Dr. Wendy Salmond

Dr. Wendy Salmond

Professor, Martha Weidlein Masters Professor in Art
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Art
Expertise: Russian and Soviet Art, Design, Icons, Architecture; Romanov Family; Russian Revolutionary Culture;
Office Location: Moulton Hall 217
Office Hours: Fall 2022: W: 1:00pm – 2:00pm & Th: noon – 1:00pm
Phone: (714) 997-6655
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
First-year Foundations Program
University of Otago, Bachelor of Arts
The University of Texas At Austin, Master of Arts
The University of Texas At Austin, Ph.D.


 Wendy Salmond art works


Professor of Art, Art History

Wendy Salmond is a scholar of Russian and early Soviet art, architecture, and design. She is particularly interested in exploring the intersection of diverse cultural traditions in Russia and in the formation of national identity. She has written and lectured extensively on the Arts and Crafts movement, on Art Nouveau, and on Russian modernism.  Her current project is a book tracing transformations in the perception and function of icons in Russia, from objects of devotion to works of art.

Professor Salmond has been a visiting curator at Hillwood Museum and Gardens in Washington DC and a guest curator of exhibitions at Hillwood (Tradition in Transition: Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs, 2004) and The New York Public Library (Russia Imagined, 1825-1925: The Art and Impact of Fedor Solntsev, 2006).  She is a prolific translator of texts on Russian art and culture, and has edited volumes on the sculptor Sergei Konenkov, the Bolshevik sales of Russian art in the 1920s and 1930s, and the reception of Art Nouveau in Russia.

Professor Salmond teaches courses on European modernism, graphic design history, gender and Western art, art history methods, and Russian art, design, and visual culture of the Imperial and early Soviet era. Her classes emphasize close attention to visual analysis, sustained discussion, and the development of research skills.

BA (Hons I) Russian Language and Literature, University of Otago, New Zealand, 1978

MA Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Texas at Austin, 1983

PhD Art History, University of Texas at Austin, 1989

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

"Icons in New Time: The Collection of Oleg Kushnirsky," in The Russian Icon. The Collection of Oleg Kushnirsky (forthcoming in English, 2023)
Guest-curator of “Images of Atheism: The Soviet Assault on Religion” at the Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA (May-October 2022)
Salmond, Wendy; Walsh, Justin; Gorman, Alice. 2020. "Eternity in Low Earth Orbit: Icons on the International Space Station," Religions 11, no. 11: 611
“Viktor Vasnetsov’s New Icons: From Abramtsevo to the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900,” Experiment 25 (2019): 131-144
Journal of Icon Studies, vol. 2 (2019)
“The ‘Russian Street’ at the 1901 Glasgow International Exhibition,” in A History of Russian Temporary Architecture: Expositions, Festivals, and Stage-settings (1700-2015), edited by Alla Aronova and Alexander Ortenberg (New York: Routledge, 2018)
“Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin’s 1918 in Petrograd (The Petrograd Madonna) and the Meanings of Mary in 1920,” in Images of Mary in Russia, edited by Vera Shevzov and Amy Singleton Adams (DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2018)
“Faberge’s Icons,” Faberge Newsletter, Fall-Winter 2018
“Ellis H. Minns and Nikodim Kondakov’s The Russian Icon (1927),” in Modernism and the Spiritual in Russian Art (London: Open Book Publishers, 2017)
Kazimir Malevich. Kyiv Years 1928-1930, compiled and edited with annotations and introduction by Tetyana Filevska, edited ?by Wendy Salmond, translated into English ?by Marta Skorupsky and ?Wendy Salmond (Kyiv: Rodovid Press, 2017)
“Makovsky’s Russian Milieu” and “Makovsky in America,” in Konstantin Makovsky. The Tsar’s Painter in America and Paris (London: Giles Publishing, 2016)
“Embroidery in the Circle of the Last Romanovs,” Experiment, 22 (November 2016)
Kazimir Malevich: Letters, Documents, Memoirs, Criticism. Compiled and edited by Irina Vakar and Tatiana Mikhienko, forward by Charlotte Douglas. English Language Editor Wendy Salmond (London: Tate Publishing)
"Pavel Tretiakov's Icons," in From Realism to the Silver Age. New Studies in Russian Artistic Culture. Essays in Honor of Elizabeth Kridl Valkenier, edited by Rosalind P. Blakesley and Margaret Samu (DeKalb, IL: NIU Press, 2014)
"Stalin's Russia: Visions of Happiness, Omens of Terror," co-curated by Mark Konecny and Wendy Salmond, Chapman University, February- August 2014
Translator and editor of "Documents on Russian Sculpture," in The Third Dimension: New Perspectives on Russian Sculpture, co-editor with Marie Turbow Lampard and Musya Glants. Special issue of Experiment (Leyden), 18 (Spring 2012)
The Third Dimension: New Perspectives on Russian Sculpture, co-editor with Marie Turbow Lampard and Musya Glants. Special issue of Experiment (Leyden), 18 (Spring 2012)
“An Imperial Collection: Exploring the Hammers’ Icons,” in Rublev to Fabergé: The Journey of Russian Art and Culture to America. Exhibition catalogue, Bob Jones University Museum, 2012.
"Russian Art and American Money, 1928-1938," in Collecting Old Icons. Russian and Greek Icons 15th-19th centuries. Catalogue 2011 Simon Morsink (Amsterdam: Snoeck, 2011)
“How America Discovered Russian Icons: The Soviet Loan Exhibition of 1930-32,” in Alter Icons: The Russian Icon and Modernity, edited by Douglas Greenfield and Jefferson Gatrall (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2010)