PhD, Art History and Criticism, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.
MA, Art History, West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.
BA, Art History, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa.


  • Contemporary art
  • Art in the public realm
  • Monument studies and memorial ecologies
  • Decoloniality and curatorial practices in the United States and Latin America 
  • Contemporary artist Mike Kelley and the critical ways in which his practice relates to institutional critique and artistic pedagogy


  • McElhone, A., et al., “The Battle Is Joined: Contemporary Art and Contested Memorial Ecologies,” Social Science Quarterly, 2021
  • Bowman-McElhone, A., Germana G., “Asserting the Vernacular: Contested Musealities and Contemporary Art in Lima, Peru,” Arts Journal, 2020
  • McElhone, A., Persuit, J., “Memory-Place and the Unintentional Monument: Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena (1961-2012) and its Legacy,” chapter in “Contested Commemoration in U.S. History: Diverging Public Interpretations,” eds. Melissa M. Bender and Klara Stephanie Szlezák, Routledge, 2020
  • Bowman-McElhone, A., Germana G., et al., “Exhibition Reviews: The Vacant Museum: Half a Century of Peruvian Museotopias (1966-2014) at MAC Lima” Journal of Curatorial Studies, 2016

Curatorial projects

  • Co-curator, “I Forgot to Laugh: Humor and Contemporary Art,” Pensacola Museum of Art and Carlow University, Pensacola, Fla., and Pittsburgh, Pa., 2020-2021
  • Co-curator, “Anthropology of Motherhood: Culture of Care, Carlow University Art Gallery and Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2020-2021
  • Curator, “Worn In / Worn Out: Soul of the Shoe,” Pensacola Museum of Art, University of West Florida, Pensacola, Fla., 2019

Awards & Recognition

  • CIC Humanities Research for the Public Good grant, 2020
  • “40 Under 40,” InWeekly Magazine, 2019
  • Exhibition and Public Programming Grant, Florida Humanities Council, 2018
  • Project Grant for “CUBED Luminous: Outdoor Digital Art and Music Festival,” Arts, Culture and Entertainment, Inc., 2018
  • Institutional Technology Enhancement Project Grant for “Museum-as-Classroom: Infrastructure for Large-scale Exterior Projections,” University of West Florida, 2018
  • Beard Travel Award, Department of Art History, Florida State University, 2017

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Museums
  • College Arts Association 
  • Association of Arts of the Study of Arts of the Present
  • South Eastern College Art Conference

“I was drawn to Carlow by its social justice mission and Mercy heritage. It has been an animating and rewarding experience to work with and co-create with students in Carlow’s tight-knit learning community as we explore and center visual art within the framework of social justice.” — Amy Bowman-McElhone

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