• B.A., University of Minnesota, 1983
  • M.A., University of Michigan, 1985
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1994

John Siewert holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His research and publications have focused on the work of the late nineteenth-century American artist James McNeill Whistler. He is currently completing a book on Whistler’s Nocturnes, paintings of sites in London and Venice, and their pivotal role in the formation of what Professor Siewert calls a “cosmopolitan modernism.” Another current project extends his interests in artistic exchange between America and Britain with research into the intersections of postwar urbanism, gender, and domesticity in Anglo-American Pop Art of the 1950s and 1960s. He joined The College of Wooster faculty in 2000.

Courses Taught
  • ARTH 102: Introduction to Art History II (Renaissance-Present)
  • ARTH 204: American Art
  • ARTH 214: Nineteenth-Century Art
  • ARTH 216: Gender in Twentieth-Century Art
  • ARTH 222: Modern Art
  • ARTH 224: Architecture II
  • ARTH 230: African-American Art
  • ARTH 260: Art Since 1960
  • ARTH 360: Contemporary Art
  • ARTH 389: Theory & Applications in Art History
  • ARTH 401: Junior Independent Study Seminar
  • “Interior Motives: Whistler’s Studio and Symbolist Mythmaking,” in Palaces of Art: Whistler and the Art Worlds of Aestheticism (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, forthcoming 2013)
  • “Locating an Aesthetics of Place in Whistler’s London Nocturnes,” in Turner Whistler Monet (London: Tate Publishing, 2005)
  • “Rhetoric and Reputation in Whistler’s Nocturnes,” in After Whistler: The Artist’s Influence in American Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2003)
  • “Whistler’s Decorative Darkness,” in The Grosvenor Gallery: A Palace of Art in Victorian England (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1996)
  • Whistler: Prosaic Views, Poetic Vision. Works on Paper from the University of Michigan Museum of Art (New York: Thames and Hudson, 1994)
Professional Affiliations
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Fulbright Alumni Association
  • College Art Association
  • Midwest Art History Association
  • Smithsonian Senior Fellow, Freer Gallery of Art/Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC (2012-13)
  • Research Fellow, University of Glasgow, Scotland (1996-2006)
  • Fellow, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven (June 2003)
  • Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Fellowship for Scholarship in American Art (1990-91)
  • Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellow, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (1988-90)
  • Fulbright Fellow, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, England (1987-88)
  • Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, School of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan (1987-88)