Department of Art

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Building Location:
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Office Location:
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Phone: (209) 667-3434



Hope B. Werness

Professor of Art


- University of California, Santa Barbara, BA 1965
- Tulane University, New Orleans, MA 1968
- University of California, Santa Barbara, PhD 1972

Area(s) of Expertise:

- 19th and 20th Century European Art
- Non-Western Art

Teaching & Other Experience:

- Visiting Lecturer, San Jose State University, 1975-76
- Visiting Assistant Professor, California State College/University, Stanislaus, 1976-77; Assistant Professor, 1977-81; Associate Professor, 1981-86; Full Professor, 1986

Creative/Research Interests:

- Symbolism
- Ceramics

Sample Exhibitions/Publications:

Selected Articles, Chapters in Books
- “Han Van Meegeren, Fecit,” introductory chapter in The Forger’s Art, ed. Denis Dutton, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983.
- “The Modest Maiden in Nineteenth Century Art: The evolution of a Newly Discovered Theme,” Woman’s Art Journal, 5 (Fall 1984/Winter 1985), 7-10.
- “Whitman and van Gogh, Starry Nights and Other Similarities,” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, 2 (Spring 1985), 35-41.
- “Vincent van Gogh and a Lost Painting by George H. Boughton,” Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 196 (September 1985), 71-75
- “The Symbolism of van Gogh’s Flowers,” conference proceedings, Van Gogh 100, ed. Joseph D. Masheck. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996.

- The Symbolism of Mirrors in Art From Ancient Times to the Present. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1999.
- The Continuum Encyclopedia of Native Art: Worldview, Symbolism and Culture in Africa, Native North America and Oceania. New York: Continuum, 2000.
- The Bare Bones of Art Appreciation, 1999. Typescript currently in use as a text for Art Appreciation courses at CSU Stanislaus.

In Progress
- The Continuum Encyclopedia of Animal Symbolism in Art, to be published 2003.

Creative Work
- Reflections on The Little Prince, Villa Montalvo, Los Gatos, 2000 (Grand Prize Winner).

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