Catherine Chastain-Elliott

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Senior Lecturer in Art History

Catherine Chastain-Elliott

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Catherine Chastain-Elliott joined Oxford College in August of 2015 and is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She received her Ph.D. in 1998 in art and architectural history from Emory University, a Certificate in Women’s Studies from Emory, in 1997, and a B.A. in art and art history from Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, in 1990.  As senior associate dean, Chastain-Elliott works with faculty, staff, and students in a variety of capacities to ensure students’ academic success. Her duties include close work with the Honor Council, the Oxford Scholars program, and various committees devoted to academic advising, programming, policy, and procedure. 

Dean Chastain-Elliott’s specific leadership goal is to foster an environment in which college students from all walks of life will thrive.  Several of her recent publications support this goal. Together with psychology professor Dr. Karen Bendersky (Towson State University), she published College Orientation (Pearson Higher Ed, 2014).  Written specifically for highly motivated students, College Orientation helps young scholars establish a track record of excellence that will set the stage for graduate school admissions and other competitive post-graduate programs. Chastain-Elliott also published “Reduce Student Borrowing,” Wall Street Journal (January 12, 2014; A14) and “To Cut College Cost, Finish on Time,” Tampa Bay Times (May 15, 2013) with her students in mind.

Before returning to Emory, Dean Chastain-Elliott served ten years at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida as Associate Dean for the Baccalaureate Experience (first-year student and general education initiatives), Chair of the Art and Art History Department, and as Professor of Art History.  Her research and teaching interests include American art history with a focus on women artists and issues, and definitions of art and artistic practice throughout time. (See publications, below.)

Dean Chastain-Elliott received the 2009 University of Tampa Faculty Service Award, a Chancellor’s Award from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia in 2001, and an Emory University Doctoral Fellowship from 1990—1995.  Additionally, she secured two Smithsonian Institution research grants—the first, a Graduate Student Fellowship from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (1993), and the second, a Short-Term Visitor Grant from the Archives of American Art (1996). She held the Elizabeth A. Ahlgren Art Scholarship at Rhodes College from 1988—1990, and received the Rhodes Dionysian Art Award in 1990.

Dean Chastain-Elliott is also a practicing landscape artist.  Since 1997, she has maintained a studio in the Blue Ridge Mountains north of Atlanta.  She regularly shows her work in juried exhibitions, including at the Center Gallery in Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia, where she is an associated member. 


Education

BA| Rhodes College| 1990

Ph.D.| Emory University| 1998

Publications


Publications (Books):


 

Chastain-Elliott, Catherine, and Karen Bendersky, College Orientation  (Pearson Higher Ed/Prentice Hall, 2014).

Chastain-Elliott, Catherine, and Karen Bendersky, College Orientation Companion (Pearson Higher Ed/Prentice Hall, 2014).

Chastain, Catherine McNickle, et al.  The Norton Museum of Art:  The American Collection.  West Palm Beach, Florida:  The Norton Museum of Art, 1995.

 

Publications (Articles):


 

Chastain-Elliott, Kathleen Wentrack et. al., Women's Art Collectives of the 1970s (under review).

Chastain-Elliott, “Reduce Student Borrowing,” Wall Street Journal (January 12, 2014; A14).

Chastain-Elliott, Catherine. “To Cut College Cost, Finish on Time,” Tampa Bay Times (May 15, 2013). Stable URL: http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/column-to-cut-college   cost-finish-on-time/2121097

Chastain, Catherine McNickle. “Louis Eilshemius’s ‘Svengali-Like Stare’: Mesmerism and the Artist’s Figurative Paintings.”  Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide (September, 2006).

Chastain, Catherine McNickle.  “Portraits of Women by Women:  Five Photographers Capture Legends,” National Museum of Women in the Arts (November, 2003).

Chastain, Catherine McNickle.  Review of Partha Mitter, Indian Art (New York:  Oxford University   Press, 2001), in The Virginia Review of Asian Studies, vol. III, Fall 2001, 272-274.

Chastain, Catherine McNickle, and John O’Brian (University of British Columbia) “Clement  Greenberg,” in American National Biography, Vol. IX, 513-515.  New York: Oxford   University Press, 1999.

Chastain, Catherine McNickle.  “Milton Clark Avery,” in American National Biography, Vol. I, 778-779.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 1999.

