Associate Professor of Art History
Dr. Natalie E. Phillips is Associate Professor of Art History and Affiliate Faculty in Women’s, Gender, and African American Studies at Ball State University. She received her Ph.D. in Visual Studies from the University of California, Irvine in 2009, and specializes in contemporary art and critical theory, with a focus on the East Village art scene in New York during the 1980s (including artists such as Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, and Jean-Michel Basquiat). She has published her work in American Art, Religion and the Arts, and Woman’s Art Journal, and is currently writing a book tentatively titled My Mouth/ Therefore an Error: Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Modes of Resistance. She also serves as co-editor for the forthcoming book titled Interrogating the Visual Culture of Trumpism, to be published by Routledge in 2024. Dr. Phillips teaches a wide range of courses at Ball State including Contemporary Art, Feminist Art History, and several film studies courses.
She is also the Coordinator of Muncie’s First Thursday Celebrations, a monthly gallery crawl throughout the downtown Muncie area. If you would like further information about First Thursdays, please feel free to contact Dr. Phillips or visit First Thursday’s social media pages: