Nancy Palm


Nancy Palm received her PhD in Art History and American Studies from Indiana University in 2011. Her dissertation, “Racial Politics, the National Landscape, and Thomas Cole’s Indian Subjects,” explores the landscape paintings of Hudson River School founder, Thomas Cole, and illuminates the artist’s fascination with Native American subjects and the role his artwork played in perpetuating stereotyped understandings of Native Americans in the nineteenth century. Dr. Palm’s current research explores Cole’s engagement with Native Americans during his travels to Niagara Falls and the Indian subjects of iconic American painter, Winslow Homer, for how they reflect pervasive techniques of visual othering.


Dr. Palm has received multiple grants and fellowships and has given numerous presentations at conferences and symposia on topics as diverse as American landscape painting, nationalism and art of the American West, and transnational music traditions in African American painting. Her recent research on the development of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board was part of a panel discussion entitled “Power in Native Art: American Indian Artistic and Aesthetic Sovereignty,” which explored the relationship between American Indian art, its makers, and the cultural, political, and aesthetic contexts in which they engage with sovereignty. Dr. Palm has also given presentations on UNCP’s campus on Art Deco and Andy Warhol.


At UNCP, Dr. Palm teaches a range of art history courses, including surveys of art, contemporary art, art of the United States, nineteenth-century art, twentieth-century art, Native American art, and non-Western art. Dr. Palm maintains a global focus in all of her curriculum and exposes students to a range of theoretical perspectives and critical approaches to the study of art and its history. She also regularly extends her teaching beyond the classroom to include visits to local and regional art museums, like UNCP’s Museum of the Southeastern American Indian and the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.


Dr. Palm also currently serves at director of the Art Department’s A.D. Gallery, which maintains a 10-month exhibition schedule, exposing students and residents of the community to new and innovative ways of thinking about art and its production. In addition to showing the work of graduating seniors and regional high school students, the gallery features work of professional artists from around the globe. Dr. Palm’s exhibition history is diverse and inclusive, with shows that feature textiles, found objects and hybrid media.







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