Marsha Olson


Visiting Assistant Professor in Art and Art History

Dr. Olson is an art historian with a focus on the art and religions of South Asia. Her research focuses on Indo-Portuguese ivory statuettes created in Goa, India, in the seventeenth to eighteenth centuries.  She is especially interested in the study of iconography, devotional practice, and how artworks represent the coming together of cultures in their forms.


B.A. & M.A. in Religious Studies (University of Minnesota), M.A. & Ph.D. in Art History (University of Minnesota)

Courses Taught


ART-101 (Art History I), ART-250 (Gender and Art), ART-267 (The Arts of Asia), and ART-392 (Art History: Theory and Methods)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
ART-101Art History I22015/FA
ART-267The Arts of Asia22015/FA and 2014/SP
ART-102Art History II12016/SP
ART-265Maya and Mexican Art12016/SP
ART-239Chris/Islam/Jewish Art12016/SP
ART-392Art History: Theory and Methods12015/FA
ART-250Gender and Art12015/SP