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

Current publication: Critical Lives: Georgia O'Keeffe (Reaktion Books, 2015).
Journal article - in revision: “Dr. Barnes and Miss O’Keeffe: an epistolary friendship of resistance, 1927-49.”
Ongoing book project: J. M. W. Turner: The Slave Ship as Abolitionist Icon

Continuing research areas: The Slave Ship, and Ruskin's sale to J. T. Johnston, 1872;
Collecting Turner in America: Auctions and Audiences, 1876-1966

Augustus in Rome: Saint-Gaudens's Italian Period and Influences.

The University museum as site for critical discourse and social action.


Scott, Nancy J. "Georgia O'Keeffe." Allgemeines Künstlerlexicon. 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Scott, Nancy J. "Dear Home: A Sculptor's View from Rome, 1867-71: The Unpublished Letters of Anne Whitney."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 Modern Sculpture As Public Art
FA 86b Museum Studies
FA 155a Impressionism: Avant-Garde Rebellion in Context
FA 156b Postimpressionism and Symbolism, 1880-1910
FA 157a American Early 20th Century Painting and Photography: Roots and Legacy of O'Keeffe and Stieglitz
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