Joyce Henri Robinson

Joyce Henri Robinson
Joyce Henri Robinson

Curator, Palmer Museum of Art

Affiliate Associate Professor of Art History


Palmer Museum | 3rd floor
(814) 863-9185


  • Ph.D. and M.A. in art history (University of Virginia)
  • B.A. in religious studies (Davidson College)

Specialty Area: 

Modern American and European Art


Dr. Robinson is a specialist in modern American and European art and teaches courses primarily on African American art for the department. She received her Ph.D. in nineteenth and twentieth-century European and American art from the University of Virginia, and has taught at Kenyon College, Davidson College, the American University in Paris, and the University of Virginia. Dr. Robinson has published articles and presented papers on a wide range of topics including Thomas Jefferson’s collection at Monticello, Matisse and decoration, African American art, nineteenth-century French art, and contemporary art. Her publications have appeared inMuseum News, Winterthur Portfolio, New Art Examiner, Studies in the Decorative Arts, Nineteenth-Century Studies, American Art Review, and International Review of African American Art. Her essays have also been published in several anthologies, including Acts of Possession: Essays on Collecting in America (Rutgers University Press, 2003); What is Architecture? (Routledge, 2002); and Not at Home: the Suppression of Domesticity in Modern Art and Architecture (Thames and Hudson, 1996). She has curated and written exhibition catalogues for a number of exhibitions, including Couples Discourse (2007 co-curated with Micaela Amato, Penn State School of Visual Arts); Wos up man? Selections from the Joseph M. and Janet D. Shein Collection of Self-Taught Art (2005); Fantastic Tales: The Photography of Nan Goldin(2005); Intimate Purlieus: The Diminutive Landscape in Contemporary Art (2004); An Endless Panorama of Beauty: Selections from the Jean and Alvin Snowiss Collection of American Art (2002); An Artistic Friendship: Beauford Delaney and Lawrence Calcagno (2001); and An Interlude in Giverny: The French Chevalier by Frederick MacMonnies (2000).