Professor, Art History
Joni L. Kinsey received her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989. She teaches a variety of courses that range from surveys of visual culture in the United States to topical subjects such as landscape painting and print culture. She focuses her research on nineteenth-century landscape painting and western art, but she also has written on other subjects such as nineteenth century popular prints, Grant Wood, and women artists. She is the author of four books, Thomas Moran and the Surveying of the American West, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992; Plain Pictures: Images of the American Prairie, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996; The Majestic Grand Canyon: 150 Years in Art, First Glance Books, 1998, and most recently Thomas Moran's West: Chromolithography, High Art, and Popular Taste (University Press of Kansas, 2006). Recent articles include: "Cultivating Iowa: An Introduction to Grant Wood," in Grant Woodâ€™s Studio: Birthplace of American Gothic, edited by Jane Milosch, with Wanda Corn and James M. Dennis. Prestel Publishing, 2005); and "I Wished for the Pencil of Salvator Rosa: The Artistic Legacy of Lewis and Clark" in Finding Lewis and Clark: Old Trails, New Directions, edited by James Ronda and Nancy Tystad Koupal (Pierre: South Dakota Historical Society Press, 2004). Professor Kinsey is also the curator of the Eve Drewelowe Collection, a remarkable corpus of hundreds of paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and personal effects of Eve Drewelowe, who bequeathed the collection to the School of Art and Art History in the late 1980s. Drewelowe received the first Master of Fine Arts degree in painting awarded at the University of Iowa in1924, and her collection is a remarkably broad ranging representation of modern art and the issues that affected women artists in the twentieth century.