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Barbara Kutis Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Fine Arts – Art History

Knobview Hall 200F
Phone: (812) 941-2031


Barbara Kutis is Associate Professor of Fine Arts. She has taught at Indiana University Southeast since 2014. Prior to arriving at IU Southeast, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College; Tyler School of Art, Temple University; Rutgers University Camden, and the University of Delaware. Dr. Kutis received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Santa Clara University and her Master of Arts in Art History from the Pennsylvania State University, where she also served as a graduate curatorial assistant at the Palmer Museum of Art. Her Master's thesis Images of an Avant-Garde Mother: Joan Brown's Portraits of Her Son developed her interest in motherhood and maternal studies and lead to her dissertation, Artist-Parents: Nature, Nurture, and Identity in Contemporary Art, which she completed at the University of Delaware. Dr. Kutis's research interest include women, gender, and domesticity in contemporary art; issues of race, diasporas, and globalization; and the impact of terror in the art world. Her book project explores the intersection of art, gender, domesticity, and parenting in contemporary art. She is a member of the College Art Association, the Southern Humanities Council, and the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement. She has published her research in n. paradoxa: International Feminist Journal, the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, and in an edited collection titled, The Taste of Art: Food as Counterculture in Contemporary Practices. Her book, Artist-Parents in Contemporary Art: Gender, Identity, and Domesticity (Routledge, 2020) explores the intersection of art and parenting through the examples of artists Guy Ben-Ner, Elzbieta Jablonska, and the collective known as Mothers and Fathers.


Academic Background

  • Doctorate

    • University of Delaware, Newark, United States
    • Doctor of Philosophy, Major in Global Contemporary Art, Minor in Art of the Diasporas
  • Masters

    • The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, United States
    • Master of Arts
  • Bachelors

    • Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, United States
    • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Art History

Professional Interests


At Indiana University Southeast she teaches a variety of courses on modern and contemporary art, including women in art, Women in art in Africa, American art, art of the avant-garde, and art and terrorism. 

Dr. Kutis also serves as the Coordinator of the Fine Arts Program and the Fine Arts Scholarship Coordinator. New and current Fine Arts students should contact her with queries regarding current and future awards.


Contemporary art, maternal art, motherhood, gender and identity, globalization

Teaching Resource Websites

Indiana University Southeast

4201 Grant Line Rd.
New Albany, IN 47150
(812) 941-2333

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