• Michael Clapper
Associate Professor of Art History



Office: HUE24


My research has centered on mass-reproduced art, particularly in the United States. Since the mid-nineteenth century, mass production (and thus lower prices) has made it possible for a large number of people to have art, or at least reproductions of art, in their homes. In analyzing these works I try to understand why an image or type of art, especially those that became most popular, appealed to contemporary viewers. I have published articles about chromolithographs, the cast plaster sculptures of John Rogers, and the work of Thomas Kinkade. My current project is about Maxfield Parrish.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Western Art (ART 103)

American Art (ART 243)

Art, Capitalism, and Markets (ART 273)

20th-Century Art (ART 251)

Methods in Art History (ART 461)