Arne R. Flaten

Arne R. Flaten

Director of the School of Art

Professor of Art history

Curriculum Vitae


Room:AJ 401

View Arne Flaten's CV

Arne Flaten (Ph.D. Italian Renaissance Art History, Indiana University-Bloomington) is the director of the School of Art and professor of Art History. Before joining Ball State in 2015, Flaten was chair of Visual Arts at Coastal Carolina University, and from 2008-2010 he was associate dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at CCU. He is co-founder and former director of Ashes2Art: Digital Reconstructions of Ancient Monuments ( He is widely published in books, journals, catalogues, encyclopedias and peer-reviewed conference proceedings on topics ranging from fifteenth and sixteenth century Europe to Digital Humanities, 5th century BCE Delphi, portrait medals and American comic books. Flaten co-edited two issues of Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation (2009, 2012); three issues of the The Medal (British Museum Press, 2010, 2015, 2018); an issue of Mediterranean Archaeometry and Archaeology (2015); and an issue of Source: Notes on the History of Art (forthcoming). He is author of Medals and Plaquettes 15th to 20th Centuries: The Ulrich Middeldorf Collection (Indiana University Press, 2012) and several forthcoming books on American comic books during World War II (Hermes Press). 

Flaten’s research has been supported by the William J. Fulbright Commission (2x); the J. Paul Getty Research Institute; the Samuel H. Kress Foundation (3x); the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art, Washington; the National Endowment for the Humanities USA (2x); the National Endowment for the Arts USA; and the Renaissance Society of America, among others. In 2013 Flaten was named the HTC Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at Coastal Carolina University, the University’s highest honor, and in 2014 he was elected to European Academy of Science and Arts—Salzburg.

Growing up in a diplomatic family, Dr. Flaten had the opportunity to live and study in various parts of the world, including Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He graduated with high honors from the American International School in Israel, just outside Tel Aviv. He earned his B.A. in Art Studio and English Literature at St. Olaf College and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. After college, he bicycled from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv to coach the varsity soccer team and teach English and Art History at his former high school. Returning to the states the following year, he spent several years designing marketing plans for General Mills in Minnesota. He quit that job in 1992, got married, moved to Rwanda to teach at the International School in Kigali, and began graduate studies the following year. 
Arne Flaten is a program accreditation reviewer for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), presents workshops at NASAD’s annual meetings, and serves on their Nominations Committee.  He also serves on the boards of Sustainable Muncie Corp., The Muncie Arts and Culture Council, and A Better Way (battered women’s shelter).