Arthur Pontynen, Ph.D.
Professor of Art History
Department of Art
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901
Ph.D. in Art History, University of Iowa, 1983; Northwestern School of Law, 1980-81; MA in Art History, University of Iowa, 1977; BA in Art History, Western Washington University, 1973; Diploma, Brooklyn Technical High School, New York City, 1968.
For the Love of Beauty: Art History and the Moral Foundations of Aesthetic Judgment. Transaction Publishers, (2006).
Contemporary Painting and Calligraphy from the Republic of China. The Consortium for International Cooperation in Higher Education, and the National Palace Museum, Taiwan. Washington D.C. 1980. Co-author
The Early Development of Taoist Art. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Iowa, 1983
An Iconographic and Stylistic Analysis of the Pin-Yang Cave at Lung-men. Masters Degree Thesis, University of Iowa, June, 1974
Book Chapters and Research References
Confucianism. The Dictionary of Art. McMillan Publishers Limited, London, 1996. [This is a major and prestigious reference work for art scholarship].
Taoism. The Dictionary of Art, McMillan Publishers Limited, London, 1996. Ibid.
Beauty vs. Aesthetics. Book chapter in Robert Ashmore, Richard Starr, editors, Teaching Ethics: an Interdisciplinary Approach. Marquette University Press and National Endowment for the Humanities. 1994.
Standard Encyclopedia Entries
“Ananda Coomaraswamy” World Philsophy, SalemPress Publishers 1998.
“Time and Eternity” World Philosophy, Salem Press Publishers, 1998.
“Jane Alexander’s Battle to Save the National Endowment for the Arts” Chronology of Twentieth-Century History: Arts and Culture. Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, September, 1997, 1897-99.
“The National Endowment for the Arts” Ready Reference: Censorship. Salem Press Publishers, Pasadena, California, October, 1996, 532-534.
“Taoism” The Asian American Encyclopedia. Salem Press Publishers
“Ananda Coomaraswamy” The Asian American Encyclopedia. Salem Press Publishers
“Public Art and Public Values: The Blue Shirt” Wisconsin Interest (Spring, 2003), 27-32.
“The Aesthetics of Race, the Beauty of Humanity” American Outlook Magazine (2002), 34-37.
“Beauty and the Enlightened Beast” American Outlook Magazine (2002), 37-40.
“Art, Science, and Postmodern Society” American Outlook Magazine (2000), 37-39.
Cited by Arts and Letters Daily, a major scholarly website, December, 2000.
“Facts, Feeling, and (In)coherence vs. The Pursuit of Beauty (Kandinsky and Florensky” St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, vol. 40, no. 3 (1996), 173-180.
“Beauty vs. Aesthetics” ArtIdeas, Spring, 1995, 12ff
“Response to Criticisms of “Oedipus Wrecks: PC and Liberalism” Measure, no. 115 (April, 1993), 1-5.
“Oedipus Wrecks: PC and Liberalism” Measure, no. 113 (February, 1993),1-4.
Citation: Paul R. Gross, Higher Superstition. That Academic Left and its Quarrels with Science (Baltimore and London: The John Hopkins University Press, 1994), 236.
“A Cosmopolitan Critique of Multiculturalism” Measure, no. 103 (February, 1992), 1-7.
“A Winter Landscape: Reflections on the Theory and Practice of Art History” Art Bulletin, vol. LXVIII, no. 3 (September, 1986), 467-79.
“Philosophia Perennis Ars Orientalist. The Masterpiece, Truth, and Art” Oriental Art, vol. 29, no. 2 (Summer, 1983), 148-58.
“Philosophia Perennis Ars Orientalis. A Buddhist-Taoist Icon in the Freer Gallery of Art” Oriental Art, vol.28, no. 4 (Winter, 1982-83), 359-67.
“”Physiognomy in Chinese Figure Painting: a Case Study,” Bulletin, Field Museum of Natural History, vol. 51, no.2 (February, 1980), 6-9
“The Dual Nature of Laozi in Chinese History and Art” Oriental Art, vol. 26, no.3 (Autumn, 1980), 308-13.
