I am a freelance curator, author, and university humanities professor now living in New York City. I hope you will check out my website jancastro.com and my books! Let me know if you'd like a copy of Sonia Delaunay: La Moderne, which was published in Japan, and check out my stories in Sculpture Magazine. Cheers and best wishes to all! Jan
Art Historian and Arts Consultant
New York NY USA
A. Master of Arts, Washington University. Majors: Comp. Lit. & Art History.
Thesis: “Visual, Literary, and Philosophical Readings of Sonia Delaunay's Art.”
Advisors: Michel Rybalka (French), William H. Gass (Phil.), Rob Jensen (Art Hist.).
B. Publishing Certificate, Radcliffe College.
C. Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Majors: English, History.
A. Guest Curator, Elements of Scale, International Arts & Artists.
B. Guest Art Advisor, Sculpture Key West.
C. Faculty, Touro College and Lindenwood University.
D. Guest Curator, Sonia Delaunay: La Moderne exhibition at four Japanese Museums
and the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University.
E. Contributing Editor, Sculpture Magazine, Nov. 1996 to present. Sixteen cover stories.
F. Guest Senior Lecturer in Art History, University of Missouri, St. Louis.
G. Producer/host, "The Writers Circle," Double Helix, cable TV, St. Louis.
Videotaped weekly program interviewing writers including H. Nemerov, W. H. Gass.
H. Founder, Margaret Atwood Society, Modern Language Assoc. Convention.
I. Lecturer, Literature and Languages, Webster University.
J. Editor, River Styx Magazine. Produced 21 issues.
K. Executive Director, Big River Association.
L. Founding Director, River Styx P. M. and R.S. Duff's Performance Series.
A. Art Books:
Sonia Delaunay: La Moderne. Tokyo: Japan Assn. of Art Museums.
The Art & Life of Georgia O'Keeffe. New York: Crown and London: Virago,
many printings and updated Three Rivers edition.
B. Literature publications with some art:
The Last Frontier, letterpress & computer poems with art, Eclectic Press.
Seeking St. Louis, Voices from a River City, 1670-2000. One of five editors. St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society & U. of Missouri Press, Dec., 2000.
Margaret Atwood: Vision and Forms. Co-edited with Dr. Kathryn Van Spanckeren. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.
As a freelance writer: essays in many anthologies and in respected journals including The Nation, American Poetry Review, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Black Renaissance Noire, New York University; and belles lettres, Center for the Humanities, Washington University. Writers/artists include: William H. Gass, Chakaia Booker, Isabel Allende, Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, Albert Camus, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Gabriel Garcia Màrquez, Andy Warhol, Margaret Drabble.
C. Sculpture Magazine (sixteen cover stories, many articles; see http://www.sculpture.org/): Louise Bourgeois (2 cover stories); Ursula Von Rydingsvard (2 cover stories), Ilan Averbuch, Eva Hesse, Anselm Kiefer, Betty Woodman; Alejandro Almanza Pereda, David Byrne, Jason Hackenwerth, Michael Heizer, Anish Kapoor, Judy Pfaff, Mai Westerlund Roosen; Kiki Smith, Swoon; Robert Smithson, Roxy Paine, Rob Fischer, Christian Boltanski; Claes Oldenburg. Yinka Shonibare (cover), Royal Tomb of Ur, A. Archipenko. Robert Rauschenberg; Gay Outlaw, Cao Guo-Qiang. Chakaia Booker, Andrea Zittel, Banks Violette; Petah Coyne, Marc Quinn; Nancy Graves, Serra & Brancusi; Mark di Suvero (cover); Adam Frelin; Robert Chambers; Christo and Jeanne-Claude (cover); Sue Eisler & David Helm; Sung Ho Kim; Mara Schrupe; “Art of the Osage.” Christina Schmiegel; Liza Lou; “My Reality"; Rebecca Horn; “Globe> Miami < Island"; Bass Museum; Chakaia Booker (cover); Patti Cronin. Petah Coyne (cover); Maya Lin (cover). Louise Bourgeois (cover), “Wonderland”; Picasso’s sculpture in Paris; Joyce Kozloff; Blaine de St. Croix. Ginny Ruffner; Jo Stealey; Jane Sauer; Lewis DeSoto. Richard Serra (cover); Mary Miss; Storm King Sculpture Park; Moustapha Dimé; Japanese Aesthetic; Judy Pfaff. Richard Hunt; Judy Pfaff (cover); Martin Puryear; Richard Marquis. Laumeier Sculpture Park, Pieter Laurens Moll.
D. Reviews in other periodicals, including: Fiberarts (Jane Sauer) and St. Louis Riverfront Times: Robert Lobe; Pieter Bruegel the Elder; Annette Lemieux.
E. Art Talks include: Sonia Delaunay: Cultural History & Color, Jewish Museum & Pratt, NYC. “Anthropomorphic Signs in O’Keeffe’s Art,” Clayton Center, St. Louis. “Louise Bourgeois: Psychological Signs,” School of Visual Arts, New York. Tien Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo; Jane V. Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers U. Florida Atlantic University. Jury for Cedarhurst sculpture competition; Symposium, S. Ill. Art Gallery. “Women in Art from Cimabue to Louise Bourgeois,” Tampa University, Honors College; O’Keeffe’s Language, The Gatesworth. “Georgia O’Keeffe,” Kirkwood Public Library. Midwest College Art Assn. Conference; “Sonia Delaunay" at Parsons, Paris. St. Louis Art Museum; U. of Missouri, St. Louis; Chicago Public Library Cultural Center; U. of Tampa Honors Arts Division; Northeast Technical Community College in Nebraska, Tulsa Club; Lindenwood U. Alumni Lecture; Drury Convocation "Edythe West Memorial Lecture"; Springfield Art Museum; Wellesley Club, St. Louis; Keynote For Columbia C. Georgia O'Keeffe Centennial Conference; Keynote for Arkansas Art Center; St. Louis Women's Caucus for Art.
Awards, Honors, Professional Posts:
A. Visiting Scholar, American Academy in Rome.
B. Fellow, The Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France.
C. Art Advisory Panel, Conservatory and School for the Arts (CASA).
D. YWCA Arts Leadership Award, St. Louis.
E. National Endowment for the Humanities Institute, Johns Hopkins University.
F. National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles.
G. Editor's Award, Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines, New York.
H. Arts & Letters Award, St. Louis Magazine.
I. Board, National Coalition of Independent Scholars. Member: PEN American Center.