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Susan Richmond

Associate Professor    Art History    

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2002


Modern and Contemporary Art of the U.S. and Europe;
Feminist and Gender Theories


My research and teaching focus on modern and contemporary art, with a specific emphasis on feminist practices and the social and material histories of high/low relationships in the art and culture of the U.S. In my book, Lynda Benglis: Beyond Process (I.B. Tauris Press, 2013), I provide an in-depth examination of the artist’s career and her contributions to contemporary video and sculptural practices in the U.S. Recognized as an important figure of the late 20th-century, Benglis helped change the artistic landscape in vital ways, and her work continues to inform artists today. Research for this book was supported by a 2009 fellowship through the Georgia O’Keeffe Research Center for American Modernism.

My current book project entails a consideration of the history and impact of U.S. women’s domestic hobby crafting. In looking at the emergence and popularity of this pastime in the post-WWII era, I am interested in the intersections it reveals between high and low art, and the ways in which contemporary artists have subsequently borrowed from it.

I have also written on the work of Mary Kelly and Ree Morton, among others. I also co-curated Losing Yourself in the 21st Century, an exhibition of new media works by emerging female artists that debuted at the Welch Art Gallery before travelling to Maryland Art Place in Baltimore in 2010.

Affiliations – Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies




Lynda Benglis: Beyond Process. London: I.B. Tauris Press, 2013; reissued in paperback, 2015.*Recipient of the Award for Excellence in Scholarly Research and Publication, Southeastern College Art Conference, 2013.

Selected Articles

“The Sentimentality of Ree Morton’s Signs of Love,” American Art (forthcoming fall 2016).

“Introduction” and co-edited forum, “Sexing Sculpture: New Approaches to Theorizing the Object.” Art Journal 72, no. 4 (Winter 2013). With Jillian Hernandez.

“‘From Stone to Cloud:’ Mary Kelly’s Love Songs and Feminist Intergenerationality.” Feminist Theory 11, no. 1 (2010): 57-78.

“The Ins and Outs of Female Sensibility: A 1973 Video by Lynda Benglis.” Camera Obscura 23, no. 3, 69 (2008): 80-109.

“Stop Frame, Rewind, Push Forward: Mary Kelly’s Love Songs.” Art Papers 32, no. 4 (July/Aug 2008): 26-31.

“Sheila Pree Bright’s Suburbia: Where Nothing is Ever Wanting.” Art Papers 31, no. 4 (July/Aug 2007): 18-22.

“Sizing Up the Dildo: Lynda Benglis’ Artforum Advertisement as a Feminist Icon.” n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal 15 (2005): 24-34.