Phoebe Wolfskill

Phoebe Wolfskill

Associate Professor, American Studies

Associate Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Director of Undergraduate Studies


  • Ph.D., Art History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2006
  • M.A., Art History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2001
  • B.A., Art History, Emory University, 1997

Publication highlights


Archibald Motley, Jr. and Racial Reinvention: The Old Negro in New Negro Art, University of Illinois Press, September 2017.

Beholding Christ and Christianity in African-American Art, edited by James Romaine and Phoebe Wolfskill (anthology manuscript), Pennsylvania State Press, September 2017.

Forthcoming publications

"'Comedy, Pathos, Delight, and Horror:' Joyce J. Scott and the Racial Body" Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts 39.4, 2017.

"The Eduring Legacy of the Harlem Renaissance" in Edward Chambers, ed., Routledge Companion to African American Art (New York: Routledge, 2019)

Journal articles + Anthology chapters

"Love and Theft in the Art of Emma Amos," Archives of American Art Journal 55, no. 2 (Fall 2016): 46-65.

"Caricature and the New Negro in the Work of Archibald Motley, Jr. and Palmer Hayden" Art Bulletin 91, no. 3 (September 2009): 343-365.

"'You Must be Able to Laugh at Yourself:' Reading Racial Caricature in the Work of Archibald Motley, Jr. and his Successors" in Dana Williams, ed., Black Humor, Irony, and Satire: Ishmael Reed, Satirically Speaking. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007, chapter 7.

Book + Exhibition reviews

Book review: Lisa Farrington, African American Art: A Visual and Cultural History (Oxford University Press, 2016),

Book review: Represent: 200 Years of African American Art in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Yale University Press, 2014,, February 2017.

Book review: Eugenie Tsai, ed., Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, exhibition catalogue. New York: Prestel, 2015. Reviewed for, fall 2015.

Book review: Natalie A. Mault, ed. The Visual Blues, exhibition catalogue. Baton Rouge, LA: LSU Museum of Art, 2014. Reviewed for, fall 2015.

Exhibition review: "In Review: Ashe to Amen" SEEN Journal XIV, no. 1 (2014): 25.

Book review: Patricia Hills, Painting Harlem Modern: The Art of Jacob Lawrence. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010, Association of Historians of American Art (AHAA), spring 2011.

Select exhibition catalogues

Entries on Alison Saar, Joyce Scott, Florian Jenkins, and Jacob Lawrence in Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum. Exhbition catalogue. Hanover, NH: Hood Museum, 2009. Alison Saar entry reproduced in In Residence: Contemporary Artists at Dartmouth. Hanover, NH: Hood Museum, 2014.

Entries on Judy Chicago, George Grosz, Gabrielle Münter, David Park, Mark Rotho and Yves Tanguy in Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, Selected Works. Urbana, IL" The Board of Trustee of the University of Illinois, 2008.

Curated exhibition and authored catalogue: Jamming with the Man: Allen Stringfellow, A Retrospective. Exhibition catalogue. Urbana, IL: Krannert Art Museum, 2004.

Courses recently taught

  • AMST-A 100: What is America?
  • African American Art
  • Visual Arts of the Harlem Renaissance
  • Race and Representation in American Art
  • Africa in African American Art (graduate seminar)
  • Photography of and by the African Diaspora
  • Black Women Artists
  • Art of the Civil Rights Movement

Selected honors & awards

  • Seed Grant Award, Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES), Indiana University, Summer 2018
  • Research Travel Grant, College Arts & Humanities Institute (CAHI), Indiana University, Summer 2018
  • Primary Source Immersion Grant, Indiana University, Summer 2018
  • Fellow, Teaching and Learning Center, Indaina University, Summer-Fall 2018
  • Grant-in-Aid, Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington, November 2015-December 2016
  • New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Exploratory Travel Fellowship, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University, 2014-2015
  • Publication Grant, Society for the Preservation of American Modernists, 2009
  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2006-2008