Kirsten Pai Buick
Professor, Art History
Kirsten Buick was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She went to the University of Chicago where she double-majored in Art History and Italian Literature. After receiving her B.A. from the University, she thought to continue her Italian studies at the University of Michigan. But after living in Italy for eight months in the early 1990s and noting the prominence of U.S. visual culture in Europe, switched her area of concentration to British colonial and U.S. art. She has published extensively on African American art and been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and the Charles Gaius Bolin Fellowship at Williams College. She has taught at the University of New Mexico since 2000, where she specializes in art of the U.S.; African American art; gender and race as they impact the historiography of art; representations of the American landscape; and the history of women as patrons and collectors of the arts. Her book, Child of the Fire: Mary Edmonia Lewis and the Problem of Art History’s Black and Indian Subject, is published by Duke University Press. Her second book, White Skins, White Mask: The Performance of Race in British Colonial Portraits, is in progress.