Cher Knight



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

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Office: Ansin 913
Phone: 617-824-3826
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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. 


Art History