Dr. Margaret Schmitz is an Assistant Professor at MIAD where she is responsible for developing art and design history courses spanning the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. This includes classes on Native North American Art, artistic responses to various political and social debates, design theory, temporality as concept and material, and cross-cultural artistic exchange.
Margaret completed her BFA in painting and art history at Aquinas College; her MA at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London; and her PhD at the University of Kent in Canterbury, U.K. Her interests in cross-cultural artistic exchange, decolonial theory, and Marxist critical theory have introduced a specific set of convictions and intentions in Margaret’s pedagogy and research. Her courses not only introduce students to major trends and theories in art history, but she tries to formulate these lessons in a way that allows students to view the power dynamics at play during a given period and to be more aware of under-represented figures.
Margaret currently resides in Shorewood, WI with her partner, Grant, and beloved French Bulldog, Agnes.
“Photographing Futurity: Artistic Exchange Between Alvin Langdon Coburn & H.G. Wells”, British Art Studies, (article, in progress).
“Indigenous Temporal Enmeshment in Akwesasne Notes”, Panorama, (article, in progress).
“Connective Art: Beverly Pepper’s Utopian Design”, PHILLIPS: 20th Century and Contemporary Art and Design Auctions, London (4 November 2020).
Review of Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis by Liesl Olson, Transatlantica, Vol. 2018, No. 2, February 2020, https://journals.openedition.org/transatlantica/13301#compterendu-13301
“Joseph Pennell and the Anglo-American Construction of New York”, Tate Papers, No. 27, Spring 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/research/publications/tate-papers/27/joseph-pennell