Nancy Wellington Bookhart
Nancy Wellington Bookhart is an Assistant Professor of Art at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, where she also serves as the chair of the Department of Humanities. She is the founder of The Museum Initiative at the College. The arts initiative fosters a philosophical examination of the traditional framework of art and the humanities through exhibitions, educational programs, and lecture series. Ms. Bookhart is a Ph.D. (ABD) at IDSVA, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, where she is involved in research that interrogates the politics of race and alterity as belonging first to the epistemological divide in the West concretized through science, technology, and art. Her dissertation examines the work of 18th century Enlightenment thought and the pseudo-science, physiognomy, and its correlation to the work of the artist, Kara Walker. She argues Walker’s work as belonging to the aesthetic regime of art. In the aesthetic regime of art, the image performs as an equilibrium of perception in the fashioning of a common world.
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