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College of Fine Arts Research Profiles

Glenn Willumson
School of Art + Art History

T: 273-3062

College of Fine Arts
University of Florida
P.O. Box 115801
Gainesville, Fl 32611-5801

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Research Interests:

Museology, History of Photography, American Visual Culture

Research Summary:

Glenn Willumson is an associate professor of art history and the director of the graduate program in museology at the University of Florida. He served as curator at the Getty Research Center before moving to Pennsylvania where he was senior curator at the Palmer Museum of Art. In addition to his publications Willumson has organized exhibitions on American daguerreotypes, the artists of the Stieglitz circle, the Pincus collection of contemporary art, the video work of Bill Viola, and the photographs of Allan Sekula. He has held affiliate and visiting faculty positions at the University of California, Irvine, and at The Pennsylvania State University. His forthcoming book will be published by the University of California Press and is entitled Iron Muse: Photographing the Transcontinental Railroad.


Doctor of Philosophy in Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara. 1988
Master of Arts in Art History, University of California, Davis. 1984
Bachelor of Arts in English, cum laude, St. Mary's College, Moraga, California. 1971

Key Professional Appointments:

Advisory Board, Committee on Museum Professional Training, American Association of Museums
Editorial Advisor for Cambridge University Press
Grant Reviewer for Institute of Museum and Library Services
Governing Board, Society of Photographic Education
Advisor, History of Photography magazine


Assessing Your Museum’s Impact on the Community, chaired session at the American Association of Museums
"The Museum and the Academy: The Curatorial Balancing Act," College Art Association
The Photographic Album as Cultural Artifact, at the colloquium of the Section Française de l’Institut International Conservation, Paris
Curator, History Past, History Present: The Daguerreotype Portrait in America
Curator, The Crossing: A Video Installation by Bill Viola

Selected Works:

’Photographing under Difficulties:’ Andrew J. Russell’s Photography for the King Survey, a chapter for Framing the West, (Yale University Press)
Grand Schemes and Big Things, a chapter for The Crocker Museum Collection Unveiled, (Crocker Art Museum)
The Emerging Role of the Educator in the Art Museum, a chapter in From Periphery to Center: Art Museum Education in the 21st Century (National Art Education Association)
Making Meaning: Photographic Materiality in the Library and the Art Museum, a chapter in Photographs, Objects, Histories (Routledge Press)
History Museums and Indicators to Assess their Impact on Quality of Life in their Communities, a chapter in Contribution of Historic Preservation to the Quality of Life in Florida: Technical Report, Tallahassee: Florida Department of State
The Shifting Audience of the University Museum, Museum International (UNESCO)
The Getty Research Institute: Materials for a New Photo-History, History of Photography
W. Eugene Smith and the Photographic Essay. (Cambridge University Press)


J. Paul Getty Publication Grant
Institute for Arts and Humanistic Studies Research Grant
Florida State Grant, Department of State


National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowships for University Teachers
Senior Research Fellow, Smithsonian Museum of American Art
Bill Lane Fellow, Stanford University Beinecke Fellow, Yale University
Haynes Fellow, Huntington Library


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