Chastain, Catherine McNickle.  “Alice Pike Barney,” in American National Biography, Vol. II, 203-204.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 1999.

Chastain, Catherine McNickle.  “Arthur Garfield Dove,” in American National Biography, Vol. VI,  825-827.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 1999.

Chastain, Catherine McNickle.  “Louis Michel Eilshemius,” in American National Biography, Vol. VII 363 - 364.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 1999.

Chastain, Catherine McNickle.  “Art Faculty in the Liberal Arts Tradition,” in Cheryl Goldsleger,  ed., Art Faculty in the Liberal Arts Tradition:  Piedmont College 100th Anniversary

Celebration.  Demorest, Georgia:  Piedmont College, 1997.

Chastain, Catherine McNickle.  “Romaine Brooks:  A New Look at Her Drawings,” Woman’s Art Journal 17:2 (fall/winter 1997), 9-14.

Chastain, Catherine McNickle.  “The Influence of Impressionism in Europe and America,” in Marc  J. Gotlieb, ed., The Aftermath of Impressionism:  Selected Works from the  Phillips Collection.  Atlanta:  Michael C. Carlos Museum of Art and Archeology, Emory University,   1991.

Chastain, Catherine M.  “Glossary,” in E.J. Johson and Robert Russell, The Architecture of  Memphis, Tennessee.  Knoxville:  University of Tennessee Press, with Ithaca:  Cornell University Press, 1991.

 

Citations


 

Chastain, Catherine McNickle. “The Eilshemius Pendulum:  Louis Eilshemius, Marcel Duchamp, and the New York Art World” Ph.D. dissertation, Emory University, Spring 1998; cited in Paul J. Karlstrom, “Eilshemius Redux,” in Steven Harvey, Louis M. Eilshemius (1864-1941): An Independent Spirit (New York:  National Academy of Design, 2001), 43.

Chastain, Catherine McNickle. “The Eilshemius Pendulum:  Louis Eilshemius, Marcel Duchamp,  and the New York Art World” Ph.D. dissertation, Emory University, Spring 1998; cited in “Recent Scholarship” section, The Journal of American History, vol. 86 no. 1, June 1999, 347.

Chastain, Catherine McNickle.  “Romaine Brooks:  A New Look at Her Drawings,” Woman’s Art Journal 17:2 (fall/winter 1997), 9-14; cited in Whitney Chadwick, Amazons in the Drawing Room:  The Art of Romaine Brooks (Berkeley:  University of California Press, 2001).

Presentations

Conference Papers and Presentations

Louis Eilshemius's Artistic/Mesmeric Practice, College Art Association, Dallas, Texas, February 21, 2008

Hurricane-Proof Art History: The University of Tampa’s Disaster-Readiness Plan, Southeastern College Art Conference, Nashville, Tennessee; October 26, 2006

Defining ‘Art’ in the Twentieth Century:  Clive Bell, Arthur Danto, and Scott McCloud, Southeastern College Art Conference, Jacksonville, Florida; October 14, 2004

Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Berenice Abbott at Mid-Century: Photographing Artists, Lens 2000: Photography and the New Millennium III/Atlanta Celebrates Photography, North Georgia

College & State University, Dahlonega, Georgia; October 10, 2003

A Svengali-Like Stare:  Decoding Louis Eilshemius’s Figurative Oeuvre, Southeastern College Art Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina; October 30, 2003

Shifting Practices:  The Story of Louis Eilshemius, invited speaker, Berry College, Rome, Georgia; April 5, 2000

Women Activist Artists and the Role of Fiber Techniques in the 1970s, Southeastern College Art Association, Norfolk, Virginia; October 28, 1999

Sol Lewitt’s Conceptual Roots, invited speaker, Piedmont College, Demorest, Georgia; April 9, 1999

Black Mountain College Revisited, session chair, Mid-America College Art Association Conference, Lexington, Kentucky; October 17, 1998

The ‘Eilshemius Pendulum’, invited speaker, Archives of American Art/ National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; December 13, 1996

Re-Thinking Romaine Brooks, Mid-America College Art Association/ Southeastern College Art Conference joint meeting, Birmingham, Alabama; October 16, 1992

Beyond ‘Innocence’: The Significance of the Calf to Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Painting Found, National Victorians Institute Conference, High Point, North Carolina; October 5, 1991

 

Exhibitions Participated in as Artist


Annual Faculty Show, Scarfone-Hartley Gallery, The University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida; October 31-November 25, 2014.

