Margaret Richardson

Honors Program - Department of Fine Art and Art History

Margaret Richardson


Torggler Fine Arts Center 320
(757) 594-7937


  • Ph D in Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MA in Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • BA in English and Studio Art, Mary Baldwin College


Specialties: Modern & Contemporary Global Art (19th, 20th, 21st centuries); Asian Art
Other courses taught: Surveys of Western and World Art; Senior Seminar; Contemporary art in Asia and Africa; Aesthetic Philosophy and Art Criticism; Latin American Art; Art Appreciation; Asian Religions; Honors


Thematic connections in the modern and contemporary arts of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas with focus on the relationship between tradition and modernism and the effects of cultural exchange due to colonialism and globalization; Asian Art with focus on India


Margaret Richardson is an art historian, artist, and Art History professor living in Richmond, Virginia. She is currently a Lecturer in Art History at Christopher Newport University. Her first book, Between Reality and Dream: The Aesthetic Philosophy of K.G. Subramanyan, was published in 2013 and examined the influences and aesthetic philosophy of this influential contemporary Indian artist. Her essays and exhibition essays and reviews have been published in online and print journals, and she actively participates in the annual professional conferences of the College Art Association (CAA) and the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), organizing sessions and delivering papers on topics in Asian, Modern, and Contemporary Art. After earning a M.A. (2000) and a Ph.D. (2005) in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University, she was a full-time Term Assistant Professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia for four years and an Assistant Professor at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. She also has worked as an Adjunct Professor/Instructor at VCU, The College of William and Mary, and Mary Baldwin University. In addition to her degrees in Art History, she earned an undergraduate degree in Studio Art and English from Mary Baldwin College (1998) where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa (1997) and graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Honors Degree. She enjoys traveling, painting, drawing, writing poetry and short stories, reading, and dabbling in photography, music, and dance. Since 2003, she has been an active member of Apsaras Arts, a classical Indian Bharatanatyam dance group, and she volunteers at Feedmore's Community Kitchen in Richmond.

  • 2017-2018 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Student Writing, Office of the Provost and University Writing Program. (2018)
  • Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Student Writing, Provost’s Office and the Writing Program Council. (2015)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Mary Baldwin College. (1997)
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2020). Journeying Through Inner and Outer Worlds: The Significance of Travel Across the Works of Rabindranath Tagore.. Studies in Travel Writing/ Taylor and Francis Ltd.. Volume, 23. Issue, 4. Pages, 358-377.
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