Art Historian Leads New Diversity Group at Nineteenth-Century Studies Association

Wendy Castenell

Dr. Wendy Castenell, assistant professor of art history, was re-elected for a second three-year term to the Board of Directors of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (NCSA). At the NCSA conference, she co-chaired a roundtable on “Race and Pedagogy” and served as a panelist on the roundtable, “Identity, Diversity, and the Academy,” organized by NCSA’s new Committee on Diversity and Inclusion of which Castenell is also chair.

In May, Dr. Castenell will serve as a juror for the 44th Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in May. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in African American art. Her research focuses on African American art; portraiture; gender studies; representations of race and ethnicity in American visual culture; film history and theory; and cross-cultural contact. Her current book project is Creole Identity in the Art of the American South: Louisiana from the Colonial Era to Reconstruction, under contract with Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

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