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Faculty - Justin Wolff

Associate Professor of Art History

Art History


B.A. Bowdoin College, 1992

Ph.D. Princeton University, 1999

Justin has been teaching art history at the University of Maine since 2008. He teaches courses on modern, contemporary, and American art as well as art theory and criticism. His research focuses on nineteenth- and twentienth-century American art. Among Justin’s publications are Richard Caton Woodville: American Painter, Artful Dodger (Princeton University Press, 2002) and “The Politics of American Modernism,” a chapter in Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation. His most recent book, Thomas Hart Benton: A Life, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in March 2012. Justin also publishes art criticism and book and exhibition reviews.

Before UMaine, Justin worked as a journalist, taught in the Expository Writing Program at Harvard University, and served as the Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo Assistant Professor of Art History at Roanoke College in Virginia. He also has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellow and serves on UMaine’s Graduate Faculty, sitting on thesis committees in the History Department and in the Intermedia MFA, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, and Interdisciplinary PhD programs. Justin is the director of the University of Maine Humanities Initiative.


Image Description: Malevich Suprematist Composition (2 Squares) 1915

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Department of Art
5743 Lord Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207-581-3245 | Fax: 207-581-3276E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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