Alexis L. Boylan is Assistant Professor in Residence at the University of Connecticut in the department of Art and Art History and Women’s Studies Program. She received her B.A. in history from Bryn Mawr College and her Ph.D. in art history from Rutgers University. Her research focus is on American art from the colonial to the contemporary periods, with particular emphasis on race and gender.
Boylan is editor of Thomas Kinkade, The Artist in the Mall (Duke University Press, 2011). Her current book project, entitled Man on the Street: Masculinity, Urbanism, and Ashcan Art concerns the Ashcan circle, race, and urban masculinity. She is also working on a dual biography of Dolly Sloan and Helen Farr Sloan. Boylan has published in Rethinking Marxism and Prospects and has contributed essays to recent museum exhibition catalogues including Seeing the City: John Sloan’s New York (Yale University Press and the Delaware Art Museum, 2007) and Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art, (University of South Carolina Press and the Gibbes Museum of Art, 2008). Before coming to the University of Connecticut, Boylan taught at the University of Tennessee where she was awarded the Dale G. Cleaver Endowed Professorship Award, given in recognition of research and creative achievements.