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Janetta Benton

Distinguished Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences


  • @Pleasantville
    Paton House P29
  • @New York City
    41 Park Row 1205
Office Hours

Spring 2015

Office Hours

Spring 2015

Office Hours

Spring 2015


Janetta Rebold Benton, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor of Art History and the recipient of two Fulbright Scholar Awards as Visiting Professor (China 2018; Russia 2012). She is the author of 9 books on art historical subjects, as well as many scholarly articles. Dr. Benton lectures at the Smithsonian Institution, 92nd Street Y, and previously at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is the speaker on trips sponsored by the Smithsonian and Met. She holds degrees/diploma from Harvard, Brown, George Washington, and Cornell Universities.


MDP diploma, Harvard University, 2000

PhD, Brown University, 1981

MA, George Washington University, 1969

BFA, Cornell University, 1967

Awards and Honors

China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, 2018 - Fulbright Scholar Award, 2018
European University, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2012 - Fulbright Senior Scholar
Pace University, 2011 - Dyson College Excellence in Scholarship Award and Grant
Pace University, 2004 - Award for Outstanding Faculty Member
Pace University, 2004 - Distinguished Professor
Pace University, 2004 - Dyson College Distinguished Achievement Award for Distinguished Faculty
Pace University, 2004 - Joseph E. Houle Award


How to Understand Art
Benton, J. R. How to Understand Art.Roger Thorp (Eds.), London , England : Thames & Hudson. , pages 176.

Andy Warhol: King of Pop
Benton, J. R. (2021). Journal of the Tsinghua University Art Museum, Beijing.

The Museum as Cultural Magnet: Enhanced Experience, Increased Attendance
Benton, J. R. (2020, August). Proceedings of the International Conference 2015.

The Phoenix between Myth and Science
Benton, J. R. (2017).


Areas of interest: fundamentals of art; medieval and Renaissance art history; global art; iconography; materials and techniques of art; fantastic fauna and gargoyles; humor in art


[TV], 2019
Please see my CV for list of CBS interview, Spotlight New York on NY 1, and other broadcasts, interviews, and articles about my work.


College Art Association; Early Book Society; International Center of Medieval Art; Fulbright Association; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Guggenheim Museum[International Center of Medieval Art, Director, 3 years]


  • Interdisciplinary travel course[Other]
    Desc: Interdisciplinary Honors travel course to England, including trip during spring break. Taught with Dr. Rebecca Martin, English Department
  • [Other]
    Desc: Interdisciplinary Honors travel course to France with trip during spring break. Taught with Dr. Adelia Williams, Modern Languages Department.


  • Prestigious Fellowships and Awards[University Director]
    Desc: Encourage students to apply for prestigious awards and work with them on their applications, especially Fulbright awards. Work with faculty members who wish to apply for Fulbrights.
    Committee's Key Accomplishments: Events, presentations, letters, emails, social websites, PowerPoint presentations, flyers, website, Student Government, Advisors, UNV 101, etc. used to publicize prestigious awards. Fulbrights 2014-15, one undergraduate finalist and one faculty member finalist
  • Pforzheimer Honors College, PLV[Director]
    Desc: During the 14 years I was Director, I took an Honors Program of 71 students and transformed it to an Honors College with over 300 students, an office, study room, permanent staff including an Advisor, with events and an award-winning newsletter. Students received $15,000 scholarships annually, and a complimentary laptop.
    Committee's Key Accomplishments: See above.


  • United Way; Adopt-A-Dog[Guest Speaker]
    Desc: As a fund-raiser for various charities, I offer a private tour through The Cloisters Museum, which is auctioned off to bidders.
    Committee's Key Accomplishments: Additionally, I am a judge at Adopt-A-Dog's annual main fund-raiser event, "Putting on the Dog."
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