Assistant Professor of Art History
PhD, University of Washington; MA, University of California, Davis; BA, University of California, Irvine
Contact Information: Email: email@example.com
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 dive into current trends and the challenges museums face in the 21st century.
“Evil Things in Robes of Sorrow: Albert Pinkham Ryder’s War Gothic,” in War Gothic, eds. Agnieszka Soltysik and Steffen Hantke (forthcoming 2015)
“Collecting American Glass: Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Gilder Circle in 19th-century New York,” Revista de História da Arte, Instituto de História da Arte, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.
“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).
“The American Art Amalgam: European Traditions and the Frontier Spirit.” Cercles: Revue pluridisciplinaire du monde anglophone, no. 19 (Spring 2009).
“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).
“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).
2014 The Emerging Curator Initiative: Trial by Fire, Curatorial and Exhibition Studies: Bridging Theory and Practice, College Art Association Annual Conference
2013 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
2011 Richard Watson Gilder and The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, Print Modernities, University of British Columbia Conference
2010 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
2009 Exhibiting the Native American Other: Exoticism and the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, A-Y-P Symposium, University of Washington and Burke Museum
Survey of Art I, Survey of Art II, Museum Studies: Objects and Collections, Museum Studies: Trends and Practices, Contemporary Art Seminar, 20/21: Art Since 1900, American Art