Professor of Art History and Coordinator of the Museum Studies minor
Fiona Dejardin came to Hartwick 25 years ago as an art historian and curator of the Foreman Gallery. After four years at Hartwick she was instrumental in creating the art history major and turned to full time teaching; however, her love of curatorial work continued and in 2001 she became the director of The Yager Museum.
During that time Fiona brought the museum's collections into compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, wrote and was awarded numerous grants, and was particularly proud that the museum's wide variety of exhibits brought in students and faculty from a broad range of disciplines, making the museum a wonderful example of the liberal arts in practice. As Director Fiona published on several little known artists, including the Rudisuhli, Mary Parriott and David Krivin.
After Fiona returned to full time teaching she resumed her major research interests on women artists and photo history. Recently Fiona was invited by the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid to write a chapter on the Photo League for an upcoming publication on Worker Photography, she has also published on Walker Evans and Aaron Copland, and she is continuing to work on two little know women artists, Anna Brewster and Emily Nichols Hatch. For her sabbatical next spring she will be working with the Andy Warhol photographs that she obtained from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the museum.
Fiona has served on numerous committees including ATP, Faculty Council, COIN and Faculty, Salary and Budget, she is the coordinator of the Museum Studies minor, and her teaching specialties are American Art, Women and Art, the History of Photography and her very popular course on Art and Pornography. She is also the vice president of the Greater Oneonta Historical Society.
For the last twelve years Fiona has also been a practicing artist making spectacular lamp worked glass beads that she incorporates into unique jewelry designs. Her jewelry has been published in several magazines and exhibited in numerous exhibitions across the country including Naples, Florida, the Montclair Art Museum, NJ, and The Glass Museum in Tacoma, Washington.