Beck Bivens

Becky Bivens '07

Kirk Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History and Collections Manager

Phone: 404.471.5150
Email: bbivens@agnesscott.edu
Office Location: Dana Fine Arts Building 107

Academic Degrees

  • BA, Agnes Scott College
  • AM, University of Chicago
  • PhD, University of Illinois Chicago

Teaching and Scholarly Interests

Bivens' research focuses on mid-century American abstract art and criticism as well as aesthetic theory. Her book project, tentatively titled Art Criticism in the Wild, theorizes the changing significance of emotion in formalist art criticism of the postwar period. Based on her dissertation, it has been supported by a fellowship in 20th-Century Abstract Painting at the Thoma Foundation, a grant from the Getty Research Institute, as well as the University of Illinois at Chicago's Provost's Award, the Circle Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and the Ross Edman Fellowship.

Since 2010, she has taught art history surveys, art criticism, modern and postwar American Art, philosophy of art, history of photography, and museum studies. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College (BA, Studio Art) and the University of Chicago (AM, Humanities).

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