Jonathan Frederick Walz is an expert on American modernism. He received a B.A. magna cum laude in studio art and French language and literature from Asbury College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Maryland, College Park. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center; the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; and the University of Maryland College of Art and Humanities provided fellowships in support of his dissertation on the Stieglitz circle and their engagement with unconventional portrait strategies. He has taught at the University of Maryland, College Park; The Catholic University of America; Rollins College; and Nebraska Wesleyan University. Previously he has served in curatorial roles at the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, University of Maryland, College Park; the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College; and the Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Walz has curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions, including Embodied: Black Identities in American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery (David C. Driskell Center); Florida’s “Useable Past”: The Sunshine State and the Index of American Design (Cornell Fine Arts Museum); Land of Enchantment: New Mexico as Cultural Crossroads (Sheldon Museum of Art); The Unfolding Center: Susan York and Arthur Sze (Sheldon Museum of Art; supported by Lannan Foundation); and This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today (Bowdoin College Museum of Art; supported by the The Henry Luce Foundation).
Walz currently serves on the College Art Association Professional Practices Committee. For his activism on behalf of diversity, inclusion, and multi-culturalism, he has received the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Chancellor’s Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community Award (2015) and the Rollins College President’s Award for Diversity and Inclusion (2012).