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Nancy J. Noble

Adjunct Professor


Art History Department

Art School V233



ABD - University of Delaware 
M.A. - University of Massachusetts-Amherst 
B.A. - Wellesley College

My interest in the history of art developed when I was a senior in college. After graduating with a degree in history, I was able to explore and further my interest in art history at the University of Hartford by taking numerous evening courses while working at a local bank during the day. My mentors at the University (several of whom who are now my colleagues) encouraged me to pursue graduate studies, which I did. At the University of Massachusetts and the University of Delaware I focused on the history of art of the U.S. with a secondary area of concentration in modern European art. While in graduate school I also worked in the curatorial department of the Smith College Museum of Art, an invaluable experience for my Museum Studies course. I have taught undergraduate and graduate courses in American art history at Wesleyan University and I currently teach European art history courses at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. My courses at the University of Hartford range from introductory survey classes to specialized courses in gender in American art.

My research focuses on gender issues in nineteenth century American art, especially the development of the role of the artist in American culture and how the personas of artists were perceived in relation to changing ideals and realities of masculinity. I lecture frequently on American art at area museums, most recently on late nineteenth century American watercolors at the New Britain Museum of American Art and on Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. I am currently co-curating (with Professor Sherry Buckberrough of the University of Hartford) an exhibition of art by women artists in the New Britain Museum of American Art’s permanent collection. Our exhibition catalogue, the first examination of women artists’ work in the museum’s collection, will be published later this year.