Comstock, the Art Student's League of New York, and the Origins of Modern Obscenity," (submitted).

"Searching for Smut:  Hot on the Trail of Anthony Comstock," Common-Place Journal (October, 2010).

"Thomas Eakins: Last of the Art Crusaders," in Kathleen A. Foster, ed. A Drawing Book / by Thomas Eakins. (Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press, 2005): 27-44.

                                    "For Our Age and Country: Nineteenth-Century Art Education at Central High School," in Central High School Alumni Exhibition. (exh. cat., Philadelphia, PA: Woodmere Art Museum, 2002):  6-12.

"Thomas Eakins's Early Years," in Thomas Eakins: American Realist. (exh. cat., Philadelphia, PA:  Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press, 2001): 1-12.

"The Foley Food Mill," in Jules David Prown and Kenneth Haltman, eds. American Artifacts: Material Culture Theory and Method. (East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2000): 229-242.

"Art and Science in the Work of Thomas Eakins: The Case of Spinning and Knitting," American Art 12, no. 3 (Fall, 1998): 31-45.

"Perspective in Thomas Eakins' Rowing Pictures," in Helen A. Cooper, ed. Thomas Eakins: The Rowing Pictures. (exh. cat., New Haven, CT: Yale Art Gallery, 1996): 79-89.

 

   
   
   
   
PUBLIC LECTURES,
SELECTED
 

"Portraits of George Washington and the Formation of American Political Power," University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China (June 16, 2012).

"Censorship of Visual Culture in the United States," "African Cultural Traditions in American Art and Architecture," and "Modern American Art," Xinjiang Normal University, Urumqi, Uygur Autonomous Region, China  (May 31 and June 1, 2012).

"Censorship of Visual Culture in the United States," and "African Cultural Traditions in American Art and Architecture," Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China (May 18, 2012).

"Understanding American History Through Our Art," Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (March 30, 2012).

"Censorship of Visual Culture in the United States," and "Images of George Washington and the Formation of American Political Power," Peking University Transnational Law School, Shenzhen, China (February 29, 2012).

"Art and National Identity in the Early Republic and Antebellum Era," United International College, Zhuhai, China (February 23, 2012).

"Censorship of Visual Culture in the United States," School of Modern Languages and Culture, Hong Kong University (February 8th, 2012).

"Norman Rockwell and Social Issues in American Art," and "Understanding American History Through Our Art," Guilin University of Electronic Technology, Guilin, China (November 10 and 11, 2011).

"Censorship of Visual Culture in the United States," "Architecture and Culture of New York City," and "The Rise and Role of Women Artists in the United States" Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China (November 3 and 4, 2011).

"Censorship of Visual Culture in the United States," and "The Rise and Role of Women Artists in the United States" Shantou University, Shantou, China (October 27 and 28, 2011).

Co-Chair, with Frederick Lane, College Art Association session:  Jurisprudishness:  Law and Visual Culture in the United States, 1842-1973 (February 11, 2011).   

"Thomas Eakins and the Politics of Beefcake" Los Angeles County Museum of Art (October 9, 2010).

"Art and Vice Confounded: Anthony Comstock's 1906 Prosecution of the Art Student's League of New York" New England American Studies Association Annual Conference (October 2, 2010).     

"What Every American Art Historian Should Know about Anthony Comstock" Smithsonian American Art Museum (August 5, 2010).

 

"Anthony Comstock and the Censorship of Radical Women:  Prosecutions of Victoria Woodhull, Margaret Sanger, Emma Goldman, and Mary Ware Dennett"

Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College (January 6, 2009).

"The Life and Legacy of Anthony Comstock" Connecticut Historical Society (July 3, 2008).

"A Complicated Life: Thomas Eakins and the Politics of Art and History" Yale Club of New York City (May, 2008).

"The Epistemology of Thomas Eakins' Gross Clinic" College Art Association Annual Conference (February, 2008).

"Old and New Views of American Art" Shelburne Museum (January-April, 2008).

"From Somdomite to Souteneur: American Response to the Trial of Oscar Wilde" Saint Michael's College Humanities Colloquium (October, 2006).
 

    "Transgressive Body Politics: Artistic and Medical Anatomy Education in
Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia" 
Dartmouth College Humanities Institute
(May, 2006).


"From Charles Willson Peale to Thomas Eakins: The Artist/Scientist in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia," Saint Michaels College Humanities Colloquium (October, 2005).

"The Full Monty in the Academy: Art, Science and Sexuality in Thomas Eakins' Teaching Practices," Saint Michaels College Humanities Colloquium (October, 2004).

"Thomas Eakins' Drawings:  An Introduction to his Life and Art," Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (October, 2001).

"Discovering Nineteenth-Century American Art," (six-lecture series), Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont (April-May, 2001).

"Thomas Eakins' Life and Art," Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont (February, 2001).

 
EXHIBITIONS
C
URATED
  
  "Process on Paper: Drawings from Charles Bregler's Thomas Eakins Collection at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts."  Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, FebMay, 2001; Museum of American Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Sept-Dec, 2001.
 
TELEVISION
APPEARANCES
  "Thomas Eakins: Scenes from American Life" WHYY documentary. Script and editorial
advice, and on-air commentary for one-hour documentary film nationally broadcast in June, 2002.
 
TEACHING AWARDS   George B. Bryan Award for Excellence in a Vermont Research Project, Center for Research on Vermont, University of Vermont. Students received this award for their website detailing the history of Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester, Vermont.

PRE-DOCTORAL
FELLOWSHIPS
and
AWARDS
  YALE UNIVERSITY
Alumni Dissertation Fellowship
Mellon Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
Robert Lehman Research Fellowship
Henry R. Luce Fellowship   
U
niversity Fellowship

HARVARD AND RADCLIFFE COLLEGES
Joseph
Pulitzer, Jr. '36 Travel Award, Fine Arts Department
John Harvard Scholarship
Harvard College Scholarship
Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Award
 

PROFESSIONAL
AFFILIATIONS
  College Art Association
American Studies Association
Association of Historians of American Art