Department of Art & Art History

Kathryn Floyd

Kathryn Floyd


210 Biggin Hall
(334) 844- 3393


PhD, University of Iowa

MA, University of Georgia

BA, Vanderbilt University

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About Kathryn Floyd
Associate Professor

Dr. Floyd’s research focuses on the history of exhibitions with a special focus on the mediation of exhibitions in photography, film, exhibition catalogues, the press, and social media platforms. Beginning with her dissertation, “Between Change and Continuity: documenta 1955-2005,” which was awarded a University of Iowa Graduate Deans' Distinguished Dissertation Prize, she has conducted extensive research on postwar German art and the history of documenta, an on-going exhibition series founded in 1955 in Kassel, Germany. Her current projects explore the concept, history, and iconography of “installation shots,” or photographs of exhibitions, from the nineteenth century to the present, including a series of photographs that document Wilhelm Lehmbruck’s expressionist sculpture Kneeling Woman (1911) at different modernist exhibitions in Germany and the US between 1912 and 1955. Other recent projects include guest editing a special issue of the journal Dada/Surrealism on the history of avant-garde art exhibitions and on-going research on the historiography of Dada studies in the United States and Germany.

Dr. Floyd teaches courses in modern and contemporary art, as well as in the history of the arts of Africa and the history of photography. Recent seminar topics include “Dada and Surrealism” and “Contemporary African Art and Design.” Her teaching and mentoring has been recognized with an SGA Outstanding Faculty Member Award (2011), a College of Liberal Arts Teaching Excellence Award (2017), a College of Liberal Arts Advising Award (2019), and the Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring (2019).

Before coming to Auburn in 2008, Dr. Floyd worked at the International Dada Archive at the University of Iowa Libraries and served as a visiting assistant professor of art history at Skidmore College.

Representative Publications

Last Updated: March 29, 2021