Jennifer Way’s teaching and research explorethe meaning people made of art, historically, since 1945.

Way is an art historian specializing in the period from 1945 to the present. Previously, she worked in the curatorial departments of art museums in Philadelphia and Detroit and in not for profit organizations.

Way’s current projects examine how Americans engaged with a foreign art form in projects that intersected international agendas with domestic everyday life, and linked the United States and Vietnam on questions of diplomacy, domestication and belonging in the Free World during the 1950s. Way uses historical texts and contemporary theory to illuminate archival materials, object practices, and discursive meanings that arise at the intersection of politics, economy and art. Supported by a Smithsonian Terra Foundation Senior Fellowship and grants from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, the Design History Society, and other resources, this work has generated a book manuscript with Bloomsbury Press, two journal guest editorships, refereed journal and encyclopedia essays, and conference sessions and presentations, including, last fall, at the 34th International Congress of Art History held in Beijing.

Course topics Way teaches in relation to her research examine craft and decorative art in historiographies of modernism; visual culture, refugees and migrants; art and suffering; objects of diplomacy; heritage and memory; politics of exhibitions; and artists as citizens. This semester, in her graduate art history seminar, Artists as Citizens, students will explore changing ideas and practices of citizenship and artists who work with citizenship issues including themes of citizen of the world, cultural citizenship, the imagined nation, and statelessness.

From previous research, Way published widely on the art of British, Irish and American artists active since 1945 and about art and technology relationships with emphasis on gender. She received funding to conduct research at Trinity College, Dublin (Fulbright); Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin; National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Institute of International Visual Arts, London; Smithsonian National American Art Museum (Terra Foundation Senior Fellowship); Lemelson Center for Study of Invention and Innovation, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.; and the Newberry Library, Chicago.

Academic leadership

Developed academic project partnerships across the university and within the greater DFW community and beyond

Innovated teaching and research-related programs (such as Conversations: Art, Politics & North Texas; Leadership Perspectives on Technology and Art)

Established student online teaching with the Virtual Senior Center, NYC

Established Collections Cultures and Collaborations a student-research, collections-based project collaborating with local museums and collecting organizations, now entering its 10th year, to supplement art history methods courses

Supervised over 50 MA art history projects

Created and taught over 28 seminar topics and 14 upper-level art history courses

Organized 43 visiting scholars and artist visits since 2004

Created and implemented collaborative and interdisciplinary teaching/ research projects

University award for mentoring students in research

University award for teaching

Grant reviewer for European national research programs

Publications and tenure reviewer

PI and Co-PI for numerous external and internal grants and fellowships, raising $185,500 to support research and teaching

Administrative leadership

University leadership roles in promoting diversity, gender equity and graduate studies

Oversaw Merit, Promotion. Tenure Committee for college, department, and program, 8+ years

Mentored numerous probationary faculty through tenure

Program coordinator for art history

Chair of numerous academic search committees

Supervised college academic, gallery, and ad hoc policy and grievance committees