Skip navigation

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

School of Art & Art History

Scott Montgomery lecturing in Sturm Hall

Faculty & Staff

Art History Faculty

Gwen Chanzit

Gwen F. Chanzit

Director of Museum Studies and Full Professor of the Practice, Museum Studies/Art History, SAAH
Curator of Modern Art and the Herbert Bayer Collection and Archive, Denver Art Museum
PhD University of Iowa; MA University of Denver; BA Northwestern University
Shwayder Art Building 109
303-871-2846
[email protected]

Read More

Gwen Chanzit’s teaching draws on her extensive career at the Denver Art Museum, where she is curator of modern and contemporary art and the Herbert Bayer Collection & Archive. She has organized exhibitions on individual artists including Bayer, Bonnard and Rothko, as well as themed exhibitions such as Fracture: Cubism and After. She has also collaborated with artists on a variety of contemporary installations. Regarded as the world expert on Herbert Bayer, Chanzit has written on this Bauhaus artist for publications in the U.S., Austria and Germany, including her book, From Bauhaus to Aspen: Herbert Bayer and Modernist Design in America. Chanzit regularly contributes to exhibition catalogues, including RADAR: Selections from the Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, Embrace!, and Overthrown: Clay Without Limits. In 2016, she curated Women of Abstract Expressionism at the Denver Art Museum, the "first museum exhibit to focus on the female artists of the postwar art movement" (read more). 

Annabeth Headrick

Annabeth Headrick

Associate Professor, Mesoamerican, Native North American and Andean art
Graduate Art History Advisor
PhD and MA University of Texas-Austin; BA Colorado College
Shwayder Art Building 111
303-871-3574
[email protected]

Read More

Annabeth Headrick specializes in the Precolumbian and Native cultures of North, Central and South America. Her courses include Art of the Maya, Mesoamerican Art, Native North American Art and Art of the Andes. She also teaches seminars on gender, ceramics and the codices in the Precolumbian Americas as well as courses on contemporary Native North American art and art and the environment. Her research and her courses incorporate art, architecture, anthropology, and archaeology in a synthetic and comprehensive way. She is the author of The Teotihuacan Trinity: the Sociopolitical Structure of an Ancient Mesoamerican City and her other publications consider ancestors, deities, and ritual in Mesoamerica. Her current work continues with issues surrounding Teotihuacan as well as the city of Chichén Itzá.


Meg Jackson

Megan Jackson

Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History
PhD University of Arizona; MA Georgetown University; MA University of Tennessee; BA University of Alabama-Birmingham
Shwayder Art Building 110
303-871-4162
[email protected]

Read More

Megan Jackson specializes in critical theory, modern and contemporary art and history, museum studies, and media studies. Her publications draw from a research base that uniquely sweeps from western Europe through eastern Europe to the United States. Her most recent project analyzes how innovations in visual technologies and experimentations with aesthetic imaginations have mutually influenced body movements on a formal, a conceptual, and a cultural level. Jackson's courses will include art from a global perspective, the methodologies and philosophies of art, and issues in body studies and contemporary time-based practices.

Scott Montgomery

Scott B. Montgomery

Associate Professor, medieval and renaissance art
Undergraduate Art History Advisor 
PhD Rutgers University; MA Syracuse University; BA Pomona College
Shwayder Art Building 112
303-871-3272
[email protected]

Read More

Scott Montgomery teaches courses in ancient, medieval and renaissance art in Europe.  His research focuses on reliquaries, relics and the visual culture of the cult of saints. He is the author of two books: Saint Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins of Cologne: Relics, Reliquaries and the Visual Culture of Group Sanctity in Late Medieval Europe (2009) and Casting Our Own Shadows: Recreating the Medieval Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela (co-authored with Alice A. Bauer) (2012).  He edited two volumes of essays: Images, Relics and Devotional Practices in Medieval and Renaissance Italy and De Re Metallica: Studies in Medieval Metals (both 2005). In addition to numerous articles on reliquaries and medieval art, he has published several articles on psychedelic rock posters.  He is currently working on a study of psychedelic poster art in San Francisco and a monograph on psychedelic artist Lee Conklin.

Bilha Moor

Bilha Moor

Assistant Professor, Islamic Art History
PhD, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
MA, BA University of Haifa
Shwayder Art Building 113
303-871-2846
[email protected]

Read More

Bilha Moor is Assistant Professor of Islamic art history. Her PhD was awarded at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. Her research concentrates on Islamic figurative painting, mainly illustrated manuscripts ca. 1300-1700, and on early Islamic Arabic inscriptions in architectural, historical, and religious contexts. Bilha’s studies have produced articles in peer-reviewed journals and books. At present, she is writing a book, tentatively titled “The World in Muslim Eyes: Illustrated Cosmographies 1550-1700”. Bilha teaches classes on over a thousand years of art, architecture, and material culture in the Islamic lands, from Spain in the west to India in the east. Formerly, she was the Mellon postdoctoral fellow of Islamic art and architecture at Northwestern University, a Rothschild postdoctoral fellow at SOAS (University of London), and a research associate with the Shahnama Project at the University of Cambridge. She taught classes in Islamic art history and Arabic literature at Northwestern University, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the University of Haifa.

