Jayme Yahr

BA, University of California, Irvine; MA, University of California, Davis; PhD, University of Washington

Contact Information:
Email: jayahr@mail.plymouth.edu
Phone: 603-535-2649
Office: D&M 306

Professor Yahr’s research focuses on two distinct areas of art history: American art and museum studies. Her dissertation, The Art of “The Century”: Richard Watson Gilder, the Gilder Circle, and the Rise of American Modernism, examines the role of The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine in promoting prominent American artists of the late 19th century and their often experimental artistic styles. In addition to her interest in artistic salons, she has published articles on art collecting, cultural patrimony, and issues of identity in American arts and culture.

Over the last decade, Professor Yahr has worked in the curatorial sector of non-profit institutions, including the Kirkland Arts Center, Frye Art Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum, Mingei International Museum, and San Diego History Center. These experiences have provided insight into museum structure and audience development, as well as the practical application of arts and humanities to the professional field. Professor Yahr’s courses in transdisciplinary museum studies at PSU will dive into current trends and the challenges museums face in the 21st century.


Selected Journal Articles

“Appropriating Identity: William Hogarth, Thomas Gainsborough, and Britain’s Myth of the Self-Made Man.” Forum: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts, no. 11 (Autumn 2010).http://www.forumjournal.org/site/issue/11/jayme-yahr.

“The American Art Amalgam: European Traditions and the Frontier Spirit.” Cercles: Revue pluridisciplinaire du monde anglophone, no. 19 (Spring 2009). http://www.cercles.com/pasteach.html

 “A Philadelphia Story: Regional Patrimony in The Barnes Foundation and The Gross Clinic Sagas.” U.S. Studies Online: The British Association of American Studies Journal, no. 15 (Autumn 2009). http://www.baas.ac.uk/issue-15-autumn-2009-article-2/

“The Illustrated Press: Richard Watson Gilder and the American Frontier.” U.S. Studies Online: The British Association of American Studies Journal, no. 14 (Spring 2009). http://www.baas.ac.uk/issue-14-spring-2009-article-4/


Selected Presentations

The Emerging Curator Initiative: Trial by Fire
Curatorial and Exhibition Studies: Bridging Theory and Practice
College Art Association Annual Conference (Forthcoming)

Photo Engraving Killed the Magazine Star: A Case Study in Recontextualizing
19th-Century Illustration
Popular Culture and Consumerism
Western Association of Women Historians Annual Conference

Richard Watson Gilder and The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine
Print Modernities
University of British Columbia Conference

Appropriating Power: Displays of Wealth in the Portraits of William Hogarth and Thomas Gainsborough
Writing History Through the Arts
Western Association of Women Historians Annual Conference

Exhibiting the Native American Other: Exoticism and the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific       Exposition, A-Y-P Symposium
University of Washington and Burke Museum


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