Professor of Art History and Director of the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech, Kevin Concannon, received his PhD in Modern/Contemporary and African art history from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000. His scholarship focuses on art of the 1960s, particularly the work of Yoko Ono. Publications include Two Trees: Rona Pondick and Jennifer Steinkamp, exh. brochure (Blacksburg, VA: Armory Art Gallery, 2013); Agency: Art and Advertising, exh. cat. (general editor and lead contributor) (Youngstown, Ohio: McDonough Museum of Art, 2008); YOKO ONO IMAGINE PEACE Featuring John & Yoko’s Year of Peace, exh. cat. (general editor and lead contributor) (Akron, Ohio: Emily Davis Gallery, 2007); Mass Production: Artists’ Multiples and the Marketplace, exh. cat. (general editor and contributor) (Akron, Ohio: Emily Davis Gallery, 2006); "Nothing Is Real: Yoko Ono's Advertising Art," in YES: YOKO ONO (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. and the Japan Society of New York, 2000); and, with Reiko Tomii, "Chronology" and "Bibliography" in the same volume.
At Virginia Tech, he works with an outstanding faculty developing innovative programs that leverage technology in the arts. The School of Visual Arts offers a BA in Art History; a BFA with tracks in Visual Communication Design, Studio Art, and Creative Technologies; an MFA in Creative Technologies; and an MA in Material Culture and Public Humanities (in collaboration with the Departments of Religion & Culture and History). He teaches courses in Modern and Contemporary Art.
At The University of Akron (2001-2011), he taught the Survey of Art History as well as courses in Modern and Contemporary Art. Concannon’s prior museum career spanned 12 years, managing outreach programs for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) and the Neuberger Museum, and culminating in his appointment as Project Manager for the Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Museum Collections Accessibility Initiative at the VMFA.