Jonathan Frederick Walz, Ph.D – Director of Curatorial Affairs & Curator of American Art

Every day, Dr. Walz gets to bring American art and people together in meaningful ways. He also has the privilege of advocating for diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion — sometimes at the same time! That’s the part of his job that he loves the most.

Title: Director of Curatorial Affairs & Curator of American Art

Year Hired: 2016

Previous Experience: Curator of American Art – Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska–Lincoln; Curator – Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College; Senior Graduate Student Curatorial Assistant – David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, University of Maryland, College Park

Education: Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, dissertation topic: “Performing the New Face of Modernism: Anti-Mimetic Portraiture and the American Avant-Garde, 1912-1927; Master of Arts, University of Maryland, College Park; Bacher of Arts, Asbury College, French language and culture, studio art

  • “Peripheral Portraits,” in Essays in Honor of the National Portrait Gallery’s 75th Anniversary, Wendy Wick Reaves, ed. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2017


  • “‘What I Have Done with Where I Have Been’: Some Queer American Modernists and the Rural Experience,” in Rural Modernism: Painting the American Scene, Amanda C. Burdan, ed. Chadds Ford: Brandywine River Museum of Art, 2016


  • “Portraiture ‘At the Service of the Mind’: American Modernism, Representation, and Subjectivity from The Armory Show to the Great Depression,” in This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today, K. Campagnolo, A. Goodyear, and J. Walz, with a contribution by D. Evans, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016


  • “The Act of Portrayal and the Art of Dying: Charles Demuth ‘Faces’ Mortality,” Ricerche di Storia dell’arte, no. 118 (special issue on the intersection of modern/contemporary art and death), April 2016


  • Florida’s “Useable Past”: The Sunshine State and the Index of American Design (brochure), Winter Park, FL: Cornell Fine Arts Museum, 2013


  • “Elizabeth Murray” and “Into the Fourth Decade: 1996 -2005,” essays in Gemini G.E.L.: Online Catalogue Raisonné, second edition. Washington: National Gallery of Art, 2011


  • “Portraiture, Disappearance, and the First American Avant-Garde,” in Narcissus in the Studio: Artist’s Portraits and Self-Portraits, Robert Cozzolino, ed. Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 2010


  • “Heyd Fontenot: Queer/ing Portraiture,” in The Very Queer Portraits of Heyd Fontenot, College Park: The Art Gallery, University of Maryland, 2010


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