Sally Webster is Professor Emerita of American Art at Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. An authority on historic murals and monuments, she is the author of The Nation’s First Monument and the Origins of the American Memorial Tradition, a landmark study on early American commemoration and America’s first monument, Jean-Jacques Caffiéri’s General Richard Monument (1777), St. Paul’s Chapel, New York. She has also co-edited a special issue on murals for the journal Public Art Dialogue, and co-authored an essay on the history of modern mural painting for the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Public Art. Currently Professor Webster is a writer in residence in New York Public Library’s Wertheim Study.
Ph.D., American Art History, Graduate Center, City University, New York, 1985.
M.A., Art History, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1974.
B.A. Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, New York.
Lehman College CUNY, Department of Art, Chair (1992-6); Professor (1995); Associate Professor (1991-1994); Assistant Professor (1985-1991) Modern and Contemporary Art; Acting Director, Lehman College Art Gallery, Spring 1988.
Graduate Center, City University New York, Ph.D. Program in Art History, Fall 1994; Faculty member, American Studies Certificate Program, Fall 1999; Acting Executive Officer, fall 2001 and fall 2002; Deputy Executive Officer, fall 2004
Columbia University, Department of Art History and Archaeology,
Visiting Assistant Professor, Summer 1989.
A.I.R. Gallery, New York, Director, 1979-81.
GRANTS AND AWARDS
1994-2006 PSC-CUNY Research Awards:
2003 Leonard Hastings Schoff Publications Fund, University Seminars, Columbia
University, November, to help defray publication costs for Eve’s Daughter/Modern Woman: A Mural by Mary Cassatt
2002 Henry Luce Foundation, $25, 000 grant for symposium, “American Art at the Crossroads,”
Graduate Center CUNY, April 19 and 20.
2001 Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, $5,000 planning grant for symposium, “American Art at the Crossroads,” Graduate Center CUNY, spring 2001.
1993 Smithsonian Institution, Short-Term Visitor Award
1989 Shuster Fellowship, Lehman College 1989
Co-curator and contributor, Public Art in the Bronx, Lehman College Art Gallery, 1993.
Curator, “A Tribute to Isabel Bishop” for the Lehman College Art Gallery, Spring 1988.
Curator, “George Sugarman: Drawing Ahead of Time,” for the Todd Capp Gallery, 223 East 10th Street, New York, April 1987.
In addition to chairing the Art Department at Lehman and the Art History Program at the Graduate Center, I have served on numerous committees including the Personnel and Budget Committee at Lehman and the Executive Committee at the Graduate Center, and have been a member of promotion and tenure committees, of the Periodic Review Committee for Middle States Association and search committees at Lehman, and search and admissions committees at the Graduate Center.
Member, Visible Knowledge Project, Graduate Center CUNY since 2001.
Fellow of the Smithsonian Institution since 1993.
Professional memberships in College Art Association, American Studies Association, Association of Historians of American Art and founding member and former officer of the Association of Historian of Nineteenth-Century Art.