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Jonathan Rinck

Assistant Professor of Art
Ogle Art Center
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Jonathan Rinck studied Art History at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and has lived in Toronto, Ontario, St. Stephen, New Brunswick, and Osaka, Japan. He frequently contributes articles and reviews to academic and popular publications. Rinck is a blogger for Sculpture magazine (the publication of the International Sculpture Center), writing about contemporary artists who use art as a vehicle to address social justice. His research interests are varied, but he is particularly drawn to the ethos of John Ruskin, William Morris, and the British Arts and Crafts Movement, largely for its desire to use art to change society for the better. He regularly takes students on extracurricular field trips to art museums and presentations across the state. In addition to Art History, Rinck enjoys literature (which he occasionally teaches) and astronomy. A telescope enthusiast, he sometimes arranges stargazing nights for students on SAU’s “Mt. Beebe.”


  • MLitt: (History of Art) St. Andrews University, Scotland, 2006
  • B.A.: (Interdisciplinary Humanities) St. Stephens University, New Brunswick, Canada, 2004


“Earth, fire, and vegetable oil,” Ceramics Technical, no. 41 (November 2015): 84-87. “Pewabic pottery: Still glazing after all these years,” Ceramics Technical, no. 41 (November 2015): 112-115. “Mathias Alten’s Michigan,” Michigan History 99, no. 5 (September/October 2015): 32-37. “The Mushroom Houses of Earl Young,” Michigan History 99, no. 5 (July/August, 2016): 17-22. “Seventeenth Century Drawings in Midwestern Collections,” Sixteenth Century Journal 47, no. 2 (Summer 2016): 522-524. “City of Ladies,” Sixteenth Century Journal 46, no. 1 (Spring 2015): 205-207. “The Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden: A Haven for Sculpture, Body, and Soul,” Sculpture 35, no. 5 (June 2016): 20-21.