Meaghan M. Walsh is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art at the University of Virginia, specializing in early twentieth-century American art and visual culture. Her research examines the intersections of race, identity, and humor in turn-of-the-twentieth century American painting and illustration. Her dissertation project, “Modern Masquerades: Realism, Humor, and Identity in the Works of George Luks,” analyzes how the American artist, George Luks (1867–1933) used masquerade, caricature, and satire to explore the formation of modern American identities in New York City in the early 1900s.Walsh’s research has been supported by the Americas Center/Centro de las Américas and Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Graduate Fellowship. This academic year, she is serving as Edgar Shannon Fellow at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation.
Over the course of her graduate career, Walsh has co-curated several exhibitions, including Unexpected O’Keeffe: The Virginia Watercolors and Later Paintings at the Fralin Museum of Art and Beyond Dreamings: The Rise of Indigenous Australian Art in the United States at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. She has taught a number of undergraduate courses, including the Western and Modern art surveys, American art classes, such as “Canceled: American Art and the Culture Wars,” and guest lectured on topics ranging from the landscapes of slavery and institutional critique to Hollywood stardom and Beyoncé.