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Art History Faculty

Dr. Lewis Kachur, Associate Professor
A state native, Lewis Kachur was educated in South Jersey public schools. He discovered Art History at University, and strives to impart the same enthusiasm to his students. He has taught at Kean since receiving his doctorate from Columbia University (1988), including American, Modern and Contemporary art courses. He has organized two exhibitions at Kean, “Word and Image,” and, together with students, “Art of the NJ Turnpike.” His book, Displaying the Marvelous : Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dali, and Surrealist Exhibition Installations was published by MIT Press. During the 2005-06 academic year, with the support of ORSP travel grants, Kachur gave talks on “Michel Tapié, Gutai and Jackson Pollock,” at Emory University, and Marcel Duchamp at the University of Orleans, France, and Temple University. He lectured on “Art of the NJ Turnpike” at the Popular Culture Association conference, chaired a Modernist Studies Association panel on “Dali/ Duchamp,” as well as co-chaired a College Art Association panel on “Globalization and Installation art.”

Dr. Marguerite Mayhall, Assistant Professor
Dr. Marguerite Mayhall joined the Fine Arts faculty in 2002, after receiving her Ph.D. in Latin American art history from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2001. Her area of expertise is 20th century Latin American art, with a focus on Venezuela. She has given papers at national and international conferences and published on her work, most recently in the international social sciences journal, Latin American Perspectives, in an issue devoted to the theme of Venezuelan exceptionalism. In the fall of 2005, Professor Mayhall and the students in the art history capstone course mounted an exhibition of Latino artists in the James Howe Gallery entitled Ser Latino en Nueva Jersey: Being Latino in New Jersey.

Thomas M. Shaw (Ph.D. in Art History, Columbia University), Professor
Thomas M. Shaw (Ph.D. in Art History, Columbia University) joined the Kean faculty in 1986. Ongoing teaching and research interests have focused generally on arts of West Africa. His most recent book – Irony and Illusion in the Architecture of Imperial Dakar (2006) – is based on archival research and fieldwork in Senegal. Current work explores the diversity of building forms along the Niger River of Mali. Another project concerns the first registered African–American architect in New Jersey. From a web site developed by his students, this project grew into a book.

Jacquelyn Tuerk, Assistant Professor
Jacquelyn Tuerk graduated from the University of Chicago (2002, PhD in Byzantine Art History). Her current research focuses on medieval magical amulets and how they socially and psychologically shaped human experience. Her recent publications include an article on magical amulets and sacred space (collection of essays, Research Centre for Eastern Christian Culture, Moscow). A second article (in a book published through the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe) addresses the psychological power of votives. Tuerk presents current research at the 2006 Byzantine Studies Conference. At Kean, she teaches Ancient, Medieval, and Byzantine art, and is developing a digital image database.

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