Betsy Boone

Professor, History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture
Program Coordinator, History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture

Office: 3-98 Fine Arts Building

Areas of Teaching and Research

Art and visual culture in the United States, Spain, and Latin America; the long nineteenth century; trans-national relations and national identity; memory, masquerade, and mimicry; exhibitions and display; art and animals.


MA University of California, Berkeley, 1985; PhD City University of New York, 1996

Betsy Boone is Professor of the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta in Canada. Betsy works on nineteenth and twentieth-century art in Western Europe and the Americas and is particularly interested in trans-national relations, the role of art in the development of national identity, and the representation of animals. Betsy publishes in English and Spanish and has completed several books, Vistas de España: American Views of Art and Life in Spain, 1860–1914 (Yale 2007) and “The Spanish Element in Our Nationality”: Spain and America at the World’s Fairs and Centennial Celebrations, 1876-1915 (Pennsylvania State 2019). This last was also published in a Spanish translation titled España y América: Construcción de la identidad en las exposiciones internacionales, 1876-1915 (Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica 2022). Betsy loves animals, especially cats and horses, and she rides regularly at a barn near Edmonton. Her next book, an anthology titled Exhibiting Animals in Europe and America, co-edited with her colleague Lianne McTavish, will be published by Routledge in December 2024.

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