B.A., University of Minnesota
Associate Professor, American Art
Carmenita Higginbotham’s main research interests include American art and culture of the late-nineteenth and the early-twentieth centuries. Much of her research has focused on the 1920s and 30s. Her forthcoming book, The Urban Scene: Race, Reginald Marsh, and American Art (Penn State University Press), examines the ways in which urban realist painters of the interwar period adopt representational strategies to respond to pervasive racial and ethnic influences on American culture.
Ms. Higginbotham teaches courses on a range of topics including the history of American Art, Urban Art, African American Art, Disney, and Film Noir. Her graduate seminars engage a range of critical debates about painting, photography, and sculpture between world wars, and the ways in which mainstream visual culture and its representation of class, race, and gender influences the construction of American identities.
Prior to teaching at the University of Virginia, Ms. Higginbotham completed fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She also participated in exhibition projects in both New York and Washington D.C., including Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, Carrie Mae Weems: The Hampton Project, and The Art of Romare Bearden.
McIntire Department of Art