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Rhonda Reymond

Associate Professor | Art History

Dr. Rhonda Reymond received her Ph.D. and MA degrees in Art History from the University of Georgia and earned a BFA with a double major in Historic Preservation and Interior Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She teaches courses in Seventeenth-Century (Baroque) through Nineteenth-Century Art and Architecture, and the Art, Architecture, and Visual Arts of the United States including courses specifically dedicated to African American Art and Architecture, as well as seminar courses on Mapping and Art, and World’s Fairs. 

 

Reymond’s current research explores the avenues of professionalization created by Black artists in the late nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Selected publications include: "Reevaluating African American Art Before the Harlem Renaissance," in African American Literature in Transition, 1900-1910 (Cambridge University Press, 2021), “Looking in: Albert A. Smith’s Use of Repoussoir in Cover Illustrations for The Crisis and Opportunity” in American Periodicals and Visual Culture (2010), and "Henry Ossawa Tanner and W. E. B. Du Bois: African American Art, Religion and `High Culture'-A Unifying Theory of the Arts at the Turn into the Twentieth Century" in Post-Bellum, Pre-Harlem: The Achievement of African American Writers, Artists, and Thinkers, 1880-1914 (New York University Press, 2006).         

 

Her dissertation examined Richard Morris Hunt’s ecclesiastical architecture and specifically All Souls’ Church (1893) in Biltmore Village in Asheville, North Carolina. Because she believes in the importance of a public art history in our daily lives, she has authored essays and catalog entries on historic buildings and structures in West Virginia including content about the history of Black residents’-built environment within the state for the NEH-supported Society of Architectural Historians’ open online Archipedia.    

 

She has won awards for teaching, including the College of Creative Arts and the Honors Colleges’ Outstanding Teaching Awards, and actively publishes on art history pedagogy.     

 

Reymond is also the Associate Director of the WVU Humanities Center