Meadows School of the Arts 2017
Janis Bergman-Carton, associate professor of art history in Meadows School of the Arts, joined SMU in 1991. She earned a B.A. in English Honors from the University of Massachusetts and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in art history from The University of Texas. She served as Art History Department chair at Meadows from 2007 to 2011 and for a semester in 2013, and helped develop and launch the department's first Ph.D. program, with its innovative "Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture" curriculum. Her honors include fellowships from the J. Paul Getty Foundation, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. She also received a Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, an SMU Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award, and a $20,000 Meadows Interdisciplinary Award grant for community outreach activities, including an art history partnership with the Dallas Mexican American Historical League. Professor Bergman-Carton specializes in 19th- and early 20th-century European art with an emphasis on French urban modernity, media archaeology and gender. She has published a book with Yale University Press and more than 20 articles on European modernism, contemporary Latin American art and cultural memory of the Holocaust. She retires as Professor Emerita of Art History.