Lucida (geminus), 6" x 10", pencil on paper, 2014 | Private collection


Jeffrey Abt is a Professor Emeritus in the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History of Wayne State University. He has a BFA degree from Drake University and he studied at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem before completing an MFA at Drake. Abt pursued curatorial and exhibitions work at the Wichita Art Museum, the Special Collections Research Center of the University of Chicago, and the University’s Smart Museum of Art, before coming to Wayne State. He’s an artist and writer, his artwork is in museum and corporate collections throughout the United States, and he has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in America and abroad. Abt’s books include American Egyptologist: The Life of James Henry Breasted and the Creation of His Oriental Institute published in 2012 by the University of Chicago Press and Valuing Detroit's Art Museum: A History of Fiscal Abandonment and Rescue published in 2017 by Palgrave Macmillan. He was also a co-editor of the Museum History Journal.


For more details on my exhibitions, work in permanent collections, publications, lectures, awards, and other matters, see my resume. It's dull reading, but fairly complete.