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Cowan, Sarah Louise, PhD - Faculty Bio

Cowan, Sarah Louise, PhD

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Art and Art History, Peeler Art Center
Greencastle, IN
46135

Art and Art History 

Assistant Professor of Art and Art History

**3/17/20: For the remainder of the spring semester, Prof. Cowan can be reached through email and virtual office hours. Her e-office hours are Tuesday–Thursday, 2–3 pm, and, if needed, by appointment. Please email her at sarahcowan@depauw.edu to set up an appointment.**

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2019, History of Art
M.A. University of California, Berkeley, 2015, History of Art
B.A. University of California, Berkeley, 2011, History of Art

TEACHING INTERESTS

American Art; African-American Art and Art of the African Diaspora; Latinx and Chicanx Art; Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art; Queer and Feminist Art History; Global Contemporary Art

COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT

ARTH 136A Histories of American Art (Power, Privilege and Diversity course)
ARTH 281A Performance Art of the Americas
ARTH 282A Art + Liberation: The United States Since 1960 (Power, Privilege, and Diversity course)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Sarah Louise Cowan's research approaches modern and contemporary art of the Americas (since 1945) through critical theories of race and gender. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation, which examines the multifaceted career of artist, activist, curator and writer Howardena Pindell (b. 1943). Her study elucidates the contributions of black feminist thought and handicraft to American abstraction of the 1960s and 1970s. More broadly, it asks how Pindell and other artists confronted expectations in this period that African American artists represent themselves in a literal way. Cowan is also launching a second book project, in which she examines how women of color artists in Latin America and the United States used video art and performance art in the 1980s to investigate the contradictions of multiculturalism.

SELECTED AWARDS 

2020 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend
2018–2019 Mellon-ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
2017–2018 Smithsonian American Art Museum Predoctoral Fellowship
2017–2018 Getty Library Research Grant

 

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

"Texturing Abstraction: Howardena Pindell's Cut and Sewn Paintings," Art Journal, forthcoming

"Clearly Seen: A Chronology," in Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen, eds. Naomi Beckwith and Valerie Cassel Oliver (Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago), 2018

"Outliers and American Vanguard Art," caa.reviews, 2018