Citation: Anna Seidel, “Le Sutra Merveilleux Du Ling-Pao Supreme, Traitant De Lao Tseu Qui Convertit Les Barbares (Le Manuscrit S.2081) Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient, vol. CXXXV,1984, 333.
“The Deification of Laozi in Chinese History and Art” Oriental Art, vol. 26, no. 2 (Summer, 1980), 200-06.
Citation: Stephen Little, Realm of the Immortals, Cleveland Museum of Art, Indiana University Press, 1988.
“Buddhism and Taoism in Chinese Sculpture. A curious evolution in Religious Motif.” Bulletin, Field Museum of Natural History, vol. 49, no. 6 9June, 1978), 16-21.
“Convergence and Conflict: The Incoherence of Modernist-Postmodernist Culture” or
“Why a vigorous advocacy of Western culture is justified”
ACE Conference, Trinity College, Cambridge University, England, July 2007.
“Reassessing the Modern, Modernity, and Modernism” National Conference on the Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, School of Visual Arts, New York, November 2006.
“A Scholarly Conundrum: Seeking the Tao in a Postmodern Culture” Annual National Conference of the College Art Association, Atlanta, Georgia, February, 2005
“Augustine vs. Kierkegaard: at the Cultural Crossroad” Hendrix-Lilly Conference, Hendrix College, Arkansas, September, 2004.
“Beauty vs. Aesthetics in East and West” Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, February, 2004.
“History, Art, and the Postmodern Eschaton: The Metaphysics of Time” School of Visual Arts 16th Annual National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, New York, October, 2002.
“Pedagogy Speak-out: Theory and Practice of Teaching about Art” National Conference of the College Art Association, Los Angeles, California, February, 1999
“Art, Culture, and Human Rights” Mid-America College Art Association, Lexington, Kentucky, October, 1998
“Alternatives to Postmodernist Art and Scholarship: Strategies and Alliances” National Conference of the National Association of Scholars, New Orleans, 1997
“Why Study Art?” Invited guest speaker for the Center for Constructive Alternatives Conference: “Art and the Moral Imagination” Hillsdale College, Michigan, 1997.
“The Vanity of Aesthetics, the Bliss of Beauty” Mid-American College Art Association Conference, Richmond, Virginia, 1997.
“What is Art?” National Conference on the Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, School of Visual Arts, New York, October, 1995.
“What is Beauty?” Mid-America College Art Association Conference, Indianapolis, October, 1995. Chair and participant.
“Facts, Feelings, and (In)coherence vs. The Pursuit of Beauty” FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) conference, St. Louis, March 1995. Panel topic: Understanding Postmodernism and its Challenge to Foundation Studies.
Convened and participated in a panel for the Fine Arts Section of the National Association of Scholars, to address: “Whatever happened to Beauty?” Boston, November, 1994.
“Philokalia: For the Love of Beauty” Presented at the National Conference on the Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists. New York, New York, October 1994.
“Postmodernism vs. the Liberal and Fine Arts” Presented at the National Conference on the Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, New York, October, 1993.
Panel Organizer and Moderator, “Fine Arts and the Politicized Academy” National Association of Scholars, Annual Conference, San Francisco, April 1993.
The Salvatori Center Leadership Conference on Academic Excellence, The University Club, Washington, DC, March 1993. Colloquium participant.
“Life Imitating Art: The Iron Curtain as Cultural Metaphor” Paper distributed by the Heritage Foundation, February, 1993.
“Scholasticism or Wisdom? Interdisciplinary Scholarship at the Modernist-Postmodernist Crossroads” National Conference of the Association for Integrative Studies, St. Paul, Minnesota, October, 1991.
Panel organizer and Moderator, “Alternative Dialogues in a Postmodern Era” 55th Annual Conference of the Mid-America College Art Association, October, 1991.
“Aesthetics vs. Beauty: Beyond the Modernist-Postmodernist Dialogue” National Conference on the Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists. New York New York, October 1990.
“The Methodological Solipsism of Modernism” Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, Platteville, Wisconsin, April 1990.
“Deconstructionism and the Historical Narrative: Semiotics, Semantics, or Wisdom?” Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association, Ft. Worth, Texas, March 1990.
