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Nancy Locke

Associate Professor of Art History, Director of Graduate Studies in Art History
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Dr. Locke teaches courses in European art, ca. 1780–1940, and the history of photography from its inception to the present. She is the author of Manet and the Family Romance (Princeton University Press, 2001) and Cézanne’s Shadows (Penn State University Press, 2025). Her articles have appeared in journals such as Art Bulletin, Burlington Magazine, History of Photography, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, and in several edited volumes. She contributed essays, catalogue entries, and research to the exhibition catalogue for Manet’s Model Family (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2024), and Manet, l’inventeur du moderne (Paris: Musée d’Orsay, 2011). Dr. Locke has also given invited lectures at museums such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, the National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Dr. Locke is the president of the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art. Before she joined the faculty at Penn State in 2003, she taught for eleven years at Wayne State University in Detroit. The recipient of several grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Dedalus Foundation, Dr. Locke has also juried grant proposals for several major granting agencies in the United States and Canada.