Keri Watson

Keri Watson

Assistant Professor, Department of Art History
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:Museum Studies, Modern and Contemporary Art, and Internship Coordinator
Phone:(607) 274-1380
Office:G119 Gannett Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

My research focuses on issues of identity in twentieth-century visual culture, specifically how the placement of images affects their meaning. Currently, I am developing a book manuscript that explores the relationship between photo-books and exhibition practices of the 1930s and 1940s, and I am compiling an anthology of Elizabeth McCausland’s art criticism.

In addition to courses in art history, I teach classes in the museum studies concentration and serve as Internship Coordinator for the Department of Art History. 


ARTH 11100 Episodes in Art History is an introduction to art history through close examinations of selected works and themes from prehistory to the present. The chosen topics, primarily based on painting and sculpture from the Western tradition, will be discussed from a variety of perspectives, including style, artists' techniques and materials, potential meanings, and historical context. The course is designed to familiarize students with key terms and skills employed by art historians, as well as conventions and institutions associated with Western art. The course will cover a broad history of art while simultaneously raising questions about the sources and authority of that history.

ARTH 39200 Museum Practices and Methods introduces various elements in the management of museums and galleries, focusing on the practical application of policies and procedures necessary to establish and maintain intellectual and physical control of museums and their collections. This course combines lecture, discussion, demonstrations, and field trips with hands-on projects in the Handwerker Gallery. Topics vary per offering and will include aspects of administration, object handling, physical care, recording, and the study of museums and their collections.

ARTH 39300 Exhibitions, Education, and Outreach is an experiential learning course that explores the scholarship and the experience of the interface between museums and galleries, arts professionals, and the public. Subjects covered include formulating and producing public programs, such as educational tours and guest lectures; creating and implementing public relations campaigns; designing, installing, and striking an exhibition; and assessing exhibitions. 

ARTH 49300 Exhibition Seminar address the issues of exhibition-related curatorial work, and students will work together to curate an exhibition for the Handwerker Gallery and write the accompanying exhibition catalogue. Subjects covered include exhibition planning, organization, and installation; writing and producing catalogues and didactic materials; developing and implementing related programming; and the challenges in each phase of exhibition development from the original idea to its full realization.

ARTH 49400/49500/49800 Internship Art History/Internship in Washington D.C. or NYC/Senior Internship provides an opportunity to gain practical experience in the fields of art and architectural history, working in a gallery, museum, or suitable site, under the joint supervision of a member of the museum staff and the Internship Coordinator. Internships are arranged individually at the student's request, subject to the availability of an appropriate museum or gallery slot. 

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