Suzanne Hudson

Professor of Art History and Fine Arts
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Suzanne Hudson received her Ph.D. from Princeton University and is currently Associate Professor of Art History and Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. She is an art historian and critic who writes on modern and contemporary art, with an emphasis on abstraction, painting, art pedagogy, and American philosophy as it intersects with aesthetics and institutional discourses. She is co-founder of the Contemporary Art Think Tank and the Society of Contemporary Art Historians, an affiliate society of the College Art Association, for which she currently serves as President Emerita and Chair of the Executive Committee. She is a member of the Editorial Board of CAA.Reviews and the Advisory Board of the Archives of American Art Journal.

Hudson’s work has been supported by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), Creative Capital | The Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Dedalus Foundation, among others. Her writing has appeared in such publications as Parkett, Flash Art, Art Journal, and October. A regular contributor to Artforum since 2004, she also has written numerous essays for international exhibition catalogs and artist monographs. She is the author of Robert Ryman: Used Paint (MIT Press, 2009; 2011), Painting Now (Thames & Hudson, 2015), Agnes Martin: Night Sea (Afterall/MIT Press, 2017), and the co-editor of Contemporary Art: 1989–Present (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). Mary Weatherford is forthcoming in 2018 from Lund Humphries and Contemporary Painting is forthcoming in 2020 from Thames & Hudson (in the World of Art series).

Supported by a New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, she is pursuing research into the practical applications of art making for her book, Better for the Making: Art, Therapy, Process, a study of the therapeutic origins of process within American modernism.


  • Ph.D. , Princeton University, 2006
  • M.A. , Princeton University, 2003
  • B.A. , University of California, Berkeley, 1999