- Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Associate
- Professor of Art History
- Office: Room N322, LDSOA
- Phone: 706-542-1579
DR. JANICE SIMON, JOSIAH MEIGS DISTINGUISHED TEACHING ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ART HISTORY, focuses on the art of the United States from colonial times through World War II. She was granted the Ph.D. from the University of Michigan with Great Distinction, her M.A. from the same institution, and her B.A. from SUNY/Buffalo summa cum laude, all in Art History. Her dissertation on the most important art periodical of pre-Civil War America, “The Crayon (1855-1861): The Voice of Nature in Criticism, Poetry, and the Fine Arts,” is widely cited.
A faculty member of the Lamar Dodd School of Art since 1988, she has taught a wide variety of subjects related to American art on both the undergraduate and graduate levels including American landscape painting, the Art of Alfred Hitchcock, the Blue Four in America, and Spirituality in Modern Art. She has been honored with numerous teaching awards including the University’s highest honors for junior faculty, the Richard Russell Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching (1992), and the University’s most prestigious distinction, the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship (2006).
Her publications include Images of Contentment: John F. Kensett and the Connecticut Shore, co-editor of Crossroads in American Impressionism at the Turn of the Century, and author of chapters in Classical Ground: Mid-Nineteenth Century American Painters and the Italian Encounter and Seeing High and Low: Representing Social Conflict in American Visual Culture, among others. Critical discourse in nineteen th century periodicals about landscape painting, nature, belief, and philosophy (especially Unitarianism and Transcendentalism) has been a concern of her research for over twenty years. She is currently working on a book on the image of the forest interior in American art. Articles on genre painting and socio-political concerns of antebellum America are also in progress.