Keri Watson

Keri Watson, Ph.D.

Keri Watson is Assistant Professor of Art History in the School of Visual Arts and Design as well as a Graduate Faculty Member and Affiliated Faculty in the Texts and Technology Ph.D. Program and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at UCF. She teaches upper level courses in 19th- and 20th-Century Art, American Art, and the History of Photography, as well as special topics courses “The Art of Walt Disney,” “Southern Folk Arts,” and "African American Art." The recipient of four National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grants, an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant, an Association of American Colleges and Universities Endeavor Foundation grant, and a Fulbright-Terra Foundation Award in the History of American Art, Dr. Watson's research focuses on the intersection of word and image in photo-books and films of the American Great Depression, specifically issues related to representations of race, gender, and dis/ability.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Art History from Florida State University (2010)
  • M.A. in Art History from Florida State University (2006)
  • B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from University of West Florida (2004)

Research Interests

  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • History of Photography and Film
  • American Studies
  • Prison Education

Selected Publications

Books

  • Watson, Keri. Art of the Non-Western World. Dubuque: Great River Learning, 2017.

Films

Articles/Essays

  • Watson, Keri. “You’ve Got Art: Florida’s Post Office Murals.” In Florida Studies Review. Edited by Allyson D. Marino and Marcy L. Galbreath, 88-101. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2018.
  • Watson, Keri. "Curating Controversy in the Trump Era." Museums and Social Issues: A Journal of Reflective Discourse (2017). http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/M35W9CjRNJwqZaK3rwsu/full 
  • Watson, Keri, and Anastasia Salter. “Secret Societies of the Avant-garde,” GLS 11 Conference Proceedings, eds. Kyrie H. Caldwell et al (2016): 440-43.
  • Watson, Keri, and Anastasia Salter. "Playing Art Historian: Teaching 20th-Century Art through Alternate Reality Gaming," International Journal for Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning 1:1 (2016): 100-111.
  • Watson, Keri. “Disability in Art History.” Art History Teaching Resources Lesson Plans (2015). 
  • Watson, Keri. "'Before We Were Us, We Were Them': Curating Controversy," Journal of Museum Education 39 (2014): 96-107. 
  • Watson, Keri. “Parody as Political Tool in Patricia Cronin’s Memorial to a Marriage.Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 43:2 (2010): 79-94.    
  • Fredericks, Keri. “The Country Cousin: Advocating an Arcadian America.” Athanor 26 (2008): 81-89.

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Watson, Keri. “Picturing the Other: Disability and Difference in Eudora Welty’s Photographs and Stories.” Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty: Twenty-first Century Approaches. Eds. Julia Eichelberger and Mae Miller Claxton. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2018.    
  • Watson, Keri and Patsy Moskal. “Scaling an Art History Reacting to the Past Game for Use at a Large Public University.” Playing to Learn with Reacting to the Past. Eds. C. Edward Watson and Thomas Chase Hagood. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.    
  • Watson, Keri. "Difference and Disability: The Photography of Margaret Bourke-White.Disability and Art History. Eds. Ann Millet-Gallant and Elizabeth Howie. New York: Routledge, 2017. 
  • Watson, Keri. Eudora Welty’s Making a Date, Grenada, Mississippi: One Photograph, Five Performances.” Eudora Welty, Whiteness, and Race. Ed.Harriet Pollack. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2013.
  • Wylder, Viki Thompson and Keri Fredericks. “Evoke/Invoke/Provoke: A Case Study of Judy Chicago’s Feminist Pedagogy, Vanderbilt University, Spring Semester 2006." In Florida Without Borders: Women at the Intersections of the Local and Global, edited by Sharon Kay Masters, 141-60. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.    

