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Dr. Diana McClintock

Associate Professor of Art History

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Diana McClintock

Office Telephone: (770) 499-3245
Office: WB 219

Diana McClintock has a Ph.D. in Art History from Emory University (1998). Before joining the faculty at Kennesaw State University (2006) she was an Associate Professor of Art History at the Atlanta College of Art (1997-2006), and before that she taught at Emory, and at several colleges and Chapman University in Southern California. Prior to entering academia she was Curator of Education at Laguna Art Museum (Orange County, CA), and a museum educator at the Municipal Art Gallery (Barnsdall Art Park) in Los Angeles, experiences that inform her approach to her discipline today. Her focus is “Engaged Scholarship” that brings her work down from its ivory tower to integrate scholarly activity with community involvement. She has developed several Service Learning projects that provide active learning experiences and hands-on application of academic concepts to real-life situations for her students.

McClintock's current research interests include the examination of changes to art criticism and critical writing in the age of digital technology, and the continued investigation of Finster’s Paradise Garden and other transformative "Outsider" site. Both projects involve rethinking standard approaches and methodologies.

McClintock also reviews for Art Papers and writes for ArtsAtl.


Kennesaw State University Vita


Ph. D., Spring 1998, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, Art History

M. A., Spring 1986, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, Art History

B. A., Spring 1993, Duke University, Durham, NC, Political Science/Art History (double major)


August 2006 - present, Visual Arts Department, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA,
Associate Professor

January 1997 - May 2006, Liberal Arts Department, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA,
Associate Professor (April 2001 - May 2006); Assistant Professor ( August 1997 - April 2001); Visiting Instructor (January 1997-May 1997)

August 1995 - December 1996, Art History Department, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, Dean’s Teaching Fellow

August 1987 - May 1991, Fine Arts Department, Rancho Santiago College, Orange, CA, Instructor.

August 1990 - December 1990, Fine Arts Department, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA, Instructor.

June 1989 - May 1990, Fine Arts Department, Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA, Instructor.

August 1988 - May 1989 Art Department, Chapman College, Orange, CA, Visiting Lecturer.

August 1987-May 1988 Professional Acting Conservatory, Rancho Santiago College, Orange, CA, Instructor of Fashion Furniture, Art and Architecture

September 1986 - December 1988 Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA, Curator of Education.

January 1986 – January 1987 Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park, North Hollywood, CA, Assistant Coordinator of Education.


College Art Association

Popular Culture Association

American Studies Association

International Society of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


2012-13 COTA Faculty/Staff Global Engagement Grant Award of $2411.00 to lead “Modernism, Postmodernism and After in Paris and Venice,” a student trip to Paris and the Venice Biennale in June of 2013.

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Kennesaw State University. Travel Funding Award, Fall 2012, for Chairing a Session, “The Work of Art Criticism in the Age of Ezines and Blogging,” at the College Art Association 101st Annual Conference, February 13-16, 2013.

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Kennesaw State University. Faculty Learning Community 2010-2011: “Engaging ‘dOCUMENTA (13):’ Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Cutting Edge Art from Multiple Perspectives.” I wrote the proposal and served as the coordinator of this Learning Community, with colleagues from the departments of History, German Studies and the School of Communications as participants. This includes a $750 travel stipend for me and a $500 travel stipend for each of the participants. A significant outcome of the FLC was the development of a new study abroad program, “Contextualizing dOCUMENTA(13), Public Art and Commemorative Public Practice Since the Third Reich, “ which was approved for Summer, 2012. I was the co-director of this Study Abroad program with Dr. Sabine Smith from the Department of Foreign Languages (German Studies). Unfortunately the Program was cancelled due to lack of participation.

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Kennesaw State University. Travel Funding Award, Fall 2010, for Chairing a Session and Presenting a Paper at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, January 4-7, 2011.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, 1993-98, U.S. Department of Education, Washington D.C. (for Dissertation Research).

Dean's Teaching Fellow, 1995-96, Emory University, Atlanta, GA (for Teaching).

