Daniel A. Siedell, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Art

Phone: (626) 815-2064
Office Location: Art Center, Room 1
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Daniel A. Siedell explores the aesthetic, epistemological, and ethical implications of artistic practice. Trained as a specialist in modern and contemporary art and theory, he is an independent scholar, lecturer, and consultant. Since 2013, he also serves as Presidential Scholar & Art Historian in Residence at The King’s College in New York City. He was previously Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and for over a decade he served as Chief Curator at the Sheldon Museum of Art (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), where he collaborated with numerous artists on exhibition and publishing projects. His books include Weldon Kees and the Arts at Midcentury (University of Nebraska Press, 2003); Martínez Celaya: Early Work (Whale & Star, 2005); God in the Gallery (Baker Academic, 2008); Who’s Afraid of Modern Art? (Cascade, 2015); and more recently Enrique Martínez Celaya: Work and Documents, 1990-2015 (Radius Books, 2016). His most recent project focuses on the role of faith in the development and practice of modern painting.


  • Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • B.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Academic Area

  • School of Visual and Performing Arts (College of the Arts)
    • Department of Art

Courses Taught

  • ART 555 – History of 20th-Century Art, Criticism, and Theory
  • ART 575 – Writing Art Criticism
  • ART 577 – Visual Culture
  • ART 615 – Modernism and Religion