• Basic Information
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Presentations
Travis Nygard Portrait

Travis Nygard

Associate Professor of Art History, Director of the Caestecker Art Gallery

[email protected]
920-748-8783
Office: Rodman 135

Basic Information

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh
  • M.A.  University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College

Courses Taught

  • Art Fakes, Frauds, and Heists
  • Art Now: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Innovations
  • Arts of Asia
  • Catalyst Seminar: Books! Manuscripts, Scrolls, Comics, Hieroglyphs, Emoji, & More.
  • Catalyst Seminar: Telling Your Story: Art and Identity
  • Controversies in Museum Studies
  • Controversies of Art
  • Frank Lloyd Wright: Master Architect, Artist, and Thinker
  • The History and Theory of Design and Decoration
  • Indigenous Art of the Americas
  • Modern Art: Impressionism, Photography, Pop Art, and More
  • Museums, Artifacts, and Cultural Heritage
  • Senior Seminar in Art
  • Travel Course: Old Italy, New Italy
  • Visual Studies
  • World Art and Design History I: From Cave to the Medieval Era
  • World Art and Design History II: From the Renaissance to Today

Publications

  • Nygard, Travis. “It is Time to Rethink Regionalism in Midwestern Life: How National Magazines Caricatured an Art Movement and Hid Its Critical and Community-Engaged Edge.” Middle West Review, in press.
  • Nygard, Travis. “Creative Responses to Ripon College’s Old Master Portraits by Anthony van Dyck.” In The Midwest Paint Group Responses to Ripon College’s Van Dyck Paintings. The Midwest Paint Group, 2019, pages 5-7.
  • Wren, Linnea, Travis Nygard, Kaylee Spencer, and Cynthia Kristan-Graham, eds. Landscapes of the Itza: Archaeology and Art History at Chichen Itza and Neighboring Sites in Yucatan, Mexico. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2018.
  • Nygard, Travis, "To Face or to Flee from the Foe: Women in Warfare at Chichen Itza (chapter)." Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2018.
  • Nygard, Travis, Kaylee Spencer, and Linnea Wren. “Contemplating Carvings at the Feet of Queen Chaak Kab: Using Mixed Methodology to Understand Sculpture at Yo’okop.” In The Maya of the Cochuah Region: Archaeological and Ethnographic Perspectives on the Northern Lowlands, edited by Justine Shaw, pages 57-76. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. 2015
  • Wren, Linnea and Travis Nygard. “The State of Research in the Cochuah Region of Quintana Roo.” In The Maya of the Cochuah Region: Archaeological and Ethnographic Perspectives on the Northern Lowlands, edited by Justine Shaw, pages 23-38. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. 2015
  • Wren, Linnea, Travis Nygard, and Kaylee Spencer. “Establishing and Translating Maya Spaces at Tonina and Ocosingo: How Indigenous Portraits were Moved, Mutilated, and Made Christian in New Spain.” In Memory Traces: Analyzing Sacred Space at Five Mesoamerican Sites, edited by Laura Amrhein and Cynthia Kristan-Graham, pages 169-202. Boulder: University Press of Colorado. 2015.
  • Nygard, Travis. “Art Depicting Food” and “Art Using Food as a Medium.” In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Food Issues, edited by Ken Albala. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Reference.
  • Nygard, Travis and Vincent Tomasso. “Andy Warhol’s Alexander the Great: An Ancient Portrait for Alexander Iolas in a Postmodern Frame.” Classical Receptions Journal, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 253-275, 2016.
  • Nygaard, Travis, Wren, Linnea, Shaw, Justine. “The Shifting Spatial Nexus of an Urban Maya Landscape: A Case Study of Architecture, Sculpture, and Ceramics at Yo'okop,” co-written chapter in Maya Imagery, Architecture, and Activity: Space and Spatial Analysis in Art History, edited by Kaylee Spencer and Maline Werness-Rude. University of New Mexico Press, 2015, 306-343.
  • Nygard, Travis and Pamela H. Simpson. “Indians Playing Indian at the Midwestern Corn Palaces, 1892-2013.” Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) Review, 20013.
  • Nygard, Travis. “Food and Art.” In Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies, edited by Ken Albala. London: Routledge, 2012.
  • Nygard, Travis E. and Pamela H. Simpson. “Indians at the Corn Palaces: Race and Reception at Two Midwestern Festival Buildings.” Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum. Vol 17, No. 1, (2010) pages 35-52.
  • Nygard, Travis. “Grant Wood and the Visual Culture of Agribusiness.” Athanor. Vol 27, 2009, pages 79-85.
  • Nygard, Travis and Alec Sonsteby. “Castration.” In The Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body, edited by Victoria Pitts, pages 502-507. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (2008).

