Dr. George Speer
Dr. Speer's CV
Dr. George V. Speer, Assistant Professor of Art History, received
his doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis and his Master
of Arts in Art History from Southern Methodist University. Dr.
Speer also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from Trinity University
in San Antonio and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University. Prior
to his appointment at Northern Arizona University, Dr. Speer was
Curator of the Luce Foundation Center for American Art at the Smithsonian
American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Speer’s research interests focus on twentieth-century
American art and culture and the political origins and consequences
of representation. His scholarship often involves European
art since 1945 and its influence on American art as well as the shifting
definitions of the political and cultural avant-garde that American
culture has inherited from Europe.
Professor Speer’s publications include contributions to Variations
on America: Masterworks from American Art Forum Collections (D.
Giles and Co., London in association with Smithsonian American
Art Museum) and H.W. Janson and the Legacy of Modern Art at
Washington University (Washington University Gallery of Art
and Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York), and he is currently
working on a book manuscript titled Binding Frankenstein: Art
and Healing in the Body Politic, 1930-39.