Office: LA 106
Dr. Patricia Vettel-Becker,
Professor of Art, has been Chair of the Department of
Art since January 2009.
She came to MSU Billings in Fall Semester
1998, after completing her Ph.D. in Art History and
Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis.
Areas of Specialization:
American Art and Culture, Gender Studies, Modern and Contemporary Art,
Critical Theory, and the History of
Photography and Film.
Shooting from the Hip:
Photography, Masculinity, and Postwar America.
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005.
“Sacagawea and Son: The Visual Construction of America's
(Spring/Summer 2009): 5-30.
War Bride and the Machine/Woman Fantasy.”
“Destruction and Delight: World War II Combat
Photography and the Aesthetic Inscription of Masculine
and Masculinities 5:1 (July 2002): 80-102.
“Bad Boys: Bruce Davidson’s Gang Photographs and Outlaw
Journal 56:2 (Summer 1997): 69-74.
“Felix the Cat as Modern Trickster.”
10:1 (Spring 1996): 65-87.
Dust to Dust: The
Art of Tracy Linder.
Art Museum, Billings, Montana,
Catalogue essay reprinted in
1 (Spring/Summer 2006)
Reviews of Pivot
of the World: Photography and Its Nation by
Blake Stimson, and
Exposures: Photography and Community in the Twentieth
Century by Louis Kaplan.
caa.reviews (January 15, 2008).
Ordering the Façade: Photography and Contemporary
Southern Women’s Writing
by Katherine Henninger.
Southern History 74:4 (November 2008): 1032-1033.
SELECT HONORS AND AWARDS:
MSU Billings Faculty Achievement Award
Winston and Helen Cox Fellowship for Faculty Excellence
in Arts and Sciences
, MSU Billings, 2002
Illumina Teacher Award, The Artist’s Call for Justice
Ansel Adams Research Fellow, Center for Creative
Photography, University of
Currently working on a book about
visual culture, femininity and the 1960s in the U.S.
Chapters completed include
“Where No Woman Has Gone Before: Fashion
Photography and the Race for Space” and "Star Trek:
Space and the Single Girl."