Faculty & Staff - Dr. Gerard Curtis
Gerard at the top of St. Paul's Cathedral in London (with the Swiss Re building in the distance).
Dr. Gerard Curtis is Professor of Visual Culture and Art History in the Department of Fine Arts at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.
After initially training as a studio artist he completed his doctorate in Art History and Theory at the University of Essex (England). He has published a number of articles and book reviews on 19th and 20th century art, literary culture and maritime art. His current academic interests include: the cult of the author in the 19th- and 20th- centuries; maritime and environmental art; drawing history; art and the post-modern sublime; First Nations art; curricula and teaching methodologies at the university level; creative arts projects which conflate art history and visual arts practice; and the impact of censorship on art and pornography. His first book Visual Words: Art and the Material Book in Victorian England was published in April of 2002.
His studio art interests are in traditional and inter-media/time-based work, including video, performance art, and a long-term project called the Fragmentary Museum. His teaching interests are in transformational, cooperative, and alternative teaching/mentoring approaches (on which he has presented papers at a number of international conferences).
He has also developed a highly successful twelve-week overseas immersion study program at Memorial’s Harlow Campus in England, offered every second year at Grenfell for Visual Arts students, using a hybrid of art history, visual and material culture, and studio components. In 2009 he was awarded the Memorial University President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.