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Dr. Dennis Costanzo

Associate Professor of Art

Dennis Costanzo has taught art history at SUNY Plattsburgh since 1983; previously, he taught at Tulane University and Illinois State University. He received his Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Michigan in 1981. His specialty is nineteenth-century French painting, and his principal area of research has been the imagery of Paris. He has published articles on depictions of urban and industrial scenes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century art, as well as other aspects of modern art. Dr. Costanzo teaches courses on modern and contemporary European and American art.


  • Ph.D. in Art History, University of Michigan
  • M.A., University of Michigan
  • B.A., University of Minnesota

Teaching Areas

  • 19th-century European art
  • Modern and contemporary art
  • American art
  • Baroque art

Area of Specialization

  • Later 19th-early 20th-century art
  • 19th-century French painting
  • Art and imagery of Paris

Recent Publications

  • “Kent’s Winter on Monhegan, 1906-1907”,” The Kent Collector, Summer 2012
  • “House of Dread,” The Kent Collector, Fall 2010
  • “Rockwell Kent and the Avant-Garde 1910-1917,” The Kent Collector, Spring 2003
  • “Premonitions of Catastrophe: German Artists and the Great War,” The Spoils of War , New York: Peter Lang, 1997
  • “Artists and Anarchism in Fin-de Siecle Paris,” Fin de Siecle, New York: Peter Lang, 1996
  • “Industrial Scenes” and “Urban Life,” in The Dictionary of Art, London: Macmillan, 1996

Contact Dennis Costanzo

Office: Myers Fine Arts 213
Phone: (518) 564-2466