Heather M McGuire

Heather M McGuire

Heather M McGuire

Associate Professor

Art History

Heather McGuire obtained her Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she held the Rhoda Thalhimer Research Assistantship. Her dissertation focused on the artistic procedures and historical models embedded in John Baldessari's extended series, Blasted Allegories. Her scholarship examines the interplay of language and images in art, with particular focus on William Blake, John Baldessari and Felix Gonzales-Torres. In addition to presenting conference papers, she recently co-chaired the Southeastern College Art Association conference panel "Art of Exchange." Additionally, she held a curatorial assistantship at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Her teaching focuses on American art since 1968 and examines how artists engage social and cultural change. Currently, she is editing a book on Baldessari's Blasted Allegories. 

Current Research

She is currently editing an extended analysis of John Baldessari's Blasted Allegories. 

Courses Taught

History of Western Art I

History of Western Art II

Twentieth-century Art and Architecture

Modern and Contemporary Art I

Modern and Contemporary Art II

Art Since 1968, undergraduate

Art Since 1968, graduate seminar 

The Pictures Generation, graduate seminar

Curating An Exhibition, graduate and undergraduate seminar

Venice Biennale Study Abroad (upcoming)


BA University of Virginia

BFA Virginia Commonwealth University

PhD Virginia Commonwealth University