William Ganis

Associate Professor of Art History
Advisor, Art History Major
Coordinator, Art History Minor
Director, String Room Gallery

Morgan Hall 23A

William Ganis

"Following the examples of my mentors, I have been instilled with a responsibility to nurture the next generations of artists and scholars. In the art history curriculum, we still discuss the social histories of monuments and objects, however, today's Wells students learn how to look critically at our increasingly image-saturated culture. Such reasoning, along with the ability to translate the visual into the verbal are exceptional and powerful skills highly valued in our society."

Dr. Ganis's research areas include:
• contemporary Canadian art
• materiality and photography
• histories of lens-based image reproduction
• Andy Warhol's photographic practices
• glass media and processes in contemporary art
• adaptation of electronic technologies for art history pedagogy


1993 B.A. University of Pittsburgh, Art History, Studio Art, Business (majors)
1998 M.A. Stony Brook University, Art History and Criticism
2001 Ph.D. Stony Brook University, Art History and Criticism

Select Publications

Andy Warhol's Serial Photography. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

“Harvest” feature article regarding glass installations and sculptures by Dutch artist Maria Roosen. Glass Quarterly No. 128, 2012.

“Photography: Andy Warhol’s Social Disease,” in the “Love & Fame: Works by Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol from Indiana State University’s Permanent Art Collection” exhibition catalog at the University Art Gallery, Indiana State University, 2012.

“Declassification” feature article regarding Michael Glancy’s career and newest work. Glass Quarterly No. 123, 2011.

"Anxious Objects: Andy Warhol's Photography" in the "Andy Warhol Photography: Through a Glass Starkly" exhibition catalog, George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, 2009.

"In Translation: Digits of Hand and Machine" Essay for the "Digital Stone Exhibition" of sculptures by Bruce Beasley, Jon Isherwood, Robert Michael Smith, and Kenneth Snelson. Exhibition venues: Today Art Museum, Bejing; Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai; Jinse Gallery, Chongquing, 2008.

"FotoFetish" catalog essay in Schmidt, Kathrin, ed. Annegret Soltau: ich, selbst. Darmstadt: Institut Mathildenhöhe, 2006.

In addition, Dr. Ganis has written many exhibition reviews for publications that include: Afterimage, Artforum, Art in America, Border Crossings, Contemporary, Glass Quarterly, and Sculpture.

He is a contributing editor for Glass Quarterly.

Courses Taught

  • Professional Practices in the Visual Arts
  • Contemporary Art
  • Art and Commerce
  • Video Games as Culture
  • Modern Art
  • Ancient to Renaissance Survey
  • Renaissance to Contemporary Survey
  • Senior Seminar in Art History