Marilyn Jane Stokstad
Lansing, MI, USA
Medievalist at University of Kansas 1958-, author of a major survey text of art history. Stokstad's parents were Olaf Stokstad and Edythe Gardiner (Stokstad). She received her bachelor's degree from Carlton College in 1950. After studying briefly at the University of Oslo, 1951-1952 as a Fulbright scholar, she entered Michigan State University where she complete an M.A. degree in 1953. Stokstad moved to the University of Michigan, receiving her Ph.D. in 1957. Her dissertation, written under Harold Wethey, was on a portico of the medieval cathedral of Santiago de Compostella. She was hired for the following fall to teach art history at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. She remained at Kansas her entire career. In 1962 she advanced from assistant to associate professor and chair of the department. Appointed (full) professor in 1966 and curator of medieval art at the Nelson Art Gallery (today Nelson-Atkins), Kansas City, she reliquished her chair duties in 1972. Elected to the board of the College Art Association as secretary in 1974, Stokstad moved through that professional society's ranks to Vice-President, 1976-1978 and President, 1978-1980. She was named distinguished Professor of the History of Art in 1979. Her first foray into a survey text came in 1985 with her Medieval Art. In 1995 and Marion Spears Grayson wrote what was to become one of the major general surveys of art history, Art History. The book was widely adopted by college classes as a text and went through editions in 1999 and 2003, and 2011, growing into two volumes and over 1150 pages.
The Portico de la Gloria of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostella. University of Michigan, 1957;