Dr. Martin Rosenberg is the Chair of the Department of Fine Arts and Professor of Art History at Rutgers University’s Camden Campus. He is also an active member of the Women’s Studies faculty, regularly teaching courses in Women and Art. Prior to coming to Rutgers, he served in similar leadership positions at Missouri State University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. During the 1998-99 academic year, Dr. Martin Rosenberg served as the Visiting Scholar at the Getty Education Institute for the Arts in Los Angeles, an invited position given to one person each year. Dr. Rosenberg is a specialist in 18th-21th century art theory, criticism and practice, and feminist art history and art education and has published and lectured widely in these areas, including his books Raphael and France: the Artist as Paradigm and Symbol (Penn State Press, 1995), Gender Matters in Art Education, co-authored with Frances Thurber, Davis, 2007, and numerous articles and catalog essays. His articles have appeared in publications including: Art Journal, Eighteenth Century Studies, Bulletin of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Dictionary of Women Artists and Visual Arts Research, among others. He has also lectured at museums and universities throughout the United States. His current art historical research focuses on issues of gender and other aspects of identity in the works of contemporary women artists. His exhibition, co-curated with Dr. J. Susan Isaacs of Towson University, “A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art” opened at the Stedman Gallery at Rutgers from September, through December, 2009. Then, the exhibition traveled to Towson University in Towson, Md. and to the Degenstein Gallery at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa. It is now beginning a national tour that will continue through 2013 and will include stops at Penn State, Carleton College and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Dr. Rosenberg also has a long-standing interest in relationship between art and Judaism.
Since 1987, Dr. Rosenberg has also pursued a parallel career in exploring the contributions art history can make to art education. From that time, he became deeply involved in the Getty Education Institute for the Art’s efforts to reform art education nationwide, serving as one of the key members of the interdisciplinary team guiding Nebraska’s work in both the theory and practice of comprehensive art education through the Prairie Visions Project, a funded research and development project which has operated continuously since 1988. This project has received national and international recognition. He also served as an advisor to the Getty Center for Education in the Arts from 1988-1995 and was involved with numerous other projects under its auspices. During 1998, Dr. Rosenberg, while Visiting Scholar at the Getty, was part of an official Getty delegation invited by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China to lecture on professional development in art education at several venues around the country. A particular focus of his work in art education and art history has been issues of gender and cultural diversity, areas which he has introduced to more than 2000 teachers in Summer Institutes funded by the Getty Trust. His co-authored book Gender Matters in Art Education, which grew directly out of his work in feminist art history and art education over the last 25 years, is intended to promote gender-equitable approaches to teaching art and is used by art educators throughout the United States. For the last several years, he has also been a contributor to Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party Curriculum Project, a project to provide K-12 teachers with the means to use the Dinner Party as a curriculum source for bringing women back into history.
Dr. Rosenberg is also very interested in the public dimensions of artistic expression and has been involved as a spokesperson on behalf of historic preservation and as a leader in commissioning art for public places. Dr. Rosenberg holds a B.S. in Chemistry from M.I.T., and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania.