Wells, Kay

Assistant Professor, American Art and Architecture


  • PhD History of Art, University of Southern California
  • MA   History of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BA   History of Art, Barnard College, Columbia University

Curriculum Vitae

Research & Teaching Interests:

  • American art
  • Modern art and design, craft, and decorative arts
  • Architecture
  • Material and visual culture
  • The relationship between tapestry and modernist painting
  • Contemporary artists' tapestries
  • Modernist art criticism and design reform
  • Artists' studios and colonies
  • Colonial revival

Courses Taught:

  • ArtHist 102: Renaissance to Modern Art and Architecture
  • ArtHist 250: Introduction to American Art
  • ArtHist 368: History of Modern Design
  • ArtHist 353: American Art: Colonial Period-1870
  • ArtHist 354: American Art: 1870 - Present
  • ArtHist 355: American Folk Art
  • ArtHist 459: American Architecture
  • ArtHist 501: Colloquium in Method and Theory
  • ArtHist 750: Revival! Visualizing the American Past

Selected Publications:

Wells, Katharine L. Review of Timothy Erwin, Textual Vision: Augustan Design and the Invention of Eighteenth-Century British Culture. 19, no. 3. Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 2017: 508-510.
Wells, K.L.H. “Rockefeller's Guernica and the Collection of Modern Copies.” Journal of the History of Collections 27.2 (2015): 255-277.
Wells, K.L.H. Review of Decorum, Musee d' Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. 7.3 Journal of Modern Craft, 2014: 329-333.
Wells, K.L.H. “Artistes contre Liciers: La Renaissance de la Tapisserie Française.” Decorum. Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Skira Flammarion, (2013): 55-59.
Wells, K.L.H. “Serpentine Sideboards, Hogarth’s Analysis, and the Beautiful Self.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 46.3 (2013): 399-413.
Wells, K.L.H. Curating the Cultural Landscape: Chipstone House as Historical Property. 2.2 The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 2009: 177-194.