Associate Professor of Art History
Natalie E. Phillips received her Ph.D. in Visual Studies from the University of California, Irvine in 2009 and joined the faculty at Ball State in the same year. She teaches a wide range of courses including Contemporary Art, Modern Art, Feminist Art History, and a graduate seminar in critical theory and art historical methodology.
Phillips specializes in contemporary art with a particular emphasis on New York artists of the 1980s such as Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Her other academic interests include feminist art, body and performance art, critical theory, and the intersections between contemporary art and religion. She has published articles and reviews in journals such as American Art; Religion and the Arts; SECAC Review; Ceramics Monthly; and Woman’s Art Journal; and authored a catalogue raisonné on California artist Carl Beetz.
She recently was selected to participate in Yale University’s Summer Teacher’s Institute in Technical Art History in New Haven, CT, and earlier this year, won an award from the Women’s Caucus for Art for her article on the work of film artist Elisabeth Subrin.