USM Art Department

Donna Cassidy Ph.D.

Professor of Art and American & New England Studies
Portrait of Donna Cassidy

Office Location

108 Robie-Andrews Hall, Gorham

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2016

G: Monday 12:30 - 2:00 PM or by appt.


(207) 780-5459 and (207) 780-4940

Academic Degrees

  • PH.D. Art History, Boston University
  • M.A. Art History, Boston University
  • B.A. American Studies, University of Massachusetts (Lowell)


Donna M. Cassidy received her Ph.D. in Art History from Boston University. She teaches undergraduate art history courses on American art and nineteenth- and early twentieth-century European art, and graduate interdisciplinary courses in American visual culture, house and home in American culture, and museums and public culture. Her articles on early twentieth-century American art and culture have appeared in American Art, American Art Journal, Winterthur Portfolio, and numerous anthologies and exhibition catalogues including Marsden Hartley: American Modern, edited by Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser (Yale, 2003) and Seeing High and Low: Representing Social Conflict in American Visual Culture, edited by Patricia Johnston (California, 2006). She is the author of Painting the Musical City: Jazz and Cultural Identity in American Art, 1910-1940 (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997) and Marsden Hartley: Race, Region, and Nation (University Press of New England, 2005). A scholar of New England art, she served as consulting editor for the art section of the Encyclopedia of New England (Yale, 2005). She has lectured extensively on the visual arts in Maine and New England and on regionalism, both nationally and regionally. Her new research projects deal with different aspects of modernism and transnationalism: Beyond the Northern Border: U.S. Artists in Quebec and Atlantic Canada 1890-1940 (an exhibition that she will curate for the Portland Museum of Art) and Ex-centric Expatriates: American Modernist Artists in Provence, a book-in-progress. She will also be guest co-curator for the exhibition Marsden Hartley’s Maine at the Colby College Museum of Art.