USM Art Department

Kim Grant Ph.D

Professor of Art History
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Office Location

104 Robie-Andrews Hall, Gorham, ME 04038

Faculty Office Hours Spring 2022

Tues. 3:30-5 PM, Thurs. 1-2 PM, & by appointment: In person or via Zoom.



Academic Degrees

  • PH.D., Art History, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., History and Theory of Art, University of Essex
  • B.A., English and Art History, University of Virginia


Kim Grant teaches courses in modern and contemporary art, history of photography, philosophy of art, and art history methodology.  Her current research interests include the theory and reception of modern art, the conceptualization of modern artistic process, and the role of amateurism in modern and contemporary art.

Selected Publications

Kim Grant.  All About Process:  The Theory and Discourse of Modern Artistic Labor.  Penn State University Press, 2017.

Kim Grant.  “’Paint and Be Happy’:  The Modern Artist and the Amateur Painter – A Question of Distinction,” Journal of American Culture  Vol. 34, No. 3 (September 2011):  289-303.

Kim Grant.  “Cahiers d’Art and the Evolution of Modernist Painting,” Journal of Modern Periodical Studies  Vol. 1, No. 2  (2010):  216-227.

Kim Grant.  Surrealism and the Visual Arts: Theory and Reception.  Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Kim Grant and Charles Cramer.  "La Démarche poétique from Vico to Surrealism," New Vico Studies, vol. 22 (2004):  63-84.