Cher Knight

Pronouns: (She/Her/Hers)

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: Museums and Public Art? (co edited with Harriet F. Senie; 2018, Cambridge Scholars Publishing); A Companion to Public Art (co-edited with Senie; hardcover 2016/paperback forthcoming, Wiley Blackwell); Power and Paradise in Walt Disney's World (hardcover 2014/paperback 2019, University Press of Florida); and Public Art: Theory, Practice and Populism (2008, Blackwell Publishing). She has also authored two exhibition catalogues for the James A. Michener Museum of Art: An Independent Spirit: The Art and Life of R.A.D. Miller (2009); and Louis Bosa: A Keen Eye and a Kind Heart (2005). Professor Knight has contributed essays to the anthologies: The Artist as Curator (2015, 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). Her other publications appear in various sources, including Art Journal Open, Analecta Husserliana: The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research, the Journal of American and Comparative Cultures, Visual Resources, American Art Review, Boston Art Review, and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.

Dr. Knight was honored as Distinguished Alumnus/Scholar by Tyler School of Art/Center for the Arts at Temple University in 2014. She 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 the journal Public Art Dialogue (published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis), was its co-editor through Spring 2017, and now serves on its editorial board. Additionally Professor Knight is on the advisory board of Now + There, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing temporary and site specific public art to Boston. She served as Memorial Advisor for the Boston Marathon Memorial (emphasis upon temporary/non-permanent options; Boston Art Commission and Mayor's Office of Arts + Culture, City of Boston), as well as the Public Art Scholar on the Art Committee for the Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King Memorial (Boston Art Commission, City of Boston; and King Boston nonprofit organization). Dr. Knight  is currently on the visual arts team for the Humanities and Human Flourishing Project (University of Pennsylvania), for which she serves as public art researcher and coauthor. 


  • Visual & Media Arts
    Since 2002


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


“Sorry Not Sorry: A Short Evolution of Public Art in Boston”


Article, Boston Art Review

Museums and Public Art?


Book, Co-Editor; Cambridge Scholars Publishing

“The Public More Private, the Private More Public”


Article, Art Journal Open

A Companion to Public Art


Book, Co-Editor; Wiley Blackwell

“‘Both Object and Subject’: MoMA’s 'Burton on Brancusi'”


Essay, The Artist as Curator

Power and Paradise in Walt Disney’s World


Book, Author; University Press of Florida

“Public Art”


Essay, Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, 2nd ed.

An Independent Spirit: The Art and Life of R.A.D. Miller


Exhibition catalogue, James A. Michener Museum of Art

Public Art: Theory, Practice and Populism


Book, Author; Blackwell Publishing

“Expected? Curious? The Place of Feminism in the Public Art Classroom”


Essay, Blaze: Discourse on Art, Women and Feminism

Louis Bosa: A Keen Eye and a Kind Heart


Exhibition catalogue, James A. Michener Museum of Art