Faculty & Staff

Valerie Hedquist

Professor; Art History and Criticism



Ph.D with honors, University of Kansas, 1990
M.A., University of Kansas, 1984
B.A., University of Minnesota, 1979

Research Interests

17th-century Dutch art

18th-century English portraiture



Fra Dana: American Impressionist in the Rockies, lead author with Sue Hart, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, 2011.  High Plains Book Award Nominee, 2012.

Book chapters and/or entries:

“Painting” and “Sculpture” essays in Encyclopedia of Religion, Communication, and Media. Ed. Daniel A. Stout. Routledge, 2005.

One-page essay regarding the photography of University of Montana M.F.A. student, Marcy James in Fotofest 2004/Water, the Tenth International Biennial of Photography and Photo-Related Art, Houston, Texas, March 12-April 12, 2004.

"Religion in the Art and Life of Vermeer," Chapter 7 in The Cambridge Companion to Vermeer, pp. 111-30, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2001.

Encyclopedia entries on 17th-century Dutch history painting, religious art and patrons, churches as patrons of art, Pre-Rembrandtists, and Gabriel Metsu in Dutch Art: An Encyclopedia, ed. Sheila Muller, Garland Publishing, New York, NY, 1997

Entry on 17th and 18th-century painting in The World Book Encyclopedia, Chicago, IL, 1997.

Preliminary Report of Spanish Paintings, 1100-1900, in American Public Collections, U.S.-Spanish Joint Committee for Cultural and Educational Cooperation, 1989.  Contributed as research assistant to Marilyn Stokstad and Santiago Alcolea Blanch.

Journal articles:

“Ter Brugghen’s Saint Sebastian Tended by Irene,” Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art, forthcoming.

“How a Lost Painting Endured: Gainsborough's Woodman, Macklin's Poets' Gallery, and Miss Linwood's Needle Painting,” Southeastern College Art Conference Review, Summer 2013.

 “Dutch Genre Painting as Religious Art: Gabriel Metsu’s Roman Catholic Imagery,” Art History, 31, 2008, 159-186.

"The Real Presence of Christ and the Penitent Mary Magdalen in the Allegory of Faith by Jan Vermeer." Art History, 23, 2000, 333-64.

"Rembrandt and the Franciscans of Amsterdam," Dutch Crossing, A Journal of Low Countries Studies, Summer 1994, 20-49.

"A Testament of Seventeenth-century Netherlandish Catholicism in the Elvehjem Museum of Art," Elvehjem Museum of Art Bulletin, April 1992, 13-22.

Web publication:

Web-author for Marilyn Stokstad, Art: A Brief History, 3rd ed., Prentice Hall, 2007. 

DVD publication:

“Expert Travel Advice,” The Guide to Essential Italy taught by Kenneth R. Bartlett, The Great Courses and Smithsonian Journeys, 2015.

Book Reviews:

Book Review, Laura J. Snyder, Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing. New York, NY:  W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2015 forthcoming in The Historian.

Book Review, Mark Hallett, Reynolds: Portraiture in Action. New Haven and London: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Yale University Press, 2014 in Journal of British Studies, volume 54, issue 4, October 2015, 1016–18.

CAA On-Line Book Review, Hugh Belsey, Gainsborough’s Cottage Doors: An Insight into the Artist’s Last Decade, Paul Holberton Publishing, 2013.  http://www.caareviews.org/reviews/2103


Book: Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy