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Charles C. Eldredge

Hall Distinguished Professor, American Art and Culture
Primary office:
209-E Spencer Museum of Art

Professor Eldredge's research and teaching focus on painting, sculpture and allied arts of the United States, especially from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. His scholarship reflects his training in American Studies, with particular interest in social and literary history, as well as art history; his long association with art museums and collections makes the unique object central to his work, much of which is related to exhibitions. His current research includes an art-and-agricultural history project based on the harvest motif and a reconsideration of Arthur B. Davies's paintings of the American West.


1971 Ph.D., Art History, University of Minnesota
1966 B.A., American Studies, Amherst College

Professional Experience:

1988-present, Hall Distinguished Professor of American Art and Culture, University of Kansas
1982-88 Director, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
1971-82 Director, Spencer Museum of Art, and Professor, Art History, University of Kansas
1970-71 Curator, Museum of Art, and Assistant Professor, Art History, University of Kansas

Selected Publications:

Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico, 2014.

The Legend of Rex Slinkard, with Geneva M. Gano, for the Cantor Arts Center, 2011.

Wendell Castle: About Time, Spencer Museum of Art, 2008. 

John Steuart Curry's "Hoover and the Flood": Painting Modern History, University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

Tales from the Easel: American Narrative Paintings, University of Georgia Press, 2004.

The Floor of the Sky: Artists and the North American Prairie, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2000.

Reflections on Nature: Small Paintings by Arthur Dove, 1942-1943, The American Federation of Arts, 1997

Georgia O'Keeffe: American and Modern, Yale University Press, 1993

Pacific Parallels: Artists and the Landscape in New Zealand, 1840-1990, with Jim Barr and Mary Barr, University of Washington Press, 1991.

Georgia O'Keeffe, Harry N. Abrams Inc., 1991

American Originals: Selections from Reynolda House, Museum of American Art, with Barbara B. Millhouse, Abbeville Press, 1990

Art in New Mexico, 1900-1945: Paths to Taos & Santa Fe, with Julie Schimmel and William H. Truettner, Abbeville Press, 1986.

Charles Walter Stetson, Color and Fantasy, Spencer Museum of Art, 1982

American Imagination and Symbolist Painting, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 1979 

Ward Lockwood, 1894-1963, University of Kansas Museum of Art, 1974.

The Arcadian Landscape: Nineteenth-Century American Painters in Italy, with Barbara Novak, University of Kansas Museum of Art, 1974. 

Marsden Hartley, Lithographs and Related Works, University of Kansas Museum of Art, 1972.

Selected Honors and Awards

2008 Balfour S. Jeffrey Award for Achievement in the Humanities and Social Sciences

2004 Phi Beta Kappa, honorary

2003 W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence (graduate teaching)

2000 KU Center for Teaching Excellence Award for Undergraduate Instruction

1993 Foundation Fellow, University of Auckland

1990 Honorary member, Association of Art Museum Directors

1989-present Smithsonian Research Associate

1986 Outstanding Achievement Award, University of Minnesota

1983 Fulbright Scholar (New Zealand)

1979 Smithsonian Fellowship

Editorial Activities

1996-2006 Editorial board, American Art
1987 Founder, American Art
1976-82 Editorial board, American Studies
1979-81 Museum news editor, Art Journal (College Art Association of America)


Terra Foundation for American Art, 2007-2013
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX, 2003-2006
Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation, Abiquiu, NM 1989-1995
Amherst College, Amherst, MA, 1987-1993; Trustee Emeritus
Reynolda House, Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC, 1986-1988
Association of Art Museum Directors, 1981-1982, 1987-1988
Watkins Community Museum, Lawrence, KS 1973-1976

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