College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Heidi Nasstrom Evans

Heidi Nasstrom Evans

Heidi Nasstrom Evans

Adjunct Faculty

19th- and 20th-century American and European visual culture.

Heidi Nasstrom Evans specializes in 19th- and 20th-century American and European visual culture.  She is particularly interested in the Simple Life Movement in the United States, Great Britain, and Europe (1870-1930)—the subject of her doctoral dissertation. She was formerly Assistant Chair of the Smithsonian/Corcoran College of Art + Design History of Decorative Arts Program, and has taught there since its inception in 1996. After earning a Ph.D. in American Studies with an emphasis on material culture studies at University of MD, College Park (2008), she spent 2008-2009 teaching American Studies research methods as Visiting Assistant Professor, and Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies. Ms. Nasstrom Evans has a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies (University of MD, College Park, 2002); an M.A. in History of Decorative Arts (Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Parsons School of Design, 1996); and a BFA in Restoration of Decorative Arts (Fashion Institute of Technology, 1993).

Selected Publications

French Paintings at the National Gallery of Art, Family Guide, 2013, published in print and online at http://www.nga.gov/content/dam/ngaweb/Education/learning-resources/Guides/family-guide-french.pdf

American Art at the National Gallery of Art, Family Guide, 2011, published in print and online at https://www.nga.gov/kids/guide_american.pdf

“Jane Byrd McCall Whitehead: Cofounder of the Byrdcliffe Art School,” Byrdcliffe: An American Arts and Crafts Colony, Nancy Green, et. al. (Ithaca, NY: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, 2004): exhibition catalogue, winner of the 2007 Henry Allen Moe Prize, NY State Historical Association

Guest curator and author of exhibition brochure for "Jane Byrd McCall Whitehead's Idealized Visions about Simple Living and Arts and Crafts," Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA, October 8–December 5, 2004, published in print and online at www.tfaoi.com/aa/5aa/5aa34.htm

Expanded Publication List

“Materiality in Fiber Art,” in Dorit Yaron, ed., Crosscurrents2000: Handle with Care, Loose Threads in Fiber, exhib. cat., The Art Gallery, University of Maryland, 2000: 15-20

Courses Taught

Modernism in Europe and the U.S., 1850-Present

The Aesthetic Movement in France, England, and the U.S.

Women in the Arts and Crafts Movement in England and the U.S.

The Arts and Crafts Movement in England and the U.S.

Historical Perspectives on Product Design: Past & Present (18th through 21st century)

European Modernism, 1900-1939

Recent Presentations

“From William Morris to William McDonough: The Evolution of Green Modernist Architecture, 1850-present,” Antiques Study Group of Columbia, MD, March 2014

“Modern Interiors at Hollin Hills,” Hollin Hills: Modern Then and Now, conference, Corcoran College of Art and Design in conjunction with 2012 House and Garden Tour, Alexandria, VA, April 27-28, 2012, http://vimeo.com/44901668

“Jane and Ralph Whitehead’s Pacific Arcadia, 1894-1903,” Southwest Art History Conference XXII, Taos, NM, October 27-29, 2010“Jane Byrd McCall Whitehead and the Simple Life at the Byrdcliffe Arts and Crafts Colony, Woodstock, NY,” Byrdcliffe Afternoons, the Woodstock Guild, July 25, 2009

“Jane & Ralph Whitehead’s Pacific Arcadia in Montecito, CA, 1894-1903,” Regionalism and Modernity: The Arts & Crafts Movement in San Diego and Environs, University of Minnesota, Department of Art History & Initiatives in Art and Culture, 9th annual Arts and Crafts conference, June 2007

“Jane Byrd McCall Whitehead and the Simple Life,” Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, December 2006

“Jane Byrd McCall Whitehead and the Simple Life, 1870-1930,” Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellows Lecture Series, May 2006

“Jane Byrd McCall Whitehead & The Simple Life,” Byrdcliffe Symposium, New York Historical Society, April 2005

 “Jane Byrd McCall Whitehead’s Idealized Visions About Simple Living and Arts and Crafts,” Byrdcliffe: An American Arts Colony Symposium, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, October 2004

“Jane Byrd McCall Whitehead: Cofounder of the Byrdcliffe Art School,” Byrdcliffe Art Colony Centenary Panel Discussion, The Woodstock Guild, Woodstock, NY, June 2003