Associate Professor, Art History
PhD, Northwestern University
Office: 21(B) Garwood Hall
Keith Holz came to WIU in 2003. He has taught courses on Contemporary Art, Modern Art, History of Photography, History of
Modern Design, American Art, German Art 1900-1945, as well as General Education courses (i.e.: Art History Survey, Introduction to Art,
and Introduction to Visual Culture). He has also led seminars on Holocaust Representation in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture, Women
and Modern Art, and Art and Visual Culture in Nazi Germany.
His current course offerings include: Introduction to Visual Art (Art 180), Twentieth Century Art (Art 394), and Contemporary Art (Art 496).
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He also leads WIU's Study Abroad course in Berlin, Germany:
"Contemporary Art and Museum Culture in the New Metropolis." Holz has authored two books, Modern German Art for Thirties Paris,
Prague and London: Resistance and Acquiescence in a Democratic Public Sphere. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004; and
with W. Schopf, The Exilic Eye: Josef Breitenbach and the Free German Culture in Paris (1933-1941). German / English. Berlin: Aufbau Verlag, 2001. Currently he is researching two books: one on Oskar Kokoschka in the 1930s, and a second on the Role of Visual Arts in German Foreign Relations, 1919-1948.
Holz receives numerous invitations to present his scholarship. He is speaking at international art history conferences in Munich and Moscow, and has received invitations to present papers in Cologne, Berlin, and Minsk. Recently he has published articles on German artists in Paris, ca. 1930 (2009), and on Oskar Kokoschka (2010). He also serves as a reviewer of art history research grant proposals for foundations and government agencies.
Since 1992 he has been a member of the College Art Association. He is a member of the Historians of German and Central European Art, and the CAA’s Radical Art History Caucus. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Getty Research Institute, the U.S. Fulbright Commission, and the German Academic Exchange Service, among others.
Some lines he often considers, are: “The man who finds his homeland sweet is a tender beginner; he to whom every soil is as his native one is already strong; but he is perfect to whom the entire world is as a foreign land. --Hugo St. Victor (12th century)
An art historian, Keith Holz's research is on the art of twentieth century Germany (ca. 1900-1945).
He has published extensively on German exile artists and their artists' associations in Prague, Paris, and London during the 1930s.
His book "Modern German Art for Thirties Paris, Prague and London: Resistance and Acquiescence in a Democratic Public Sphere",
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, was published in 2004.
His current research and writing projects include: the travel and
exile paintings of Oskar Kokoschka (ca. 1924-1945), and a study of three private Jewish collections of modern art in Breslau, Germany
(Wroclaw, Poland) that were dispersed at the time the Nazis took control of Breslau in the mid-1930s.