Richard W. Hunnewell


Professor of Art History; Distinguished Teaching Award, 1994

BA, Colby College; PhD, Boston University


Contact Information

Draper and Maynard Hall, Office 304

Telephone: 603-535-2546



Academic Biography

Richard W. Hunnewell received a B.A. in psychology from Colby College and a Ph.D. in art history from Boston University, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on the art theory underlying the self portraits and depictions of the artist by Rembrandt’s early Leiden pupil, Gerrit Dou. Coordinator of the art history program for over thirty years, Hunnewell oversaw the design and recent implementation of a new B.A. in Art History, a degree which emphasizes interdisciplinary connections and professional applications in the art history field. His teaching expertise ranges in western art history from the Renaissance to the present, and includes non-Western courses in Arts of the Far East and Mesoamerican Arts. His research interests center on American landscape painting and prints, Mesoamerican art and Mexican mural painting, pedagogy, and curriculum development. Grants funded by the Kress Foundation supported dissertation research and travel to the Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Russia. PSU Professional Development Grants have supported research and recent travels in Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras to develop his emerging focus on Mesoamerican arts. Travel in Mesoamerica has enabled him to compile a comprehensive image database of significant Aztec and Maya sites, and locations important to Colonial historical, political, and cultural developments in New Spain.


Selected Publications/Presentations

  • Gerrit Dou’s Self Portraits and Depictions of the Artist, Ann Arbor: University Microfilms International, 1983
  • A View from Italy as an Aftermath of September 11th, Plymouth Magazine, 2002
  • “Defining Themes in the Development of European Landscape,” Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH, 2004
  • “Asian Games in Context” for the exhibition Asian Games, Drerup Art Gallery, PSU, 2006
  • “Teaching Tips for Teaching Effectiveness,” Frost Faculty Center, PSU, 2003-2006
  • “Nature into Landscape: Changing Perceptions of the American Wilderness,” for the exhibition As Time Passes over the Land: Paintings of the White Mountains, Drerup Art Gallery, PSU, 2011



  • Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship, 1988
  • Professional Development Grants to research and develop a course on Mesoamerican Art, PSU, 2008, 2010, 2011
  • Distinguished Teacher Award, PSU, 1994
  • Listings in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
  • Phi Kappa Phi, PSU, 1985
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Colby College, 1967


Courses Taught

  • Survey of Art I and II
  • Renaissance Art in Southern Europe
  • Art and Ideas in the Nineteenth Century
  • Arts of the United States
  • Arts of the Far East
  • Mesoamerican Art: From Maya to Frida Kahlo



From 2003-2006 Professor Hunnewell served as co-director of PSU’s Frost Faculty Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence, a grant funded initiative dedicated to investigating pedagogies of engagement relevant to today’s students’ lives.

 Nominated for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Hunnewell received Plymouth State University’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1994 and served from 2003-2006 as co-director of the Frost Faculty Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence, a grant funded initiative dedicated to investigating pedagogies of engagement relevant to today’s students’ lives.




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Ceramics Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Art

Draper & Maynard Building, Room 207
Phone: 603-535-2201
Email: (Debra Stalnaker, Administrative Assistant)
Fax: 603-535-2938

Mailing Address
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Plymouth, NH 03264