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-267The Arts of Asia42017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, and 2014/SP
ART-101Art History I42017/FA, 2016/FA, and 2015/FA
ART-239Chris/Islam/Jewish Art22017/FA and 2016/SP
ART-102Art History II22017/SP and 2016/SP
ART-265Maya and Mexican Art22017/SP and 2016/SP
ART-250Gender and Art22016/FA and 2015/SP
ART-392Art History: Theory and Methods22016/FA and 2015/FA
ART-362Contemporary Art12017/SP