Dr. Sarah Glover (PhD/Art History; MA/Art History) is assistant professor of art and director of the Art History program at Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois. She received the Caterpillar Inc. Faculty Award for Teaching, and has twice received Bradley's Chair Award for Outstanding Faculty Member. Glover is organizing a nationwide exhibition of representations of the Virgin Mary in contemporary art.

Dr. Wendy Greenhouse (PhD/Art History) is a Chicago-based art historian who has written and lectured widely on the history of art in Chicago. Among her publications are catalogs of the Union League Club of Chicago art collection, the Powell and Barbara Bridges Collection of paintings by Chicago artists, and exhibitions on Chicago art and artists for the Terra Museum of American Art, the Chicago History Museum, and the Brauer Museum at Valparaiso University.

Dr. Melissa Johnson (PhD/Art History; MILS/Archives) is assistant professor of art history at Illinois State University, and graduate coordinator of the Masters Program in Visual Culture. Her recent publications include “Weimar Cultural Production: Visual Pleasure and Radical Critique in the Work of Hannah Höch,” Essays on Women’s Artistic and Cultural Contributions 1919-1939: Expanded Social Roles for the New Woman following the First World War, 2009. She is currently at work on a book project on Höch’s mass-media scrapbook.

Dr. Claire Kovacs (PhD/Art History; MA/Art History) is Director of the Augustana Teaching Museum at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. Her art history research interests focus on social networks and their implications on artistic process, collaboration and exchange. She is interested in the means by which museums and art collections can impact a liberal arts education through curatorial practice and digital engagement.

Dr. Stacey Robertson (PhD/History; MA/History) is a historian, author, speaker and Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Central Washington State University in Ellensburg. Her most recent book, her fourth, is Betsy Mix Cowles, Champion of Equality which is part of the Lives of American Women Series.

Dr. Susan Weininger is professor emerita of art history at Roosevelt University, Chicago, where she was Chair of the Department of History, Art History and Philosophy. She has curated art exhibitions at museums and galleries in Illinois and written catalog essays, including two in Chicago Modern 1893-1945, Pursuit of the New, the last exhibit at the Terra Museum of American Art. She is currently working on a catalog essay on the artist Francis Chapin.

Project Director

Kristan H. McKinsey (MA/Early American Culture; BA/Art History with Concentration in Asian Studies) has more than 32 years experience as a museum curator at the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Evanston Historical Society and Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences/Peoria Riverfront Museum, including hosting two major exhibitions organized by IWA. She has extensive experience with historic research, writing exhibit catalogs, editing and lecturing on a variety of topics. She can be reached at


Channy Lyons (MA/English; MBA) was a Peoria writer with a special interest in regional women artists and arts organizers in history. For many years, she worked in corporations in Chicago and then Peoria, where she was senior vice president of a financial marketing firm. She wrote books about her artist grandmother, Peoria women and painter Hedley Waycott, and curated exhibits of women artists’ work; she wrote and recorded scripts about public art for WCBU radio.

The Illinois Women Artists Project greatly appreciates the support of Bradley University.