American and New England Studies

Donna Cassidy

Professor of American & New England Studies


318 Luther Bonney, Portland & 200 Bailey Hall, Gorham

Office Hours Spring 2015

Portland: Wed 2:30-3:30, Gorham: Tue & Thur 12:30-1:30, or by appt

Contact Information

Phone: 207-780-4940

Donna M. Cassidy received her Ph.D. in Art History from Boston University. She is Professor of American & New England Studies and Art History at the University of Southern Maine, where 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 Seeing High and Low: Representing Social Conflict in American Visual Culture, edited by Patricia Johnston (California, 2006) and Marsden Hartley: American Modern, edited by Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser (Yale, 2003). 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 also 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, summer 2016.

Research Interests

Check out Donna's publications on USM's Digital Commons: Digital Commons - Donna Cassidy