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-102 (Art History II), ART-265 (Maya and Mexican Art), and ART-362 (Contemporary Art)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
ART-267 The Arts of Asia 6 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, and 2014/SP
ART-101 Art History I 6 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, and 2015/FA
ART-265 Maya and Mexican Art 4 2019/SP, 2018/SP, 2017/SP, and 2016/SP
ART-102 Art History II 4 2019/SP, 2018/SP, 2017/SP, and 2016/SP
ART-239 Chris/Islam/Jewish Art 3 2019/FA, 2017/FA, and 2016/SP
ART-362 Contemporary Art 3 2019/SP, 2018/SP, and 2017/SP
ART-250 Gender and Art 3 2018/FA, 2016/FA, and 2015/SP
ART-392 Art History: Theory and Methods 2 2016/FA and 2015/FA