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Elizabeth Welch

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Art History


M.A./Ph.D. – The University of Texas at Austin

Room: Hunt-Cavanagh 202B

Area(s) of Expertise:

Modern and Contemporary Art, Visual Communication, Performing Arts

Biographical Information:

Elizabeth Welch is an interdisciplinary scholar of American art, culture, and identity. She teaches courses including Modern and Contemporary Art with a focus on primary historical evidence, Interpretative Methods in Art History, and Visual Communication. In 2021, Welch earned a PhD in art history from the University of Texas at Austin, where she developed a study of the magazine Dance Index (1942-1949) as the product of a queer community at the intersection of the visual and performing arts. Patron and impresario Lincoln Kirstein worked with artists including photographer George Platt Lynes and collage-maker Joseph Cornell to picture fantasies and create space for themselves at the expense of others. She is currently working on a book examining this community and the relationship between individual artists, their aesthetic goals, and the institutions they form. Institutions as loci of power worthy of critique and the relationships between different mediums of art are some of her foundational theoretical concerns, and prominent themes of twentieth-century art.

In addition to teaching at Providence College, Misericordia University, and the University of Texas at Austin, Welch has worked in museums including the Blanton Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Her curatorial experience grounds her research in the material reality of objects. Other research interests include twentieth-century art broadly defined, visual cultures of the performing arts, archives of identity, dance photography and kinesthesia, magazines, and art making during conflict. She also received an MA from UT Austin and BA in art history from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.