Mary Garrard

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Mary Garrard
Born1937 (age 84–85)
OccupationArt historian
AwardsLifetime Achievement Award, Women's Caucus for Art (2005)
Academic background
EducationJohns Hopkins University
Harvard University
Academic work
DisciplineFeminist art history
InstitutionsAmerican University
Main interestsArtemisia Gentileschi
Notable worksArtemisia Gentileschi: The Image of the Female Hero in Italian Baroque Art (1989)
The Power of Feminist Art: The American Movement of the 1970s, History and Impact (1996)

Mary DuBose Garrard (born 1937) is an American art historian and emerita professor at American University.[1][2] She is recognized as "one of the founders of feminist art theory"[2] and is particularly known for her work on the Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi.[3]


Garrard earned her B.A. degree at H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College in 1958, her M.A. degree at Harvard University in 1960, and her Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University in 1970.[4][5] writing her dissertation on "The Early Sculpture of Jacopo Sansovino—Florence and Rome."[6][7]


From 1974 to 1976, Garrard served as the second national president of the Women’s Caucus for Art.[1]

Garrard's feminist scholarship began with articles in the 1970s, including "Of Men, Women and Art: Some Historical Reflections" (Art Journal, 1976) and "Feminism: Has It Changed Art History?" (Heresies, 1978).[1]

With Norma Broude, Garrard co-authored and edited several books on art history and curated an exhibition, Claiming Space: Some American Feminist Originators, in 2007 at the Katzen Arts Center.[8]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Artemisia Gentileschi: The Image of the Female Hero in Italian Baroque Art (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1989), ISBN 9780691002859[3]
  • Artemisia Gentileschi Around 1622: The Shaping and Reshaping of an Artistic Identity (University of California Press, 2001), ISBN 9780520228412
  • Brunelleschi's Egg: Nature, Art, and Gender in Renaissance Italy (University of California Press, 2010), ISBN 9780520261525
  • Artemisia Gentileschi and Feminism in Early Modern Europe (Reaktion, 2020), ISBN 9781789142020

With Norma Broude[edit]


  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Women’s Caucus for Art, 2005
  • Faculty Legacy Award, American University, voted by CAS alumni as professor who had greatest influence on their lives, 2002
  • Award from College Art Association, Committee on Women, for “pioneering feminist scholarship” (with Norma Broude), 2000
  • Honorary doctorate of humane letters, awarded by Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi, 1999
  • Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award (with Norma Broude), 1995
  • Mid-Career Achievement Award, National Women’s Caucus for Art, 1991
  • AU College of Arts and Sciences award, Outstanding Scholarship, Research & Other Professional Contributions, 1990
  • AU College of Arts and Sciences award, Outstanding Teaching, 1989[4]

Grants and sponsored research[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Love, Barbara J., ed. (2006). Feminists Who Changed America 1963–1975. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. p. 168. ISBN 978-0252031892.
  2. ^ a b Gopnik, Blake (5 October 2008). "Expanded Text of Mary Garrard Interview". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b Pollock, Griselda (1990). "Rev. of Garrard, Artemisia Gentileschi". The Art Bulletin. 72 (3): 499–505. doi:10.2307/3045754. JSTOR 3045754.
  4. ^ a b c "Faculty Profile: Mary Garrard". American University. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  5. ^ The Johns Hopkins University Conferring of Degrees at the Close of the Ninety-fourth Academic Year. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Office of the University Registrar. 15 July 1970 [27 May 1970]. p. 49.
  6. ^ "Doctors of Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.". The Johns Hopkins University, Conferring of Degrees at the Close of the Ninety-Fourth Academic Year, May 24, 1970, Keyser Quadrangle, Homewood, Baltimore, Maryland (PDF). Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University. 1970. p. 50.
  7. ^ Mary DuBose Garrard. "The Early Sculpture of Jacopo Sansovino: Florence and Rome." PhD diss.The Johns Hopkins University, 1970.
  8. ^ a b Dawson, Jessica (18 November 2007). "AU Museum Gives Women's Work the 'Space' It Deserves". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 March 2015.

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