Leisa Rundquist, Ph.D.

Professor of Art History and University Curator

Contact Information

  • lrundqui@unca.edu
  • 251-6848
  • 216 Owen Hall

Leisa Rundquist, Professor and University Curator of Art Collections, specializes in modern and contemporary art and theory. Before coming to UNC Asheville in 2007, she completed her PhD at UNC Chapel Hill and taught American Art at NC State University. Prior to graduate school, Rundquist was Curator at the South Bend Art Museum (South Bend, IN) from 1990 to 2000 and a Lecturer at Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN) from 1996-2000.

Given the opportunities to contribute broadly across the curriculum at UNC Asheville, Rundquist teaches courses in the Department of Art and Art History, the Liberal Arts First-Year Seminar, and the Honors program. Rundquist was the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Teaching in the Humanities Award.

Her research speaks to the intersections of childhood, religious piety, gender, and race in the art of Henry Darger. New directions in her research explore curatorial strategies that construct the representation of marginalized artists and their artistic practices, specifically those categorized as self-taught and “outsider.”

Visit Rundquist's website to learn more.