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“It was during my first year of college, in a class entitled ‘Women artists since 1945,’ that I saw how amazing visual culture is, how objects made by people endure to tell us about thoughts and issues that communities and individuals deal with around the globe.” This is how Dr. Karen Shelby explains why she became an art historian.

Shelby is a native of Taft, a small oil town in southern California. She got her master’s from the Ohio State University and her doctorate from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Today she is an associate professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences.


This work was originally published in College Talk.



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