Cynda Benson

  • B.F.A., University of Kansas
  • M.A., University of Kansas
  • Ph.D., University of Kansas


College Art Association, Association of Historians of American Art, Association for Textual Studies in Art History, American Studies Association, Southeastern College Art Conference

Previous Positions

Cynda Benson, Ph.D., is a specialist in 19th- and 20th-century American art and the subject of women in art. She has almost 20 years of teaching and museum experience, and in addition to teaching in the art history department, she serves as the adjunct curator of American art at the SCAD Museum of Art. In that role, she has taught graduate seminars about the women artists of the Gilded Age and Winslow Homer, among others. She was a Luce Fellow of American Art and a National Endowment for the Arts professional intern for two years at the Smith College Museum of Art and has been listed in Who's Who in America. Benson's current area of research is the representation of women artists in late 19th-century American literature, art and culture.

Publications and presentations

Selected publications and curatorial experience

  • "Narrating the 'Girl Artist': Fictional Constructions of Artistic Identity in Gilded Age America," forthcoming book.
  • Curator and catalog author, SCAD galleries: "Audrey Flack: Reinventing the Goddess" (2000), "Miriam Schapiro: Reconstructing Women's Traditions" (1999), "The Archetypal Image: Myth and Ritual in the Art of Romare Bearden" (1999), "Jacob Lawrence" (1998), "101 Visions: Selections from the Charles Cowles Collection" (1997) and "Romare Bearden: Paper Icons" (1996).
  • Co-author, "Masterworks of American Painting and Sculpture from the Smith College Museum of Art," New York and Northampton, MA: Hudson Hills Press in association with the Smith College Museum of Art, 1999.

Selected presentations

  • "The Girl Art Student in Gilded Age America," SCAD Museum, May 2005
  • "Kathe Kollwitz: Master Printmaker," Telfair Museum, Savannah, February 2004
  • "The 'New Woman' in the Studio: Women Artists in Gilded Age American Fiction," College Art Association Conference, New York 2003
  • "Daniel Chester French's 'Oglethorpe Monument' and the Spectacle of Veneration," Southeastern College Art Conference, Richmond, Virginia, 1997