FLOR500 Project: “Cardinal Flower” (Lobelia Cardinalis); documentation of pre-Columbus-era Florida native plant species; http://www.xaviercortada.com/?page=FLOR211 

Dressed for the Occasion, Center Gallery, Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia; June 13 – July 27, 2014.

Today, Tomorrow, and Always, Center Gallery, Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia, April 18-June 8, 2014

Sunday in the Arts, Las Damas de Arte, Tampa, Florida, April 27, 2014

Happy Holidays Show, Center Gallery, Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia; November 8—December 24, 2013.

TREEmendous, Center Gallery, Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia; September 13—November 1, 2013.

Annual Faculty Show, Scarfone-Hartley Gallery, The University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida; September 15-October 6, 2013.

Sunday in the Arts, Las Damas de Arte, Tampa, Florida, March 24, 2013

Annual Faculty Show, Scarfone-Hartley Gallery, The University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida; November 2-November 30, 2012.

Invitational Artist, Center Gallery, Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia; September 28-November   5, 2012

Holiday Show, Center Gallery, Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia; November 8-December 24, 2010

Annual Faculty Show, Scarfone-Hartley Gallery, The University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida; October 14-November 30, 2010.

Sunday in the Arts, Las Damas de Arte, Tampa, Florida, April 17, 2011

Shadows, Center Gallery, Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia; September 27-November 8, 2010

Viewpoints, Tampa Electric Company Gallery, Tampa, Florida, August 2—September 15, 2010

Celebrating Appalachian Life, Center Gallery, Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia, July 9—August 15, 2010

Amazing(ly) Graceful, Center Gallery, Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia; May 28—July 3, 2010

Work by Las Damas de Arte, Tampa Artists Emporium, Tampa, Florida, May  13, 2010

Sunday in the Arts, Las Damas de Arte, Tampa, Florida, May 2, 2010

Rain or Shine, Center Gallery, Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia; April 16—May 23, 2010

Branching Out, Center Gallery, Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia; January 15—February 28, 2010

Group Exhibit, Tampa Electric Company Gallery, Tampa, Florida; June 1—June 31, 2009

Sunday in the Arts, Las Damas de Arte, Tampa, Florida; April 5, 2009

The Circle Revisited, West Tampa Center for the Arts, Tampa, Florida; September 26—October 15, 2008

Annual Faculty Exhibit, Scarfone-Hartley Gallery, The University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida; September 5—October 3, 2008

Sunday in the Arts, Las Damas de Arte, Tampa, Florida; May 18, 2008

Accomplice, C. Emerson Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida, May 2—31, 2008

Sunday in the Arts, Las Damas de Arte; May 6, 2007

University of Tampa Connections, C. Emerson Fine Arts; April 9—30, 2007

Art for Life Benefit, Tampa, Florida, September 30; 2006

Square Foot Show, Lyssa Morgan Gallery, Tampa, Florida; June 23—July 15, 2006

Annual Faculty Exhibit, Scarfone-Hartley Gallery, The University of Tampa, Florida; October 16—December 6, 2006

Annual Faculty Exhibit, Scarfone-Hartley Gallery, The University of Tampa, Florida; October 14—December 2, 2005

Faculty Expressions, Hoag Contemporary Art Gallery, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, Georgia; January 15—February 28, 2005

 

Public Lectures and Workshops

Drawing as a Means to Foster Critical Thinking Skills, (with Elena Cifuentes), Hillsborough  County  Arts Council, Tampa, Florida, June 23, 2011

Contemporary Architecture in India, lecture, International Awareness Week Speaker Series, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, Georgia; October 3, 2002

Funding Contemporary Public Art Projects, lecture, Dahlonega Art Alliance, Dahlonega, Georgia; January 5, 2001

 The Women’s Art Movement of the 1970s, lecture, Dahlonega Art Alliance, Dahlonega, Georgia; March 16, 2000

The Women’s Art Movement of the 1970s, lecture, Roswell Branch, American Association of University Women, Roswell, Georgia; April 12, 1999

