Sophia Farmer, Ph.D., recently joined the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith as the new art history professor for the Art and Graphic Design Department.

Dr. Farmer, could you give some background information about yourself?

I completed my B.A. at the University of Toronto in 2012, and both my M.A. in 2014 and Ph.D. in 2019 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have received pre- and post-doctoral fellowships from the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, the Wolfsonian–Florida International University in Miami, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University in New Haven, and the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York. After living in so many places for my research, I look forward to settling into Fort Smith!

What role does the study of art history play in the development of visual artists and designers?