SOVA | Bailey Van Hook
School of Visual Arts, SOVA, Virginia Tech, Graphic Design, Studio Art, Art, Creative Technologies, Art History
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Bailey Van Hook

Professor Emeritus




Bailey Van Hook is an historian of 19th and 20th century European and American art. She received her M.Phil and Ph.D. at the City University of New York Graduate Center, where she wrote a dissertation on images of idealized women in turn of the 20th century American art. She published it as Angels of Art: Women and Art in American Culture, 1876-1914 (Penn State Press, 1997). Her more recent research has been in the area of American beaux-arts art and architecture and she wrote a study of murals of that era, The Virgin and the Dynamo: Public murals in American Architecture, 1893-1917 (Ohio University Press, 2003). She is currently finishing a biography of beaux-arts muralist Violet Oakley (1874-1961).


Dr. Van Hook taught at Fordham University, SUNY New Paltz, and Queens College (CUNY) before she came to Virginia Tech. She teaches over a wide area of interests, including her specialties, 19th and 20th century art, as well as the history of photography and graphic design.