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Meredith TeGrotenhuis ShimizuMeredith TeGrotenhuis Shimizu

Associate Professor
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4610
Fax: 509.777.3781
Office Location: Lied Center for the Arts 208


Ph.D., M.A. Northwestern University

B.A. Whitworth University

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

History of photography, U.S. art, modern art

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors


“Lofty Domains: Social Climbing and Visual Dominance in Elevated Urban Views,” published in Photography and Culture (2014)


“Photographs and the Meaning of Modern Ruins,” at the PCA/ACA Annual Conference in Seattle (2016); “The Aestheticization of Disaster: Photographs of Destruction for Your Coffee Table” at the PCA/ACA Annual Conference in Chicago (2014); “Above Reality: Interpreting Skyscraper Views in Popular Culture of the 1930s,” at the Space Between Conference, DePaul University (2013); “Preserving New York in Photographs,” at the Space Between Conference, Brown University (2012); "Skyscraper Codes: Margaret Bourke-White and the Construction of Identity," at the Western Association of Women Historians, Huntington Library, Pasadena, Calif. (2011); "Lofty Domains: Fantasies of Ascent in Elevated Urban Views of the 1930s" at the Photography and the City Conference, Dublin, Ireland (2006); "Documents of Change: Berenice Abbott's Photographs of New York in the 1930s" at the Visualising the City Conference, Manchester, England (2005); "Reading New York: Berenice Abbott, Imageability, and Urban Representation" at The Space Between Conference (2004). Ph.D. dissertation, "Photography in Urban Discourse: Berenice Abbott's 'Changing New York' and the 1930s," at Northwestern University (2009).

Awards and Honors include:

Named Most Influential Professor by the classes of 2015, 2014, and 2012; recipient of the Dissertation Year Fellowship from Northwestern University (2006-07); recipient of the Dissertation Fellowship in American Art from the ACLS/Henry Luce Foundation (2005-06); recipient of a Citation of Special Recognition from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (2004).