Annette Stott

Annette Stott

Professor, American art and women’s studies
Pre-Art Conservation Advisor
Director, DU/Iliff Joint Doctoral Program in Religion
PhD Boston University; MA University of Wisconsin-Madison; BA Concordia College
Shwayder Art Building 238
303-871-3278
[email protected]

Read More

Annette Stott teaches courses in the fields of American art and religion, women and art, and art collections history, with a strong emphasis on diversity. She also teaches Highlights of American Art for the common curriculum and Graduate Research Practicum for MA students in art history. Her classes contribute to DU programs in Gender and Women's Studies and the DU/Iliff Joint Doctoral Program in Religion, as well as the School of Art & Art History.  She is the author of two books: Holland Mania: the Unknown Dutch Period in American Art and Culture 1880-1914 (1998)and Pioneer Cemeteries: Sculpture Gardens of the Old West (2008). Her articles have appeared in The Art Journal, American Art, Winterthur Portfolio, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, Prospects and Markers.  She is currently working on Monuments to Faith, a book exploring nineteenth-century American cemetery sculptures.

Denver Art Museum Affiliates

Sarah Magnatta

Sarah Magnatta

Consultant, Asian Art, Denver Art Museum
PhD The Ohio State University; MA University of Denver [email protected]

Read More

Sarah Magnatta received her PhD in Art History from The Ohio State University with a specialty in Himalayan and South Asian art. She served as the Interpretive Specialist of Asian Art at the Denver Art Museum from 2015 to 2018 where she worked on several exhibitions including Ganesha: The Playful Protector and Linking Asia: Art, Trade, and Devotion. She contributed an essay regarding the spread of Buddhist art throughout Asia and object entries for the Linking Asia catalog that accompanied the exhibition. Sarah has been teaching for the University of Denver since 2010 and was previously a consultant for the Thangde Gatsal Tibetan Buddhist Art Digital Collection. Classes taught include Sacred Art of Asia, Buddhism in Art, Indian Art, Tibetan Art, and Politics in Art. She also teaches a travel course for Special Programs titled Tibet on Display: “Collecting/Viewing” Tibetan Art in New York City. Her current research focuses on contemporary Tibetan art and she will be curating an upcoming exhibition with artist Tenzing Rigdol.

Molly Medakovich

Molly Medakovich

Teaching Specialist, Adult Programs, Denver Art Museum
PhD and MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
[email protected]

Ron Otsuka

Ronald Y. Otsuka

Dr. Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art, Denver Art Museum
Curator of Asian Art Emeritus (beginning January 1, 2015)
MA New York University; BA University of California-Santa Barbara
[email protected]

Read More

Ronald Y. Otsuka, Dr. Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art, has been with the Denver Art Museum since 1973. He did his graduate studies at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. In addition to his other publications, Otsuka developed special issues on the Denver Art Museum for Orientations and Arts of Asia. He has organized and administered more than sixty-five Asian art exhibitions for the Denver Art Museum, Colorado State University, and Japan Pavilion (Epcot Center). He is the recipient of research grants from the Asian Cultural Council, Bunkacho (Agency of Cultural Affairs, Japan) and National Endowment for the Arts. In 2013, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan presented him with a commendation for his promotion of cultural understanding between the United States and Japan. He has taught courses on Japanese art history at the University of Denver periodically since 1991.

Eric Paddock

Curator of Photography, Denver Art Museum
MFA Yale University; BA Colorado College
[email protected]

Eric Paddock teaches the History of Photography.

Additional Art History Faculty

Dean Sobel

Dean Sobel

Director, Clyfford Still Museum
MA University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
[email protected]

Read More

At DU, Dean Sobel teaches classes on Abstract Expressionism. As Director of the Clyfford Still Museum, he spearheaded the efforts to create a permanent home for the Clyfford Still Estate, encompassing approximately 3,000 works of art by this preeminent American Abstract Expressionist artist that were bequeathed to the City of Denver in 2004. Since his appointment in 2005, Sobel, a specialist in twentieth-century art, established the vision for the museum, which opened in 2011.  From 2000–2005, Sobel was Director of the Aspen Art Museum, a non-collecting kunsthalle.  During his tenure, he organized one-person exhibitions of Robert Mangold, Ilya Kabakov, John Currin, Thomas Demand, Elizabeth Peyton and Olafur Eliasson.  From 1995–2000, Sobel was Chief Curator at the Milwaukee Art Museum, where he held the joint position of Curator of Contemporary Art.

Retired Faculty Members

M.E. Warlick

M.E. Warlick

Professor (emerita), European modern art and women’s studies,
PhD University of Maryland; MA Georgia State University; BSHE University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Shwayder Art Building 024
303-871-3271
[email protected]
http://portfolio.du.edu/mwarlick

Read More

M.E. Warlick received DU’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1991.   Her classes include: The Goddess in Art, 19th Century Art, Dada and Surrealism, Art and the History of Science, as well as the History of Collections for museum studies.  For the common curriculum, she teaches Artists on Film and the ASEM Harry Potter and Esotericism.  She also team-teaches Excavating and Exploring Italy, covering the art and literature of Rome, Florence and Venice, followed by travel to those cities, Fall 2014 information.  Her books include Max Ernst and Alchemy: A Magician in Search of Myth (2001) and The Alchemy Stones(2002). She has published articles in the Art Bulletin, the Art Journal, Leonardo, Cauda Pavonis, Glasgow Emblem Studies, Culture and Cosmos and several essays in anthology volumes of the Association for the Study of Esotercism (ASE). She is currently writing a book entitled Alchimia: Women, Gender and Sexuality in Alchemical Images.