Professor of Fine Arts


Ph.D., New York University

Field of Specialty

Art History. Modernism in Europe and America: Painting and sculpture from the French Revolution to mid-20th century.

Contact Information

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities 210

Nancy J Scott

Critical Lives: Georgia O'Keeffe (Reaktion Books, 2015).

Book project: J. M. W. Turner: The Slave Ship as Abolitionist Icon

Continuing research areas: History of Collecting
Dr Barnes, Georgia O'Keeffe and the Philanthropy of Art

The early history of the Frick Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Collecting Turner in America: Auctions and Audiences, 1876-1966
The Slave Ship, and its origins, collectors and legacy;

Public Sculpture:
Augustus in Rome: Saint-Gaudens's Italian Period; Monuments of the Civil War period, North and South. Contemporary controversies, and public sculpture in context.

The University Museum as site for critical thinking, analysis of visual interpretation, and social action.


Scott, Nancy J. "The Civil War in Art and Memory." Rev. of The Civil War in Art and Memory, by Kirk Savage, ed.. CAA Reviews vol. National Gallery of Art May 2017

Scott, Nancy J. ""Georgia O'Keeffe"." Allgemeines Künstlerlexicon: Internationale Datenbank.. 2016.

Scott, Nancy J. Georgia O'Keeffe. London: Reaktion Books, 2015.

Scott, Nancy J, ed. Twelve + Sculptures: with the collaboration of Brandeis Fine Arts students.. Waltham, MA: BookSmart, 2013.

Scott, Nancy J.. "Vincenzo Vela e il Vittoriano di Roma. Ideali e contraddizioni di un monumento nazionale." Casa d’Artisti, Quaderni del Museo Vincenzo Vela (2013).

Scott, Nancy J. ""When the Unthinkable Happens: Fault LInes and Horizon Lines at the Rose Art Museum"." A Handbook for Academic Museums: Beyond Exhibitions and Education. First ed. vol. II Ed. Jandl, Stefanie S. and Gold, Mark S.. Edinburgh & Boston: MuseumsETC, 2012. 552-591.

Scott, Nancy J. "Dove/ O'Keeffe: Circles of Influence." Rev. of Dove/ O'Keeffe: Circles of Influence, by Debra Bricker Balken. CAA Reviews Online vol. CAA April 7, 2010

Scott, Nancy. ""America's First Public Turner: How Ruskin sold The Slave Ship to New York"." British Art Journal X, no 3. (Winter/Spring 2010) (2010): 69-77.

Scott, Nancy J. "European and American Modernism: Mapping Coordinates." The Rose Art Museum Collection Catalogue. Ed. Michael Rush. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2009

Scott, Nancy J. "Dear Home: A Sculptor's View from Rome, 1867-71: The Unpublished Letters of Anne Whitney." Sculpture Journal 17, No. 1. Spring 2008 (2008): 19-35.

Scott, Nancy J. ""Submerged: Arthur Dove's Going Fishin' and its Hidden History." Word & Image 23. April-June 2007 (2007): 138-155.

Scott, Nancy J and Gross, Anita. Peter Grippe: Myth, Movement and Metaphor. 2006 ed. Waltham, Massachusetts: Rose Art Museum, 2006.

Scott, Nancy J, A cura di Gianna A. Mina. Vincenzo Vela e l'America [Vela and America]. Bundesamt fur Kultur, Bern Switzerland, 2006.

Scott, Nancy J, Hauptman, William. Charles Gleyre 1806-74. 1980. Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York.

Courses Taught

ECON/FA 87a Economics and the Arts
FA 30b History of Art II: From the Renaissance to the Modern Age
FA 57a Paris/New York: Revolutions of Modernism
FA 58a Politics on a Pedestal: Statues, Sculpture, Monuments
FA 86b Museum Studies
FA 155a Impressionism: Avant-Garde Rebellion in Context
FA 156b Postimpressionism and Symbolism, 1880-1910
FA 157a Georgia O'Keeffe: Art and Life
FA 158b 20th Century Painting in France: Picasso and Matisse
FA 192a Studies in Modern and Contemporary Art
FA 199a Methods and Approaches in the History of Art