John Ott, Ph.D, Associate Professor of art history, researches and writes about art patronage, museums, institutions, and markets, and about social class and its intersections with ethnicity and gender. His first book project, “The Gilded Rush: Art Patronage, Industrial Capital, and Social Authority in Victorian America,” is under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press, while his second, “Mixed Media: The Visual Cultures of Racial Integration, 1931-1957,“ has received the support of a Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellowship. His scholarship has appeared in numerous journals, including American Art, Oxford Art Journal, and Winterthur Portfolio. In addition to his General Education classes, he also teaches courses on the art of the United States, African-American art, the history and theory of museums, and the art of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. His contributions to JMU, finally, include service as Coordinator of Art History and membership in the General Education Cluster Two Committee.