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Julia May

Associate Professor of Art History; Curator of Earlham Art Collection


  • Art
  • Japanese Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Museum Studies


  • Ph.D., Virginia Commmonwealth University
  • M.A., Virginia Commmonwealth University
  • B.A., Radford University

Selected Courses

Australian Aboriginal Art
Art of the American Southwest
Art of the Americas
Arts of Africa
Art: Context and Meaning (Survey of Art) 
History of Craft
Twentieth Century Art


Julie May is an art historian who has published on such wide ranging topics as Australian Aboriginal art, Chinese ceramics and the Richmond Group Artists. Since coming to Earlham, her scholarly interests have broadened to include an exploration of Quaker aesthetics, particularly as expressed in the paintings of Marcus Mote, a 19th century artist who lived and worked in Richmond, Ind. Julie serves as curator of the Earlham art collection and often collaborates with students on research projects involving pieces owned by the College. She has also led off-campus programs in Australia and Japan.

Research Projects

"Salvation or Seduction? Understanding Marcus Mote's Shipwreck at Sea, 1883" in progress. A to Z: Famous Artists in the Earlham College and Richmond Art Museum Collections. Richmond, IN: Richmond Art Museum, 2008. Friends and Neighbors: Works and Lives of the Artisans. Richmond, IN: Richmond Art Museum, 2006. “Sacred Receptacle and Sign of the Gods: Human Hand Imagery in the Art of the American Southwest,” Anthanor XVII (1999): 17-23. Guide to the Edward L. Ruhe Archival Collection. Charlottesville, VA: The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, 1999

Professional Memberships

Midwest Art History Society

College Art Association

American Alliance of Museums

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