Concordia University




Laurie Milner, PhD, MA, BA

Professor Part-time, MFA and Art History, Fine Arts


Office: S-VA 239 
Visual Arts Building,
1395 René Lévesque W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4607
Website(s): Laurie Milner Editorial Services
Availability: Office hours for Art History: Wednesdays, 16:45 - 17:45 or by appointment

Laurie Milner's doctoral dissertation attended to issues of gender and sexuality in the art and criticism of Paul Cézanne, offering a queer, situated reading of the construction of the "father of Modern art" in fin-de-siècle Paris. Her current research on faith-based identifications in contemporary art explores how visual art encodes and enacts religious belief, and demonstrates limits and elisions in the rhetoric of liberal secularity within art history and criticism. Laurie's research has been funded by the SSHRC, the Government of France, Northwestern University, Concordia University Part-Time Faculty Association, and Bishop's University. Prior to coming to Concordia, she held positions as Associate Professor and Head of Critical Studies at Emily Carr Institute (now University) of Art and Design, Acting Chair of the Art History Program at Bishop's University, and Director/Curator at Glendon Gallery, York University. Laurie teaches seminars on contemporary art, theory and writing in the MFA Studio Arts Program and 18th and 19th century art, architecture and the decorative arts in the Art History Department at Concordia University. She also runs Laurie Milner Editorial Services (, which specializes in writing in the arts, humanities and literature. She has been an active contributor to curriculum development in several institutions of higher education and received an outstanding teaching commendation from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. 


BA            University of Guelph
MA            Northwestern University
PhD          Northwestern University

Areas of expertise

Artists' writing, contemporary art, modern art history, art and religion, continental philosophy, feminist and queer theories.

Research interests

Emerging modes of writing on art, envisioning futures through writing on art, the afterlife of images.

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