About

Heather Belnap is Associate Professor of Art History & Curatorial Studies and directs the European Studies program at Brigham Young University, where she currently holds a College of Humanities Professorship.

She has presented and published widely in feminist art history, and particularly on women in nineteenth-century French art and society. Recently, she has turned her attention to the fields of Utah and Mormon studies. Dr. Belnap has co-edited two books, Interior Portraiture and Masculine Identity in France, 1789-1914 (Ashgate, 2011) and Women, Femininity, and Public Space in European Visual Culture, 1789-1914 (Routledge, 2014), and her co-authored book, Marianne Meets the Mormons: Representations of Mormonism in Nineteenth-century France will be published in October 2022 by the University of Illinois Press. She is currently working on three book projects: Modernity’s Muses: Women, Art, and Culture in Post-Revolutionary Paris; a volume on Mormon artist Minerva Teichert for the Introductions to Mormon Thought series; and Artistic Frontiers: Women and the Making of the Utah Art Scene, 1880-1940.

Professor Belnap teaches courses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art, modern and contemporary art, women in art, and European Studies.

Belnap is actively engaged in professional and civic organizations, particularly those involved in the advancement of women in the visual arts. She was a member of the CAA Committee on Women in the Arts and currently serves as the chair of CAA’s Services to Historians of the Visual Arts Committee. She is the Utah representative for The Feminist Art Project and was recently honored in Jann Haworth’s Utah Women 2020 mural as one of 250 or so women past and present who have shaped the state’s culture.

She can be contacted at heather_belnap@byu.edu or womeninart@gmail.com

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