Neely Patton (pronouns: she/her/hers) is an Art Historian and Theorist, Writer, and Aesthetic Philosopher. Patton’s research centers on the abject and ethico-aesthetics. She is currently writing her dissertation on the work of the Viennese Actionists at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA) where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Visual Arts: Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory. Patton graduated with an MA in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Denver and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Art History and Intercultural Communication from the University of Northern Colorado. Patton has been with Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design since 2007 and has served in numerous roles within the Art History, Liberal Arts, and greater Academic Affairs departments working as both a faculty member and administrator. Most recently, Patton served as the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and she currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Liberal Arts Department and as Strategic Advisor to the President. She returned to the classroom in Fall 2020 to advance RMCAD students’ understanding of Art Historical development and the significance of theory, methodology, and philosophy in contemporary art and design practice.
AH 1110 – Art Historical Methods + Theories, AH 1120 – Global Art History I: Prehistory to c.1300, AH 1130 – Global Art History II: c.1300 to c.1980, AH 3000 – Topics in the History of Art.