Robert Bailey
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies and in Film and Media Studies
University of Oklahoma

Robert Bailey is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Oklahoma, where he has affiliate faculty status in Environmental Studies and in Film and Media Studies. Bailey researches and teaches the history, criticism, and theory of modern and contemporary art as well as the historiography and methodology of art history. He is the author of Art & Language International: Conceptual Art between Art Worlds (Duke University Press, 2016), and he edited and introduced Terry Smith’s One and Five Ideas: On Conceptual Art and Conceptualism (Duke University Press, 2017). In addition to his scholarship, Bailey pursues creative activity that explores the applicability of art-historical methods to nature. He has exhibited this work widely, often in collaboration with Todd Stewart, with whom Bailey founded the artist-and-writer-run initiative Fieldworks, which includes a mobile residency program. Compendium, the catalog accompanying a retrospective exhibition of the same name at Southern Utah Museum of Art in 2019, provides an overview of Fieldworks. A participant in the Inhabiting the Anthropocene research group, Bailey writes regularly about art history and nature for its blog.