Joyce M. Szabo

Professor, Art History

Joyce M. Szabo, Regents’ Professor of Art History, joined the faculty of the Department of Art and Art History in 1989. A specialist in Native American Art and Museum Studies in which she teachers a wide variety of classes, Professor Szabo obtained her undergraduate degree in Art and English from Wittenberg University, her MA in Art History from Vanderbilt University, and her PhD in Art History from the University of New Mexico. Her area of particular focus is Plains drawing and painting from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, although she has published on other aspects of Native American art, including modern and contemporary Native art, as well as American art in general. She was Curator of American Art at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, before returning to teaching in 1988. In addition to her faculty position in the department, she is also an Interim Curator at the University Art Museum at UNM. Dr. Szabo was the William H. Morton Distinguished Fellow in Native American Studies at Dartmouth College in the fall of 2010 and the Gordon W. Russell Visiting Professor in Native American Studies, also at Dartmouth, during the summer of 2013. Her publications include Imprisoned Art, Complex Patronage: Plains Drawings by Howling Wolf and Zotom at the Autry National Center (2011); Fort Marion Art: The Arthur and Shifra Silberman Collection (2007);  A Life in Balance: The Art of Conrad House (2006); Painters, Patrons, and Identity: Essays in Native American Art to Honor J. J. Brody, editor and contributing author (2001); Howling Wolf and the History of Ledger Art (1994); and Howling Wolf: An Autobiography of a Plains Warrior-Artist (1992).