Department of Art and Art History People

Dr. Susan Rather

Associate Professor

Art History: American Art


Susan Rather

Associate Professor Rather received her Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. Her research on issues of modernism in early-twentieth-century American and European sculpture culminated in Archaism, Modernism, and the Art of Paul Manship (1993). Since that time, she has focused on eighteenth- and early-nineteenth century British and American art, with particular attention to the status and representation of artists. This work has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Tyson Scholars program at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Winterthur Museum, American Council of Learned Societies, Yale Center for British Art, Massachusetts Historical Society, and The University of Texas. Rather has published articles and book reviews in a variety of journals, among them American Art, Archives of American Art Journal, Art Bulletin, Art Journal, Arts Magazine, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Metropolitan Museum Journal, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Theatre Notebook, William and Mary Quarterly, and Winterthur Portfolio, as well as essays in exhibition catalogues and edited volumes.  Her book The American School: Artists and Status in the Late-Colonial and Early National Era is forthcoming from Yale University Press in fall 2015.