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Instructors at the Barnes

Classes at the Barnes Foundation are taught by an expert group of art historians, curators, conservators, and practicing artists.

Leslie Bowen
Bowen previously taught at Lebanon Valley College, where she received the Nevelyn J. Knisley Award for Inspirational Teaching. A painter, she exhibits extensively and has participated in programs at the Paris American Academy, the Salzburg International Summer Academy, and Southampton College in New York.

Corrinne Chong
Chong is an assistant curator at the Barnes. Prior to this appointment, she was a research consultant for the 2021 Barnes exhibition Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel and a key member of the curatorial team for the Early Rubens exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. She holds degrees in education and art history with a PhD from the University of Edinburgh.

Paul Galvez
Galvez is a research associate at the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at the University of Texas at Dallas. His book Courbet’s Landscapes: The Origins of Modern Painting (Yale University Press) is the first book-length study of Gustave Courbet’s work in the genre. A scholar of modern art from the 19th century to the present, Galvez was guest curator of Object Lessons: Jay DeFeo Works on Paper from the 1970s (Galerie Frank Elbaz, Dallas in 2018) and has recently written on Cézanne and James Ensor for Artforum.

Amy Gillette
Gillette is a research associate at the Barnes. She earned her PhD in art history from Temple University, specializing in late medieval art and architecture. Her publications address the music of angels in Gothic and Byzantine art and the formation of medieval collections in Philadelphia during the Gothic Revival movement.

Kaelin Jewell
Jewell is a senior instructor in adult education at the Barnes. She holds a PhD in late Roman and early medieval art history from Temple University and has worked as a field archeologist. In addition to her work at the Barnes, Jewell is the art historian for an underwater archaeology project near the Sicilian town of Marzamemi.

Cindy Kang
Kang is a curator at the Barnes. She co-curated the exhibition Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris and served as an editor and contributing author for the catalogue. She specializes in 19th- and early-20th-century French art and has taught art history at New York University and Yeshiva University.

Jonathan D. Katz
Katz, a pioneering figure in the development of sexuality and gender studies in art history, directs the Visual Studies Doctoral Program at the University at Buffalo and is a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania. An active curator as well as a scholar, Katz has written extensively on postwar American art.

Deborah Krupp
Krupp has been teaching the Barnes method of aesthetic appreciation for more than ten years, first for the Violette de Mazia Foundation and now for the Barnes.

Martha Lucy
Lucy is the deputy director for research, interpretation and education at the Barnes. As an art historian, she specializes in modern European art and visual culture. She is the coauthor of Renoir in the Barnes Foundation and has published articles and essays on topics ranging from the early charcoals of Odilon Redon to contemporary installation art.

Matthew Palczynski
Palczynski is an art history lecturer, consultant, curator, and educator for academic, corporate, and nonprofit institutions. He regularly leads sessions on innovation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, teaches art history at Tyler School of Art and the Barnes, and presents lectures worldwide for Road Scholar.

William Perthes
Perthes is the Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education at the Barnes. He has taught courses at the Barnes as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and West Chester and Villanova Universities. His scholarship focuses on American modernism and the abstract expressionist painter Robert Motherwell.

Caterina Y. Pierre
Pierre is a professor of art history at the City University of New York at Kingsborough Community College and visiting associate professor at the Pratt Institute, New York. She has taught about art and crime at CUNY Kingsborough, Pratt, and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York. She is working on books about cemetery sculpture as political art in the late 19th century, and Ernest Durig, a forger of the sculptor Auguste Rodin.

Naina Saligram
Saligram is a fellow researching the 46 works by Picasso in the Barnes. She has held curatorial, research, and teaching positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Yale University Art Gallery and has previously taught Barnes classes on subjects including primitivism and surrealism.

TK Smith
Smith is the assistant curator for art of the African diaspora at the Barnes. His writing has been published in Art in America, Brooklyn Rail, and Art Papers. Currently, Smith is a doctoral candidate in the History of American Civilization program at the University of Delaware.

Christine Stoughton
Stoughton is a psychologist, art educator, sculptor, and printmaker. An instructor for the Barnes–de Mazia Education Program, she has also taught with the Violette de Mazia Foundation at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and West Chester University.

Michael Williamson
A member of the Barnes faculty, Williamson studied at Yale University and the Milton Avery Graduate School of Bard College. He taught art history and studio art for nearly 30 years at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. Williamson has an active art practice and has shown his paintings locally.