Art of the American Frontier, workshop, Center for Life Enrichment, Highlands, North Carolina; October, 1999

Depression-Era Art, workshop, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; December 8, 1998

Understanding Modern Art, workshop, Center for Life Enrichment, Highlands, North Carolina; July 29, 1998

The Women’s Art Movement of the 1970s, lecture, Georgia Mountains Branch, American Association of University Women, Demorest, Georgia; April 15, 1998

The Women’s Art Movement of the 1970s, lecture, Demorest Women’s Club, Demorest, Georgia; April 28, 1998

Learning to Look, Quinlan Arts Center, Gainesville, Georgia; August 12, 1996

 

Contemporary Art Exhibitions Juried

Juror, Twelve Rivers Arts Festival, Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia, 2011

Juror, Page Prize in Photography Contest, Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa, Florida, 2010

Juror, Women Contemporary Artists Members’ Exhibit, Sarasota, Florida, 2010

Juror, Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, (artists selection), Tampa, Florida, 2009

Juror, A La Carte Art Show and Sale, Gulfcoast Museum of Art, Largo, Florida; 2007

Juror, Sunday in the Arts, Las Damas de Arte, Tampa, Florida; 2007

Juror, Wildflower Festival of the Arts, Dahlonega, Georgia; 2004

Juror, Cherokee County Arts Council Annual Invitational, Canton, Georgia; 2001

Juror, Dahlonega Lion’s Club Peace Poster Contest, Dahlonega, Georgia; 2001

Juror, Bowen Center for the Arts Annual Members Exhibit, Dawsonville, Georgia; 2000

Juror, Rabun Gap—Nacoochee School Student Art Exhibit, Rabun Gap, Georgia; 2000

Juror, Gainesville College Student Art Exhibition, Gainesville, Georgia; 2000

Juror, Wildflower Festival of the Arts,” Dahlonega, Georgia; 1999

Juror, Gainesville College Earth Art Competition, Gainesville, Georgia; 1998

Juror, Northeast Georgia Very Special Arts Competition, Clarkesville, Georgia; 1998

Juror, Northeast Georgia Secondary School Scholastic Art Awards Competition, Cornelia,    Georgia; 1997

Juror, Gainesville Arts Council Summer Arts Festival, Gainesville, Georgia; 1996

 

Selected Curatorial Projects

The Figure Inside and Out:  Work by Medical College of Georgia Medical Illustration Faculty, Hoag Contemporary Art Gallery, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega,  

  Georgia; January 4—February 28, 2002

Art by Contemporary Chinese Peasants, Hoag Contemporary Art Gallery, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, Georgia; August 2—September 27, 2001

Joseph Minutello:  Twenty Years of Fashion Industry Drawings, Nix Mountain Cultural Center Gallery, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, Georgia; August 2—31, 2001

Rolfe Kricken:  Studies for the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Hoag Contemporary Art Gallery, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, Georgia; February 2—27,   

2001

Local Color:  Work by Appalachian Folk Artist Linda Anderson, Hoag Contemporary Art Gallery, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, Georgia; February 5—March 1,

2001

(Re)Defining Art, Hoag Contemporary Art Gallery, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, Georgia; December 4—30, 2000

Recent Work by British-Canadian Artist Melanie Francis, Hoag Contemporary Art Gallery, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, Georgia; October 3—30, 2000

Expressions by Native American Artist Luzene Hill, Hoag Contemporary Art Gallery, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, Georgia; July 11—September 28, 2000

Cuba, Conyers & New York:  Photography by Manuel Llaneras, Kelly Mills, and Bobby Abramson, Hoag Contemporary Art Gallery, North Georgia College & State University,

  Dahlonega, Georgia; January 10—February 29, 2000

Digital images by Mary Stieglitz, Chair, Department of Art and Design, Iowa State University, Hoag Contemporary Art Gallery, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega,  

Georgia; October 20—January 9, 2000

The Aftermath of Impressionism:  Selected Works from the Phillips Collection, Michael C. Carlos Museum of Art and Archeology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; 1991

Research Interests

- College student academic success

- American art and architectural history

- Women artists and issues of the twentieth century

- Definitions of art and artistic practice throughout time

- Philosophy of art