Dr. David Stewart

Associate Professor, Art History - Emeritus Faculty


I research the feminist art of George Frederic Watts by researching his feminist patrons and influences. I argue that G. F. Watts developed a feminist style and a feminist iconography in his late works of art. I have also researched G. F. Watts’ attacks on Frederic Leighton, Watts’ interest in Theosophy, Watts’s use of the philosophy of Thomas Carlyle, as well as Watts’ attempt to transcend what he saw as the dead end of Romanticism. All of my publications on Watts will soon be available here for download. I will also be uploading my conference papers. I have also published on Eighteenth-Century sham ruins, and have delivered conference papers on the importance of Deleuze and Ranciére in 21st-Century Art.

Why am I an Art Historian? I love to travel to Europe. I love to look at art. I love to take my students with me, and I love to learn from them.

I teach 19th, 20th, and 21st century art. Studying the history of art convinces me more and more everyday that there is always something new under the sun. Ideas and art change as fast as technology. Ten years ago Facebook reshaped the world and very few people could have imagined the impact it would have. The pace of change is what I love to study. Understanding past revolutions helps me understand just how radically different our future will be from our present. I find that exciting.

Dr. David Stewart's Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Art History, Boston University, 1988
  • M.A., Art History, University of South Carolina, 1980
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of South Carolina, 1976

Classes Taught


“George Frederic Watts: A Feminist Artist in the Royal Academy,” Abstracts 1998 (College Art Association, 1998): 314-315.


  • "Art History, Art Criticism and the Evolution of Contemporary Art." Midwest Society for Photographic Education. 2001.
  • "G.F. Watts, A Victorian Feminist in the Royal Academy." College Art Association Conference. Toronto, Canada. 1998.
  • "Political Ruins: Gothic Sham Ruins and the '45." Twelfth International Conference on Medievalism. Canterbury, England. 1997.