Graduate Fellowship, Ph.D. Program in Art History, 1991-93, Emory University, Atlanta, GA (Research)

Graduate Fellowship, M.A. Program in Art History, 1983-84, Emory University, Atlanta, GA (Research)

Departmental Distinction in Art History, 1983, Duke University, Durham, NC (Research)



Course Taught at Kennesaw State University:

  • AMST7500 Directed Study in American Studies (See Student Supervision; Provisional Appointment to the Graduate Faculty approved 4/26/2011), 3 times at KSU
  • ARH4990 Howard Finster’s Paradise Gardens and Southern Outsider Art, 1 time at KSU
  • ARH2950/3850 (course number changed in 2010) Art Since 1900, 8 times at KSU
  • ARH4900 Contemporary Art, 3 times at KSU
  • ARH 3990 Research Methods in Art History, 3 times at KSU
  • ARH 4840 History of Graphic Design, 3 times at KSU
  • ARH2850 Renaissance through Modern Art, 3 times at KSU
  • ART1107 Art Appreciation, 3 times at KSU
  • ARH4150 African-American Art, 1 time at KSU
  • ARH4490 Art of the 1960s (Special Topics),1 time at KSU
  • ARH 4870 History of Photography, 1 Time at KSU
  • SA4490 Italian Renaissance Art (Montepulciano, Italy), 1 time at KSU
  • SA4490 Art Appreciation (ART1107, Montepulciano, Italy), 1 time at KSU
  • SS290 Great Books Honors Program, Art Appreciation (Montepulciano, Italy), 1 time at KSU
  • ARH4400, Directed Study (See Student Supervision), 1 time at KSU
  • Internship Supervision (see Student Supervision), 6 times at KSU

Other Courses Taught at Other Institutions:

  • Twentieth Century Art, 35+ times at the Atlanta College of Art
  • Contemporary Art Issues, 5 times at the Atlanta College of Art
  • History of Modern Design, 3 times at the Atlanta College of Art
  • Global Perspectives on Art, 3 times at the Atlanta College of Art
  • Renaissance through Modern Art, 3 times at the Atlanta College of Art
  • History of Sculpture, 1 time at the Atlanta College of Art
  • World Cultures, Europe, Africa and the United States in the Twentieth Century, 1 time at the Atlanta College of Art
  • History of Twentieth Century Art, 1 time at Saddleback Community College
  • History of Twentieth Century Art, 4 times at Rancho Santiago College
  • Art Since 1945, two times at Chapman College
  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art, 1 time at Chapman College
  • Fashion Furniture Art and Architecture, 1 time at the Professional Acting Conservatory, Rancho Santiago College
  • Art Appreciation, 2 times at Irvine Valley College
  • Art Tours, 1 time at Irvine Valley College


Master’s Theses:

Moye, Annie. “Blue-haired Ladies and Mumbling Rednecks”: Preserving Pasaquan Through Community Engagement. (AMST7900; defended May, 2012).

Directed Study Research at Kennesaw State University:

Burkly, Ann. “Howard Finster’s Paradise Gardens and McNeil Island” (working title, AMST7500, Summer 2011).

Trodahl, Joann. “Howard Finster’s Paradise Gardens” (working title, a sociological study for AMST 7500, Summer 2010).

Moye, Ann. “Howard Finster and Eddie Owens Martin” (working title, AMST 7500, Summer 2011).

Maloof, James. Noel Mahaffey, Karel Appel and Lyonel Feininger for Modern and Contemporary Art in the KSU Collection (summer 2010; publication January 2011).

Internships at Kennesaw State University:

Murphy, Judi. Under my supervision, Judi developed a searchable, online database for the William Arnett’s collection of African-American outsider art, easily the largest and most significant collection of this work that exists today. (Spring 2012)

Kibreva, Elena. I supervised Elena as she researched approximately twenty engravings and etchings, dating from the 18th through the late 19th century, that were recently donated to the KSU Museum. She conducted original research on the artists, as well as the provenance, historical data (for the KSU Museum permanent files), compiled condition reports, and produced an exhibition proposal. (Spring, 2011)

Gant, Mersia. Mersia researched several works of art in the African Collection of the Michael C. Carlos Museum, directly under the supervision of Dr. Jessica Stephenson, Curator of African Art and a half-time Lecturer in Art History at KSU. I met with her initially to develop the internship, reviewed her progress, discussed her work with Professor Stephenson, read her finished reports and assigned her grade. (Fall 2010)

Leonard, Melissa. Melissa worked for two months during the summer under my direct supervision at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, organizing archival materials about Georgia activism (in art) that became permanent additions to the research collection in the MOCA/GA Educational Resource Center. She and I conducted video interviews of living artists that became part of the MOCA/GA Georgia Artist Oral History Project, and she transcribed the interviews for the permanent archives. (Summer 2009)

