Elizabeth A. Spear is a Ph.D. candidate in the history of American art. She is currently researching her dissertation, “Re-framing Landscape: Spectacular Display and the Collaborative Viewing Experience in Nineteenth-Century Landscape Painting.” Through four case studies featuring works by George Catlin, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, and Dwight Tryon, this study will demonstrate how close analysis of the physical and aesthetic environments in which landscape paintings were displayed can suggest new understandings of these works and what they meant to contemporary audiences.
Elizabeth earned a B.F.A. in Art History from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Art History from the University of California, Riverside. Her professional experience at institutions such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Colby College Museum of Art, and the University of Iowa Museum of Art has informed her interests in issues of collectorship, display practices, and the history of museums.