Director, Office of the Provost
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Director of University Museums at the University of Delaware since 2003, Janis Tomlinson oversees art collections and galleries as well as the mineralogical collection and museum, and serves as curator of the Old College Gallery. In her previous position as Director of Exhibitions and Cultural Programs at the National Academy of Sciences, Tomlinson developed exhibitions on a contemporary painting and on science and art, including The Beauty of Phenomena: Art in the Communication of Science (National Academy of Sciences, October 2002 – May 2003, also shown at New York Hall of Science) and The Art of Neuroscience: Image and Understanding, 1512—2000.
Her publications include articles, exhibition reviews and books on topics in Spanish painting including Francisco Goya y Lucientes 11746-1828 (Phaidon), El Greco to Goya: Painting in Spain 1561-1828 (Abrams), and Goya in the Twilight of Enlightenment (Yale University Press). In 2002, she was the U.S. curator for the exhibition, Goya: Images of Women (Museo del Prado, 2001; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2002); she subsequently contributed essays to exhibitions of Goya’s work at MUNAL (Mexico City) and the Museo del Prado (Madrid). Her writings have been translated into Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese and Korean. She has lectured on her research at museums and universities throughout the U.S., and in Canada, Europe, Mexico and South America.
Dr. Tomlinson has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and of the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. A graduate of McGill University, she earned her MA and Ph.D. in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania.