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About Natalie Phillips

Dr. Natalie E. Phillips is Associate Professor of Art History and Affiliate Faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies at Ball State University. She received her Ph.D. in Visual Studies from the University of California, Irvine in 2009, and specializes in contemporary art and critical theory. Before coming to Ball State, she worked at the National Gallery of Art, The Smithsonian Institution, and Sloan's Auction House in Washington DC. Her main research interests center upon New York artists of the 1980s such as Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Her other academic interests include feminist art, performance, critical theory, art and the atomic bomb, and the intersections between contemporary art and religion. She has published in journals such as American Art, Religion and the Arts, and Woman’s Art Journal, and received the Outstanding Essay Award for the Women’s Caucus for Art’s “Half the Sky” project. Dr. Phillips is currently writing a book tentatively titled "My Mouth/ Therefore an Error: Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Modes of Resistance."

Dr. Phillips is also the coordinator for Muncie’s First Thursday celebrations.