James Boyles teaches ancient, medieval and modern art history (eighteenth-century to the present) as well as courses in such diverse fields as photography, architecture and American Indian art. The primary focus of his research is nineteenth-century American art and he has published and given papers on a number of American artists, including George Catlin, George Caleb Bingham and John Rogers.
In 2008, his essay on the training and teaching of American painter George de Forest Brush was published in the catalog for the National Gallery of Art exhibition, George de Forest Brush: The Indian Paintings. He is currently investigating how contemporary artists, such as Roxanne Swentzell, Diego Romero and Jasper Johns, express through their painting and sculpture their concerns about the role of art in modern society.
Ph.D. in art history, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A. in art history, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.S. in Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A. in History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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