“A Liberal Humanist Response to Modernism and Postmodernism?” Annual Conference of the Southeastern College Art Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas, October 1989.
“Is Art Ought? Contemplations on Diebenkorn and Fischl” National Conference on the Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, New York, New York, 1988.
“A Syncretist View of Science, Ethics, and Art” Tenth Annual National Conference of the Association for Integrative Studies, Arlington, Texas, October, 1988.
“The Historical Correspondence of Beauty and Justice” 66th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association, Houston, Texas, March 1988.
“The Dual Nature of Laozi” Annual National Conference of the College Art Association, New Orleans, February, 1980.
“The Five Caves of Tan-yao at Yun-Kang” Forty-second Annual Conference of the Mid-America College Art Association, Detroit, Michigan, 1978.
“The Abhaya-varada Mudra in Chinese Art” Midwest Art History Society Annual Meeting, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, 1978.
“A Discussion of the Relationship between Southern Ch’I and Northern Wei Buddhist Sculpture” Twelfth Annual Graduate Student Seminar, Art Institute of Chicago, 1977.
Interviewed by Radio Free Europe on “Genius, Anti-Semitism, and Graham Nash. March 14, 2002.
Sabbatical, Fall, 2001
Invited guest speaker at the University of Iowa Graduate School and the Art History Society. Paper: “The Tragedy of Postmodernism”
Invited guest speaker at the Herron School of Art, Indiana University, March 1994. Topic: “Beyond Postmodernism”
Interviewed by National Public Radio on The National Endowment for the Arts, 1997.
Cited in Who’s Who in American Art, since 1986
Who’s Who in Education since 2002
Who’s Who in the World, invited 1997
Cited in Policy Experts, The Heritage Foundation, since 198
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Fellow, “Ethics Across the Curriculum” 1992-94
Heritage Foundation Fellow, Washington DC 1994
Smithsonian Fellow, Washington DC 1980
Service to Professional Agencies
Founding Faculty, Yorktownuniveristy.com. Participated in the development and teaching of art history courses via the web.2002
Chair of the Fine Arts Subsection, National Association of Scholars, 1991-1998.
Board Member, ART American Renaissance for the 21st Century, New York, New York 1997
Provided expert testimony for a child pornography and the fine arts case, the Federal Attorney of New York, Fall, 1996.
Elected, Board of Directors, Wisconsin Association of Scholars, 1995
Manuscript reviewer for Fieldiana Anthropology, the monograph series of the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois, 1986.
Service to University and Department
Elected to Faculty Senate 1991; Re-elected to Faculty Senate, 94,97, 00, 03
Faculty Senate Executive Committee
Provost and Vice Chancellor Search and Screen Committee 2004
Faculty Senate Restructuring Committee, member, 2004
Participant in NCATE Accreditation process for the College of Education and Human Services, 2002
Nominated by Faculty Senate Elections Committee to be Faculty Senate President, April 23, 2002
Chair, Department of Art 1997-2003
Duties, committees, and activities too many to cite individually
Division Chair, through 2003
Preview Days participant
Associate Dean Search Committee
Faculty Senate Constitution and Bylaws Committee, reelected 2001 to a three year term
COLS 50th Anniversary Committee 1999
Member, Graduate Faculty, 1989-
Member, University Scholars Program, 1990-
Faculty Senate General Education Committee 1996
Service to Community
Interviewed by the Northwestern on Pop Art, March 12, 2004.
WTMJ interview September 16, 2003, on Milwaukee’s Blue Shirt controversy.
Juror, Aviation Art Competition, EAA, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 2003
“The Aesthetics of Race, the Beauty of Humanity” Presentation at the Wisconsin Art Education Association, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, May, 2002.
Step-now Community Organization to contest Ethanol Plant being built in Oshkosh 2001 Presentation on Vermeer at the Paine Art Museum, 2002
“Augustinianism: an Alternative to Postmodernity” Wisconsin Humanities Program at Neenah High School, 1999
“American Visions: The History of American Art and Architecture” Presentation at the Appleton Public Library 1999
“Virtue or Vice: German Expressionist Art” Bergstrom Museum 1998
Elected School Board member 1997
Elected, Board of Directors, Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society, 1995