Areas of Interest

Expertise

  • Art history, theory and criticism
  • Modern and contemporary art
  • Ancient Mayan art and archaeology

Interest Areas

  • Modern and contemporary art
  • Visual culture
  • Maya and Mexican art
  • Portraiture
  • Food and farming

Professional/Scholarly Affiliations

  • College Art Association

Presentations

  • Wren, Linnea, Travis Nygard, and Kaylee Spencer. To Face or to Flee from the Foe: Women in Warfare at Chichen Itza. Lecture presented to the Maya Society of Minnesota, St. Thomas University, St. Paul, December 6, 2019.
  • Wren, Linnea, Kaylee Spencer, and Travis Nygard. Women of All Repute: Reconstructing the Lives, Roles, and Contributions of Maya Women. Workshop presented to the Maya Society of Minnesota, St. Thomas University, St. Paul, December 7, 2019.
  • Spencer, Kaylee, Linnea Wren, and Travis Nygard. Caching the Natural and Supernatural Worlds: An Analysis of a Maya Cache Vessel Lid. SECAC: Southeastern College Art Conference, Chattanooga, TN, October 16-19, 2019.
  • Nygard, Travis, Kaylee Spencer, and Linnea Wren. Transforming Texcatlipoca: Aztec Obsidian in Christian Europe. SECAC: Southeastern College Art Conference. Birmingham, AL, October 17-20, 2018.
  • Wren, Linnea and Travis Nygard. Gazing into Murillo’s Black Mirrors: Reflections Between Europe and the Americas. College Art Association Annual Conference. Los Angeles, CA. February 21-24, 2018.
  • Nygard, Travis. Portraiture and the Social Brain: Looking Anew at American Iconic Paintings. Southeastern College Art Conference. Columbus, OH. October 25-28, 2017.
  • Nygard, Travis. "Beautiful Persuasion in Christian Texts: An Analysis of Imagery in the Moralized Ovid and Saint John's Bible Manuscripts." Midwest Conference on Christianity and Literature: Illuminating Words, Transforming Beauty. Spring Arbor University. February 19-20, 2016.
  • Nygard, Travis. "Can we Understand the Sexuality of Andy Warhol’s Alexander the Great?: Historical Fiction as Primary Documentation." The Southeastern College Art Conference, Sarasota, FL, October 8-11, 2014.
  • Wren, Linnea, Kaylee Spencer, and Travis Nygard. “What do Art Historians Contribute to the Maya Picture?: Approaches to Understanding Maya Art.” “Beaker and Brush” series at the Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN, June 8, 2013.
  • Wren, Linnea, Kaylee Spencer, and Travis Nygard. “To Face or to Flee from the Foe: Women in Warfare at Chichen Itza.” The Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Memphis, TN, April 22, 2012.
  • Nygard, Travis. “Was Grant Wood a Feminist? Rethinking the Murals.” Symposium “Celebrating Grant Wood” at the University of Iowa, April 14, 2012.
  • Bender, Lisa, Gursimran Walia, Krishna Kambhampaty, Kendall E. Nygard, and Travis Nygard. “Social Sensitivity and Classroom Team Projects: An Empirical Investigation,” presented at the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) conference, Raleigh, North Carolina, February 29 – March 3, 2012.
  • Nygard, Travis, Kaylee Spencer, Linnea Wren, and Amanda Hankerson. “Sculptural Mutilation at Palenque and Tonina: Rethinking the Evidence.” The Southeastern College Art Conference. Savannah, Georgia, November 10, 2011.
  • Nygard, Travis. “Grasshoppers and the Damnation of Memory in a Farming Community: The Story of Two Destroyed Sculptures.” The Joint 2011 Annual Meetings of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS), Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), & Society for Anthropology of Food and Nutrition, held in Missoula, Montana, June 10, 2011.
  • Nygard Travis and Linnea Wren. “Bridging Archaeological and Art Historical Methodologies in the Cochuah Region of Mexico: A Study of Space at the Maya Site Yo’okop.” 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Sacramento, California, April 1, 2011