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Kenneth Haltman, Ph.D.

Kenneth Haltman, H. Russell Pitman Professor of Art History, received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, and Translation (Phi Beta Kappa with Highest University Honors) and his Ph.D. from Yale in American Studies with a concentration in Art History.

His academic honors include Fulbright-Hayes, Andrew W. Mellon, and Henry C. Luce Foundation fellowships; research awards from Winterthur, the Huntington Library, the National Museum of American Art, the American Antiquarian Society, the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities; Senior Research fellowships at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick Art Reference Library; a Terra Foundation Visiting Professorship in the History of American Art at Freie Universität-Berlin; the Dorothy K. Hohenberg Chair of Excellence in Art History at the University of Memphis; a Distinguished Visiting Lectureship at the University of Western Australia; and a US-UK Fulbright Scholars Award at the University of York.

In addition to critical translations of major works (Earth and Reveries of Will, Fragments of a Poetics of Fire) by Gaston Bachelard and scholarly essays on the history of pictorial representation in the United States, his publications include American Artifacts: Essays in Material Culture, co-edited with Jules David Prown (2000), Looking Close and Seeing Far: Samuel Seymour, Titian Ramsay Peale, and the Art of the Long Expedition, 1818-1823 (2008), Butterflies of North America: Titian Peale’s Lost Manuscript (2015), a critical edition and translation of René Brimo's The Evolution of Taste in American Collecting (2016), and Colonization, Wilderness, and Spaces Between: Nineteenth-Century Landscape Painting in Australia and the United States, co-edited with Richard Read (2020). He is currently completing Artists and Hunters: Figures of Predatory Looking in Nineteenth-Century American Art, a collection of essays.

His teaching at OU has included introductory and advanced courses in American Art History and the Art of the American West, Undergraduate Methods, Graduate Methods, and a suite of rotating seminars in Visual Analysis, Material Cultural, and Critical Issues in Recent Art History at the core of the graduate curriculum. He developed and, beginning in Fall 2015, has been supervising as Instructor of Record the department’s innovative team-taught Introduction to Art History.

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