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Catherine Caesar, Ph.D.

Catherine Caesar has been teaching at the University of Dallas since 2003. Her focus is in contemporary American art, and she regularly leads classes in Modern and Contemporary Art.  She has also instructed such courses as Recent Art: 1980 to the Present, Nineteenth-Century Art, American Art, and seminars in the Theory of the Avant-Garde and Robert Smithson.  In addition, she directs all senior art history theses and serves on all studio art committees, undergraduate and graduate.  In recent years, she has served as director of the Art Department's Digital Resources Center.

Completing her doctorate from Emory University in 2005, Dr. Caesar's research in recent years has focused on the art of the 1960s and '70s, in particular currents in both feminist and conceptual art and specifically the work of Martha Rosler, Adrian Piper and Eleanor Antin.  Her dissertation and her recent publication submissions have centered around the critic Lucy Lippard and the development of her notion of women's conceptualism in her writings and exhibitions.  She has presented widely on this work. In 2008, Dr. Caesar curated an exhibition of early video work at the University of Dallas' Haggerty Gallery and a published, expanded version of the catalogue essay is forthcoming.  Most recently, Dr. Caesar has been investigating the notion of "aerial art" and Robert Smithson's 1966 project for Dallas Fort Worth Regional Airport.


Ph.D. in Art History, Emory University, 2005
         Certificate in Women’s Studies

M.A. in Art History, Tulane University, 1997
B.A. in Art History and French, University of Richmond, 1991 Cum laude

Recent Courses


  • Modern Art
  • MA/MFA Seminar
  • Senior Research
  • Various Independent Studies


  • Contemporary Art
  • MA/MFA Seminar
  • Senior Thesis
  • Various Independent Studies