Kevin Concannon - SOVA
School of Visual Arts, SOVA, Virginia Tech, Graphic Design, Studio Art, Art, Creative Technologies, Art History
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Professor, Art History and Visual Culture


Phone: 540-231-5547





Professor of Art History, Kevin Concannon, received his PhD in Modern/Contemporary and African art history from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000. His scholarship focuses on art of the 1960s, particularly the work of Yoko Ono. Publications include Two Trees: Rona Pondick and Jennifer Steinkamp, exh. brochure (Blacksburg, VA: Armory Art Gallery, 2013); Agency: Art and Advertising, exh. cat. (general editor and lead contributor) (Youngstown, Ohio: McDonough Museum of Art, 2008); YOKO ONO IMAGINE PEACE Featuring John & Yoko’s Year of Peace, exh. cat. (general editor and lead contributor) (Akron, Ohio: Emily Davis Gallery, 2007); Mass Production: Artists’ Multiples and the Marketplace, exh. cat. (general editor and contributor) (Akron, Ohio: Emily Davis Gallery, 2006); “Nothing Is Real: Yoko Ono’s Advertising Art,” in YES: YOKO ONO (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. and the Japan Society of New York, 2000); and, with Reiko Tomii, “Chronology” and “Bibliography” in the same volume.


At Virginia Tech, Kevin served as SOVA’s director until retiring in 2020. During his time as the school’s director he worked with SOVA faculty developing innovative programs that leverage technology in the arts. The School of Visual Arts offers a BA and a minor in Art History, three BFAs, a visual arts minor, an MFA in Creative Technologies, an MA in Material Culture and Public Humanities (in collaboration with the Departments of Religion & Culture and History), and an Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP) in Human Centered Design (in collaboration with the Departments of Learning Sciences & Technology and Science & Technology in Society with tracks for the PhD as well as Certificates). He taught Methods of Art History and courses in Modern and Contemporary Art.


At The University of Akron (2001-2011), he taught the Survey of Art History as well as courses in Modern and Contemporary Art. Concannon’s prior museum career spanned 12 years, managing outreach programs for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) and the Neuberger Museum, and culminating in his appointment as Project Manager for the Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Museum Collections Accessibility Initiative at the VMFA.