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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., February 28, 2003 –Williams College announces the appointment of Wanda Corn as the Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor of Art History. Corn comes to Williams from Stanford University where she is the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History. At Stanford, she has served as the chair of the Department of Art and Art History, as the Acting Director of the Stanford Museum, and as the Director of the Stanford Humanities Center. At Williams, Corn teaches an undergraduate course on Transatlantic Modernism: Paris and New York in the Early Twentieth Century and a graduate seminar on American and European Art Between the Wars.
Corn’s specialty lies in the area of late nineteenth- and early twentieth century American painting and photography with particular interests in transatlantic exchange, race, class, and gender issues, and cultural studies.
Corn has authored numerous books, including “The Great American Thing: Modern Art and National Identity, 1915- 1935, “Grant Wood: The Regionalist Vision,” “The Art of Andrew Wyeth,” and “The Color of Mood, American Tonalism 1880- 1910.” In addition, Corn is working on a book of essays on American art and culture during the Gilded Age and a book focusing on Mary Cassatt and the other women decorators of the Woman’s Building at the Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893.
She is the recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Museum of American Art, the Ford Foundation, the Smithsonian Institute, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Stanford Humanities Center. Corn also has received the Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Teaching Award from Stanford University and the Richard W. Lyman Award for Faculty Service from the Stanford Alumni Association.
Before joining the Stanford faculty, she taught at Washington Square College, University of California, Berkley, and Mills College. She received her B.A. from Washington Square College in 1963 and her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University in 1974.
Corn will lecture at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Tuesday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Clark Art Auditorium. The lecture is titled “The Case for Transatlantic Modernism: Marsden Hartley’s Native Amerika.” A reception will follow.