Professor Mark Thistlethwaite holds the Kay and Velma Kimbell Chair of Art History. Having earned degrees in art history from the University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A. and M.A.) and University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.), he specializes in the art of the United States, but has taught a wide range of courses, including the history of graphic design.
As a teacher, he has received TCU’s Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Honors Program’s “Professor of the Year” Award.
As a scholar, he has published books and articles, and lectured widely, on nineteenth century and contemporary art, particularly on the subject of history painting.
Dr. Thistlethwaite has chaired the City of Fort Worth’s Art Commission and served on the Board of Trustees of the African American Museum of Dallas. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Ambassador Council of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 110 (co-authored, 2002)
Painting in the Grand Manner: The Art of Peter F. Rothermel (1995)
William Tylee Ranney East of the Mississippi (1991)
Grand Illusions: History Painting in America (co-authored, 1988)
American Painting: Selections from the Amon Carter Museum (co-authored, 1986)
“In Between: Charles Demuth’s Portrait of Charles Demuth” Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, Seattle, 2016 “
‘Where’s George?: Tracking George Washington’s Dollar Bill Image,” American Comparative Literature Society Annual Conference, Harvard University, 2016.
“Washington Crossing the Delaware and Other Gendered Images of the ‘Father of His Country’,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, New Orleans, 2015
“Prints in the Parlor, or, At Home with American History,” Historical Prints—Fact and Fiction Conference, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, 2010,
Keynote Address “Re-Viewing History Painting Today,” Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, Auckland, New Zealand, 2005
Mortar Board “Preferred Professor,” 2004, 1991, 1982
Named Cardin Chair in the Humanities, Loyola College in Maryland, Fall 2000
Nominated for Wassenich Award for Mentoring in the TCU Community, 2000
TCU’s Nominee for the Minnie Piper Stevens Teaching Award [state], 1992
TCU’s Nominee for the T.A. Abbott Teaching Award [national], 1991
Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1990
Elected Honorary Member, Phi Beta Kappa, 1990
Honors Program’s TCU Faculty Recognition Award (“Professor of the Year”), 1988
College Art Association
American Studies Association
Victorian Society in America
Editorial Board Advisory Committee, Victorian Society in America, 2001-15
Manuscript reviewer, 1979-2016
Board of Directors, Midwest Art History Society, 1987-90