College of Creative Studies: Liberal Arts


Dr. Mary McNichols


Ph.D., Union Institute, M.A., Wayne State University, B.A. University of Michigan

Professor of Art History at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Mary McNichols earned her Ph.D. in art history, women’s studies and higher education administration; her M.A. in art history; and her B.A. in English.

In addition to substantial teaching experiences, she has also held several administrative positions at the College, including Associate Academic Dean. Widely published, Dr. McNichols has also presented papers at numerous conferences. Her work has been most recently published in The Photo Review; The International Review of African American Art; Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche; Gwarlingo; and Religion and the Arts.  She contributed to the research and writing of the architects’ biographies in Detroit’s Historic Places of Worship, published by Wayne State University Press. In addition, Dr. McNichols has juried and curated a number of exhibitions, including Collaboration and Continuum: The Carnival Photographs of Bill Rauhauser and Carlos Diaz, installed at the Northville Art House in August 2013, and The Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes, installed in October 2013 at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City.

Significant publications/presentations/exhibitions/projects:

“A Conversation with Carlos Diaz.” Forthcoming in Detroit Research, Fall 2015.

“A Conversation with John Ganis.” Forthcoming in The Photo Review, Fall 2015.

“A History of the American Carnival,” to be included with McNichol's interviews with Bill Rauhauser and Carlos Diaz in a forthcoming book about the carnival photographs of these two photographers.

“Artist Profile: Susan Aaron-Taylor.” Mixed Media: Artists/Techniques/Tools, Issue 16, 3-10. Fall 2014.

“Artist Joseph Bernard in Conversation with Mary McNichols.” July, 2013.

“A Conversation with Bill Rauhauser.” The Photo Review, Vol. 29, no. 3, 2-6. Fall 2010.

“Joseph Bernard,” catalog essay for his one-person show, BASEDONATRUESTORY! PT1 & PT2 JOSEPH BERNARD. October 7—December 18, 2010.

“The Worlds Inside Gilda Snowden’s Brooklyn Street Loft.” The International Review of African American Art, Vol. 23, no. 2, 32-35. Summer 2010.

“A Conversation with Susan Aaron-Taylor.” Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, Vol. 4, no. 2, 110-122. Spring, 2010.