Anne Walke Cassidy teaches non-western and western art history, printmaking, and Western Heritage. A specialist in the arts of the Americas, her current research involves ritual calendar manuscripts of pre-Hispanic Mexico. Before coming to Carthage in 2005, she taught at Columbia University in New York, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and Grossmont College in San Diego. She brings to her teaching a strong belief that works of art should be studied as primary sources whose interrogation allows the student to access fundamental concepts and questions.
Professor Cassidy’s long and varied experience in the study and practice of art informs her work as an art historian. After majoring in studio art as an undergraduate, she worked as a scenic artist in and around New York City, on sets for theater, film, and television. During this time, she was an artist member of the Center for Book Arts in New York, where she showed and sold her prints and book art.
After graduate study at Columbia University, Professor Cassidy became deeply involved in the repatriation of American Indian art and ritual objects. On behalf of the American Indian Ritual Object Repatriation Foundation in New York, she worked closely with collectors and tribes throughout the United States, facilitating repatriations and advocating for tribes. This experience afforded an opportunity to learn about American Indian art and history from American Indians, but also offered a deeper understanding of the power and universality of aesthetic activity itself.
She has been studying and researching central Mexican manuscripts for the last 14 years. Mesoamerican manuscript research has taken her to Mexico and a number of European libraries.
Prof. Cassidy teaches non-western and western art history, printmaking, and Western Heritage. She has been studying and researching central Mexican manuscripts for the last 14 years. Mesoamerican manuscript research has taken her to Mexico and a number of European libraries.
Chair of the Art Department, Term I; Associate Professor of Art
- Ph.D — Columbia University
- M. Phil — Columbia University
- M.A. — Columbia University
- B.A. — Rutgers University
- ART 1700 Introduction to Art History
- ART 2710 Arts of the Americas
- ART 3300 Advanced Printmaking
- ART 3720 Arts of Africa
- ART 3730 Masterpieces of Asian Art and Architecture
- The Honors Colloquium: Midwest American Indians
What students say
“Anne Cassidy is so intelligent and inspiring. The excitement she gets from art history causes a student to be excited as well. She is open to our opinions while also pushing us to question ourselves.” — Bree McMahon