Sims, Melanie. Melanie worked for a semester under my direct supervision at MOCA/GA organizing archival materials about Georgia activist artist groups and conducting video interviews of living Georgia artists that became the first additions to the MOCA/GA Georgia Artist Oral History Project. Melanie focused on the work of the Atlanta Women’s Art Coalition, a group that splintered off from the Art Workers Coalition in the late 1960s, and pieced together the first written timeline of this group’s activities that is now a part of the permanent archives at MOCA/GA. (Spring 2009)

Elliott, Angela. Angela was a graphic design major who wanted experience in a contemporary art setting, so I arranged for her to work with the Public Relations Director at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. She wrote press releases, designed exhibition brochures and designed web-based publicity materials. (Summer 2008)

Crofton, Tyler. Tyler worked with Dr. Rebecca Stone-Miller at Emory University’s Carlos Museum, researching and writing about Pre-Columbian Art in the Carlos Museum collection. I monitored his progress, in consultation with Dr. Jessica Stephenson, met with him several times during th course of the internship and evaluated his final report in consultation with Dr. Stone-Miller. (Spring 2008).

STUDENT ADVISING (other than student supervision)

Faculty Advisor to the KSU Art History Club, 2010-present. (I helped the students organize the club in the fall of 2009).

One of two faculty advisors of the Visions Student Art Guild, 2007-2008.

Student Advising Prior to Kennesaw State University:
At the Atlanta College of Art every member of the Liberal Arts Department spent time advising every student who registered for a liberal arts class (the total student population was approximately 400). Each semester each faculty member would review schedules and requirements with approximately 75 students.

Student Advising At Kennesaw State University:
Each semester I meet with approximately 20students who are assigned to me as their advisor, to discuss their degree program requirements and course schedule options. In addition, since we initiated the Art History Minor in 2008, and in preparation for the new Art History Major (anticipated December, 2011), I regularly advise numerous students in all of my classes as well as outside of class time.




“Melancholia, Subversion, and Guerilla Art History.” Robert Sherer’s Bloodworks. 2012. Kennesaw, GA: Kennesaw State University Press.

“From Woodcutters to Dynamic Equilibrium: Walking the Tightrope between Abstraction and Representation in the KSU Art Collection.” Modern and Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection. January 10-April 28, 2011. Kennesaw State University Art Museum & Galleries.

“Matt Haffner: Dreams of a Sleeping Giant.” September, 2009. Atlanta, GA: Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia Working Artists’ Project.

“Rogue Blossoms and Surreptitious Sensibilities” in Robert Sherer Blood Works: Portraits of Love and Loss in the Age of AIDS. January, 2008. Kennesaw, GA: Kennesaw State University Fine Arts Gallery.

“On the Surface: Color, Skin, Paint.” Co-authored with Marcia Cohen. African-American/American Art in the Paul R. Jones Collection. Organized by Amalia Amaki. 2004. Rutgers, NJ: University of Delaware Museum and Rutgers University Press.

American Art in the Norton Collection. 1995. West Palm Beach: The Norton Gallery and School of Art. (Contributed fifteen essays on twentieth-century American artists).

Larry Bell, Light on Surface: Ten Years of Vapor Drawings. 1987. Laguna Beach: Laguna Art Museum.

The Interpretive Link: Abstract Surrealism into Abstract Expressionism, Works on Paper1938-1948. 1986. Newport Beach, CA: Newport Harbor Art Museum. (Contributed five biographical essays).

Refereed Journal Articles:

Forthcoming (2013): July 2012.  "Howard Finster's ‘Paradise Garden’: A Phenomenological Examination of Living Religious Art," Proceedings of the 33rd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art, Nuremberg, Germany. 

“Don’t Judge a Box by Its Cover: The Logic of Lisa Hart’s Book Art.” Fall, 2000. Journal of Artists’ Books 13.

"Bessie Harvey: Her Gift of the Spirit." Spring. 1994. Athanor, XII.

Non-Refereed Articles and Reviews:

“Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists.” November/December 2012. Art Papers.

“Craig Dongoski.” September/October 2012. Art Papers.

“Gregor Turk: Terminal Velocity.” July/August 2012. Art Papers.

“Gyun Hur.” May/June 2012. Art Papers.

“Glexis Novoa.” January/February 2012. Art Papers.

