Walter B. Denny, Distinguished Professor, joined the faculty of the UMass Amherst Art History Program in 1970. His primary field of teaching and research is the art and architecture of the Islamic world, in particular the artistic traditions of the Ottoman Turks, Islamic carpets and textiles, Islamic imagery in European art, and issues of economics and patronage in Islamic art.
In the fall of 2013, we welcomed Karen Kurczynski, specialist in Modern and Contemporary art, to the faculty. Kurczynski earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and continued for an MA and PhD at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She completed her PhD in 2005 on the Danish artist and Situationist, Asger Jorn. That project is the basis for her recent book, a scholarly introduction to Jorn’s work in English called The Art and Politics of Asger Jorn: The Avant-Garde Won’t Give Up (Ashgate, 2014).