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Moravian College

Diane Radycki

Associate Professor of Art (2006) and 
Director of Payne Gallery (1999) 


  • Ph.D. Harvard University, 1993
  • M.A. Hunter College/CUNY, 1976
  • B.A. University of Illinois, 1969


Phone: 610-861-1627
Office: Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, South Hall, Lobby Level, Art Office #3

Upcoming Events

In the academic year 2014-15, Dr. Radycki is on sabbatical.

Past Events

  • September 10, 2013 
    Book launch at Rizzoli Bookstore, New York City, for Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist(Yale University Press, 2013), by Diane Radycki.
  • October 30, 2013 
    Guest lecture at the University of Notre Dame, at the invitation of the Department of German and Russian Languages and Literature. Lecture: “Trees and Figures, or Metaphor, Synecdoche, and the Modern Woman.”
  • November 9, 2013 
    Paper at the Feminist Art History Conference, American University, Washington, D.C. Paper: “The Woman Genius and High Modernism: Virginia Woolf, Paula Modersohn-Becker, and To the Lighthouse.”
  • March 4, 2014 
    Jarvis Stewart Guest Lecture at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, at the invitation of the Fine Arts Department. Lecture on the life and work of Paula Modersohn-Becker, including its relationship to the work of Käthe Kollwitz.
  • April 9, 2014 
    Panel discussion at the New York Public Library (An Art Book series program). On the anniversary of the publication of her book Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist, author Diane Radycki is joined in a dynamic discussion by award-winning journalist John Colapinto (New Yorker staff writer), distinguished scholar Alessandra Comini (National Book Award nominee for Egon Schiele’s Portraits), novelist Marie Darrieussecq (2013 Prix Médicis winner, at work on a novel about Paula Modersohn-Becker), Susanne Gerlach, Director of Böttcherstrasse GmbH / Modersohn-Becker Museum, and artist Grace Graupe-Pillard (a meme art pioneer). Is Paula Modersohn-Becker “Modern Painting’s Missing Piece”?
  • July 31, 2014 
    Paper in the Salzburg Institute Symposium on utopia, University of Salzburg, Austria. Paper: “The Worpswede Art Colony in 1900: Whose Utopia?”

Areas of Research and/or Expertise

Late 19th- and early 20th-century art. Dr. Radycki is the author of Paula Modersohn-Becker: the First Modern Woman Artist(Yale University Press, 2013).


Dr. Diane Radycki is an art historian (Ph.D. Harvard University, 1993) who specializes in the art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her scholarship focuses on the work of women artists in this period.

As an associate professor in the Art Department, Dr. Radycki leads the art history track.  She teaches all levels of art history, including surveys to and from the Renaissance as well as art history methodology, criticism, and exhibition practice.

As director of the college’s Payne Gallery, she oversees a permanent collection of 19th- and early 20th-century art, as well as a program of rotating exhibitions.  The permanent collection of Payne Gallery concentrates on American art, with special emphasis on Pennsylvania Impressionism and the artists of the New Hope Circle.
Important institutional lenders to Payne Gallery exhibitions include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), the Smithsonian Institution, and the Jewish Museum in Prague.  In 2011-12 the gallery secured a gift of three monumental bronze sculptures by the nationally recognized sculptor Steve Tobin, which were installed on both campuses of Moravian College.

A recipient of Fulbright and AAUW (American Association of University Women) fellowships, she was awarded a Millard Meiss Publication Fund grant by the College Art Association for the monograph Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist (Yale University Press, 2013).

Selected Reviews of Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist:

In 2009 Dr. Radycki chaired the session “Paula Modersohn-Becker: Art, Risk, and Fame” at the College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles.  She has also presented papers at other meetings of CAA, as well as at the Association of Art Historians (Great Britain); Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (Munich); Feminist Art History Conference (Washington D.C.); Northeast Modern Language Association; German Studies Association; International Association for Philosophy and Literature (Strasbourg); Berkshire Conference on the History of Women; and the Second World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women (Copenhagen).

Previous to her academic career, Dr. Radycki worked for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Parke-Bernet’s Auction Magazine.

Selected Publications

  • “Body of Evidence: Modersohn-Becker’s Reclining Mother-and-Child Nude,” in: Paula Modersohn-Becker, exhibition catalogue, ed. Tine Colstrup, Copenhagen: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (forthcoming).
  • “Worpswede: Idyll and After: Creativity and Partnership in the Early Twentieth Century” in: Breaking New Ground in Art History: A Festschrift in Honor of Alicia Craig Faxon (New Academia Publishing, 2014).
  • “Töchter of Feminism: Germany and the Modern Woman Artist,” Historically Speaking, 2013.
  • Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist (Yale University Press, 2013).
  • “Pictures of Flesh: Modersohn-Becker and the Nude,” Woman’s Art Journal, Fall/Winter 2009.
  • “American Women Artists in Munich, or Die Frauen ohne Schatten” in: Artistic Migration and Cultural Exchange Processes(Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2009).
  • “Pretty/Ugly,” Make (London), Nov. 1996.
  • Lucy Lippard, et al., Voices of Women: Critics, Poets, Artists (Midmarch Arts Press, 1990 reprint).
  • “Jahrhundertwende” in: Deutsche Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts (Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1982).
  • “The Life of Lady Art Students: Changing Art Education at the Turn of the Century,” Art Journal, Spring 1982.
  • Translator and editor, The Letters and Journals of Paula Modersohn-Becker (Scarecrow Press, 1980).