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Dr. Mary Slavkin

Dr. mary slavkin

Assistant Professor of Art History


Mary Slavkin attended a small liberal arts college—New College of Florida— for her undergraduate degree and Florida State University for her masters. She completed her PhD at the Graduate Center of CUNY and taught at Hunter College and Parsons The New School before coming to Young Harris in August 2014.

Dr. Slavkin specializes in nineteenth-century French painting and wrote her dissertation on a group of artists who exhibited in Paris between 1892 and 1897 at the Salons of the Rose + Croix. Her research focuses on group dynamics within artistic circles, the use of statistics in art history and the development of the digital humanities, and the use of contemporary art criticism to reconsider the character of artistic groups.

Dr. Slavkin is the faculty advisor for the Young Harris chapter of the Kappa Pi International Art Honor Society. The group has organized a variety of activities, including pumpkin carving competitions and sales of greeting cards designed by art majors.

In her classes, Dr. Slavkin attempts to pass on her love of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of art and history. For Dr. Slavkin, art history is a lens through which she can study past cultures and focusing on art allows her to look at many different aspects of other cultures, including differences in terms of literature, philosophy, daily life, religion, and interpersonal relationships.