Dr. Linda Straford

Biography

A historian of art and society, Dr. Linda Stratford addresses the ways in which the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion have impacted the reception of art. She has several published articles on French art in the 1950’s including her Millstone Prize article “American Art in France Following the Liberation” in The Journal of the Western Society for French History.

She is founding director of Asbury University’s Paris Semester program where she teaches art history and French history. Her interests in the means by which artistic initiatives come to be viewed as belonging, or not belonging within the framework of a community have led her to question the largely secular methodologies in art history and criticism today.

She is the co-author with James Romaine, of ReVisioning: Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art; a longtime Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) board member; and a founding board member of The Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art (ASCHA). She serves as lead writer for the visual arts work group arising from James Davison Hunter’s book To Change the World. This funded project is carried out by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and the New City Commons Foundation, Charlottesville.