Vendryes, Margaret

Vendryes, Margaret

Curriculum Vitae
Department Chairperson; Director, Fine Arts Gallery
Associate Professor and Chair
Performing and Fine Arts

Phone: 718-262-3797
Office Location: AC-1A02


Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  Princeton University  Art History  1997 
MA  Tulane University  Art History  1992 
AB  Amherst College  Fine Arts  1984 
Margaret Rose Vendryes entered the faculty of York College and The Graduate Center in 2000. She is the author of Barthé, A Life in Sculpture (2008). Vendryes returned to York College, in 2013, as Distinguished Lecturer in Fine Arts and Director of the York College Fine Arts Gallery after a seven-year absence. During that time, Vendryes established a successful studio practice enhanced by her scholarly engagement with African aesthetics and its intersection with popular black music and visual culture. She is currently Chair of the Department of Performing and Fine Arts.

Areas of Expertise

Art Historian

Books in Field Of Expertise

Margaret Rose Vendryes. Barthé, A Life in Sculpture. MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2008. 256.

Margaret Rose Vendryes, etal. Beyond the Blues: Reflections on African America from the Amistad Research Center Fine Arts Collection. LA: New Orleans Museum of Art, 2010. 188.

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Vendryes. "Jacqueline Herranz-Brooks - MALDITA PARED: Fotografía y Texto de Cuba/New York." International Review of African American Art. 25, No. 3 Spring 2015: 5.

Vendryes. "Post Neo-Black Art." International Review of African American Art. Fall 2011: 9.

Chapters in Field Of Expertise

Courage and Reed. "Becoming Barthé: The Chicago Years, 1924-1930." Root, Branch and Blossom: Social Origins of Chicago’s New Negro Artists and Intellectuals. 2018: .

Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

Vendryes. "The Ecstasy of Resistance: M. Scott Johnson." Shadow Matter: The Rhythm of Structure/ Afro-Futurism to Afro-Surrealism. 23;4 2015: .

Vendryes. "Young, Gifted, and Black Between the Wars: Richmond Barthé’s Manhattan Years." Sculpture Review. 2011: .

Reviews in Field Of Expertise

"CHOICE" 2000- present: .


Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" “i found god in myself,” 40th Anniversary celebration of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls…, " traveling exhibition 2015-2018: New York, Philadelphia, Houston, Newark, NJ.

" The African Diva Project: Intent/Content " April 2017: James A. Porter Colloquium, Howard University, Washington, DC.

" Study With the Best: Archiving at CUNY " June 2016: CUNY online.

" TRANScendence: an Exhibition of Emerging, Contemporary African American and Other Underrepresented Artists " June-August 2016: Montclair, NJ.

" The African Diva Project LIVE! " May-July 2016: No Longer Empty - Jameco Exchange.

" Barthé and Me,” artist historian lecture " March 2016: The Studios of Key West, FL.

" Artist Lecture " March 2016: School of Art,The Univeristy of Texas, Rio Grande Valley.

" Richmond Barthé: A Life in Sculpture” Lecture & book signing " December 2015: Detroit Institute of Arts, MI.

" A River Depends on its Tributaries " September - October 2015: Seton Hall University.

" Margaret Rose Vendryes: The African Diva Project " July 2015: Childs Gallery, Boston, MA.

" Art & Soul of the Southeast Queens Community " April 2014 - September 2015: New York City Department of Transportation Art Program.

" “i found god in myself,” 40th Anniversary celebration of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls…, " September 2014-January 2015: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

" Margaret Rose Vendryes – The Complete African Diva Project " December 2014-March 2015: Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, Mississippi.

" Bridging Boundaries: Redefining Diaspora " February - March 2014: Postcrypt Art Gallery, Columbia University.

" I Dreamed My People Were Calling " November 2012-January 2013: Rush Arts Gallery, New York.

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

CUNY Academy for the Humanities and SciencesTravel Award: 2017.

Distinquished Alumni Award, Association of Black Princeton University Alumni: 2015.

Bombay Sapphire Artisans Series, Boston Regional Finalist: 2011.

Center for the Humanities Mellon Grant, CUNY: 2003-04.

Faculty Publications Program Grant, CUNY: 2003.

Research Foundation of CUNY Grant: 2003-04.

Scholar Incentive Award, CUNY: 2003-04.

American Association of University Women Fellowship: 2003-04.

Anyone Can Fly Foundation Professional Scholars Grant: 2002-03.

Irene Diamond Research Fellowship: 1998-99.

National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship: 1998-99.


Cycle 48 PSC-CUNY Research Award, Clarence Irving Collection Archiving w/ George White. 2017-2018: $6,000.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Trustee, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art Board, NY, NY: 2014- 2017.

Director, Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni Board: 2015-2018.

Guest Curator, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning: 2013-2017.