“Cui Xiuwen.” November/December 2011. Art Papers.

“Chip Simone.” September/October 2011. Art Papers.

“Jill Storthz.” July/August 2011. Art Papers.

“Gyun Hur at Get This Gallery, Atlanta.” December, 2010. Sculpture.

“Jeanette Montgomery Barron.” November/December 2010. Art Papers.

Conor McGrady.” July/August 2010. Art Papers.

“Carol Roberts.” March/April 2010. Art Papers.

“Chris Johanson Continuality at Van Every Gallery, Davidson College.” December, 2009. Sculpture.

“Duncan Johanson; Neil Fried and Monica Duncan ‘Palimpsest Portraits.” November/December 2009. Art Papers.

“Avantika Bawa.” March/April 2009. Art Papers.

“Zhang Dali.” January/February 2009. Art Papers.

“Larry Walker.”September/October 2008. Art Papers.

“Breaking New Ground.” July/August 2008. Art Papers.

“The Possibility of Framing Infinity” May/June 2008. Art Papers.

“Jiha Moon.” March-April 2008. Art Papers.

“Annette Cone-Skelton.” January-February 2008. Art Papers.

“Emerging Artists 2007” September/October 2007. Art Papers.

“Julia Hill and Caroline Smith” at Whitespace. July/August 2007. Art Papers.

“Katherine Mitchell” at City Gallery East. May/June 2007. Art Papers.

“Marty Emanuel, Martha Whittington, Sang-Wook Lee” at MOCA/GA. May/June 2007. Art Papers.

“Yuri Shibata, Takashimi Abe, Motoi Yamamoto” at Van Every Smith Galleries of Davidson College . March/April 2007. Art Papers.

“Michael Gibson” at Faye Gold. March/April 2007. Art Papers.

“Matt Bryans” and “Demetrius Oliver” at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. January/February 2007. Art Papers.

“John Otte” at Solomon Projects. November/December 2006. Art Papers.

“Jennifer Celio” at Romo Gallery. September/October 2006. Art Papers.

“Suspended in Conflict” at Space One Eleven, Birmingham. March/April, 2006. Art Papers.

“Red Beans and Rice: Asian Artists in the New South” at The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. January/February 2006. Art Papers.

“Scott Bellville and Mario Petrirena” at Sandler Hudson. September/October, 2005. Art Papers.

Brian Novatny, and Philip Carpenter “Primary Colors” at Marcia Wood. September/October, 2005. Art Papers.

Joe Peregine “Hell on Wheels” at Solomon Projects. May/June 2005. Art Papers.

“Wayne Kline and the Rolling Stone Press” at MOCA/GA. March/April 2005. Art Papers.

“Strange Planet” at Georgia State and Saltworks Gallery, and Xing Danwen at Kiang Gallery. Jan./Feb. 2005. Art Papers.

“Shin-Il Kim at Saltworks Gallery.” March/April 2003. Art Papers.

“Maximal Overdrive: Diana McClintock Visits Jimmy O’Neal.” May/June 2000. Art Papers.


Refereed Conference Presentations, Teaching Related:

January 2011. Session Chair, and Presenter: “Leaving the Cloister-Ivy-Hall-Ivory-Tower of Art: A Model for Engaged Scholarship and Service Learning in Art History.” Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI, International.

January 2009. “Re-Learning to Look: Using Art Criticism in the Art History Classroom.” Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI, International.

Refereed Conference Presentations, Modern/Contemporary Art:

February 2013. Session Chair. “The Work of Art Criticism in the Age of Ezines and Blogging.” 101st Annual Conference of the College Art Association, New York.

July 2012.  "Howard Finster's "Paradise Garden": A Phenomenological Examination of Living Religious Art," 33rd Congress of International Committee of the History of Art, “The Challenge of the Object (Die Herausforderung des Objektes)" Section 3, Nuremberg, Germany. 

April 2012. “Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden: The Transformative Power of Vernacular Art.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Boston.

April 2009. “Johnny Detroit’s Brunch and Other Irreverent Interventions,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.

March 2008. “Subversion, Melancholia and Guerilla Art History In Robert Sherer’s Bloodworks,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference., San Francisco, CA. International.

March 2005. “The Posters of Ludwig Hohlwein: The Power of the Pictorial,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, San Diego, CA. International.

