School of Visual and Performing Arts


Dr. Thor J. Mednick
Assistant Professor of Art History

Dr. Thor J. Mednick earned a PhD in 2009 from Indiana University, Bloomington, School of Fine Arts, Department of the History of Art, specializing in the areas of 19th and 20th century European Art, with minors in African art, as well as European and American History. In 2003, he also earned an MA in Art History/Museum Studies, with a Museum Studies Certificate, from the University of Southern California, Art History Department. Prior to that, in 1993, he earned a BFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California, School of Cinema/Television. In Spring 2003, he also studied at Denmark's University of Copenhagen, Institute for Fine Arts, taking written examination in Modern Danish Art. He is an internationally recognized expert with a solid record of publications, presentations, exhibitions, awards, fellowships, and numerous works in progress. 

A proven instructor in a variety of settings since 2003, Dr. Mednick became affiliated since 2010 with Missouri Southern State University (MSSU), in Joplin, as a non-tenure stream Assistant Professor of Art. He was Visiting Scholar for the University of Copenhagen's Department of Art and Cultural Studies in 2009-2010 and for the Scandinavian Section at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008-2009. He served as Visiting Lecturer, from 2006 to 2009 at the University of Copenhagen, and in 2005 at the Visual Arts and Media Studies Division at Pasadena City College.

At Indiana University, he was Instructor of Record in Fall 2004 and Spring 2005 as well as Teaching Assistant in Fall 2003 and Spring 2004. Between 2000 and 2003, he was also employed in a number of curatorial positions, including at the National Gallery of Art in Copenhagen; the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana, California; and the Fisher Gallery at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles.

Last Updated: 8/8/17