Awards

2018       Association of American Colleges and Universities Endeavor Foundation Grant
2018       National Endowment for the Arts Big Read (Station Eleven)
2018       American Association of State Colleges and Universities Re-Imagining the First Year Grant
2017       Fulbright-Terra Foundation Award in the History of American Art
2017       National Endowment for the Arts Big Read (The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears)
2017       Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant
2017       UCF Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award
2016       UCF Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellow
2016       National Endowment for the Arts Big Read (The Grapes of Wrath)
2015       Society for the Preservation of American Modernists Grant
2015       National Endowment for the Arts Big Read (Their Eyes Were Watching God)
2015       UCF Office of Commercialization and Research In-House Research Grant
2014       UCF College of Arts and Humanities Research Initiative Program Grant
2013       Southeastern College Art Conference Award for Best Exhibition of Historical Materials

Activities

Art Editor, Aquifer: The Florida Review Online

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10017 ARH2500 History of Non-western Art Web - Unavailable
No Description Available
11405 ARH3610 American Art Rdce Time Tu 10:30AM - 11:45AM Unavailable
No Description Available
20615 ARH3631 African-american Art Rdce Time M 12:00PM - 1:15PM Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81719 ARH3888 Art of Walt Disney Web - Unavailable
No Description Available
81363 ARH4430 19th Century Art Face2Face M,W 3:00PM - 4:15PM Unavailable
No Description Available
91383 ARH5897 Adv Seminar in Art History Face2Face M 6:00PM - 8:50PM Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50944 ARH3888 Art of Walt Disney Web A - Available

This course considers Disney and his company in relation to art, society, and culture through the study of his contributions in the realms of animation, film, and the theme park. The scholarship on Disney is vast and diverse and weekly readings from Steven Watts' The Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney and the American Way of Life stress Disney’s life and historical context. You do NOT need to buy this book. It is available as an e-book from the John C. Hitt Library.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10018 ARH2500 History of Non-western Art Web - Unavailable

This course provides a survey of African, South and Southeast Asian, Islamic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Oceanic, South American, Mesoamerican, Caribbean, and Indigenous North American art. The recommended textbook is a digital interactive e-book, Art of the Non-Western World.

11600 ARH3610 American Art Rdce Time Tu 10:30AM - 11:45AM Unavailable

This course presents an introduction to the major artists and artworks of the United States from the Colonial period to the present. The textbook is Frances K. Pohl, Framing American Art.

21183 ARH3888 Art of Walt Disney Web - Unavailable

This course considers Disney and his company in relation to art, society, and culture through the study of his contributions in the realms of animation, film, and the theme park. The scholarship on Disney is vast and diverse and weekly readings from Steven Watts' The Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney and the American Way of Life stress Disney’s life and historical context. 

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91077 ARH3888 Art of Walt Disney Web - Available

Walt Disney (1901-66) was one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century. Disney's work in film and television is connected to urban planning, ecological politics, product merchandising, United States domestic and global policy, technological innovation, and the construction of a national character. This course will consider Disney and his company in relation to art, society, and culture through the study of his contributions in the realms of animation, film, and the theme park. The scholarship on Disney is vast and diverse and weekly readings from Steven Watts' The Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney and the American Way of Life stress Disney’s life and historical context. This text is supplemented with interdisciplinary articles that are intended to enrich your understanding of the literature and discourse surrounding Walt Disney and his company.

81832 ARH4350 Baroque Art Rdce Time W 1:30PM - 2:45PM Available

The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were an exciting period in the history of art, a time of discovery and innovation during which the arts flourished throughout Europe. This class explores the characteristics of Baroque and Rococo art and architecture with special emphasis on the socio-cultural environment. Weekly readings from Robert Neuman's Baroque and Rococo Art and Architecture (New York: Pearson, 2013) will be supplemented with scholarly articles.

81518 ARH4430 19th Century Art Face2Face M,W 10:30AM - 11:45AM Available

The nineteenth century is a period of revolution that saw the decline of the monarchy and church and the rise of democracy. These social and political changes necessitated new forms of artistic patronage and subject matter. This course presents an introduction to the major artists, works, techniques, and styles of modernity and relates them to historical and cultural contexts of the nineteenth century. Particular attention is paid to the development of modernity, including the cultural, political, and economic forces that influenced artists and art making.

Updated: May 11, 2018