Kathy Curnow, Ph.D.
 Title: Professor
 Dept: Art & Design
 Office: MB 231
 Phone: 216-687-2105
 Email: K.CURNOW@csuohio.edu
 Web: http://academic.csuohio.edu/curnowk
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. MB 231, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Ph.D., Art History and African Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1983
M.A., Art History, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1980
B.A., Art History, Pennsylvania State University, 1976
Brief Bio:
Taught at CSU since 1990. Lived in Nigeria 1983-88, teaching at the
Nigerian Television College; spends time in Nigeria regularly. African art history specialist, publishing on the art of the Benin Kingdom, the Itsekiri, and the Nupe of Nigeria. Currently working on revisions for a book on Benin art in the 16th century, to be published by the Smithsonian Scholarly Press. A guide to the Benin collections at the Penn Museum of Philadelphia's University of Pennsylvania is in press, as are several recent book chapters on narrative in African art. Curated a Benin exhibition at Philadelphia's University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, with a large associated catalog ("Iyare! Splendor and Tension in Benin's Palace Theatre"). Created the 2014 exhibition "At Home in Africa" with an extensive catalogue for The Galleries@CSU.

Completed a lengthy free thematic textbook called "The Bright Continent: African Art Hisoty" with nearly 1000 images.

Also interested in African American diaspora art history. Published several essays about sculptor Juan Logan.

Eager to involve students in combining art history with new technology, such as virtual worlds, websites, documentaries, and interactive books.

Has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Lincoln University, The University of the Arts, and Uniben, Unilag and the NTA Television College, Nigeria. Has received major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright program, and was a Senior Fellow in Art History at the Smithsonian Institution. Serves as Consulting Scholar for the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Museum African Section.

Completed two novels, working on more. Won an Individual Excellence Award for Fiction from the Ohio Arts Council (2022), and has participated as an author-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center, Portugal's Buinho Arts, Surel's Place in Garden City, ID, and the South Porch Residency in Summerville, SC.