Biography

Nineteenth-Century Art


Professor McQueen published an article "Politics and Public Sculpture in nineteenth-century colonial French Algeria," in Sculpture Journal in 2019. You can access the article here.

Her book, Empress Eugénie and the Arts: Politics and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century (Ashgate Press, 2011) received a book prize from the Paris-based Fondation Napoléon and was published in paperback by Routledge (2016). Professor McQueen is preparing to publish an augmented French edition, Eugénie et les arts (Éditions Mare et Martin).

For her research on art in Canadian museums see: Nineteenth-Century Art: Highlights from the Tanenbaum Collection at the Art Gallery of Hamilton (2015). She also authored From Renaissance to Rodin: Celebrating the Tanenbaum Gift (2012), and the related exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario was extended for over three years. Earlier, Dr. McQueen contributed an essay, "A Couple's Passion: The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Art Collection," to Heaven and Earth Unveiled: European Treasures from the Tanenbaum Collection (2005).

Professor McQueen's first book The Rise of the Cult of Rembrandt examined the political and artistic significance of Rembrandt in nineteenth-century France (Amsterdam University Press, 2003). She is also co-author of Collecting in the Gilded Age: Art Patronage in Pittsburgh, 1890-1910 (1997) and Félix Buhot : Peintre graveur entre romantisme et impressionisme, 1847-1898 (1998). 

She has published articles in academic journals: Sculpture Journal, Apollo, Journal of the Society of Architectural History, Simiolus, Source, Dutch Crossing, Neptunia, and Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide; her book and exhibition reviews have appeared in Art Journal, Burlington Magazine, Print Quarterly, and Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide

Professor McQueen's awards include research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC, 2000-3, 2005-8, 2015-20), an Andrew Mellon predoctoral fellowship (1997-98), a two-year doctoral fellowship from the SSHRCC (1995-97) and scholarships and awards from McGill University (1990, 1995), the University of Pittsburgh (1991-3), the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (2005), and the Vincentian Studies Institute (2009). 

She has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome (2005) and a Visiting Research Fellow at The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at The University of Edinburgh (2006). She has presented her research in France, Germany, England, Scotland, the Netherlands, and the United States as well as in Canada. 

Professor McQueen is proud to have received the McMaster Student Union Teaching Award, Faculty of Humanities (2001-2002) and to have presented the Distinguished Alumni lecture at the University of Pittsburgh (2003). 

Before choosing a career as a university professor, Professor McQueen was employed at the National Gallery of Canada and the Frick Art Museum. She has actively engaged in university service including as a member of McMaster's University Planning Committee (2016-19), Budget Committee (2018), and Brand Development Committee (2016-17). She also served as Director of the School of the Arts (2015-2018).

Prior to working at McMaster, she was an Assistant Professor at Mount Allison University (1998-2000). Early in her career she had a life-changing opportunity to be a Visiting Lecturer in the study abroad program "Semester at Sea," for which she travelled with students to nine different countries in the southern hemisphere. She taught three courses (Introduction to Art, Introduction to Architecture, and World Religious Architecture) and led students for course-related field study in: Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, and Japan (1998).

Professor McQueen was awarded scholarships to participate in two courses offered by the UK-based Attingham Trust: Royal Collection Studies (2011); and The Historic House in the Lands of the Czech Crown (2015). She also received a scholarship to participate in the Dresden Summer International Academy for the Arts (2012).