Kristen Carter, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Art History and Museum Studies

Kristen  Carter

My teaching situates art within wider social, cultural, and political histories. My goal is to get at what certain moments looked or felt like while holding view of their resonance now. Art History should not only cultivate empathy and curiosity, it should also challenge students to approach problems and questions from multiple directions and in ways that are honest about the messiness of the world we live in.

- Kristen Carter

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Kristen Carter

locationPolk Museum of Art, Second Floor, Education Wing
Phone 863.688.7743 x232

Dr. Carter received her Ph.D in Art History and Theory from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and her B.A. in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from DePaul University. Before joining Florida Southern as an Assistant Professor, she taught Modern and Contemporary art history at UBC and Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Dr. Carter is a specialist in Modern and Contemporary art history, with a particular focus on American art in the 1960s and 1970s. Her research interests include modes of viewership, participation, subject formation, and institutional critique with an emphasis on post-1968 artistic praxis and pedagogy. Dr. Carter has presented and published on a range of topics, including Performance, Body Art, and Dance, histories of art and pedagogy in the early 1970s in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America, and the changing relationship between art and politics circa 1968. Her current research project examines histories of experimental art education in California in the early 1970s, and alongside new definitions of political contestation following student revolt.


University of British Columbia, Ph.D. Art History and Theory, 2019

DePaul University, B.A., Art History; Studio Minor, 2009

Publications and Exhibitions

Refereed Journal Articles

2017, “Lygia Clark and the Logics of Participation after ‘Failed’ Revolt,” Excursions. Vol. 7, No. 1, (summer 2017): 91-104.

Catalogue Essays

2013, “Neither Here nor There,” essay written for the exhibition catalogue accompanying As
Seen Here (Vancouver: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 2013).
2013, “See Artist for Title,” exhibition essay accompanying See Artist for Title (Vancouver: AMS Gallery, University of British Columbia, 2013).

Selected Criticism

2010, “Making Sense of our Paranoia with Deb Sokolow,” in Jettison Quarterly. Vol. 2, No. 2
(summer 2010): 76-87.
2010, “Bleached,” in Jettison Quarterly. Vol. 2, No. 1 (spring 2010): 15-18.