Participants

James Elkins

James Elkins is E.C. Chadbourne Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, & Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He writes on art & non–art images; his recent books include On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art, Visual Studies: A Skeptical Introduction, What Happened to Art Criticism? & Master Narratives & Their Discontents. He is editing two book series for Routledge: The Art Seminar (conversations on different subjects in art theory) & Theories of Modernism & Postmodernism in the Visual Arts (short monographs on the shape of the twentieth century).

Roger Feldman

Roger Feldman earned his M.F.A. Degree from Claremont Graduate University in 1977. From 1978-89 Feldman worked as a graphic designer in the Seattle area & continued to exhibit as an installation artist. In 1986 he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist’s Fellowship. Feldman’s installations were being shown internationally while he was a professor at Biola University (1989-2000). Feldman continues to exhibit nationally & internationally. Feldman’s work is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in America, & Who’s Who in the World. He is currently the Chair of the Art Department at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington.

Karen L. Kleinfelder

Karen L. Kleinfelder is a Professor & Head of the Art History program at California State University, Long Beach. She received her Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of Michigan where her thesis won the Distinguished Dissertation Award & was later published by the University of Chicago Press as a book, The Artist, His Model, Her Image, His Gaze: Picasso’s Pursuit of the Model. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, she is currently at work on a book about the images of women in Picasso’s art. Her interests go beyond Picasso, however. A list of seminar topics she has taught at Cal State Long Beach include Surrealism & Gender, Bataille’s informe, Baudrillard’s hyperreal, mind/body/cyborg, real places/imaginary spaces, boundary crossings, & “Engendered Species”. Dr. Kleinfelder won the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award at Cal State Long Beach in 2000. She describes herself as “an art historian at home in a studio crit as much as in the slide room; I thrive best when art history crosses disciplines & performs in unruly, hybrid ways.”

Daniel A. Siedell

Daniel A. Siedell is the Assistant Professor of Modern & Contemporary Art History, Theory, & Criticism at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He was previously Curator of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where for over ten years he curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary art. His research areas include the history & development of art criticism & the relationship between religion, spirituality & contemporary art. He edited Weldon Kees & the Arts at Mid-Century (University of Nebraska Press, 2004) & was the primary essayist for Martinez Celaya: Early Work (Delray Beach, Florida: Whale & Star, 2006). Siedell has an M.A. from SUNY-Stony Brook & a Ph.D. from The University of Iowa. He also writes art criticism for artUs, a Los Angeles-based journal of contemporary art. His reviews & criticism have also appeared in Books & Culture & Christian Scholar’s Review. His book on Christianity & contemporary art is due out from Baker Academic in the fall of 2008.

Rachel Hostetter Smith

Rachel Hostetter Smith holds the Gilkison Chair in Art History at Taylor University where she served for many years as the Chair of the Department of Visual Arts. She worked in book publishing for many years prior to completing her Ph.D. in Art History at Indiana University. She was a member of the graduate faculty of the School of Comparative Arts at Ohio University prior to joining the faculty of Taylor University. She is the recipient of the Albert W. Fields Award for Best Article of the Year for her “Providence & Political Innocence: The Ballottino in Venetian Art & Ideals” published in Explorations in Renaissance Culture. She writes & publishes on a wide range of topics in the arts including aspects of contemporary art, architecture, literature & film.

Christina Valentine

Christina Valentine former Professor of Art History in Biola’s Department of Art, Christina Valentine received her M.A. degree in Criticism & Theory at Art Center in Pasadena, California. She has worked for UCLA Live, one of the leading performing arts series in the United States, as well as the Arman Hammer Museum of Art in Westwood, CA. Some of the memorable exhibitions that occurred at the Arman Hammer during her tenure there were Sexual Politics, Black Male & Too Jewish. She has written for many art publications including Art/Text, Flash Art, & Image Journal. She has written catalog essays & exhibition reviews for Lynn Aldrich, Nicole Cohen, Noble & Webster at Gagosian, & Matt Byloos. Currently, Ms. Valentine is the Director of Curatorial Projects with ZG Press.