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Associate Professor of Art History Art History
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  • M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Areas of Specialization: Modern and Contemporary American Art, African American Art, Animals in Art, Human-Animal Relations

Jessica Dallow’s research addresses the intersections of race and gender in representations of animals in American art. Her writing on 19th-century animalier Edward Troye appears in the journal Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide and the volume Equestrian Cultures. Her book on American equine-equestrian art is forthcoming. Research support includes grants from the Virginia Historical Society, Kentucky Historical Society, and UAB.

She is also interested in theories of the family in the history of art and southern self-taught art. Essays on Betye and Alison Saar appear in Family Legacies: The Art of Betye, Lezley, and Alison Saar, Reconciling Art and Motherhood, and the journal Feminist Studies, and on Clementine Hunter in Sacred and Profane: Vision and Voice in Southern Self-Taught Art.

At UAB, Jessica teaches Art since 1945, Aspects of Contemporary Art, Art Criticism and Theory, Race and Representation, American Art to 1900, Modern Architecture, and special topics courses in her areas. With UAB students, she is involved in developing a digital archive documenting the history of Birmingham artists and arts workers.

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