Dr. Nancy Bottoms

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Associate Professor of Art History
Gallery Director 
BA, Emory University 
MA, Gardner-Webb University 
PhD, Union Institute and University 
Office: 704-406-3905

Dr. Nancy Rogers Bottoms is Assistant Professor of Art and LAP for Gardner-Webb University. As the art historian for the visual arts program Bottoms has developed new courses in African American Art and African Art History. With a PhD in Studies in Mythography she brings a fresh perspective to the study of art history of all periods and cultures. Mythography is the study of the origins of myth, and includes scholarship in literature, art, anthropology, sociobiology, philosophy, and religion as well as mythology.

 Dr. Bottoms has been very active in assisting students with undergraduate research. Some of the topics are, "Andy Warhol as Trickster," "Technological Influences in the Work of Romare Bearden," and "Art and Creative Writing." She also actively pursues personal research and presentations. Presented papers include; "Evolutionary Psychology and the Origin of Myth," "The Environment as Trickster: Purgation and Invigoration, A Creative Non-Fiction Essay on Complexities of Maintaining Ecological Balance,” and "Technological Influences in the Work of Romare Bearden” presented jointly with BFA candidate Laura Gibson at the Sixteenth Conference on Science and Culture, Kentucky State University Institute for Liberal Studies. Research in Bottoms’ classes often includes hands on experience resulting in art installations informed by study of the period, style, or artists. Slides of student work accomplished in the African American Art History class are included below. Professor Bottoms is a member of many professional organizations. Among them are the Appalachian Studies Association, North Carolina Folklore Society, The Folklore Society, Mythopeoic Society, National Association of Developmental Educators. She is a member of The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and The Mint Museum, Charlotte, The Greenville County Museum of Art, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.