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Prior to joining the faculty at Kennesaw State University in 2006, Diana McClintock taught Twentieth Century and Contemporary Art History as an Associate Professor at the Atlanta College of Art for nine years. She received her Ph.D. (1998) in Art History and Methodology from Emory University, and was awarded a Dean’s Teaching Fellowship by the Emory Graduate School and a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship by the U.S. Department of Education. She returned to school after several years as a museum educator in Southern California, first at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at the Barnsdall Art Park, and then as Curator of Education at Laguna Art Museum. McClintock’s experience in museum education largely informs her approach to art history today, and inspires her interest in methodologies and alternative theoretical frameworks for understanding contemporary artistic practice in its global context.
Like a museum educator (with a nod to twentieth century artists John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg), McClintock endeavors not only to “act in the gap between art and life,” but to close that gap for students and the interested public. For more than a decade McClintock has written for Art Papers, a non-profit, international contemporary art periodical that aims to examine significant contemporary art in language accessible to the general public. More recently she has also joined the writers of ArtsATL.com, an online magazine covering art in the greater Atlanta metro area.
McClintock earned a B. A. with Departmental Distinction in Art History and a double major in Art History and Political Science from Duke University in 1983. She regularly teaches Research Methodologies in Art History, Art Since 1900, Contemporary Art, African American Art (also an American Studies course), History of Graphic Design, Art History Surveys, and Outsider Art, as well as Art Appreciation and Renaissance Art as part of the KSU Study Abroad program in Montepulciano, Italy. She won a Global Education Grant to take students to Paris and Venice in 2013, and in 2016 she will teach courses about Russian twentieth century art for the KSU Study Abroad Program in Moscow.