Jonathan F. Walz
Jonathan Frederick Walz was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1970. He graduated from college in 1992 with a double major in French and Studio Art before beginning a career in museum administration in Washington, DC, soon thereafter. In 2001 he returned to school to pursue an advanced degree in Art History at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he recently received his doctorate.
Several institutions--including the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center; the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; and the College of Arts and Humanities, University of Maryland, College Park--supported the research and writing of his dissertation, entitled "The New Face of Modernism: Anti-Mimetic Portraiture and the American Avant-Garde, 1912-1927."
Walz has taught at the Catholic University of America, as well as the University of Maryland, and has made numerous presentations at scholarly symposia both here and abroad. In spring 2007 the University of Maryland's Union Gallery presented his independently-organized exhibition, I Walk the Line: Three Abstract Artists in the 21st Century. At present he is co-curating Extraordinary Portraits: Abstract Identity in American Art, to appear at the National Portrait Gallery in 2015.