Marilyn Stokstad, American art historian, Died at 87

Marilyn Stokstad died on March 4, 2016.

She was a scholar of medieval and Spanish art.

Judith Harris Murphy Distinguished Professor Emerita of Art History at the University of Kansas, and an author of art-history textbooks, including “Art History,” which was first published in 1995.

The piece on “Art History” was widely adopted at colleges and universities throughout the country and is currently in its fifth edition.

During February 2016, Time Magazine named Marilyn Stokstad 32nd of the 100 most-read female authors in college classrooms.

She received a lifetime achievement award from the National Women’s Caucus for Art, Kansas Arts Commission Governor’s Arts Award as the Kansas Art Educator of the Year, Chancellors Club Career Teaching Award, and an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters by Carleton College.

Marilyn Stokstad served as a consulting curator of medieval art for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo.

Between 1961 and 1968, Marilyn Stokstad was director of the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, where she started her illustrious career in 1958 in the Department of Art History.

She stayed in the department for the entirety of her career, advancing to associate professor in 1962 and full professor in 1966.

During December 2012, Marilyn Stokstad provided a lead gift to establish an endowed directorship at the Museum.

Marilyn Stokstad passed away at 87 yrs old.