November 2003. Session Chair: “Modernism and Nationalism in the Art of the African Diaspora.” Presenter: “Aaron Douglas and Fire! Constructing a Modern Artistic Identity.” Modernist Studies Association, The New Modernisms IV Conference, Madison, WI. National.

October 2001. "Black Magic and White Modernism: Aaron Douglas's Depictions of Africa," Laying Claim Conference, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY. National.

October 2000. “The Style of Modernity in the Art of Aaron Douglas.” Modernist Studies Association, The New Modernisms II Conference, Seminar participant “Modernism and Prestige” Philadelphia, PA.

“Modernism and Harlem Renaissance Art History,” Modernist Studies Association, The New Modernisms Conference (Pennsylvania State University, State College PA, 10/7-10/99).

"John Gadsby Chapman's Baptism of Pocahontas: Indian Princess or Squaw?" South East College Art Conference, (Chapel Hill, N.C. 10/23/93).

"The Art of Bessie Harvey: Her Gift of the Spirit" Florida State University Graduate Symposium (Tallahassee, FL, 3/13/93).



Professional Academic Service at Kennesaw State University:

University Academic Standing Committee Fall, 2012-Spring 2014.

KSU Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books, Roundtable Discussion of Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden, April 5, 2012. I organized and moderated a roundtable discussion about my summer, 2011 service learning class and our continued involvement with the restoration of Howard Finster's Paradise Garden.

University Committee on Outside Activity (Spring 2010 – Fall 2012). As the College of the Arts representative on this committee, I have met weekly during the academic year and twice during the summer term with representatives from each college, from the Chairs’ Council and the Deans’ Council to draft university policies on Outside and Consulting Activity, Overload Compensation and Intellectual Property.

College of the Arts

College Faculty Council 2012-2014.

Gallery talk, Donors’ Reception, KSU Museums and Galleries, January 2011.

Ad-hoc Committee to draft the By-Laws of the COTA College Faculty Council, Spring 2007.

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Master’s Program in American Studies, Admissions Committee, Fall 2011-Spring 2012.

Master’s Program in American Studies, Curriculum Assessment Committee, Fall 2012-Spring 2013.

School of Art and Design

Gallery/Museum Director Search Committee Fall 2012-Spring 2013.

Art Historian Search Committee Fall 2012-Spring 2013.

Chair, Visual Arts Scholarship Committee, Fall 2010-Spring 2013; Committee Member 2008-9.

Gallery/Museum Director Search Committee Fall 2010-Spring 2011.

Visual Arts Curriculum Committee, Fall 2010- Spring 2012.

Chair, Art History Search Committee, Fall 2008-Spring 2009.

Proposal for Art History Major, Fall 2007-Spring 2010. I revised a preliminary draft and completed the initial draft for an Art History Major, and then assisted the Department Chair in continued revisions and collecting supporting materials through the spring of 2010.

Chair, Recruitment Committee, Fall 2008-Spring 2009.

Ad hoc NASAD Self-Study Committee Member, Fall 2006-Spring 2008. Wrote and revised portions of the Visual Arts Department NASAD Self-Study in preparation for the Visual Arts Department Re-Accreditation in 2008.

Visiting Artists Committee, Fall 2007-Spring 2008, Fall 2008-Spring 2009.

Chair, Ad hoc Visual Arts Tenure And Promotion Guidelines Committee, Fall 2006-Fall 2007.


“Russian Art and Architecture” Art History Lecture for Georgia Academic Decathlon, September 7, 2012. Taught a workshop about art fundamentals and Russian Art History for teachers and state student for the Georgia Academic Decathlon.

“Conversation with Sharon Shapiro” Poem 88 Gallery, Atlanta, March 19, 2011.

“Women and Art,” Northside Women’s Club, Atlanta, November 19, 2009.

“American Craft Council Annual Show in Atlanta,” Juror, Marietta, GA March 13, 2009.

“A History of Women in the Arts” Lecture for the American Association of University Women Georgia Chapter, 30th Anniversary Year Opening Meeting, Kennesaw State University, September 16, 2008.

“TABOO: Atlanta Activism” exhibition brochure for Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Grand Opening May 16, 2008.

Portfolio Reviewer, The Contemporary Art Center of Atlanta, September 9, 2007: Reviewed portfolios of emerging Atlanta artists.

Wrote and administered Art History Exam for area high school students for a National Arts honor Society (NAAS) Scholarship that was presented at the Annual Georgia NAAS weekend, hosted by KSU on February 9, 2007




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