School of the Arts Faculty

Cher Knight

Associate Professor (2002)

B.A. Rutgers University
M.A. City University of New York
Ph.D. Temple University

Cher Knight

Cher Krause Knight is an art historian focused on modern and contemporary art and architecture. She is a specialist in public art and museum studies.

Dr. Knight's publications include the books: Power and Paradise in Walt Disney's World (2014, University Press of Florida); and Public Art: Theory, Practice and Populism (2008, Blackwell Publishing). She has also authored two exhibition catalogues: An Independent Spirit: The Art and Life of R.A.D. Miller (2009), and Louis Bosa: A Keen Eye and a Kind Heart (2005; both James A. Michener Museum of Art). Professor Knight is currently co-editing The Blackwell Companion to Public Art with Harriet F. Senie. Her other publications appear in various sources, including Analecta Husserliana: The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research, the Journal of American and Comparative Cultures, Visual Resources, and American Art Review. She has contributed essays to the anthologies: The Artist as Curator (forthcoming, Intellect); Blaze: Discourse on Art, Women and Feminism (2007, Cambridge Scholars Publishing); and Reclaiming the Spiritual in Art: Contemporary Cross-Cultural Perspectives (1999, SUNY Press).  

Professor Knight has been twice awarded the Gemmill Research Fellowship at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, PA, and was Emerson College's 2006-2007 recipient of the Mann Stearns Distinguished Faculty Award. She is the co-founder of Public Art Dialogue, an international professional organization devoted to providing an interdisciplinary critical forum for the field. She also co-founded and co-edits the journal, Public Art Dialogue, published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis. 



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