Dr. Melody Davis

Dr. Melody Davis
Assistant Professor of Art History
104 Opalka Gallery, The Sage College of Albany
(518) 292-8604

Dr. Melody Davis studies art of the late modern and contemporary periods and the history of photography, which she teaches as an Assistant Professor of Art History at the Sage College of Albany. Her current research includes women in narrative stereography, the New Woman, women's erotica in the late Victorian and early modern era, and tactility and assemblage in contemporary art.

She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she was awarded a fellowship in American art from the Henry Luce Foundation and American Council of Learned Societies. She holds a B.A. in English, Magna Cum Laude, from Barnard College, where also received Departmental Distinction, and the Amy Loveman and Lenore Marshall Prizes, and an M.A. from The State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she studied with Julia Kristeva.

Dr. Davis has received international acclaim with her book length critical study, The Male Nude in Contemporary Photography (Temple University Press). She is also the author of a book of poems, The Center of Distance (Nightshade Press). She has published and lectured widely in the U.S. and Great Britain in the fields of contemporary art, photography, and poetry. Her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, a Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction, and The Artist of the Year Award from the Perry County Council of the Arts. She was the President and Founder of Poetlink, a non-profit arts organization in Brooklyn, and a Trustee of the Newport, Pennyslvania Public Library.

Dr. Davis has taught art history and writing to diverse populations from preschoolers to graduate students. She is especially proud to have been the teaching resident for The Perry County Prison Project and for Project 19, The Children of Alcoholics Program of the New York Public Schools.