Paul Staiti Resume

Professor of Fine Arts on the Alumnae Foundation

Art Department
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075

Telephone at Mount Holyoke:
413-538-2244
413-538-2200

Telephone at Home: 413-534-5145

Fax: 413-538-2167

I. Education

  • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1979
  • M.A. University of Massachusetts, 1973
  • B.A. University of Michigan, 1972

II. Positions

  • 1993-  Professor of Fine Arts on the Alumnae Foundation
    Mount Holyoke College
  • 1979-1993 Assistant/Associate Professor of Art
    Mount Holyoke College
  • 1978-1979 Assistant Professor of Art History
    The Johns Hopkins University

III. Publications

  • "The Capitalist Portrait," in Picturing Power: The New York Chamber of Commerce, Portraiture, and its Uses, New York, Columbia University Press, 2011
  • "Gilbert Stuart's Presidential Imaginary," in Shaping the Body Politic: Art and Political Formation in the Early Republic, ed. by Maurie McInnis and Louis Nelson, Charlottesville, University of Virginia Press, 2011, pp. 162-193
  • "Images and the Social Theatre of Colonial America," with Phyllis Hunter, Picturing United States History: An Interactive Resource for Teaching with Visual Evidence, American Social History Project, CUNY Graduate Center and the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2009
  • "Capital Portraits," Common-Place, online journal of the American Antiquarian Society, 7, no. 1, 2007
  • "American Artists and the July Revolution," American Artists and the Louvre, exhibition catalogue, Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2006, pp. 54-71
  • "The Capitalist Portraits in the New York Chamber of Commerce," New-York Journal of History, 66, no. 3, 2006, pp. 46-55
  • "Emilio Cruz: Life on Earth," Black Renaissance Noire, VI, no. 2, 2005, pp. 128-37
  • "The State of American Art," Jefferson's America and Napoleon's France, exhibition catalogue, New Orleans Museum of Art and the University of Washington Press, 2003
  • "Con Artists: Harnett, Haberle, and their American Accomplices," Deceptions and Illusions: Five Centuries of Trompe L'Oeil Painting, exhibition catalogue, National Gallery of Art and Lund Humphries, Washington, 2002
  • "Five Centuries of Trompe L'Oeil Painting," American Art Review, XIV, no. 5, 2002, pp. 168-77
  • "Winslow Homer and the Drama of Thermodynamics," American Art, 15, no. 1, 2001, pp. 11-33
  • Emilio Cruz: Homo Sapiens Series, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1997
  • John Singleton Copley in America, (co-authored with Carrie Rebora), New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press, 1995, xiii + 348 pages; reprinted, Readings in American Art, ed. by Marianne Doezema and Elizabeth Milroy, New Haven, Yale University Press

Selected Reviews of John Singleton Copley in America:

    • John Updike, The New York Review of Books, 42, December 21, 1995, pp. 59-63
    • Robert Hughes, Time, 146, October 9, 1995, pp. 72-73
    • Hilton Kramer, The New York Observer, September 18, 1995
    • Robin Lippincott, The New York Times Book Review, November 26, 1995, p. 18
    • Pauline Maier, The New York Times, September 24, 1995, pp. 34-36
    • Nancy Stapen, The Boston Globe, July 21, 1995
    • Alfred Corn, Art News, 94, May, 1995
    • Richard Saunders, Eighteenth-Century Studies, 29, 1996, pp. 334-35
    • Ellen G. Miles, The Archives of American Art Journal, 34,1996, pp. 24-26
  • "John Singleton Copley in America, (co-authored with Carrie Rebora), American Art Review, 7, no. 3, 1995, pp. 118-23
  • "The Desire to Collect," Collective Pursuits: Mount Holyoke Investigates Modernism, South Hadley, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, 1993
  • "Ideology and Rhetoric in Erastus Salisbury Field's Historical Monument of the American Republic, "Winterthur Portfolio, 27, no. 1, 1992, pp. 29-45.
  • "Illusionism, Trompe l'Oeil, and the Perils of Viewership," The Still Life Paintings of William Michael Harnett, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Harry N. Abrams, 1992, pp. 30-47
  • Samuel F. B. Morse, Cambridge and New York, Cambridge University Press, 1990, xxii + 300 pages
  • "Compliance and Resistance: Samuel F. B. Morse, Puritan in Arcadia," The Italian Presence in American Art, New York, Fordham University Press, 1989, pp. 95-105
  • "American Art in the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum," (co- authored with Wendy Watson), The Magazine Antiques, 132, November, 1987, pp. 1122-31
  • Minerva Chapman, South Hadley and Washington, The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1986
  • "Rembrandt Peale on Art," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 90, no. 1, 1986, pp. 91-109
  • "God, Family, and Art: Unpublished Letters from Samuel F. B. Morse," The Archives of American Art Journal, 25, no. 4, 1985, pp. 10-15 Samuel F. B. Morse, New York, The Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 1982, xi + 98 pages
  • "Ideology and Politics in Samuel F. B. Morse's Agenda for a National Art," Samuel F. B. Morse, Educator and Champion of the Arts in America, New York, The National Academy of Design, 1982, pp. 7-53
  • "Samuel F. B. Morse's Search for a Personal Style: The Anxiety of Influence," Winterthur Portfolio, 16, no. 3, 1981, pp. 253-81
  • "Rembrandt Peale's Portrait of Captain Paul Ambrose Oliver and His Daughter Mary, 1825," Bulletin of The William Benton Museum of Art, I, 1979, pp. 3-14.
  • "The 1823 Exhibition of the South Carolina Academy of the Fine Arts: A Paradigm of Charleston Taste?" Art in the Lives of South Carolinians, Charleston, The Carolina Art Association, 1979
  • "John Ashe Alston: Patron of Samuel F. B. Morse," Art in the Lives of South Carolinians, Charleston, The Carolina Art Association, 1979
  • "Samuel F. B. Morse in Charleston: 1818-1821," South Carolina Historical Magazine, 79, April, 1978, pp. 87-112

IV. In Preparation

  • Copley, Adams, and the Treaty of Paris
    John Trumbull's Revolution

V. Exhibitions

  • Curator, Emilio Cruz: Life on Earth, Landau Fine Arts, 60 drawings and Paintings, 2006
  • Curator, with Gail Feigenbaum, Victoria Cooke, David O'Brien, and Susan Taylor LeDuc, Jefferson's America and Napoleon's France, New Orleans Museum of Art, 2003; 270 paintings, drawings, sculpture, furniture, silver, documents, 200 page catalogue
  • Curator, with Carrie Rebora, John Singleton Copley in America, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Milwaukee Art Museum, 1995-96; 81 paintings, 348 page catalogue
  • Curator, Minerva Chapman, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1986-87; 87 paintings and drawings, 60 page catalogue
  • Curator, with Gary Reynolds, Samuel F. B. Morse, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 1982, 50 paintings, 98 page catalogue
  • Curator, with John Dobkin, Samuel F. B. Morse: Educator and Champion of the Art in America, National Academy of Design, 1982, 122 paintings and drawings, 112 page catalogue

VI. Fellowships

  • 2012 Faculty Fellowship, Mount Holyoke College
  • 2006 Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • 2006 Fellow, Liguria Study Center, Bogliasco, Italy
  • 2006 Faculty Fellowship, Mount Holyoke College
  • 1998 J. Clawson Mills Senior Fellow, Department of American Paintings and Sculpture, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • 1991-1992 J. Clawson Mills Senior Fellow, Department of American Paintings and Sculpture, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • 1991 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Winterthur Museum, Gardens, and Library
  • 1990 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, Houghton Library, Harvard University
  • 1987 Fellow, Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies
  • 1986-87 National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellow
  • 1985 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute University of California, Berkeley
  • 1977-78 Rockefeller Foundation Fellow
  • 1975-76 Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellow

VII. Recent Lectures

  • At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the High Museum, Atlanta, the Graduate Center, CUNY; the New-York Historical Society; Mount Vernon; Musée du Louvre; Jefferson Memorial Lecture, University of Virginia; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Yale University

VIII. Awards

  • Distinguished Teaching, Mount Holyoke College, 2009